Friday, November 23, 2012

My Liebster Award Nomination

Thank you, Leslie - From a Daughter, for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award.

The Liebster Blog award is given to bloggers who have less then 200 followers.

-Each blogger should post 11 facts random facts about themselves.
-Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award on to.
-Choose 11 bloggers (less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them to your post.
-Go to their page and tell them about the award.
-No tag backs!

Random Facts About Me:
  1. I am a craft-addict.
  2. I am a Libra.
  3. I really would like to go to a psychic, but I try to be frugal.  It is just not in the budget...
  4. I am a mom of two boys.
  5. I love good food.
  6. I wish I had more time to read.
  7. I have an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service.
  8. I would really like to be successful on Etsy.
  9. I am an Embalmer.
  10. I am married to a Funeral Director.
  11. I am tired.
Leslie's Questions for me:
  • What is your favorite time of year?  Halloween through Christmas! Such a fun, magical time.
  • Who is your favorite artist?  Peter Max.  I love the graphics of his 60's art and the texture of his more current work.
  • Do you like From A Daughter on Facebook?  Yes, nice blog!
  • Do you have a pet? Yes
  • What kind of pet?  Two cats, Whiskey and Bourbon, both girls
  • Do you use Spotify?  No
  • What is the best thing about blogging?  I try to use blogging to keep me accountable on the areas of my life I need to work on.
  • What platform do you use to blog?  Blogspot
  • What is your favorite social network?  Facebook
  • Do you do blog reviews?  Yes
  • Have you had a good day?  Yes, but cold.

My Nominees Are:

KABbeading's Questions for you:
  1. What was your favorite book as a teen?
  2. What is your favorite drink?
  3. What color do you look best in?
  4. What is the one thing you hope to accomplish with your blog?
  5. Have you ever been to another country?
  6. What is your favorite Christmas Holiday song?
  7. What is your favorite thing to blog about?
  8. What would you like me to blog about?
  9. What do you do to relax?
  10. If you could be a super-hero, who would you be?
  11. What is your favorite mode of transportation?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Some THING to be Thankful For

I read an article on Yahoo! News yesterday.  It really made me think about the best "thing" I have to be thankful for.... my marriage.
Can you imagine being married for 80 years?  I can't even imagine being 80 years old, let alone to share my life with someone on such an intimate level for 80 years.

Couple Celebrates 80th Wedding Anniversary, Shares Secrets to Lasting Marriage

     There have been events that have happened in the past few months that have made me realise that my marriage is pretty awesome.  It is not all "rosey" and perfect.  Far from that, but it is a great marriage.
From the article, the two most important things I agreed with was the couple's advice of:  
1. Get along and compromise 
2.  Live within your means.  
My third that is more the summary of the whole article is....
3.  Be supportive of your spouse.

     Getting along and compromising is the day to day mechanics of a marriage.  This also includes communication.  You probably can not read your spouses mind and your spouse probably can not read yours.  Honest and open communication is the most effective way to make sure you are meeting the needs of your spouse and your spouse is meeting your needs.  Getting along and discussing anything and everything leads to being able to compromise on the things you may not agree on.
     LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS is a huge blessing for those who have been able to do it.  We are totally guilty of not living within our means.  It leads to much stress and unnecessary arguments.  Now, we are trying to dig ourselves out of this financial hole we are in.  If you can learn this BEFORE you let it get out of hand, you are blessed.  If you can get yourself out of a financial abyss and still love and respect each other, you are also blessed.  Most couples can not.  
   Being supportive of your spouse and the spouse being supportive of you is the "BIG PICTURE" of a marriage.  Even though you may not have interest in your spouses special project at work, it is important to ask and become interested.  That project could lead to stress and anxiety OR a raise or a bonus.  Either way, you being aware of the project and being accommodating to other needs that may arise will only benefit
your marriage.  A "project at work" could be a stay at home spouse's charity work, cleaning and bill paying. Take an active interest in your spouse's interests.
     Even if you are not 100% supportive of an idea/project, that is where getting along and compromising comes in handy! Marriage is not easy.  It takes work, communication and understanding from both people.  I am blessed to have a husband who works with me and tries to understand my needs while letting me know his needs.  My final thought on this subject comes from Ann Betar, the bride of 80 years, "You know what your commitments are and you try to live by them and understand one another. If you don't hold a grudge, you can face anything." 
*** the article I read and quoted was written by Lauren Sher - Good Morning America.