Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Attitude of Gratitude

Wow am I honored! I started this blog because my niece wanted to be able to keep up with our family easier!!! She has been doing a blog for years and I started reading hers. I love her writing ability but fear I won't ever have her talent.

Here it is 3 months later and I have friends around the world! Truly remarkable.

So, with the award, I'm suppose to award it to 10 fellow bloggers, list them in my post and tell them they have an award!!
The Rules:

1. Put the logo on the your blog.

2. Nominate at least 10 blogs that show an attitude of gratitude.

3. Link to your nominees within your post

4. Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received this award.

5. Share the love and link to this post and the person who nominated you for the award. Tell us how you've come to have an attitude of gratitude.

Here we go, in no particular order!!

Momshiway- I think this is one of my friends here in Lubbock! She is a home schooler, a very sweet young woman, and has a heart of gold. Besides doing foster child care she has been a teacher and loves Disney too! Give her blog a view.

Middleageramblings- Miss Peg over in Australia is a wonderful photographer, part philosopher, and a great online friend. Her blog makes me think, gives me a laugh, and keeps me in awe with her photography. She always has a kind word.

thedisneydrivenlife- J.L. is a NDM - neurotic Disney Mom!!! Her writing ability amazes me. She and my niece have a gift I never will. We share a love for Disney and JL also home schools her 2 youngsters. This blog is quite entertaining, go check it out.

betweenthesheets- This is a mom of twins that I know her husband. My Husband works for her husband's company! Anyway, the twins keep Kara very busy, and she has adorable pictures of them on her blog. Check it out.

ameliabedilia - I had to check out this blog because of my daughters name! Amy is the mom of 3 and lives in a small town. I can relate to her very much! I have lived in a very small town, and I have 3 boys and 1 girl! Her blog is fun!

adayinthelifeofacrazedmom - Most of you know by now this my niece! She is responsible for this blog! Stop by her blog, her writing is amazing. You'll get great recipes, see home improvement projects, and see how she keeps up with 3 adorable girls that are active in voice, piano, and dance!

Coachblogger - Here is a single dad raising 3 precious girls and he finds time to blog! He has a massive following, coaches football and is a good writer. Stop by and check out his post.

Itsadisneyworldafterall -Rikki does this blog about news and rumors concerning all things Disney. So, if you are planning a trip to the Magic Kingdom or want to know whats new at the world, look up this blog. She also has a podcast!

theyoungfamilysblog - Tiffany is one of my fellow room moms with 2 boys at the school and going to school full time herself. Talk about busy! Just found out shes expecting!!!! Stop by her blog and say hello.

thoughtsbydena - I'm going to give back the award to Dena because she is sweet and puts so much effort into her blog. I always get a laugh or learn something! Thanks to Dena for the award in the first place!!

Sallysworld - Sally also gave me this award! She is another caring AWESOME mom. I'm amazed by her blog. She has done so much and is going thru so much. Sally is helping to educate the world about certain medical conditions or she has a good laugh for you. Stop by and check it out. Thank you Sally for the award, I love Sally's blog!

I think that is 10, maybe more, I'm not counting!!!

The old saying goes - when life gives you lemons make lemonade! I believe that this is what this award is about. If you don't have hard times you can't appreciate the good times!

Of course I'm grateful to be a mom to 4 wonderful kids. They are my world, everything, it is why we work so hard.

But I feel compelled to tell you a little background about us that will show you just how grateful Kevin and I are about many things. Yes, Kevin is a doctor, but life is not easy. Having your own practice means that there is a lot of expense and debt. Family Physicians don't get paid the same as say a dermatologist, or cardiologist! Insurance companies are making it harder for doctors to survive. In 2007 I became deathly ill. Yes, I almost died. Instead of going bankrupt, we decided to close the clinic. I couldn't work 70+ hours a week and Kevin couldn't believe how little we were being paid. He got to really see what the bills were and how much overhead was. For the past 2 years Kevin has been working in the ER's and we have been continuing to pay off business debt incurred from the previous 4 years. Yes, we are grateful to be out from under that burden, we are grateful that he has the ability to work and make a living where we can pay off that debt, and grateful that someday we will be out of debt!

We have learned from the school of hard knocks. The computer system crashing and loosing all data for 6 months and $175,000 in accounts receivable did not help. Having employees lie, cheat, and steal from us did not help. But we are still grateful.

I try to bring a little humor to my blog and some helpful information. It amazes me that anyone would want to read what I write!!

Anyway, Thanks again to Sally and Dena, my online blog friends.



Sally's World said...

thanks for your lovely words, it means so much, i love how the blog connects people all over the world, it is an honour to meet so many great people xoxoxo

amelia bedelia said...

Thanks so much for the award!! I will wear it proudly on my blog.

miruspeg said...

Oh Carrie what a lovely award to receive. You are a very kind soul.
AND excuse me you DO have a wonderful writing talent. You write from the heart and express yourself beautifully. I wish I had more time to read all your posts.....100 congratulations!

Hope you won't be struggling too long with your family issues. As I am a lightkeeper I will send some light your you see it as you read this!

Like Amy I will wear this award proudly on my blog.

Big hugs

NDM#1 said...

Wow! I am so honored! But I have to concede that your blogging abilities exceed my own. I don't even know how to post pictures yet. You might have to start giving me some blogging instruction :).