Thank you Miriam for nominating me for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award.  Miriam’s blog is


I am a very new blogger so this is an absolute first for me.  Thank you Miriam for introducing me to “blogger awards”.

(Someone correct me if I don’t do this right.)  I believe I need to post the rules…


  1. Thank the nominator who nominated you.
  2. Answer 3 questions asked by the nominator.
  3. Nominate 8 fellow bloggers.
  4. Ask 3 questions to the nominees

So again, thank you Miriam.  One of my favorite blogs of yours is “Unto the Hills” from September 19, 2016.  Your pictures are beautiful and the Scripture you quote is one of my favorites.  Also, your words are beautiful.

Miraim’s questions were

  1. What is your most memorable moment?              Are memorable moments always supposed to be  fun and happy?  Or can they be the one moment that you will always remember for the rest of your life…a moment that your life, from that point on, is defined as “before” and “after”.  I don’t want to be the “Sad Sally” blogger or the  “Debbie Downer” blogger but my most memorable moment in my life came when I lost my 21 year old son.  One day I will write about it in my blog but for today, I will just say that that memorable moment changed the course of my life from that moment until today.
  2. When was your last time of having tears of joy?      If you knew my husband you would understand this a little more but suffice it to say that he is not what one would call a great “gift giver”.  He will usually ask for a list of things that I would like for a birthday or Christmas, etc. along with the web address where he can purchase it.   By Christmas Day I can identify every package under the tree and there are usually no surprises. 🙂   But when my Maggie, (my Pit-Mix Dog Child) was still a puppy, he SECRETELY found someone on line who did paintings from photographs and he took my favorite picture of Maggie with her favorite “lovey” and had a painting done for my office.  The combination of total surprise, total shock (that he had surprised me) and the sweet, sweet picture of my girl, brought those “tears of joy”. 1-dsc005103.  What do you like the best about blogging?     Blogging is so new to me that I really don’t have a lot of followers and I most of the time think I have little to say that would truly interest anyone.  But I have so enjoyed reading the beautiful works of so many wonderful writers, poets, photograghers, political activists, foodies, etc that it has opened me up to a whole new world.  I think my favorite thing about blogging, right now, is learning from others what makes a blog interesting and making it something that others would want to read.  I hope to continue learning until I can “BECOME” a better blogger and that my words can brighten, enlighten, and encourage others.  (No pun intended… the name of my blog is “Becoming…)

Now the hard part- Nominate 8 fellow bloggers

I have heard some bloggers ask not to be nominated for awards and I am sure that many of you are nominated every week for something.  So if anyone chooses not to repond or participate, I will certainly understand.  I am just going to list some of the bloggers that I read and enjoy and if you are interested, please paarticipate.

Kim …







Weird weekend (Sorry!  I could never find your name on your blog.)…

Now for the three questions-

  1.  I’ll make this one easy-Which of the pictures that you have posted on your blog is your very favorite?
  2. What is one thing on your bucket list that you would like to do in your lifetime?
  3. Can you give me one word  that best describes your attitude toward life?

Well, this was fun!  I hope I did it correctly!  (I would hate to receive my first award and then totally mess it up.)  Thanks again, Miriam and blessings to all my new blooging buddies!


12 thoughts on “MY VERY FIRST!!

  1. This is lovely, Barbara. I’m so sorry about the loss of your son. I can’t imagine how devastating that was even though death has also had a significant impact on my life with the early death of a brother. A beautiful gift from your husband and that would have brought tears to my eyes too! Congrats on the award. 🙂

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  2. Congratulations on the award! And thanks for the nomination and the recognition. I participated in an award earlier this year, so I will have to pass on this one, although I have to admit that your questions are actually very tempting! You may be new to blogging, but you are already quite good at it. And I’m so sorry about your son. I can’t even imagine how hard that must have been. Take care, and thanks again!

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  3. I am sorry to learn you lost your son. Some things should never happen, but happen anyway.
    In more spirited tones: congrats on winning this amazing award! 🙂 You totally deserve it!


  4. Miriam, Thanks again for the nomination. That really was fun to participate in.
    I probably didn’t make my first answer very clear but that memorable moment came when I lost my 21 year old son. Mother’s never expect to bury their children so having to do so was a life altering moment but one that I will never forget. It truly was memorable but not in a good way. I found myself dividing my life and who I was into the me I was “before” he died and the me I was “after” he died. His death changed me… but the change was not for the worse. That’s for another blog. 🙂


  5. oh the picture of your little girl is just beautiful! What a wonderful gift! Now, how do I channel your husband’s gift thought into mine so I can have a beautiful painting of my babies?
    Thank you so very much for the nomination. I am always so touched when someone thinks my blog is worth an honestly chokes me up. And even though you said you don’t know what you are doing here, I am so very glad you’re here for me to follow. Suze

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    1. LOL about the channeling idea! I am still amazed to this day how mine EVER came up with that on his own. I love your blog because you have such a great sense of humor and your writing makes me feel I am sitting across the table from you having a cup of coffee or we are sitting in your wonderfully decorated and colorful den talking about our kids. Then in the next breath you reveal a deep, beautifully revealing post that is serious and thoughtful and sometimes breaks my heart. You are truly gifted.

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  6. Hi Barbara, wow, you’re very efficient. Now you got me curious about what happened to you when you were 21 years old. Will wait to read your post. We are alike when it come to giving gifts, either I tell my husband or he asked me what I wanted. I could feel the surprise and the joyful tears when you saw the picture of Maggie. Your husband is so considerate. As far as blogging, as you said, it’s a process of becoming… Your answers are beautiful. So glad that you accepted the award!

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    1. I totally understand Ann. And thank you for the kind words and thoughts. I love reading your posts and you always hit right on topics that I can relate to. Thanks again for your kind words.


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