Shine On, Shine On

My dear friend (& former college roomie) Stephanie has bequeathed to me the ...wait for it...

Are you all shocked to pieces? ;-) :-D

The rules are:

◾Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
◾Link to the person who nominated you.
◾Answer 10 questions about yourself.
◾Nominate other bloggers.
◾Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.

And now for the 10 questions:

1. What is your favorite color?
Purple (I mean, have you looked at my blog background? :-P Have you seen my nails?)

2. What is your favorite animal?
Pet? Beagle
Exotic? Lemur

3. What is your favorite number?
23 (& JB's has always been 32 ;-))

4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink?
Starbucks tall 5-pump or venti 8-pump chai latte with no water (all milk) and BUBBLE TEA! Esp. almond or taro milk tea from Kim's Teahouse Tapioca (*hint, hint* next week's my bday! :-D ;-))

5. What is your favorite alcoholic drink?
Bud Light (or for special occasions: St-Germain)

6. Facebook or Twitter?
FB is my BFF; although JB just joined Twitter and thinks I'd really like it, b/c so many of my FB posts aren't questions or issues that need commentary, but are thoughts re: what I'm thankful for or things that make me happy, which just warrant likes

7. What are your passions?
#1 = faith & Jesus; food - esp. trying new restaurants; singing - esp. harmony; dancing - esp. when it makes other people happy & actually changes their lives for the better; football - esp. w/ our family & my Redskins; staying connected w/ beloveds across the country, hence this blog & FB obsession; photography & documenting life; Southernness - esp. monograms (I don't think it's overstating it to say monograms are truly a passion of mine, do you? :-P ;-))

8. Prefer getting or giving presents?
Both, of course!!! Who doesn't like to receive?!?! But it's just as wonderful to find the *perfect* notion that speaks to the heart of a friend whom you love and have them KNOW through this gift expression that you truly do understand them, you get them, and you acknowledge what makes their heart beat. I NEVER, EVER give a gift w/o meaning!!!

9. What is your favorite city?
Last year I would have just said, "Charleston, SC" and been done... but I truly love it here in Texas! And I've been thinking so much about Europe lately... I love traveling and finding things to be "my favorites" everywhere I go!

10. What are your favorite TV shows?
I love TV! Enjoying Everyday Life; reality competitions like The Amazing Race, Survivor, Master Chef, SYTYCD, Top Chef, Project Runway, etc; Downton Abby, Call the Midwife, The Newsroom, Homeland, The Americans, Who Do You Think You Are,... I have SO MANY! [And I really miss Friday Night Lights]

Finally, I pass this Sunshine Award on to the following fellow bloggers:
◾Andie at Sweet. Southern. Spirited., for shining refreshing NOLA mommy honesty
◾Tracey at Girls to Grow, for continuously refocusing the light of Christ
◾Nikki at Nikki's Notes, who is now enjoying the Texas sunshine near me
◾Katie at Blessed By 3 Miracles, who loves the sun & sand as much as I
◾Phyllis at Just Bcauz, who radiates love for her family of 5 as a working mom
◾Michelle at Southern Somedays, whose Southern grace shines even through (all too familiar) family uprootings

These are just a few ladies I know have been blogging these days. Of course, anyone else who reads this - even if you haven't blogged in a bit or have a private blog I can't link to - who wants to participate, PLEASE DO! Let me know you did in the comments, so I can come check out your post!!! :-)

Shine on, y'all!!!


  1. So sweet of you to nominate me - thanks!! I need to come to Texas so I can visit you and Nikki! I was actually born in Texas....hence I'm a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan. Love me anyway??? ;)

    (It was difficult growing up in Virginia - land of the Redskins - as a Cowboys fan!)

  2. TRACEY!!! How did I not know this before? Have you been purposely shielding me from this nasty little Cowboys secret, so it wouldn't color our friendship? :-P :-D Heehee! ;-)

  3. Thanks, again, Sues! I'll try to get to this next week! It looks like fun!

  4. Thank you, sweet friend! I am so happy when I hear how much you love it there. We are kindred moving spirits and your victories help put wind in my sails!

    I have really missed having time to keep up!!!

  5. Hey there!! Thanks for the nominating me, I will try and get to it real soon (: Thanks for you nice comments too, you are kind.

  6. Of course, fabulous friends!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

    (Michelle - that was the sweetest compliment ever!!! ♥)


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