Friday, November 2, 2012

Liebster Award

YAY!!!  How excited was I when I saw that Elaine had nominated me for the Liebster blog award?...lets just say I was very excited.  Thank you Elaine again for choosing me!!
My first thought was I have to find out what "Liebster" means.  After not finding it in my dictionary I was able to figure out via the internet it means "sweetheart, beloved person, and darling."  I feel so honored and I am thankful to have been nominated. (Don't you like how I worked this in with my "thankful" theme for November)   (I have no idea why this is a different background  color...sorry I don't know how to correct it)

How this works.... So Elaine has given me 11 different questions to answer about myself and then I am supposed to pay it forward by passing the award on to someone else.  The person must have less than 200 followers and be an up and coming blogger. So lets get started.  I hope you are ready for all this!! I know it is going to be long but I hope you will enjoy it all.

Why did you start blogging?  I started blogging less than one month ago... October 24th to be exact.  I have thought about starting a blog several times before but never really knew where to start and to be honest was nervous (lets face it, I am probably not the best writer even though I wish I was).  But I have so much I wanted to share with others and say.  I want to be an inspiration and offer encouragement to others.  I have been through a lot in my life and I hope I can use my past and my experiences to help others.  

What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?  Does eating count??  ;-)  Seriously it would have to be just spending time with my family and everyone sharing what they are thankful for.  I always enjoy hearing what everyone else is thankful for and I love making memories with my children.

Who has been most influential in your life?  I would have to say my Mom.  She is such an amazing person who has always took care of me and so many others.  She is a good Christian lady who raised me to always be honest and help others.  One thing mom would always tell us (me and my two older sisters) was to "Remember who you are, who you represent, and who you may embarrass." 
I cannot thank my mom enough for all she has done!  I love you Mom!

What is one quirky fact about you?  I love to research things.  I research everything!  Literally, I spend countless hours researching products, facts, reviews, diets, etc etc.  Although I enjoy the research I do NOT like research papers!!!  

What is your favorite book, movie, or TV show?  Well I never really loved reading (I'll blame it on the ADD) but still the best book out there is The Bible!! I have several favorite movies but to name just a few they would be Shag and Sweet Home Alabama. I love a good true movie and I am a sucker for a good tear jerker.   I  do not have a favorite TV show.  

What is your favorite quality of your spouse?  I obviously love many things about Kelly, but I have never seen such a hard worker as my husband.  He is one hard and dedicated worker.  I have seriously never seen someone work as hard as he has always done.  I thank him for his hard work especially since it is his hard work that provides for our family.  

How did you meet your spouse?  Long story short, we met in the 6th grade and dated on and off all through middle school.  Not sure you if you really call it dating because we never really got to go anywhere, ha. I was so "in-lust" with him =)  At the end of my junior year in high school we ran into each other again and it was only a matter of time before we started dating (for real this time) and we have been together ever since!!  

What are you looking forward to this Christmas?  Again it would be spending time with my family and friends.  I love the true meaning if Christmas and all the joy it fills my heart.  I am also going to enjoy the break from school ;-)

How has God recently revealed Himself to you?  Let me count thy ways!!  Besides the many times He revealed himself to me a few weekends ago at Women of Faith, one recent story pops into my head.  It is kinda long so here is the short version....Recently a lady I had never met started to visit our church and one evening service I go to say hello to her and out of nowhere she tells me she has brought me a book.  I was surprised by the gesture and but I  thanked her and told her I would read the book and return it as soon as I finished.  She explained to me I could keep it and do with it as I please.  Well I was already covered with unexplainable chills and emotions I cannot describe but when I got home and pulled out to look at what book I had received from this total stranger I busted put into tears.  I had been really struggling with something very personal that no one....especially a stranger...knew about!!  Well wouldn't you know this book was on exactly what I was struggling with!!!  I am so amazed how God finds ways to speak.  He is so good!!!  

Do you have a life verse?  I am pretty sure I could write an individual post just on some of my favorite verses...I just may do that very soon in fact!  But here is a sample of my life verses:
  • "Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."  ( Isaiah 41:10)  
  • "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  (Phil.4:13)
  • "For I know the plans for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  (Jeremiah 29:11)
  • "I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."  (John 8:12)
Since a theme?  Well each one has helped me in a battle.  I struggled with depression and anxiety most of my life and have been the lowest you can go.  I have not always had the relationship with God as I do now and it wasn't until I fully rededicated my life to Him that I was able to see the "Light" (hence the title of my blog)  I still have my days but I see how God is going to use my life now, as I hope to use my experiences to help me to  be a Christian counselor and help anyone and everyone that I possibly can through our Lord and Savior!!

What else can you tell us about yourself?  If you stayed with me this long I am not sure what else you want to know.  I am worried you already got more than you bargained for! ( I am sorry) If there is anything else you want to know, feel free to ask!!  
I can say I am very sensitive, emotional and caring!  I love to laugh and my children are my world!  

Thank you and I apologize for rambling so long!  I want to share this award along with the same set of questions with the two ladies who encouraged me the most to start this blog: Michelle and Kat 


  1. I loved reading your answers Cat! My most favorite was the way God has revealed Himself to you recently... I am just blown away each time He reveals Himself to me. He is soo personal and mindful of all we go through. I am thankful that the lady who was visiting your church was led to give you that book. You can see God's fingerprints all over that situation! XO!

    1. Thank you again for the award! I had a lot of fun answering them!! Yes I still get those cold chills when I think of how amazing God is and how HE gave me that book!!


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