A Ray of Sunshine on a Gloomy Day

Some days, when the clouds are darkest, a ray of sunshine breaks through the gloom and lightens up the world around you.

That is what it felt like today. Arriving home from a long, arduous, downright dismal day at work, I saw a sunny message sitting in my inbox. Fellow blogger, Tales of a Family, nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award! Seriously, how stinkin’ sweet is that.

Sadly, the first thing I did was gush.


Then, I got a bit (okay, a lot) sappier:



Finally, even I got a bit sick of me and realized that I just need to get over myself.



Well, enough of my drama for today… back to the amazing blogger who nominated me, Tales of a Family. If you love reading family history stories and the occasional observation on life (obviously, you do because you are reading my blog), then I highly encourage you to check out Tales of a Family. With a few clicks of the keyboard, this blogger makes her ancestors come to life. Her family and personal stories speak to the heart. I am certain y’all will enjoy her blog as much as I do.

Here are a few questions posed by this illustrious fellow blogger that I will happily answer:

1. What inspired you to start blogging?
As a family historian, I realized that our family stories needed to be shared before they were lost in time. I wanted to make sure that some small part of my ancestors would always live on.

2. What is your favorite article on your blog?
That is a hard one to answer. You see: I don’t have one favorite post. Although I love learning about the lives of our kin, I really enjoy the moments when I share a bit of myself in my posts. Some pieces that most resonate with me are An Excess of Entitlement, Genealogical Guffaw, Half-Past Life, Matriarchal Me, Mediocre Mom, Snow Days and Past Days, ‘Tis the Season?, and Wealthy Beyond Measure.

3. What is one thing about you that surprises people?
I am eldest of 28 paternal first cousins (29, if you count my brother who died as an infant).

4. Who is your hero?
I have more than one hero, and all of them are family members–women who have lived their lives with grace and grit.  These women have inspired me so much that I have written about them several times, including in these posts: Dream a Little Dream of Me, Family Food History, and Phenomenal Women.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you it be?
That’s another tough one.  I love the Scottish Highlands, the Tuscan countryside, the Loire Valley, the mountains of Bavaria, and quaint English villages.

6. What is your favorite possession?
Well, being a family historian, I would say family photos.

6. What is the craziest thing you have ever done all in the name of love?
I hate to say it, but nothing comes to mind. That either means I am downright dull or losing my marbles. Hmmm… it’s a toss-up…

Well, that’s it about me. Now, it’s my turn to nominate some extraordinary bloggers. I think there are so many great writers out there… Who to choose? Who to choose? Well, since I can’t choose just one (as evidenced by my answers above), I will choose a baker’s dozen instead. My nominations for The Sunshine Blogger Award (in alphabetical order) are:

  1. Amanda Bradburn
  2. Daze and Weekes
  3. Dusty Roots and Forgotten Treasures
  4. Empty Branches on the Family Tree
  5. F Yeah History
  6. Family Tree Girl
  7. Forgotten Ancestors
  8. Just History Posts
  9. Loved in the South
  10. Past to Present Genealogy
  11. Today in History
  12. Tracking Down the Family
  13. The Women Who Made Me

Now to my fellow bloggers listed above, if you choose to accept this well-deserved Sunshine Blogger Award, here are a few steps you should follow so that all devoted bloggers out there are recognized:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
  • Answer the questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate new blogs to receive the award and ask them questions about their blog and/or themselves.

Speaking of questions, here they are.  And anyone reading this post who was not nominated, please feel to answer in the comment section, if you like. I can’t wait to read your answers!

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?
  2. What is your favorite article on your blog?
  3. If you could have dinner with one of your ancestors, who would it be?
  4. What ancestor would most like to toss out of your family tree?
  5. If you could go back in time, when and where would you travel?


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11 thoughts on “A Ray of Sunshine on a Gloomy Day

  1. Awwww, thank you so much! You’re the best. ❤

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  2. Your blog was so funny and cute…I liked all the additions that you added about being nominated. Your writing style is so creative!

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  3. Glad you like my answers. Thank you again for brightening my day, Ann Marie!

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  4. What a great list! Thanks!

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  5. Congratulations on your well deserved nomination, and thank you in turn for passing the nominations on! I agree that it’s important to document family stories for the future generations, and like you, photographs are my most valued possessions… but then you probably already guessed that!

    Keep up the great work 🙂

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  6. I loved the answers to your questions, and I am glad that I could brighten your day a little after a rough day at work!

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  7. PS I can’t figure out how to reply to your contact via email… Hahaha… So thank you for your kind words!!! I’m looking forward to catching up on some of your highlights you’ve mentioned here that I have missed!

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  8. It was a nomination well-deserved. I really love your humor! Shine on! 🙂

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  9. I read your post this morning and was delighted to see that you nominated me! I shall sunshine blog accordingly 🙂

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  10. Thank you so much, Carol! You are a gem!

    Although I love each and every one of my cousins, it does get a little chaotic at family gatherings. 🙂


  11. Carol Barclay Radowenchuk

    A well deserved nomination, in my opinion! Congratulations! I am so jealous as you have more than double my first cousins, maternal and paternal combined!

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