I'm a Liebster Nominee!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

I'm so very, very excited to be nominated for the Liebster Award! I'm super grateful to Diane from the blog Happy Wife and Mother for the nomination!

So here's how this goes...

Diane has given me 11 questions to answer, and then I've listed 11 random facts about myself. After all of that, my part is to nominate other blogs to receive this award...which I'm really looking forward to doing! It's a great way to get to know other bloggers!

 And these questions were a lot of fun to answer.  Here we go!

1. What makes you really happy?
Oh my goodness, I actually wrote an entire post dedicated to this! {it's right here...15 things that make me INSANELY Happy!} But probably the best things would be when someone gives me a gift unexpectedly (my love language is gifts), and my dance students...and more lately, singing again has been making me so unbelievably happy! I found a new voice teacher this past summer, and she's been coaching me on music for an opera competition next month! I cannot wait! 

2. What's your favourite time of year and why?
We are actually coming up on my favorite time of year...and that's SPRINGTIME! Where I live, winter is so ridiculously long and I struggle my way through it.  I love the spring because the sun finally starts coming out, the temperature gets warmer, and everything looks beautiful! It's like the world comes back to life (or at least the northern hemisphere, ha!)...and I'm reminded of what an artist our God is!

3. Share with us who Jesus Christ is to you!
Jesus is the One I strive to reflect in my every day life.  He is the friend of sinners, hope to the hopeless, and father to the fatherless.  He loved every lost cause and every outcast, and THEY were the whole reason he came to this earth! He is absolutely everything that is good, and everything that is truth...especially in this broken world, as well as in my own life! Everything I have, everything I am, is what he has made of me.  He's led me through everything in this life, even though I couldn't see it at the time, and I questioned it. Looking back on it, I see how he led me...that he HAD to bring me through, so I would grow in HIM.  

4. What is your favourite meal?
Mmm...there is absolutely nothing I love more than meatloaf (my grandmother's recipe) and creamy macaroni and cheese! I know it sounds kind of funny, but that it seriously my comfort food! Also, my aunt makes this delicious sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and brown sugar for Thanksgiving! I anticipate it every year! :))

5. Do you like muffins?  If so, what's your favourite?  (Mine is chocolate chip)
Oh I do like muffins! And I love chocolate chip too. But my favorite is white chocolate raspberry. Especially when they are warm, and the white chocolate is all melty and gooey inside...yummmmm.

6. Your favourite movie of all time?
You know, I think for most people answering this question might be hard. But I don't even have to think about it! My favorite movies of all time would be the Anne of Green Gables trilogy. And YES they count as one, because they all go together :)) I could watch those movies every single day, and never get tired of them!

7. Which authors if any, do you read?
I can't say that I stick to one particular author.  At least, I haven't found one yet that has made me highly anticipate their next book time and time again. I guess the one exception was Donna VanLiere who wrote the Christmas Shoes series. I always get so excited whenever she comes out with a new one! I love the way she incorporates all of her characters from the previous novels into the newest ones, interweaving them with the new characters. And every single book in the series has a twist that you never see coming! 

8. Where do you live?
I live in the state of Indiana, in a town called Mishawaka. I'm content enough here for now, but most of the time I wish I lived somewhere that was warm year round.

9. Do you have pets?  If so, what are they?
Yes! My sweet yellow labrador, Libby...and she still lives with my parents, but I love that I get to see her whenever I go over there.  She's getting pretty old now, but she's just the sweetest, and I'm pretty sure she still thinks she's a puppy sometimes.  She took really good care of me when I had surgery several years ago.  She was like my nurse dog, never leaving my side.  But I also must say, I am pretty head over heals for the boyfriend's dog, Hershel. He's a beautiful, chocolate colored Chesapeake Bay retriever.  He's my buddy :))

10. Why do you blog?
Good question! I've actually been thinking about that recently. I found a quote recently that perfectly sums up the "WHY"...
"You will have significant experiences. I hope you will write them down and keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experiences.” -- Gordon B. Hinkley
I love to look back and see how I've grown since writing past entires. I love to encourage other people when I'm writing, and I hope it DOES build others up.  But also, aside from all of that, I am grateful for the opportunity to use my blog as a platform to spread awareness, and end the stigma of mental illness. And THAT'S my biggest passion in life!

11. Your dream day would look like ...?
Anything that involves traveling...and anywhere I would be in the mountains.  All I would wanna do is sit somewhere with a beautiful view and warm sunshine, and soak up the beauty of God's creation. This is the kind of place where I can really experience and hear from the Lord. Those are the kind of days I love the most.

And now...11 random facts about me...

I would rather listen to music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, & 80s before I would listen to pretty ANY current music.

I love period movies and tv shows, like Pride & Prejudice, Downton Abbey, and of course Anne of Green Gables!

If I see anything in the store that is floral or lace, I can't stay away from it. And I usually end up buying it!

I kinda hate being a part of my generation sometimes. I often wish that we could keep all the mannerisms, music, books, movies, and lifestyles from generations before this one...while also still having all of the advanced technology we do have today. Now that would be an ideal world in my mind :))

I still take ballet classes to get back into shape. Right now I'm not even close, but I have goals for ballet this year, and I'm actually working on them this time!

I attend a mega-church...and I LOVE IT!!!

Outside of listening to "oldies" music, I also have an endless supply of Irish Celtic music! Oh, and "old school" contemporary Christian...which I guess kinda counts as oldies too...but I'm talking 90s and early '00s :))

My personality type is ENFP...and I highly encourage anyone else to find their type too! And learn about other peoples' types while you're at it! The human mind is a fascinating thing!

 I'm adopted.

My brain is like an on/off switch. I'll get really excited, or really into something for awhile, and then all of a sudden I won't care anymore. It's such an all or nothing mentality. And I'm trying to change that. It's hard.

My top 5 musicals are Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Hairspray, and Lion King.

In another post, I'll be nominating a few other bloggers for the Liebster Award! I'm really looking forward to getting to know some other lovely ladies!


  1. I LOVE Anne of Green Gables, too!! Do you also love the books?? Anne Shirley and I are kindred spirits. In fact, I included her in my list of 5 fictional characters I wish I knew in real life: http://rachelforrest.me/2016/02/26/friday-five-5-fictional-characters-i-wish-i-knew-in-real-life/

  2. Oh Emily I loved reading this post. Your love for Christ shines and your energy and sweet nature are a breath of fresh air. I love what God puts together. I am much like you in many ways and enjoyed reading from a kindred spirit! In Christ love. Diane xx

  3. Oh Emily I loved reading this post. Your love for Christ shines and your energy and sweet nature are a breath of fresh air. I love what God puts together. I am much like you in many ways and enjoyed reading from a kindred spirit! In Christ love. Diane xx

  4. This is such a fun post! Congratulations for getting nominated! xoShannon

  5. This is so cool. I also love period movies and shows. Pride and Prejudice is my all time favourite book. Also, I was recently in Indiana. I was in Marion not sure if that is anywhere near you but I love Indiana.

  6. Hi Emily! I enjoyed reading this. We do have quite a bit in common. I love to dance as well. As a matter of fact I used to lead the kids praise team at church. So much fun! I really need to do what you are doing and take some classes to get back in shape!