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:
- Amanda Bradburn
- Daze and Weekes
- Dusty Roots and Forgotten Treasures
- Empty Branches on the Family Tree
- F Yeah History
- Family Tree Girl
- Forgotten Ancestors
- Just History Posts
- Loved in the South
- Past to Present Genealogy
- Today in History
- Tracking Down the Family
- 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!
- What inspired you to start blogging?
- What is your favorite article on your blog?
- If you could have dinner with one of your ancestors, who would it be?
- What ancestor would most like to toss out of your family tree?
- If you could go back in time, when and where would you travel?