Sunday, August 30, 2009

My Greatest Joy, Awards, and Guest Designer News

Good morning!! This post is of a personal nature and about some blog awards. I will be posting a card for the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge later today. I am the recipient of the Audrey Award this week for my poppy card! So next week I get to be their Guest Designer :) Ok, back on track. My son is coming to visit on Wednesday :) He is an Engineering student at University of British Columbia and only makes it home 3 times a year (Christmas, reading break, and end of the summer). Last year he helped me set up my classroom :) He was the sweetest child and now he's growing into a sweet man :) He'll be 21 in November and is my greatest joy :) I'm sharing this with you as I need to say 7 things about myself for an award coming up in this post and wanted to share a little more about him. Here are a few photos... his school kindergarten picture at age 4 and his high school graduation photo at age 17.

This next photo was taken on our way to my wedding in 2007. I raised Jake on my own so having him walk before me down the aisle was a moment I ponder in my heart always.

Ok, onto the next part of this post...I've received a couple of awards and need to say "Thanks!" and pay them forward. I'm not sure if I'm allowed, but I'm combining them and only saying pay them forward if you have time, otherwise just enjoy them :) Lovely Kristina from Itty Bitty Pieces of Me sent me the Lovely Blog Award, thanks Kristina!! You honour me again, you sweetie!!

Three lovely and talented ladies honoured me with the Kreativ Blogger award. Hugs and thank-yous to Winter, Tanny P (my fellow Canadian!), and Janelle :) To accept this award: 1. thank the person who nominated you. 2. copy logo and place it on your blog. 3. Link the person's blog that nominated you for this award. 4. name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting. 5. nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers. 6. post a link to the 7 you nominated. 7. leave a comment on each blog to let them know they are nominated.

Here are 7 things you may find interesting about me...

1) I am the youngest of 6 children (good Catholic family!)
2) I wanted to be a teacher since I was in Gr. 4
3) I raised my son on my own (with great support from family and friends) and he is my greatest joy.
4) I met my husband in Starbucks 4.5 years ago
5) We married on July 7/07 and had a big church wedding and reception with all the trimmings as it was my first marriage.
6) I made cards when I was about 10 years old, started up again in the 90s for awhile, was introduced to Stampin Up in 2004 but became serious once I found card blogs two years ago.
7) I have problems with "left" and "right" and often have to make "L"s with my fingers to know which is which (anyone else have that problem? LOL)

Here are my 7 lovely nominees (I would include those who nominated me but I don't think I'm allowed)....please accept these awards for all the encouragement and inspiration you've given to me this summer :)

1) Laural Lee @ Laural's Passion 4 Paper
4) Maile @ Simply Stamped

Ok, I'm done! Hope to see you a bit later with my Cinema Saturday card...have a glorious Sunday!!


Marisa said...

You should be a proud mama with such a handsome boy. He has a wonderful warm smile too. Your wedding dress and hair were fabulous too! Thanks for the I have to make sure I stamp something LOL! It's been such a crazy week I hope to stamp today if all goes well. Thanks for the tag and have a wonderful day ((hugs)). Diane says hi -- they're on a cruise in Caribbean right now.

Ann said...

What a handsome young man! :D

Thanks for passing the bloggy love on to me!

Winter said...

Thanks for the shout out Maureen! You so deserve these awards, you are too sweet! Sounds like you have a great son, and he has a great Mom! Your wedding day picture is SO pretty! My sister also got married on 7-7-07! How neat! :) I was just talking to someone this week, who said they had a hard time with left and right. I showed them the L with your fingers, so they could remember! :)

Aimes said...

Oh what lovely photos - you must be so proud of your son!
You both look beautiful on your wedding day pic - just stunning!
Thanks so much for the awards to me - I'm really honoured it came from a blog as lovely as yours!

Laura B. said...

Wow!! Thank you so much Maureen for your nominaton!! You made my day:)

Maile Belles said...

Thanks Maureen!!! You must be one proud momma! You make such a beautiful bride!!

Laural-Lee said...

Thanks Maureen!!! I giggled when I saw you met your husband at Starbucks! I'm going to call you the Java Queen from now on I think ;) Congrats on all your awards and guest designer opps. You are excellent at what you do. Have a fabulous first day back to school.

TannyP said...

I do love these awards - and it's all because of the info you learn about other wonderful women =)

You're so stunning in your wedding photo - and make such a beautiful photo, coupled with your son.

But my favorite part - learning I'm not the only one who makes an L to make sure I'm not screwing up left & right =)

Justine said...

What a beautiful post. I love your special day photo, thank you for sharing it along with the interesting facts.

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh man, I'm tearing up after seeing that gorgeous photo of you and your son at your wedding. What a special moment!

And yes, I still have to make an L with my hand every now and then to figure it out! LOL

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, lookin forward to chattin it up

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