Monday, December 28, 2009

Kreative Blogger Award!

Imagine my surprise when 
Susan J. Reinhardt's post
announced that I had won the Kreative Blogger Award. 

What can I say? I am honored and humbled and just plain excited! Susan's blog, in my opinion, is a must read for writers. She shares great writing tips, interviews, and book reviews all while working to connect and encourage writers. It's a hard act to follow, but I aim to be a blessing like she is. Thank you, Susan! You are a treasure.

Now I have the privilege of passing this wonderful award on to these blogging friends.

Carol Alexander of Everything Home With Carol is one creative blogger. A Christian wife, mother, and homeschool mom, Carol shares everything from project and homemaking ideas to little gems that make me think. She's a blessing, and a special friend in the blog world.

Everyday I Walk with You features Raymonde Newman's thoughts about this and that and life in the United Kingdom. It's always a treat to stop by her blog. When I visit, it's like I get to sit and have a cup of tea with her! Raymonde is a kindred spirit from across the pond, and a brave soul who has tackled one of my writing prompts.

Kathleen of Sassy Granny  is one of my newer friends whose blog is always worth reading. I love her posts, full of stories and heartfelt, thought provoking insight. She makes me laugh, and more importantly, reflect on where my perspective needs to be.

Another new friend, Carla Gade of Writing to Distraction, has a lovely blog full of wonderful goodies. Carla wants us to come and "share the journey as we converse about the writing life." Indeed we do, and it is interesting, challenging, and a lot of fun.

Katt's Comments is penned by Kathryn Neff Perry. It doesn't take long to see that Kathryn has a servant's heart. She shares about writing, daily life, and the spiritual truths that connect them. It's always a pleasure to stop at her blog.

The Kreative Blogger Award encourages winners to share interesting facts about themselves. Bear with me; what I think is interesting may not appeal to you...but here goes.

I like chocolate. But if you read my blog, you know this already. Thought it was worth mentioning again, though. :)

I love hockey. Ice or roller, it matters not. My sons used to play both, so I was officially a hockey mom. I know quite a few rules and can name more professional hockey players than my husband.

When my sons played hockey in a local league, I considered volunteering as a referee. I decided against it because I don't skate very well. Kind of hard to referee while being concerned about falling down.

My daughter gave me the gift of being a swimming mom. She took lessons for years, so I went from one climate extreme - cold with hockey - to the other - warm with swimming. You'd think I'd remember not to wear a turtleneck during winter's lesson days. Sitting in the bleachers by the pool with a million percent humidity watching her swim was fun, except for the turtleneck part.

I love to blog. I started in early 2009 because I wanted to say I had 'blogging experience'. Well, I've gained a little of that and a whole lot more. I've met wonderful new friends (that would be you) and have been abundantly blessed getting to know you all. You are treasured friends, each one, who have enriched my life. Thank you!

What about you? Tell us some interesting, but little known facts about you and your life. We're all ears!

Blessings and hugs:)


  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you: I am still in my pyjamas, reading your blog whilst everybody else in my house is still asleep. And I get a lovely surprise. You are so kind with your description of my blog. It has been a pleasure to have you visiting. I am looking forward to 2010 with you as a blogger friend. Have a blessed day. xxx
    ps: I will have to learn how to put this award in my sidebar, guess which book I got for Christmas: "Blogging for Dummies" :)))

  2. Congratulations Karen, you are indeed a blessing and deserve all this wonderful recognition! Thanks for all the great links you provided, I look forward to checking them out.

  3. Raymonde, You are welcome! Your blog is a blessing:) I look forward to getting to know you better too. Be sure and let me know what gems you pick up from your new book!
    Karen xo :)

  4. Tamika,
    Thanks so much! I enjoy your blog too. I am glad that we met and look forward to getting to know you better in 2010.

  5. Thank you, Karen, for your kind words. I'm supposed to be on "blogging break" but can't wait to put this on my space. May your blog continue to enrich lives in the coming year, in the Spirit of

  6. Carol,
    You are welcome; it is well deserved! Congrats and blessings:)

  7. Congrats to you, Karen! And everyone else!

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  8. Thank you, Kristen. Happy New Year!

  9. Hi Karen -

    Thanks for being so sweet. Your friendship means a great deal to me.

    You've done an excellent job with your blog, and I'm excited to see what you have in store for the New Year.

    Congratulations to all those receiving the award. :)


  10. Susan,
    Your friendship means much to me as well. Thanks for the compliments:) Looking forward to seeing where things go this year too, and with your blog and all my other blog friends too.
    Hugs and blessings!

  11. Congratulations to a most deserving blogger!

    It was fun to read about your interests, Karen. What a great mom you are. Chocolate helps with any pursuit, doesn't it?

    Let's see, something unique about me... My mom wanted to name me Martha and call me Marty, but my grandmother asked her not to. Seems Greandma had a goat named Marty when she was a child, and didn't want to think of it every time they said my name.
    So, I was named for a close friend of my mom, a pastor's wife. Guess what I grew up to become? Aha.

    Audience of ONE

  12. Thank you, Jen! You're right, chocolate helps with everything:) What fun "Jen facts"! You are a Blessings,

  13. Karen:
    I shouldn't do chocolate due to caffiene senstivity. But, I sometimes do. I like Chex Mix. Some friends from the southern part of the state sent us a big can of it. It almost didn't last to Christmas.
    I like to read. Sometimes, I have found myself in four books at the same time. Hard to keep up with the plots or themes that way.
    I especially love a good detective story in book form or on TV.

  14. Hi Cecelia,

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your trivia with us! Now I know to bring Chex Mix if I ever come to visit you:)

  15. Dear Karen, thank you so much for presenting me with the Kreative Blogger Award! I am so honored that you picked me!!!!

    Like you, it has been so great getting to meet people online, especially my writing peers.

    By the way, did you get my blog candy yet? I'm sorry it was late, but it blew off the roof of the car and I didn't find it for days. The envelope was buried in the snow, but it didn't ruin the contents so I re-packaged it. Leave it to me!!! At least you can enjoy the Christmas tags for next year. I'm such a flake sometimes. Snowflake.

  16. Congrats, Carla! You deserve it; your blog is wonderful. Yes, I did get the prize, thanks so much. Emailed you about it too.
    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen :)

  17. Well, well, well ... You are blessed to be a blessing, and therefore I will follow suit! Thank you; what precious recognition, but even more precious? Your friendship.


  18. After our five sons grew up and moved on with their lives, I was depressed. If I wasn't their mum, who was I? Didn't take long to discover that I was already blessed with that knowledge. I'm a writer after all. And for reasons that don't matter, we keep having these strays show up at our door. Guess I have enough love to go around a few times. LOL.


  19. Kathleen,
    I treasure yours as well. Congratulations, it is well deserved!
    Looking forward to developing our friendship in 2010.
    Blessings and hugs,
    Karen :)

  20. Hello Joylene, welcome and thanks for stopping by! I'm blessed that you are here. I can relate a little, two of our three have left the nest. Reinventing my place in life, which includes writing as well:)
    Blessings to you!

  21. Karen, oh my goodness! What a surprise. You are much too kind my sweet friend. I went running (actually walked fast) into the living room yelling to my husband. He thought something was on fire! I treasure this aware from you and your friendship. May the Lord continue to watch over you and grant you peace. And thank you again!
    Hugs and Blessings

  22. Hi Katt,
    Congratulations to you:) I am very glad that nothing is on fire! I am blessed to have your friendship.
    Hugs and blessings to you,

  23. I didn't realize that you have only started blogging last year! So happy you did! ANd I love Susan's blog and her!!
    A soccor mom huh? I used to be a field hockey mom myself:)

  24. Terri,
    Great to see you! Yes, I love Susan's blog (and her:) too!
    Thanks for dropping in!

  25. Karen, I enjoy rescuing soggy worms after drenching storms. Oddly enough the earthy smell and the slimy feel reminds me of new life.

    Another little-known fact? I was born in the car and my initials really are PDQ.

    Sorry you asked, aren't you???
    Happy New Year!!!!!


  26. Hi Patti,

    I am glad I asked; learning things about friends can be fun:) Our daughter was nearly born in the car so I can relate; that must have been one wild ride for your mom!
    Blessings and Happy New Year to you too. Thanks for stopping by,


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