Saturday, February 21, 2009

Welcome to the Oscar Awards!

Oh, alright, it's not the Oscars, but it's a heck of a lot more meaningful. And I did put on my red sequined gown to write this.

Thanks to Ally from Ally in Wonderland for the Lemonade Award. In the immortal words of Sally Field: "You like me! Right now, you like me!" I hereby bequeath this to the following bloggers, who have an amazingly optimistic attitude and a whole lot of spirit:

* Lisa (and Andy!) over at Elijahland
* Jess at Connor's Song
* Sarah and her mom at Class of 2008
* Debbie at Amazing Amelia
* Katy over at Bird on the Street
* Angi at Elizabeth Ann
* Michelle at Big Blueberry Eyes

Thanks, too, to a new friend, Keri, over at Life of Logan for giving me the Noblesse award, which she says is presented to bloggers who display consistency in any one or a combination of these conditions:
1. The blogger manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervades amongst different cultures and beliefs.
2. The blog contents inspire; strives to encourage and offers solutions.
3. There is a clear purpose at the blog; one that fosters a better understanding on social, political, economic, the arts, culture and sciences and beliefs.
4. The blog is refreshing and creative.
5. The blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking.

I am supposed to write a little bit about the purpose of my blog before I pass the award along, so here goes:

I started this blog to connect with other parents, especially ones who have kids with special needs. I wanted to relate (having a child with disabilities can feel so lonely), share experiences, trade advice. I also wanted to encourage parents with very young kids, as I went through hell during the first couple of years of Max's life and there was a lot of stuff I wish I'd known then (I once did a post about that). Oh, and I wanted to laugh. Lots.

And now (envelope, please), the award goes to...

* Marcela at Pray for Nathan Dorje. She's been on amazing journey of self-discovery, and has been great about sharing what she's learned.
* Attila the Mom at Cheaper Than Therapy. Outspoken and hysterically funny (as if you couldn't tell by her name).

Last, my friend Lyla over at Globetrotting Bride gave me the Picture Tag Award. Instructions are:
1) Go to your pictures on your computer
2) Go to your 6th folder
3) Choose the 6th picture in that folder and post it, with an explanation

Lisa at It's The Little Things, tag, you're it!

Here's my photo, taken Dec 21, 2004. Max, who had just turned two, had just started crawling around on all fours and we were so thrilled.

BTW, if you don't care to pass along the award or don't have time or both, no worries. I am not a believer in bad karma. Those chain e-mails always end with me. :)


  1. oh this is such a fun 6th folder, 6th picture photo! he looks just the same only smaller.

    i posted a 6th folder, 6th pic photo a few months ago on 10/22. check it out sorry, you'll have to dip into the archives. hugs!

  2. A big congrats for your bloggy bling! Very well deserved! I just love what you got going on over here.

    Picture of Max is just adorable! I'm actually getting those moments with Logan now. He's been learning to crawl the past couple of weeks. Just like you felt, we are thrilled! It's been an amazing!

  3. It's an honor, really. I will proudly display my Lemonade Award.

    Love the pic of Max. What a smile!!!!

  4. Congratulations!
    Did Joan & Melissa like your sequined dress?
    Well deserved awards...your blog is one of my all time faves.

  5. Thanks so much Ellen! I'll grab it and pass on the lemonade!


  6. aww what a cute little boy you have.
    thanks for stopping by my blog.

  7. I don't have a blog (no time, I just read the work of others) but I enjoyed this post nonetheless!! You hit the nail on the head when you said having a child with disabilities can feel so lonely--it sure can when you're in a rural environment and there aren't too many other kids in the same boat around!

  8. Congrats! You deserve it!

  9. Thank you SO much Ellen! That really means a lot to me (us)!

    Thank you for writing such a thought provoking blog that I wish I had time to comment on every day. :)

    Thanks again!

  10. oh thank you so much for passing this on to me! You are too kind!

  11. Oh thank you so much for the kind words!

    I've been totally off the grid this week---turns out my nephew has been in a youth shelter for the past three weeks (they moved him out of the group home when his mom signed over her rights), so we'll be getting our "bundle of joy" sometime next month instead of May.

    Running around trying to get him set up for services and all the paperwork surrounding it has just worn me out.

    Your award gave me a huge smile! Thanks again!!


  12. Ellen,
    Sorry for the late reply. I have been basking in the sun enjoying lemonades (and maybe a couple of dacquaris) but now I am back at home in the miserable cold.
    Thank you so much for the nomination. I originaly began blogging to keep friends and family updated while Elizabeth was in the hospital but now I blog for a multitude of reasons. Blogging our journey allows me to express the joys and frustrations of raising a child with special needs and hopefully this can give others a glimpse and maybe hope when embarking on this terrifying ride. What I didn't expect was to meet an amazing group of mothers who like me are trying to ensure the maximum potential of their children.


Thanks for sharing!

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