Friday, January 11, 2008

An award for me???

To my surprise, this morning I discovered Linette had bestowed a blog award to me. If you're not a blogger, you might not know from time to time "awards" are created and given to other bloggers. There isn't cash or any fabulous gifts involved; instead, it is just an affirmation that someone out there appreciates the time and energy you spend on your blog. Thank you, Linette, for recognizing mine. I am so glad we've become friends and I look forward to watching our friendship grow.

Xandra from
Heart of Service created this award to honor those blogs that are "must reads." In her own words: "So here's to all the blogs that you've discovered that you can't possibly live without. They make you laugh, cry, think and feel connected every time you read a post. They give you a thrill as you see them loading into your browser and you get an equally satisfying thrill when you see that they have commented on your blog."

About two years Don created this blog for us to journal our trip to China to bring home Lindy. It was also for friends and family to follow our journey. I barely knew what a blog was and there weren't too many of them around at the time. Since then, the blog world has exploded and I admit it has become a regular part of my life. Not all the blogs I read have to do with adoption but most of them do. I realize looking in on the lives of "strangers" and having them look in on mine is kind of weird to some people. However, I can honestly say I've "met" some of the kindest, sweetest, most encouraging women through the blogging world and our common thread of adoption.

I want to pass this along to three women whom I admire and am blessed to call friend:

Heather at
Our Little Ladybugs. Heather has such an amazing heart. She is passionate about being a mom and gives so much of herself to serving others. She and I became fast friends in the fall of 2007. It feels like we've always known each other and we frequently joke about how we "miss" one another, although we've never met. I can't say enough great things about Heather and she wouldn't want me to brag on her too much, either. I just know I am glad God has brought this incredible friend into my life.

Diana at
First a Pearl...Then a Ruby. I first got to know Di in late 2005 when she joined a prayer group I was part of. We've prayed together, laughed, cried, and cheered one another on. One of the best things for me in 2007 was meeting her and her hubby, getting the call from her about their referral of Ruby Mei, and then watching them bring home their sweet girl. Diana is a loving friend, encourager, and sweet big sister. I am so grateful knowing Diana is faithfully praying for us as we wait to bring home our next daughter. She is my cheerleader!

Jennifer at
Our Karleigh Mei. I recently stumbled across Jenn's blog and through a little detective work figured out we live close by. We've met one time and I can't wait for us to get together again so we can get to know each other better. (Lindy was a bit of a stinker during our first meeting.) It didn't take me long to figure out I was going to like Jenn! She is so kind, patient, and has such a sweet spirit. Jennifer has four biological children and they are waiting to bring home Karleigh Mei. I look forward to sharing the journey to our daughters together.

There are many other blogs I read and love but for obvious reasons I can't cite them all here. I want you to know, though, I am grateful for the encouragement and support I receive from all my special blog buddies.

Many blessings!!!


missy said...

Lisa, I can see why you got the award that you did. You have such a great, honest blog. I love reading it! Keep it up! : )

Heather said...

Made me cry...thanks - I love you!

You deserve awards more than anyone, I have never met such an impartial, encouraging spirit as you. When I first began in youth ministry, my mentor said to me, "If you pray for a gift, pray for the gift of encouragement, it is the single finest expression of love you can offer to people." You have the gift, my friend - thanks for always sharing it with so many!

Hugs and kisses,

The West's said...

congrats... I love reading your blogs!

sheryl said...

Oh you so deserve this one! You truly are such a sweet spirit and it shines through in every single post you write and comment you leave!


ADELE said...

If anyone deserves this award, it is YOU. I love your blogs and I love seeing what is going on in Miss Lindy's life. You have been such an encouragment to me and I really wish we lived closer. I would have you over for coffee and we would have a blast.
Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I love when I get comments from you. They ALWAYS make me smile. Thanks for being a light in such a dark world we live in.

Linette said...

You're so welcome- you deserve it!
I just love your blog Lisa. I always look forward to coming here and seeing what you have to say and pics of sweet Lindy!

Jenn said...

Thank you Lisa!! You are so sweet and such a dear! Can I give this award right back to you!? You absolutely deserve this award. I love your blog, but I also love reading the comments that you leave to others. Jesus shines right through you all the time. I am blessed because of you!! :o)

Leslie said...

Lisa, you are the most faithful blogger I know. Every message from you is so thoughtful and spoken from the heart. I am so glad to have 'met' you through our sweet daughter's.

DiJo said...

I am TOTALLY embarrassed that I am just reading this. I have been so pre-occupied with working on Ruby's video during nap time that I have not been checking in on my dear friends! Thank you for this nomination! I am so thankful for your friendship. God knew we needed each other for the long haul!!!! What a gift to call you friend! Congratulations to you! So deserving!
Love ya,

Kimber said...


I agree with everything everyone has said here. You have such a gentle and encouraging nature. Every single comment you leave seems really well thought out and encouraging. I love reading your blogs too. I wish I had more time because I always feel as though I am playing catch up and I don't comment all the time.


Karen said...

Congratulations on this award! I enjoy reading your blogs so much. You have such a great spirit and an amazing faith.