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Liebster Award – Round 3

I’m honored to have been chosen to receive the Liebster Award from Marlton Trainer I apologize that it took me a few weeks to respond.   Please know that I am very thankful for the nomination. If you haven’t already done so, check out here awesome blog.


Liebster Award Rules

  1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated me.
  2. Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post.
  3. Nominate 5-10 other bloggers and notify them of this on of their posts.
  4. All nominated bloggers are to have less than 200 followers.
  5. Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator and create 11 different questions for your nominees to answer. Or, you can repeat the same questions.
  6. Copy these rules into your post.

Here are the questions, followed by my answers.

  1. What are your most enjoyed hobbies?
  2. Your favorite song?
  3. And your favorite book?
  4. Where would you like to live?
  5. What do you write about?
  6. What keeps you motivated to keep blogging?
  7. Who do you look up to and why?
  8. Which other languages would you want to learn?
  9. Do you have pets?
  10. Your best recipe?
  11. We live in Matrix. Red pill or Blue pill?

What are your most enjoyed hobbies? I love running, writing, blogging, and reading.   Most of all, my favorite hobby is hanging out with my son and watching him discover the world.

Your favorite song? Music has always meant a lot to me.   Being a strong believer in “anything is possible” if you work hard and believe in it, singing is definitely not my area of talent or possible for me to do without piercing some ears (Although my son doesn’t seem to mind.)   While my dream of being a singer/songwriter may not come to play mainly because I have no singing voice at all, music is a constant inspiration to me. During all the difficult times in life, I have gotten through them with the help of particular songs.   For example, when I struggled with an eating disorder as a teenager, Celine Dion motivated me to make a major change in my life and survive one of the scariest times. During some difficult times in college, Matchbox 20 and Keith Urban both wrote perfectly in a way that I knew I could go on.

Most recently, during this past winter when we first learned about my son’s multiple severe food allergies, I turned to Christian music. Kutless’s “What Faith Can Do” and Jeremy Camp’s “He Knows” helped me to change my negative thinking around and start believing again. Sometimes, I secretly wish I could still become a songwriter. However, for now, blogging and working on my book are keeping my creativity active and satisfied.

And your favorite book? Reading has always been another favorite pastime of mine.   One of my favorites in the past few years was “The Language of Flowers.” Also, most memoirs that I read change me. One of my favorites is “The Glass Castle.” And of course, “The Secret” which I read during a very difficult time of anxiety. It really reminded me that only I had the power to change my thinking which is just what I did several times in life, retrained my brain to think positively.   However, I have soooo many books that I love!

Where would you like to live? I would love to live right near the beach one day.

What do you write about? I’ve been writing about food allergies, health, and my growing faith as I navigate through the world of allergies through my son’s experience.

What keeps you motivated to keep blogging? I have been and continue to be inspired by my now 18 month old son each and every day, and even with naming this blog. You see, throughout all of our emergency room trips, endless doctor and allergist appointments, and even the worst of days, he smiles on, giving me the courage and motivation to do so too.

Who do you look up to and why? I look up to many people in my life for different reasons.   One incredible person that I admire is my Nana.   After suffering from a stroke 11 months ago and all of the complications that have and continue to arise, she battles on with her deep faith. No matter how serious her conditions get, she continues to spend her time praying for all of her family and friends.   Her selfless words and acts along with how she stays positive define strength in a way I never knew possible until now.   I aspire to be just like that one day.

Which other languages would you want to learn? I have never been adept to learning different languages. I wish I knew another language though.

Do you have pets? We have one yellow lab who is an amazing pup and furry brother to my son even when being tackled, stepped on, or bear-hugged.

Your best recipe? I only cook the basics now.   Before my son’s anaphylactic reaction, I use to love to cook and bake especially when entertaining others. Some of my favorites were crab cakes and crumb cake. I think it is time to get back into it but in an allergy-free-kind-of-way.

We live in Matrix. Red pill or Blue pill? I had to look this up as it has been 20 years since I watched this.   I chose red because in my experience so far, there is really no healthy way to escape reality. Instead, we face it head on and hopeful while of course, smiling on…

Although I would love to nominate all of the blogs I follow for inspiring me, here are the ones that I nominate for the Liebster Award this time around.













Worry-Free Wednesday: Taking the Shots


In life, we can’t score if we don’t take the chance.   Therefore, today’s “Worry-Free Wednesday” is short but very sweet.

Dream big,

Act boldly without fear,

Have faith,

Even when the future is anything but clear.

Believe that “anything is possible” and smile on,

Take the shots bravely,

Even when everything else seems like it is gone.

Even when the mountains span for what seem like miles,

Faith reminds us that impossible does not exist,

If today we take the chance of our infinite smiles.

Worry-Free Wednesdays: Perseverance Defines Strength


Throughout most of my life, I have always been one to follow the rules and do what was asked of me.   Throughout my years of school, I was a respectful, hardworking, and quiet student.  Therefore, teachers liked me.   However, when I was in graduate school, I had a professor who appeared to have something against me from the very first class. Still, I went about my business as I would in any other class.

One of her policies was that you could turn in any paper early for her to edit and make suggestions about.   She also mentioned to us that you could do this as many times as you wanted to get the grade you wanted.   So what did I do? I wrote the major paper weeks, if not months, early.   It sounds crazy but that is just how I operated.

When I first handed it to her, she tore it apart with words.   There were so many red marks and comments everywhere! (Some of which I did not agree with.) However, I made all of the corrections and resubmitted it the following week, just to get it back again covered in red ink.

(Hey, I thought they taught us not to use red ink when correcting anyways?)


Once again, I made all of the suggested edits and turned it in.   This continued to happen a total of five times before finally the last session of the semester class had come. As we were packing up to leave, I went to get my paper afraid to see what was now written in red across the text.  Instead of seeing the crimson color I had become familiar with, I saw a line that would stick with me the rest of my life…

“Your perseverance alone is enough to make you successful.”

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I am far from the smartest…far from the strongest…far from the most talented….far from the most successful …far from the absolute best at anything…However, the driving force that has always been present in my life throughout all the ups and downs is my perseverance.   If I teach my son one lesson in this world, I hope it is the will to persevere no matter what because with that anything is possible.   We smile on because perseverance moves mountains and defines strength…

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

“When fear feels bigger than my faith
And struggles steal my breath away

When my back’s pressed up against the wall
With the weight of my worries stacked up tall
You’re strong enough to hold it all

I will cast my cares on You
You’re the anchor of my hope
The only one who’s in control
I will cast my cares on You
I’ll trade the troubles of this world
For Your peace inside my soul

This war’s not what I would’ve chosen
But You see the future no one knows yet…”

“Cast My Cares” by Finding Favour

Source: https://www.air1.com/music/artists/finding-favour/songs/cast-my-cares-lyrics.aspx

My Random Musings

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

The following is a story about making the most of a horrible situation and turning life’s lemons into amazing lemonade.  While I can’t imagine what this bride and family felt like, their actions and reactions are beyond honorable.  Because this was yet another story that made us smile, we wanted to share…

These parents had a selfless response after their daughter’s groom canceled the wedding

Source: http://www.upworthy.com/