Saturday, June 30, 2007


I haven't really slept well since Chad's accident, but the past two nights have been rough. This afternoon, I took a nap. A real life 2 hour nap! It was great. I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to go. Until Chad says, "Let's take this bandage off." I don't usually get sick at things like this, but these "3 little holes" as his Dr. called them, are DISGUSTING! They aren't little and I don't really understand why they didn't get a stitch! But, I didn't go to med school so who am I to say. Needless to say, I got a little light-headed by the whole thing. :) I know that Chad felt better getting that bandage off and that's all that matters. It's still really quiet around here. The girls are still gone and I feel a little lost without them.

I was having a bit of a pity party when I decided to check my e-mail. Much to my surprise my "real-life" friend, as well as a sister blogger, Kate at Small Scribbles gave this award to me today. I'm very humbled and quite frankly, speechless. Here are the directions for this award.

Give to those who have who have been an encouragement, a source of love, impacted you in some way, and have been a Godly example to you. This award is for the best-of-the-best so consider who you pick, carefully. This award should not be given to just anyone. If you’re going to do the award don’t just write a few words and slap it on your Blog. Write real thoughts about these Bloggers and what they’ve meant to you. If the Bloggers you pick have already been given the award, don’t be afraid to give it to them again. They deserve it as many times as it’s given.

With that in mind, I bestow this award on the following:

Angela at Refresh My Soul. We had the honor of co-directing the women's ministry at our church in Chattanooga. We share the desire and passion for women to experience God in every aspect of life. She is an excellent writer and never ceases to encourage me. She is a prayer warrior and willing to take a stand, even when it's not popular. I love you Angela and can't wait to see what God is going to do in your life.

Meg at No Shadow of Turning. Meg if I remember correctly, was the first person outside of my real-life friends to comment on this blog. While we have never met face to face, we share the bond of Jesus. The best bond there is! She has the gift of writing and weaves, or should I say "knits" the Lord into every situation. I love that about her.

Kate at Small Scribbles. Kate is so precious to me. Like she says on her blog, we served together in our previous church. When I think of Kate, I think quiet strength. She has a servant's heart and I'm so glad God allowed us serve together. She is such an example of a godly wife and mother. Because our lives are running parallel right now, I feel a deep bond with her. Her writing reflects real life. I always come away from her blog thinking and pondering the ways of our God. I love you lady and thank God for you!

Amy at Adore, Amplify, Admire. This dear friend has been keeping her blog a secret. She has just recently "granted access" to her site. Let me tell you, this girl can write. She is a true lover of God. I fell in love with her precious daughter right after they moved to Chattanooga and God placed her in my VBS class. When Amy came to pick her up at the end of the evening, I knew that she was the real deal. Jesus was on her face! She has the gift of hospitality in real life and her blog is just as warm and welcoming as her home is. Amy is a prayer warrior. (I fully expect Jesus to part the sky while Amy is praying!) When she says "I'll be praying", she means it. When I read Proverbs 31, her face comes into my mind. I've already been encouraged by her blog. I love you Amy and thank God for you. You inspire me and encourage me to be a better daughter of the King.

Thinking and writing about each one of you has brought tears to my eyes. (Big surprise I know!) You are so special to me and this blog friendship has been a gift from the Lord. (Hmmmm, maybe a sappy little song will emerge from this. A real tear jerker like "Friends" or "Wind Beneath My Wings". Just kidding!)

If I had tiara's and scepters, and this wasn't blogland, I would crown each one of you! I'm honored to know you and thank God for you. YOU encourage me, each one in your own way, make me want to follow harder after God. THANK YOU!


Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Aww-girl! You make me wanna cry! You are so precious. I love you my siesta! Ha-thought I would use that this time. Praying for you.

Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Oh yeah and BTW-reward back at ya!

Meg said...

Thanks, Stephanie! What a fun surprise. Glad you got a bit of a nap and hope your rest continues to improve! Love, Meg

Amy said...

Steph, Thanks for your generous words and encouragement! You are a blessing and a challenge to me! And I loved thinking about the first time we met...God definitely arranged that, for He had already knit our hearts together!!

Love you, Amy