Wednesday, August 1

Gifts and Honors

Today is the day. The first day of the month. The day to award this:

Original Perfect Post Awards – July 2007

A Perfect Post for the month of July.

I proudly present it to Allison, who writes Soccer Mom in Denial, for Ceremony.

This piece centers on the core concept of embracing diversity. A philosophy I seek to fully implement in my life; a concept I strive to teach to my children; an issue which, yes, calls me to my soapbox. Truly, this is an idea I simply couldn't be MORE FOR.

I applaud this post and I applaud this writer. Well done, friend.

Thanks to Momma K and Lindsay for hosting the Perfect Post awards. Check their sites for more Perfect Posts.


In other news, I got a couple of somethings from some someones myself. I want to thank these bloggers friends for the kindness shown. I really am deeply honored.

From Brillig I received this:

And she said this about me:

It goes to
Jenn in Holland–I don’t know Jenn “in person,” but she has become a dear, eternal friend. She always leaves comments here, and she always replies to the comments I leave at her site. She’s even been known to drop me an email just to tell me that she’s thinking of me. I know! Could there be a cooler e-buddy? She’s the most thoughtful blogger I know. I love you, Jenn.

Thank you Brillig. I love you too.

Karen, who writes Author Mom with Dogs bestowed this:

and this:

And I thank her kindly.

She also gave my daughter this:

Awarded for her stories told at her own site, About A Girl.
When I saw this button and read Karen's words about Em, the Mama pride in me welled up and the gratitude fell down my cheeks in tender tears. Karen, thanks for thinking of my baby. That alone gets you a rockin' friend award.

I just need to figure out how to make the button.


And finally a Haiku for Leslie's Haiku Buckaroo contest. (Did you enter yet?)

Four-year-old kisses
sticky with peanut butter
all sweetness to me


  1. oh that is a cool haiku! I like it very much.

    I tried last night in the sofa...I didn't get further than

    I am so tired
    I am a lazy bum

    pretty boring huh.

  2. I'm speechless. Thanks. Norm would probably thank you too.

    And by the way, Goofball, that was a 5-7-5 Haiku you wrote. "Pretty boring huh" is 5 syllables.

    So not boring at all, in fact, pretty witty.

  3. Congrats to Soccer mum - and to you too Jenn.

    I've tried writing a few haikus, they all suck.

    my poetry sux
    I reluctantly admit
    as I throw my pen

  4. SMID: oh my gosh, you are right. I did finish my first haiku and I didn't even notice.


  5. Congratulations on all your awards. Totally deserved!

  6. What an honor to be labeled a "thoughtful blogger"! Congratulations on your awards!

    I stumbled across your blog this afternoon and am so happy I found it!

    Now you've got me on a Haiku jag-- I don't know if that's a good thing or not... ;-)

    My husband is Dutch and we're raising our sons biculturally / bilingually. I can really identify with a couple of your posts you wrote about the positive and negative aspects of the "Dutch way".

    Some moments I think they could be used as a blueprint for how we could improve our society. And at other moments I realize how foreign they are to me... (despite my Dutch citizenship which I got about 5 years ago).

    Anyway, just wanted to drop you a comment to say that I like your blog and that I will definitely be back for more... :-)

  7. You deserve all those awards and more, Jenn! And Soccer mom, you SO deserve that award for Ceremony - it was a very important post.

  8. Loved SMID's post--excellent choice. Congrats on your awards, and how cool that someone awarded your daughter too!

    And your haiku even made me smile. I KNOW!!! Who am I? What happened to my anti-haiku alter-ego?

    And I'm thrilled that you posted my little love-note to you. Yes! I want the world to know that I am your BIGGEST fan--so back off, everyone else.

    I'm SO not kidding...

  9. brill-
    You are going soft baby. But thanks for the nod about my little poetry fun. You da best.

    Thanks, that's kind of you to say.

    Welkom! How lovely to meet you. Your blog rocks and I am looking forward to hearing more about your life.

    Ah, thanks.

    You see? You CAN write Haiku!

    So can you. That one in particular is just fabulous!

  10. Congratulations to you my friend. You awards are well deserved. I always love to come and visit you.

    Take care,

  11. Hey cool...I enjoy Betsy's blog and I enjoy your blog and now you guys start reading each others blogs as well...Fun! Blogging communities growing and interconnecting.

    ...what a cool blogging world that is. maybe I should write a haiku about that. hahahaha

    I know your blog well
    but my bloglist is quite long
    now your's is growing

    Yesss I did it!

  12. Fun awards! Now I must go read these posts. (As soon as I can breathe!)

    Just got back from BlogHer and I'm not caught up on my reading!

  13. Congrats on your awards!

    Kudos for all your hard work!

    Yours is such a fun, pleasant blog to visit.

    Keep up the good work!

  14. great gifts and honors :)

    take care and happy wednesday!

  15. I finally got to Soccer Mom in Denial's blog to read her perfect post and I fully agree - it is deserving, as are you for all the awards you've received.

    I hadn't realized your daughter had a blog. You certainly have a good reason to be proud. She's a wonderful story teller.