Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Sunshine Award

Have any of you heard of the Sunshine Award? It was a first for me, but it is really neat! Who doesn't love a pat on the back and some recognition every now and again?  One of our oldest friends, Angie , has recently entered the blogging world and I first saw the Sunshine Award on her blog.
The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blogging world.

Of course, awards come with rules…

1. Put the logo on your blog and/or within your post.
2. Pass the award on to twelve bloggers.
3. Link to the nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they received this award by commenting on their blog.

5. Share the love and the link to the person from whom you received this award

And the Winners Are:

The Connors Family  This Blog is primarily about R and R's best little cousin from Indiana.  Actually, R and R have never even met Evan.  Matt and I haven't met Evan, but I feel like I know him from Amber's Blog.  Matt and Amber are first cousins and her Blog has been a blessing because I absolutely feel like I know her family even though we have only met a handful of times.  We love y'all!

Dynamite and Tatertot  This Blog gives me strength.  My friend, Heather, is the author.  She started the blog for the same reasons I started document our kiddo's lives.  Our blogs serve as our virtual baby books.  It is so much easier to run to the computer and type in the milestones as they happen then to physically scrapbook them.  I am totally speaking for myself here...Heather, may be a scrapbook queen for all I know.  She designs her own blog backgrounds.  They are is a sin to envy things...but I envy her layouts.  You will too!  Anyway, her Blog has turned into much more than her children's baby book.  She is so creative, smart, patient, funny.  Sometimes it seems like we are living parallel lives raising our two kids.   I actually feel like we are better friends now, through our blogs, than we were in high school.  You must check out her Blog!

Grasshopper Momma  Y'all want a good laugh?  Check out Miss Mary over at Grasshopper Momma.  She literally has me falling out of my chair laughing on most days.  She is so good about posting...usually every day.  Some days they are just pictures, but even her pictures are funny.  Mary is the sweetest girl who is totally honest about the joyous and not so joyous times of raising 3 kids who are 3 and under!  I love Mary and I love her Blog!!

The Cluff's  This blog is private, so you won't get to indulge unless you  know Janelle.  I love her.  We met our freshman year at A & M and I have some of my best memories in life from that year.  Especially from our first Architecture class...John Christiansen was our first college instructor.  I think he was a Grad student, not a real professor.  He wasn't a fan of my work.  Ha!  In fact, he convinced me switch over to the Construction side of the school...which was a blessing.  That's how I met Matt!  Anyway...we had a blast and met some really fun people.  Hey Janelle...remember Kyle?  Did I ever tell you that I saw him on an episode of MTV's Made?  He was the stylist on the episode...I think we always knew that...didn't we?

The Sabin's   This superwoman is another one of my college roommates.  She is superwoman.  She works full time, raises two children, is a wonderful wife and runs every triathlon in the state.  O.K...I may be exaggerating on the last one, but not by much.  If you want to know about DFW races, Jenn has the answer.  She is an awesome athlete and I could only dream of being as fit as her!

The Mac's   A lot of you probably follow this blog.  I started reading their story when Cora got sick over a year ago.  I sat at my computer with tears streaming down my face as I read their story.  Matt follows the Mac's now, too.  They are so strong.  I can't imagine a more amazing family than this.  I love Jess's honesty.  They were blessed with a new baby boy, Levi, this winter and he is as beautiful as his sister.  Jess has an etsy shop with lots of super cute little girl items for those of you with girls!  Check out her Blog for more details. 

Wind Beneath My Wings Misty and I go back all the way to Elementary School.  She is an absolutely beautiful girl who does beautiful things for those around her.  She lives in South Florida and blogs about her life and Christian walk.  She is a wonderful photographer and you can see some of her work and participate in fun give-a-ways over at Wind Beneath My Wings.

The Banks Family  The Banks family is the image of faith, strength and love.  This family has been through it all.  I am in awe of Lisa at times because through everything they have endured, she has stayed faithful and never once questioned God or his plans for them.  She is a very special girl.

My Life in a Boy's World  Who doesn't love another blog about raising two boys very close in age?  Meet Julie!  Julie and I were childhood friends and I love being able to watch her two little one's grow!

Thrifty Decor Chick  So we are buying a new house and I was perusing a bunch of DIY

The Idea Room  I am not sure how I ever found this blog, but it is absolutely one of my staple reads.  Amy has the BEST ideas!  If you haven't already, you must add her to your reading list!

I Heart Faces Another staple read.  A great way to find other blogs, awesome photographers and lots of tips!!

On another note... we're a weekend closer to moving...May 28 is our official closing date.  Ryder is going to miss our is his Mommy.  I realized last night how much I am going to miss all of my neighbors, too.  We had a Farewell street party for my sweet friend Brooke and her family who are moving to Melissa.  I love her and will miss her dearly!  You guys better remember that THE SMITH'S ARE ONLY MOVING 20 MINUTES down the highway and we fully expect to still be included in all neighborhood parties!  Kidding, not really.  I love you guys!



Connors said...

You are the sweetest! I totally agree with you - it feels like we live tons closer since you've let us in on the boys' growth. It's fantastic! Thanks for the love. ;)

Mary said...

So sweet Joy! I'licking to visit all of the blogs you mentioned-as soon as I can get some time by myself :) it may be a few

Lisa said...

Thanks for including me in your list. I feel blessed to be able to call you my friends and I love that fact that we are raising our boys together. Can't wait to see the new digs. :)

Janelle said...

Of course I remember Kyle - how could I forget those days in John-boy's class? And, yeah, that does not surprise me that Kyle is a stylist. He was always a little swishy!
You forgot to mention sophomore year living at Willowick with the four J names. And Chuy and that Mexican restaurant we used to go to for the queso and tortillas. Man, those were good times.

We Three Smiths + 1 said...

I totally forgot that we called him John-Boy, LOL! Remember that Corps guy that was in our class and he would do that "Corps Walk" every time we had to give a presentation? Who could forget Willowick? Remember those mysterious brownies that ended up on the front porch? Roadtripping it in Julie's car to Galveston...I still have a jacket that I bought at the Bass outlet on that trip. Chuy is my friend on FB..he is married and lives in Houston I think. Somebody told me that Garcia's isn't there could that be??!!! I thought they had the best food EVER! Especially that green dipping sauce! Awwww...those were the good ole' days!

Anonymous said...

How sweet are YOU?! Thanks Joy, and I totally agree, I feel like I know you better now than I did back in high school. Then again, high school sort of seems like it happened on another planet when I think about it.