Nominated for the Liebster Award 2018

I was recently nominated for a Liebster Award by Pamela of It Is Real. As a brand new blogger, I was so excited to be nominated for this award! Thank you, Pamela.

The Liebster Award is an award that is for bloggers from bloggers. The word “liebster” is a German word that means “dearest.” The award is a great way to recognize other bloggers and help them get the word out about their blog.

Here are the rules:

  1. Answer the questions given to you
  2. Nominate other bloggers
  3. Create questions for your nominees to answer

Here are my answers to the questions given to me by Pamela:

  1. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why?

I’m going to assume this means living or dead, so I would choose Harper Lee. As a high school English teacher and book enthusiast in general, I have loved To Kill a Mockingbird since I first read it as a freshman myself. I would love to talk to Harper Lee about why she wrote the book then, how she feels about the release of Go Set a Watchman, and how she feels about the state of the world today.

2. What is your purpose in life?

My main purpose is to raise boys who are kind, caring, and courageous. I hope that by instilling those

qualities in my children, I will help them to live the life they want and to be happy and fulfilled in their lives. My other purpose in life is to share my love and knowledge of books and their power with as many people as possible. I have always done this through my teaching and with my own kids, and now I am venturing into the world of blogging in order to try to extend my reach to as many people as I can. If I can help other moms to use books to help teach their own kids to be kind, caring, and courageous, hopefully we can all make the world just a little bit better.

3. Who do you regard as having changed the world the most?

Women. I have been so inspired this year by all of the women who are taking a stand. Women have always been the leaders of the world, even if it was behind the scenes. Now we are taking a seat at the table and using our skills to help make the world the place we know it can be. I am so thankful for the women who have been leading the way for many years and the women who are stepping up now. I know that having more women in more positions of power will help make the world the kind of place I want it to be for my boys as they mature into men.

4. Who has helped to make you the person that you are today? How have they done this?

My family. Without my parents, their love for each other, their love for me, and their constant example of how to live and love in this world, I obviously would not be who I am now. As a teacher for 35 years and an amazing mother to my sister and me, my mom provided a wonderful example of how to care for the next generation; she also provided all the books! I can not thank her enough for the books. They are my go to, and she made that possible. My dad provided me with a sense of what it means to work hard and take care of your family first. He also provided me with the stories. The stories of how to live life. The little aphorisms about life that have stayed with me even if I can’t remember them word for word. The books and the stories shaped me into myself.

My husband is my rock. While my head might be in the clouds a bit at times, he takes care of the things we need so that I have the ability to chase my dreams and to try to have an effect on the lives of others. He has also helped me learn to lighten up a little. I tend to get a little bogged down in the future and the what-ifs, and his fun, silly side helps me remember to not get so frustrated when things aren’t going the way I think they are supposed to. He is so much better than I am at dealing with the small frustrations that kids bring, and for that I am eternally grateful (my sons are too!).

My boys have also shaped me into who I am. Without them, I wouldn’t be a mom, and I LOVE being a mom. They have made me so much more sympathetic to my students and have made me so much more aware of the world and how I can help to make it a better place for them to live. They are also just so stinking sweet, and they remind me to take the time to enjoy the little moments life has to offer.

5. If you could leave the next generation with one piece of advice, what would it be?

Read! There are so many ideas, perspectives, cultures, and values out there in the world. And there is no better way to expose yourself to them and learn to understand their intricacies than reading. The reading you do should be much more sustained than it is on social media. In social media, people present themselves in a tidbit, and we do not get to see the rest of the story. A longer piece lends to a reality (even in fiction) that tidbits just cannot give. A book, an article, even a blog post can give you so much insight into the way others live. And that insight will make you better equipped to deal with other new ideas and perspectives as you go through life. Read fiction. Read nonfiction. Read humor. Read sci-fi. Read drama. Read romance. Read to your own kids. Just read :).

6. What’s your biggest achievement?

So far, it is raising boys who are kind and sweet. They are not kind and sweet every moment of every day, but overall, I couldn’t ask for better boys. Their dad and I work hard to be present and influential in their lives every day, and so far, it seems to be working :).

7. What’s your favorite meal?

I love food, so it is really hard for me to choose, but probably flounder almondine at a place called Skull Creek Boathouse on Hilton Head Island, SC. I don’t get seafood much in Indiana, so this meal is a treat. The setting (on a boathouse dock with live music during our annual family vacation) makes it even better!

8. If you knew you only had one week left to live, what would you spend that week doing? Why?

Probably hanging out by the beach with my family. I love the ocean and I love spending with my family in such a relaxed setting. I would want my last week to be one filled with warm, wonderful memories.

9. If you could take one item to a desert island with you, what would you take? Why?

A book! What better way to occupy my time?!

10. In your opinion, what most important in life?

Family and home. My husband and I met in college, when we were both much more concerned about our social life than we are now. As we have grown as individuals and as a couple, we have realized how much we both treasure those moments when it is just the four of us, at home, doing the things we love to do. We hope that our home will be one that our boys always want to hang out in. Want to bring their friends to. Want to come home to once they are gone. We both feel that way about our own childhood homes. We love going home, just hanging out with our parents, and seeing them have fun with our boys. We hope that our boys feel the same way.

I would like to nominate Nicola of The Things of Every Day – Check out her blog here: https://thethingsofeveryday.wordpress.com/ and Emily of http://100reasonstopanic.com/

Here are my questions:

  1. If you could have lunch with any person in the world (living or dead), who would you choose and why?
  2. What is one thing that makes you weird/unique?
  3. What is your favorite thing to eat?
  4. What is your favorite place to visit?
  5. What is your favorite book? Why do you love it?
  6. What is your favorite children’s book? Why do you love it?
  7. What are you most passionate about?
  8. If you could give one piece of advice to the next generation, what would it be and why?
  9. Why did you start blogging?
  10. Who are the main influences in your life? Why?