What An Honor! - Liebster Award

Friends I am so honored to share this post with you. I am going to combine to posts. I hope this is okay and not against the rules. 

Recently, I have been sent 3 messages about being nominated for an award. The reason I didn't respond right away is because I have to nominate other bloggers. As I have only been blogging for a year, I did not know many people. 

Recently, I started Sitting Among Friends Blog Party and what an amazing opportunity it has been to meet and read the work of other bloggers. I just want to say that there are so many talented, gifted and passionate people that really are doing great things online. 

This post may look long but it is a lot of question answer so it reads fast.
The first Award that I received was the Sisterhood of the Traveling Bloggers Award, which I will write about on another post. 

For the Liebster Award, I was nominated by two different people Tanya from WilliamsStand and Trena and Beth from Classes by Beth. I had to look at what both of these Awards were because I wasn't exactly sure what they meant. 

My main question was when would I be able to dress up to walk down the red carpet to receive these awards to proudly display on my award shelf. So much went running through my head, like where am I going to get my new outfit? Who am I going to thank? Who will I take with me? The list goes on. 

Apparently, after some diligent research, that is not going to happen. Something, possibly even greater, has occurred.   My fellow bloggers, whom I love, have noticed that I am here and have wanted to share this with me. How Awesome! Thank you so much for the encouragement. Now it is time to pass that encouragement on to some other great writers.  

This is the way Liebster Award works: (After you take your bow, of course.)
1. You write a post accepting the award.
2. You include the person that nominated you for the award and anything they may have said about your site and link back to their site.
3. You answer the 5-10 questions that they asked from the link from their site.  
4. You choose 5-10 bloggers that you would like to pass the award on to. This is supposed to be for newer bloggers with 200 or so followers. That information is hard to find so you be the judge.
5. You ask the bloggers that you nominated to answer 5-10 or your questions in a post.
6. Those bloggers pass the blogging love onto others. 
You can choose to accept or not accept this award but it helps everyone out by posting links to some of your favorite blogs on your page and encouraging some friends to keep doing what they do. You get to post this pretty award sticker somewhere on your blog. 
So without further ado...

Thank you so much for the nominations.   
The first nomination came from my Jamaican friend, Tanya Williams. She writes at WilliamsStand.
Please stop by and read her posts. She has a unique way of looking at life and loves the Lord and wants to share her passion for serving Him with you.  
 To answer Tanya's questions 
1. What activity do you do that makes you forget time and space?
Blogging and keeping up on posting on social media. Time can quickly slip away from me, I have to be very conscience about how I spend that time.
2. What is your all time favorite movie?
I don't know that I have a favorite. I do enjoy watching movies for the entertainment value. I have never however, had favorite things like that, I just enjoy many things.
3. Do you dance in public when you hear your favorite song?
Yes, I love dancing. Last year at my husbands Christmas party we danced the whole time and had a blast. This year we were taking it slow and easing into it. AKA, I was waiting for him. One of the sweet ladies that takes pictures at work functions came over and sat with us and asked us why we were not dancing. So not to disappoint our fans we joined right in.  
4. Whose music are you listening to right now?
Anything on Christian Radio. My favorite stations are K-Love and Moody radio.
5. When Jesus called, did he say your name?
What a great question. When Jesus called me I was 12 years old, which seems like forever ago. I am not sure I even remember that girl. I do remember very vividly realizing that I was a sinner and that I was in desperate need of a Savior. I praise the Lord I don't ever forget that. 
6. What 3 things make you happiest?
Jesus, My husband and kids, and my family. (I had to list 4)
7. Have you ever visited Jamaica?
I have never visited Jamaica but if I do I know who I am going to visit.
 8. What is the best writing tip you have ever received?
Be honest! Remember why you are doing this.
9. If you knew blogging would be this hard, would you still do it?
Blogging was not my idea nor my first choice for reaching the world with the gospel. I knew, however, God was calling me to do more and go beyond myself with serving Him. If this is what He wants me to do. He will make a way and lead me down that path. I thank Him for giving me the opportunity to reach so many people with His Glorious Word.  
10. Are you ridiculously happy ?
I know my answer should be Yes! I have Jesus living inside of me there should be no reason for me to be anything but ridiculously happy. Let's just say I am His work in progress. I am truly working on finding joy in my moments. 
I know this may sound contradictory but when I meet people, I generally have a smile on my face because I love being around people. It is so enjoyable to me.  
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My next nomination came from Trena and Beth at Classes by Beth. Thank you so much for the nomination. This site is one of my new friends from my blog party. They do a blog about Homeschool Middle and High School Virtual Classes - Live Feed, Classmates and Personal Interaction from a Biblical Worldview. This website is packed full of resources. 
  • This is what they posted on their site about Seeking God - Jaime presents encouraging and inspirational posts, sure to make you smile with her sincere enthusiasm for the Lord! Thank you so much for those very kind words. Here are the answers to your questions. 
1. What’s your favorite blog post that you’ve written and why?
How do I narrow it down. I write and rewrite until I love it (My obsessive personality) . But I think that my most recent favorite post was The 12 Praise of Christmas. It was a lot different post than I usually write.  My husband helped me with the writing of it for first time, which was awesome. It combined two things that I love, scripture and music. 
It was very well received by my readers. All good things.
2. Why do you blog?
I told my husband I wanted to work for God and I think he was afraid that would mean we would have to move to another country so he suggested blogging. Honestly, I think he was just being supportive of this new calling I felt and he wanted to show it by giving me an idea.
3. What is your greatest motivation for writing?
Obedience to God. I felt like He was asking me to do more with what He had given me and asking me to take a risk for Him. This was a risk and a challenge and this is the path I feel I have currently been given so I will serve my purposes where He put me.  
4. What’s the first thing you look for when checking out a new blog?
Honestly, like anything else. I think we look on the outside. Does it look appealing. I have changed my blog so many times just trying to tweak it's "curb appeal". 
5. Do you follow a specific schedule or just write when the spirit moves you?
I write and post almost everyday. Unless I am away. I want to send people daily encouragement to walk with the Lord because life it tough and we are required as believers to build the body up and so that is what I spend a lot of time doing with encouraging posts.
6. What comment are you most thrilled to see from readers?
I am most thrilled to hear that a reader was encouraged by the post. People have occasionally told me that they are still thinking about something that I had told them a while ago. That really encourages me. I was a teacher in my former life, before being a stay-at-home-mom. So anytime someone tell me they learned something and it is sticking with them, gives me a lot of joy.
7. What do you think is the strongest feature of your blog?
I recently started Sitting Among Friends Blog Party. I love the opportunity to have great writers gather in one place. It is like we are all sitting down in a big group and just discussing life. It is truly wonderful. 
8. What aspect of your blog do you want to improve this year?
Where do I start? I have so many ideas. I actually want to get my own space with my own web address. I have always wanted to have that but due to finances that is not currently happening. Any tips would always be welcome. 
9. What widget do you find to be the most useful?
I like my google+ widget. I like to look at my friends that I have community with. It reminds me who I am writing to. I know it may not be a big deal to some people but I think about my followers and wonder how they are doing with their walk with the Lord. The ones I hear from quite often, I begin to worry when I don't hear from them in awhile. Of course, I would like to hear from everyone but I know for some people that is very time consuming so I am just glad they are here. 
10. How often do you read other bloggers’ posts?
Now that I have my Sitting Among Friends Blog Party, I read a lot more blogs. I try to get to as many as possible every week. For the past four weeks, I believe I have read every blog and commented with everyone that posted up with me. I am not sure I am always going to be able to keep up with that pace. I do like encouraging people and I want them to know they are valued here. It has been a good experience and they are fantastic at what they do.  
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That was fun but now the really fun part. I am so excited to be able to nominate other bloggers. Since I have combined two nominations, I am going to do one list of nominees and one list of questions. 
I know many of these people have a larger following and are not new to blogging (This rule I am going to break) These are bloggers I really enjoy for so any different reasons. Please visit them and share their blogs. All are fantastic godly women. They are in no particular order.

1. Rachel Britton at RachelBritton
2. Sue Donaldson at Welcome Heart
3. Pam Blosser at Journey to Him
4. Kelly at Raising Samuels 
5. Linda at Being Woven 
6. Beth Willis Miller at Beth Willis Miller 
7. Tayrina Gonzalez at His Purpose in Me 
8. Rebekah Harris at Faithful With the Little
9. Ifeoma Samuel at Purposeful and Meaningful
10. Karrilee Aggett at Abiding Love Abounding Grace

Here are the list of questions for my blogger friends
1. What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
2. How did you spend the holidays?
3. Do you have any goals, resolutions, or a "word" for the new year?
4. Where is you favorite place to vacation?
5. How diligent are you about documenting your life with writing, pictures, or blogging?
6. What is your favorite place to spend time with the Lord?
7. Are you a part of any communities that encourage your walk with Christ?
8. What made you begin blogging? 
9. What is your one "secret tip" for blogging that you want to share?
10. If you could be doing any job you choose, what would it be?

After answer this list, would you please email me or post a comment on my page with a link to your page. I love community and sitting down with friends and discussing life. I would love to get to know you more. I would like to see the answers to your questions. Send me a link and I will check it out and comment. 



24 comments :

  1. Hi Jamie, I am so surprised by your nomination!
    AWWWHHH!!! Thank you so much...
    I would let you know when it's up. Thank you, Jamie.
    Happy New Year, sweet friend.
    God Bless

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    1. Thank you Ifeoma for all the great posts and spreading the Word. I enjoy your posts and am glad to read them. Have a wonderful New Year.

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  2. WOW! Two bloggers nominated you. Glad to check out your nominees and make "more friends". Some of them were on my list of potentials as well, but were above the "followers" rule (glad you broke it!) or just didn't make the first 10 when it came down to "picking". So many great bloggers out there! Looking forward to your link-up each week and reading more of your posts!

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    1. Trena,
      I am so glad that you have joined us here. Picking was quite hard and I have been making my lists for some time. It was hard to narrow down. There are great writers with so much to offer. I am glad to be a part of this community.

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  3. Congratulations on the two nominations, Jaime! Thank you for nominating me! I am truly honored. I will let you know when I have the post up! Thanks again :)

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    1. Thank you so much Kelly. I love all that you have to offer at your site and you have been such a helpful friend in so many ways. It is truly my honor to be able to nominate you.

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    2. Thanks again, Jaime! I am going to have this post done by the end of the week. So glad you shared this with #SocialButterflySunday! Congrats to you my friend and have an awesome week! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

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    3. Jaime, here is my post! Thanks again :) http://raisingsamuels.blogspot.com/2014/11/liebster-award-winner.html

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    4. Awesome Kelly, I am going to get right over there and check it out.

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  4. Hello, Jaime. Congratulations on your awards! I, too, was awarded the Liebster award a couple months ago. I nominated Tanya, who nominated you! Small world, isn't it? I enjoyed learning a little more about you. I'm looking forward to linking up with your new Sitting Among Friends Blog Party.
    Have a great evening. Found you at Word of God Speak link-up.

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  5. Such a small world or online world. That is awesome and congratulations. What a cool thing that friends think enough of us to want to honor us or our writing in some way. Thank you for stopping forward. We look forward to you linking up with us Wednesdays.

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  6. Enjoyed reading your answers to the questions. I am also fairly new at blogging - just over 2 years. I, like you, am blessed when I hear that others have been encouraged by my words. I'm your neighbor at the #RaRaLinkup! Have a blessed week!

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    1. Thank you Gayl for visiting us today. It is nice to be encouraged by others. I work hard at doing that because there are so many great writers and it is good to know that you are noticed.

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    1. Thank you so much Regine. Glad to see you back this week. Have a wonderful new year.

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  8. Congrats! Thanks for sharing your award at Together on Tuesdays :)

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    1. Thank you Lisa I am glad that you stopped by and thank you so much for hosting us every Tuesday. Such a sweet spot to visit

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  9. I loved this! it was awesome to learn about you! :)

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    1. Thank you so much. I am glad you stopped by. Have a great new year.

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  10. oh! I am just seeing this Jaime! I await that Jamaican visit! haha...love the honesty and the love and support you show

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  11. Glad to be on your team friend. Thanks for stopping by. Better late than never and I am always late to everything so we have one more thing in common.

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  12. I am not surprised that your friends wanted to honor you, I do thank you for sharing your joy at receiving this award with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  13. Oh Hazel you are too sweet. Thank you so much for the encouragement. Thank yo for hosting a great party at Tell Me a Story. Love linking up with you.

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