November 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Posted in Grief, life after loss | 6 Comments
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Thank you so much to My Hope Jar and Hang your Hopes from Trees for nominating me for a Sunshine award.  After looking into more information about the award it is a virtual way to connect bloggers who are writing about the same things and want to acknowledge each other. I am honored and pleased that they (or anyone) finds my blog helpful and inspiring.

The Sunshine Award is also kind of like a chain letter with rules and everything.  I am not a chain letter person but there is something about spreading sunshine that I could not ignore.  There is so much darkness in the world.  We can all use some more sunshine.  So, here it goes.


Rules of the Sunshine Award:

  • Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post.
  • Link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award.
  • Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them.

Questions about Me:

  • Why do you blog?   I am hoping that I can help others get through their difficult journeys.   I want Jake and Sawyer to be remembered.  I want to carry on their purpose in life (whatever that purpose might be)
  • What is your favorite movie? Princess Bride
  • What is your favorite food? Kale
  • What is your favorite thing or memory about your spouse?  He proposed at an ice cream store and had a flavor of ice cream named after me.  When he asked me to marry him he was so nervous he got down on both knees instead of just one
  • What do you do to relieve stress? Running, yoga (exercise in general)
  • Who or what inspires you?  All 4 of my children
  • What is your biggest fear? Outliving all of my children
  • What is your biggest dream?  Happiness
  • What is your best piece of advice?  Sometimes there is not a happily ever after or a perfect ending.  Gilda Radner said it much better than I ever could . . . “Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end.  Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it. . .” – Gilda Radner
  • What are you most proud of? My children

**(I answered the questions from My Hope Jar because it was the first nomination)

My Nominees

  1. My Hope Jar
  2. Hang Your Hope from Trees
  3. It’s Dilovely
  4. Chasing Rainbows
  5. Four Plus an Angel
  6. Still Life with Circles
  7. Living Without My Twin Sister
  8. The Spohrs are Multiplying
  9. Rockstar Ronan
  10. Carly Marie Project Heal

My Questions

  • Why do you blog?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • What is one of your favorite quotes?
  • What do you do to relieve stress?
  • Who or what inspires you?
  • What is your biggest fear?
  • What is your biggest dream?
  • What is your best piece of advice?
  • What are you most proud of?

Thank you again to My Hope Jar and Hang your Hopes from Trees for sending sunshine my way. I truly appreciate it.


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  1. Lanie, congratulations on the nomination. May it serve other’s needs and may you enjoy the rewards for your efforts. With love to all of you.

  2. Congratulations and I was very surprised and I’m touched to find you nominated my blog ❤ Thank you ❤

  3. Congratulations! You are amazing and wonderful.

  4. Congrats Lanie! Keep sharing your sunshine with us all!

  5. Congratulations! And it’s not a surprise that you were nominated–and it sounds like you’ve recommended some other worthwhile blogs as well!

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