"Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”- William Butler Yeats

Friday, November 7, 2008

Honestly Keeping It Real!

I guess all my rantings and opinionated posts were good for something. I really do try to 'keep it real' around here, and most that know me personally will be quick to say that I wear my heart on my sleeve. I love sharing the great things in life and my beautiful family, but sometimes there's some icky stuff in there that makes it's way onto my blog. But, isn't that part of life?

I am humbled to announce that Holly at Purpose Driven Family has awarded me with the Honest Weblog award. This was her sweet comment, "Thanks for being real, for being open and honest and for sharing your heart and letting the power of of God shine through your "cracks". Thank you Holly!

As always, there are rules, and here they are:

"When you receive the prize you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them back. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in their content or design. Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Honest Weblog’.List [if you can and/or dare] at least ten honest things about yourself. And then, pass it on.”

Hmm...10 honest things about me that you don't already know.
  1. 1. I sometimes get really irritated when parents let their kids run rampant in restaurants while I constantly try to set examples with my little ones by saying to them, "We are at the table. How do we behave?" as they see the other kids rolling on the floor.
  2. 2. I talk to my kids about Jesus 100x a day. I'm always saying, "Do you think Jesus is smiling at you when you hit your sister?" "Jesus is not happy when we're not nice." "Jesus gives us everything we have, including our food, so we need to share with others" (This one is usually used when someone wants a bite of something). "Jesus loves you so much." and so on. I sometimes wonder if the kids think, "Who is this Jesus guy that she keeps talking about and we've never "met".
  3. 3. I look at skinny women when we are out and so wish to myself that I could look like that. (Mind you, when I was in my 20's I would do everything possible to gain weight since I was horribly skinny.)
  4. 4. I am pretty good at forgiving others when I have been hurt.
  5. 5. Although I have friends, I've never been part of a "click" in any scenario (i.e. school, work, church, etc.)
  6. 6. I would love, love, love to move to China for a year or two and do missionary work, especially working with children.
  7. 7. I would love to adopt another little boy, but I am now at peace that God doesn't have that in His plans for us.
  8. 8. I hate wearing shoes around the house.
  9. 9. When I started dating Scott, whom I had met online, I didn't tell anyone because I didn't want to hear about how he could be some mass murderer or some pyscho. I did though, tell my Mom that I had a "friend" online who lived up north. Well, my Mom called me to her house one day because she needed to seriously speak to me. She had apparently been doing some "investigating" and she wanted to tell me that the "man that you know online lives just a few blocks from you and we should probably notify the police since he's been telling you all along he lives in Connecticut.". She thought he was a stalker/murderer/pyscho who had moved down to Miami to kill me. She said this through tears and it took everything in my power not to crack up while she cried. I finally 'fessed up and told her that I knew he had moved down to Florida and that he wasn't a killer.....that we were dating. She almost killed me. :)
  10. 10. I love reading blogs and making online friends. I so wish I could host a huge "blog party" where friends from all over could come and meet, but then I wonder if people would think I'm pretty looney.

So, there you go. Ten honest things about me that you may or may not have known.

I will be breaking the rules a little bit. Since so many of you have been tagged or awarded before and I love reading everyone of the umm...100 ::clearing throat:: blogs or so that I follow, I will not single out seven blogs. If you want to join in the fun, leave me a comment and I will check out your honest traits! Or, you can just leave a comment, just because I love gettin' them! Have fun!


tollesons4him said...

I too talk about Jesus 100X a day You can never talk to much about Him. I don't like wearing shoes around the house either.I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a blog party.

day by day said...

Ohilda, you know that I love the "realness" of you blog! I try to squeeze in those "keeping it real" posts on my blog as well(just did one!), because that is what I most relate to when I am reading blogs!

I ma so glad you were chosen for that award...perfect match!

Hope AG is doing well!

sara said...

Ohilda, your #9 cracked me up. I laughed out loud and my husband looked at me like I was crazy! :) I love your blog and enjoy reading it so much!!! I wish I could meet some of my bloggy friends! my 75 year old mom just couldn't understand on our trip that I had friends on-line that I had never met!!!

Lisa said...

Number 9 is amazing, leave it to a mom to sniff out the good, bad and the ugly. My mom is the same way. I moved into my first apartment at 22 and it was in a building behind my parents house. I was talking to a neighbor and told him my mom lives over there and he said, "Oh the one with binocculars.?" I would not have doubted it!

cheepette8 said...

I agree with all especially #1 and #9. I hate when parents won't pull up at daycare or when they park their car in the drive thru lane and go in to have a conversation. I always want to leave a note to tell them to go park in a parking space :). I love your openness and love following your blog.

geminirn said...

sitting here lmao!!!!Your so funny....#9 cracked me up....your poor Mom.

By the way glad you didn't single me out.....because I HATE THESE ON LINE TAGS (however I do enjoy reading your answers...lol)!

Rachel said...

I'm so with you on #1.

And #9 is AWESOME! :)

~*Mistee*~ said...

I love the Jesus talk 100 times a day, and also the stalker/psyco that you eventually married! :0)

I also would love to have a huge BLOG party! Wouldn't it be wonderful to just see and hug all the women that touch our lives so sweetly!! :0)

Jewels of My Heart said...

Congratulations on your well deserved award! #9 cracked me up!

The Byrd's Nest said...

I do that same thing to my girls, "Do you think that makes Jesus smile when you do that to your sister?"

When Lottie is doing something mean to Emma Jane I ask her that and she says, "Yes, he is vewy happy!" Well, that's what I get for asking! lol

I too love my blog friends. I love your heart Ohilda.

Blair said...

My name is Blair and I am in the process of adopting a special little boy from China who we are naming Kai! I've been amazed how many Kai's from China I've seen online. It is a cool name. We have two biological children and a daughter adopted from China five years ago. I just wanted to introduce myself.

Blair Miller

Charlliesweb said...

I had to laugh, we are so similiar on so many things! lol :)

My dream is also to some day work with the children in China. It sounds morbid but my family knows that if something awful were to happen to my family, anybody looking for me would find me in an orphanage in China.

Charlotte T.

Aus said...

Hey O - well I would be remiss if I didn't comment on #9 - you know I'm a high tech crime guy right? Glad Scott didn't come up on my radar!

Marie and I are with you on #5 too - you are much like us in that regard - and you probably have many more friends than you know!

Laughs aside - I had to give a little sob over #7 - but if you are a peace then it all is good!

And last - but most definately #1 is #2 (I can do jokes too!) - ya'll just keep talking about Jesus, and the rest will take care of itself!

Thanks for just being you - it's groovy!

hugs -

aus and family

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