My life has been blessed by the thoughts and ideas of Brenda, of the blog Coffee, Tea, Books and Me where she promotes family, beauty, flowers, friendships, all things tea time, books, a great cup of coffee and especially...our Lord...are deemed of utmost importance. I will admit by first being drawn to her blog by the word "tea" in the title. But, over time I have come to realize that Brenda reflects many thoughts and ideas that I share, as well as new ones that I simply have not thought of or taken the time to ponder. Recently Brenda awarded Gracious Hospitality with The Blogger Reflection Award. Thank you so much, Brenda! I am honored and hope that Gracious Hospitality can, in a small way, bless the lives of others as much as your blog has mine.
The Blogger Reflection Award originated from the lovely blog owned by a sixteen-year-old, home schooled girl at Lothlorien, Realm of the Lady of Light! This was the description of who should be recipients:
As for my award, it is called The Blogger Reflection Award. Why? The reason for the title is because this award should make you reflect on five bloggers who have been an encouragement, a source of love, impacted you in some way, and have been a Godly example to you. Five Bloggers who when you reflect on them you get a sense of pride and joy... of knowing them and being blessed by them.
Selecting five recipients to pass this award along to is no easy task. I am blessed daily by the thoughts, ideas, inspiration, and encouragement of fellow bloggers. So, for those not selected, please know that it is only because there was not room enough to mention all the encouraging blogs I read, love and enjoy. My five recipients are:
Bonnie's Quiltville's Quips & Snips
Although I do not know Bonnie well, I frequent her blog and have found her to walk the talk. It's easy to promote a certain lifestyle or course of action, but another thing to quietly live to be of service to others. Bonnie's life reflects what she believes without superfluous words. Her creative and inspiring quilts come second to her quiet service to others. Whether it be to make and give away beautiful quilts for charity or to organize a card and fat quarter blitz for a friend who needs comfort, she is there for those around her, sharing kindness and love. I have been blessed by Bonnie's example and am honored to be able to pass along this award to her.
Inland Empire Girl's Gathering Around the Table
This beautiful blog is a constant source of inspiration! Whether Inland Empire Girl is promoting her love of writing, the beauty of her locale, the joy of sharing her heart and self with her students, or her walks down memory lane, I find connecting points that relate to my life as well. I have enjoyed and appreciated her selfless nature and how it's reflected quietly by her example and life. Being a public school teacher is no small feat this day and age. Her dedication to her students and her love of education is evident and truly from her heart.
Elizabeth's Joy in the Morning Light
Elizabeth's blog is sometimes sporadic, not because she isn't enthusiastic about blogging, but simply because she is busy living life! Her joy for nature, family, education, travel, and dedication to God are expressed through her writing. Even if she hasn't posted for awhile, I daily check her site, simply to make sure I don't miss a thing! Elizabeth lives her life according to her value system, one which includes service to others and family in high regard. She's a creative home educator who weaves nature, scripture, and learning together into a whole.
Clarice's Storybook Woods
Clarice is a dedicated and creative wife and mother who shares the joys of daily living. Through her posts about homemaking, art, or home schooling her expressive personality shines forth. She combines her love for books and art in a unique way that strikes an emotional response in her readers. Clarice is real and simply the kind of person I would love to visit with over a cup of tea or lavender lemonade. I always find inspiration at her blog site and appreciate her selfless devotion to her home and family.
Donetta's A Life Uncommon
Donetta is the devoted mother to two internationally adopted children with special needs. Life revolves around selflessly caring for her family, home schooling, and dealing with the unique needs of her children. Always positive and holding fast to God's hand, Donetta shares the common things of life on her life uncommon blog. Her joy at God's blessing in her life is fully evident in all she says! She truly reflects His character.
Photo: Elm Street Antiques