April Goes out with a Bang!

Well, this has been another banner week for me, y’all!
Monday was my birthday, and who doesn’t like having a little fuss made over them?  Especially when the fuss includes TWO bouquets and a homemade cake (Emily made it).
cake bouquet 1 bouquet 2
Tuesday I published a post related to the situation in Baltimore, and not long after I cross-posted in to BlogHer I got an email telling me it was being featured there!  This was HUGE for me because I’ve never had anything featured anywhere before.  And it just keeps getting better, with my post being the most popular in News and Politics for two days now and almost 1,200 reads!
BlogHer Screenshot
On Wednesday, Knoxville (that’s my hometown, y’all!) got named to yet another top ten list.  I have a post where I keep an ongoing list of those (BECAUSE THERE ARE JUST THAT MANY!) so I quickly updated it and posted it to my favorite Knoxville Facebook group, almost quadrupling my page views for that day (which still amounts to small potatoes to many but was a lot for my blog).
And then on Thursday my friend JcCee nominated me for the Premio Dardos Award!
Premio Dardos (that’s Spanish, y’all!means “prize darts.”  This award recognizes cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values in the form of creative and original writing.  That sounds pretty impressive, doesn’t it?
Unlike many blogging awards, this doesn’t come with a list of questions for me to answer.  I don’t know why JcCee chose me specifically for this award (which I am so honored to accept), but it’s prompted me to think about how I share those values on this blog.
As many of you are aware, I started this blog when the column I had been writing on life issues for my diocesan paper for several years was canceled.  This blog gave me the opportunity to broaden my focus (and boy did I broaden it!).  But the truth is that I still consider blogging to be a ministry, at least some of the time.  My ethical values are on display in posts like this one.  Posts like this reflect my cultural values.  My personal values are evident in parenting posts like this one.  As for literary values, I’ll leave that one for y’all to decide. 🙂
And now it’s my turn to nominate some bloggers to receive this award.  Y’all don’t have to do anything special, just acknowledge who honored you (that would be ME) and share the love with some other bloggers.  I choose the following four women to receive this award.
Lizzi of Considerings: Life in Silver Linings
Crystal of So-So Mom
Amy of Planning Playtime
Kelly of The OK Momma
Let’s make it even easier . . . you don’t have to do anything AT ALL if you don’t want. 🙂  Just know that this award means that I admire you and your writing and I am happy to know you.
Ten Things of Thankful

56 thoughts on “April Goes out with a Bang!

  1. And happy birthday. The cake and the bouquets look awesome (this almost reads like a Ten Things of Thankful post…you should totally join us this week) and YAY for your award. Your piece on BlogHer was great and I’m so pleased for you that it got selected and received such attention 🙂
    And THANK YOU for the incredibly sweet passing-on of the award. I’m so happy you like what I write and you already know how valuable this kind of feedback and encouragement is. I am honoured and truly appreciate it 🙂

    1. Thanks, Lizzi. I do want to participate in TTOT . . . I just never can seem to get it together in time. I feel bad that I don’t have time to participate in Bloppy Bloggers as much as I’d like. The quality of the writing there is very high and I love your encouraging and uplifting daily posts even when I don’t have anything to share. 🙂

      1. Awwwh that’s nice to hear. Thank you 🙂 I do try hard with those – trying to get engagement going sometimes is really tough.
        Put THIS post into the TToT if you want 🙂

  2. Happy birthday! I truly respect that you gave me this award after I disagreed with you a little. That is awesome! I wish more people were capable of respectful disagreement and discussion.

    1. Crystal, I am THRILLED to be able to have respectful discussions! It seems to be almost impossible to find anymore and I think that’s why our society is in the state that it’s in, because we demonize the “other side” and then we can’t work together to find solutions to problems! I don’t know everything (although my husband thinks I think I do!) so I don’t mind being disagreed with. 🙂

  3. realcatholicmom

    Happy belated birthday … and … congratulations on all the writing success lately. God is good, no?

  4. dyannedillon

    Your birthday flowers are so lovely, and the cake looks delicious! Happy birthday!
    Do you live in Knoxville now or is it where you are from? I never went to Knoxville, but I lived in Nashville for a number of years and would move back in a heartbeat if I could.

  5. Happy Birthday Leslie, and congrats on your blogging triumphs this week!! It’s so exciting to see your work starting to spread and affect other people.
    Thank you for the award nomination. I am so flattered, and appreciate your support of both my blog and my other endeavors.
    P.S. That bouquet with the roses and hydrangeas is amazing!!

  6. Happy Birthday Leslie! You had a phenomenal week and deserve all the blessings that came your way. Your Blogher article and discussion was great! It was nice to see the varying perspectives people took on the Baltimore situation.

  7. tinsel12

    Happy Birthed Leslie. That cake looked yummy. What a great honor to have your post featured. You really did have a unique and interesting perspective on the Baltimore mom situation so it was really well deserved.

  8. Happy belated Birthday Leslie! Sounds like your week started off with a bang! I am excited for you (Huffington & BlogHer) !!! I know your family must be proud of you .

  9. SixPackMommy

    What a stellar month for you, & well deserved! Happy belated birthday (that second bouquet is stunning), & how exciting to be published, big-time!!!

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