"Presented to awesome blog owners who keep their readers excited about their posts. Their blog posts are interesting (NOT spammy) and worth reading and keep their subscribers looking forward to each and every post."
I really don't think I measure up to this description, but I truly appreciate Karen's generosity in passing it along. It really made me think though, about how much I have enjoyed meeting people through blogging. There is a group of people from my church who have blogs and I feel I have gotten to know them better through this. Julie, Brenda, Jennifer, Melissa, Kim, Dawn, Diane, Tammy, Carl, Brandon, Jason - this means you! There are friends like Nancy who I know so well, but just love to see what she will put on her blog next. Of course I have to mention my family - I never know what they might say! So Terri, Cheri, Laura, Heather - this is for you. I have also gotten to know and become friends with people who I would never have met if I didn't have a blog. People like Megan who have given me computer advice and travel tips. There are Karen, Bonnie, and Jennifer who live so far away but feel like good neighbors. I would love to meet each of them in person! There is Dena who gave me her cell number and helped us find a tourist attraction in her area. (And we were even able to meet her). Through Dena, I met her friends Leslie and Leigh Ann, who were so welcoming. There is Renee who passes on ideas about carving magazines for Bob and sends me sweet e-mails. I also love to hear from Rebekah and enjoy her stories about her kids and job. Last but not least, there is Ginger who actually graduated from high school with me and we were able to reconnect through her blog. That is quite a list and it just shows what can happen when you blog. You are all great and I consider you all my blogging friends, so claim your award!
On the subject of blogging friends, I have to thank Megan from Fried Okra who informed me I won a $20 gift card to wherever I wanted. I seem to have won a contest just by leaving a comment! How exciting is that? So thanks Megan - I'll enjoy it!