Saturday, October 18, 2008

Odds and Ends. Tags. Awards. Give Away Winner!

First and Foremost.. This is a long post.. Please check it out though.. You just might have a shout out within.. I have so many blogs that I visit daily and that I love.. When I was going back through all the people I had picked, I found myself saying, Oh I wish I would have given it to this person or this person.. until I finally had to give up. It is really hard to pick among all you awesome ladies..and a couple of you guys too..

I was tagged by HiOhOhio Here are the rules: Go to your Sixth Picture Folder then pick the Sixth Picture. Pray that you remember the details.

This picture was taken last year. It was when our girls basketball team won the AREA championship. This was a picture of the crowd gathering aound to give high fives and pats on the back. You can see the Coach on the left hand side. He and the team were getting their pictures taken for the newspaper. I am so very excited that Basketball season has rolled around again. It is my favorite.. You all will be seeing many more pictures...

I tag: Alicia, Megan, Melissa, Stephanie, & Ms. Anne

I have been tagged by Lindsey and I am so excited to play this game so thanks for the tag!=)

Four Top Wishes:

1. I wish I didn't have any bills. (don't we all)

2. I wish I was at my goal weight, and I wish that I could stay there..

3. I wish I had a Masters In Education. (I want to go back to school, seriously! I am a nerd.)

4. I wish I owned my own home. I don't like wasting money by being a renter..

Four Places I Want to Travel to:

1. France - I love the sights and sounds of Paris portrayed in movies. I wanna kiss someone in a gondola and near the Eiffel tower.. I want to dine at Le Auberge Quincy off the beaten path near Bastille.

2. Chicago - I want to go to Chicago. It is silly I know.. I have never been. I want to go to Tony and Tina's Wedding. I have always thought that it would be fun. I want to go to the top of the Sears tower and see all of the tourist attractions.. I do not wish to see Oprah though... I am no longer a fan..Ugh.

3. Israel - I would love to go to The Holy Land and walk were Jesus walked...

4. Fiji Islands - I want to lay around the beautiful beaches all day long...

(I guess this is where I should say, I am deathly afraid of air travel so I will probably never go to any of these places.. except Chicago).

Four Careers I Want to be Involved in:

1. Stay at home mom - If I ever get married and have children.. I would like to be a stay at home mom, well at least until my children become school age.. Then I would love to return to the classroom.

2. Student Counselor - I want to work with troubled kids in the school system. I want everyone to have someone rooting for them.. Someone on their side. I wanna be a safe haven for kids who are facing storms in their lives..

3. Photographer - I love taking pictures and I love photo editing.. (I am not good at it.. but I still love

4. Event Planner - I love a good party.. How fun to plan them all the time..

Four Things I Would Like God to Say to me at the Gates:

1. "Well done good and faithful servant"

2. "I love you"

3. "Go ahead and ask me all those questions you have"

4. "I have some people I'd like you to meet"

Lindsey- I am sorry. I didn't change one.. I would like to hear all the exact same things.. I hope that you don't think I am to much of a copy cat...

Four People I Tag:

1. Smiling Shelly

2. Insane Mama

3. Dream. Imagine. Live

4. Julie's Junction

Someone presented me with this award about a week or so ago. I so meant to give you a shout out on your blog.. and now I can't find the post where I was told that this award had been presented to me. I know that sounds awful and I am truly sorry. I love love love this award. Please let me know so that I can thank you properly.

I tag: Wendy, My Home - My life, Solei, All My Kids, & Sandy Toes,

Naturally Caffeinated Family gave me this award about a week ago. Someone had presented it to me previously as well.. But I love this award. I think it is so very cute.. Thank You So Much for loving my blog. I love yours too.

I tag: In My Life, Sondre Lyn, Livin & Lovin, Rebecca Jo, & Indefinately definitely

Ruby Red Slippers gave me this award and I love it so much. It is so pretty. Thank you so very much for this tag. I too am a reader.. there is nothing like getting lost in a good book.

Here are the rules: Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to do the following: Open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences...The CLOSEST BOOK, NOT YOUR FAVORITE, OR MOST INTELLECTUAL!!

That sounded like surrender, like giving up. But who was Caleb fooling? Marriage wasn't a game, some contest in which all the spoils went to the victor. This was supposed to be a joint venture, right? A partnership. And his partner wanted nothing to do with him.

Fireproof, written by Eric Wilson. My friend bought this book for me during my birthday week. The following day we went to the movies to see it. I loved it. I am just now reading the book, I am sure it is spectacular as well.

I tag:
Mom In A Fish Bowl
Make Mine a Mojito
Learning To Be A Wife
Matters of The Heart
Straight To Your Hart

Elaine @ Matters of the Heart presented me with this award and I love it. Thank you so so so very much.

The Questions.

1. Do you have the same friends since childhood? Yes! I have known the majority of my closest friends since I was in 4th grade. I make new friends where ever I go but my core group of friends I have know forever and I find comfort in that. They are so near and dear to my heart. My family that I have chosen for myself.

2. What do you value most about your friends. I value their opinions even if they are different from mine. I value their faith in God. I value their families as if they were my own. I value the trust that we have with each other and I value their loyalty to me.

3. Are your friends sounding boards. Yes. When I have something going on.. I may ponder on it for a day or two but when I decide to let it all out, my girls are their waiting and willing to me hash it out. To laugh with me, cry with me or pray with me. God has truly blessed me with a great group of friends. Thank you GOD.

4. What is your favorite activity to share with friends. Road Trips for sure. My friends and I go on vacation together. Road trips. Shopping Trips. Church Trips. There is nothing better than the open road, the windows rolled down ( I hate the windows rolled down, it just looked good lol), and a good friend beside you (getting you lost).

I tag:

Naturally Caffeinated Family

Rebecca Taylor

My Life, My Hope, My Future

Our Lives-In a nutshell

Pleasant Drive

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The White Family said...

Hey Becky!! Quick question = I figured out the whole scrapblog thing... thank you so much by the way.. One thing I need to know is how to size it down a little bit. The one I did for my header on my blog is SO BIG!! I want it to be like 5x7 or the size of yours... When you get a min please let me know. Thanks so much and have a great weekend.

lmerie said...

Good Saturday morning Becky!

You should definitely go to Chicago! I visited a friend who lived in the burbs and we spent the last day and night of my visit in Chicago- I had a great time! My husband thinks it is silly that I would want to go back and see more - but that is because he has traveled more than I have! Of course I also think you should go to ALL the places you listed!

Have a great day!

AVT Coach said...

Congratulations on that marathon post and all of your awards! I saw Tony and Tina's wedding in Toronto and it was great fun! You really do feel like a part of the wedding, my friends and I even got up and danced with the cast at the "reception"! I don't know when I have laughed so hard. It would be worth the trip if it is playing in Chicago. Have a most excellent weekend!

Rebecca Taylor said...

Congratulations on all of your awards! Thanks for tagging me. I love it and can't wait to do it!

Pete is from Chicago and I've never been, so when you're ready I'll go with you! :)

Katie said...

I saw Tony and Tina's wedding in NYC right after my Senior year of high school. We went on a "road Trip" it was soooo much fun! You definitely must find the time to go! I am about three hours from Chicago, if I lived any closer I'd offer you a place to stay... thats how much you need to see it!

Allmykids123 said...

Oh my gosh, I've never been tagged before. I think I respond to the Kreative Blogging thingy, right? You'll have to tell me which one I need to do.

Thanks so much for thinking of my humble little blog. Hope you have a blessed weekend. Weren't you reading the Twilight series? I'm on book #4 and it's kinda dragging and hope it picks up a bit. The first one ROCKED!

valerie said...

Just recently I started looking on Expedia to see what kind of deal they might have for a trip to Chicago. There were several good deals with flight & hotel. One was even staying at the Trump Hotel. You might check it out.
The lady I work with, her son dances in Wicked. She's there right now. Sigh...

My husband & I were blessed to go to Israel with my family & some of our church members shortly after we got married. It truly was amazing!

I enjoyed your q&a session.
Enjoy your weekend!

Mojito Maven said...

There are so many of us bloggers who want to be wedding planners....i think we need to all start a HUGE business

AND, thanks for my award. This just may be the coolest award I have ever received. THANK YOU

Kelsey said...

Hey Becky!

Oh Chicago is soo awesome! It's like a VERY clean NYC. I'm not a fan of Oprah right now either. She lost me after her political affiliation.

Just get a couple of girlfriends and go have a girl weekend! You deserve it!

The prettiest time to go is in the Spring. The weather is perfect and they decorate Michigan Ave with tons and tons of GORGEOUS pink tulips. I want to move there someday.

georgie said...

Becky everytime I come here I SMILE!!! your header is so fun! I LOVE the blue tongue

Congrats on all your tags and awards wow!

Straight to Your Hart said...

My oh my look at all the items you covered...congrats on all the awards...Chicago...loved it..when you can..ROAD TRIP!! THanks for the tag...don't know how much I like to play along cause the closest book to me is a kids hard bound..JK..THanks though...I love reading your posts..always bring a belly laugh (scares the kids..earthquake tehe!!) or a huge smile to my day...

sassy stephanie said...

Congrats on your awards!

And congrats Pooba!

Don't stress too much over not owning a home. The next few years may be a good time to NOT own one! Money is going to be tight and you won't have the expense of the upkeep. Plus, you can keep your eye out for a bargain!

Mamarazzi said...

wowzer!! that was worth the read!

it is so fun getting to know you better.

i have a long bloggy business post that i have been working on for a while. it will go up monday and there is a little bit of goodness in it for YOU!! woo hoo!

Celine said...

Well, if you ever come to Paris, give me a shout Becky! :)
Thanks for tagging me!
I hope I'll do it right on my blog! LOL

david mcmahon said...

Like you, I love photography too. Thanks for the visit and the kind comment.

Rachel said...

ahhh man...I didn't win LOL
congrats to the winner!

Rachel said...

thanks for the shout out!

Amy said...

WOW! You are a busy lady!:)

Great answers to all of your questions, and congratulations on all of those awards! You deserve them!:)

Thank you so much for the award you passed to me. I love your blog too!:)

Have a lovely rest of the weekend, Becky!:)

God Bless,

Lana said...

Hi! I just found your blog today! I am a fellow teacher (4th grade) so I'm sure I'll be back to hear a more stories!

Darlene said...

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit my blog. Nice to meet another Okie!! Do you live in Northern or Southern Oklahoma?? I am in Southern about halfway between OKC and Dallas, TX. Congratulations on all your awards!!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

I loved reading about you! And thank you sooo much for the tag and award! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it and definitely put a smile on my face! Thank you so much for that!

Elaine said...

You are so sweet, thank you. I hope you are having a very blessed weekend.

Miss Anne said...

Thank you for the SWEET award! :) I feel so honored! :)

I plan to mail your package early this week! I just have to finish your labels! :)

Enjoy your Sunday!


Jo-Jo said...

Congrats on the awards!

Jaime said...

Congrats on all the tags and awards!

Your blog is so cute!:)

Grand Pooba said...

I am so excited to win that cute tote bag and I'm even more excited to pay it forward.

Thank you so much, this is too fun!
I emailed you my info, hope you got it! Thanks again.

Lindsey said...

Congrats on the awards! I am so sorry I missed this post! I don't know how that happened but thank you so much for the award! You are so sweet! I loved your answers, especially that we had the same for the last question! We are so alike!