1. Include the award logo in a post or somewhere on your blog.
2. Answer 10 questions about yourself.
3. Nominate 10 to 12 other fabulous bloggers.
4. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award.
5. Share the love and link the person who nominated you
Numbers 1 & 5: Check.
Number 2: I get to make these questions up, which is fantastic
How did you come up with the title and theme of your blog?
I have a gift of joy that bubbles up at the strangest times. Even though mothering nine kids was difficult, when I look back, all I remember are the happy moments. I suppose the same phenomena occurs after childbirth. Thus the title, THE JOY OF MOTHERING.
How would you describe yourself?
I am a bit eccentric (my kids laugh at the word ‘bit’ and say, ” only a bit?”). I love quirky, intellectual nerds with a sense of humour. I often laugh in the face of tragedy. It works for me. Only my parents really get my humour.
Who are you?
My identity is changing but to others I am a mother, wife, grandmother, homemaker, laundress, cook, counselor, gardener, former farm-hand, writer. However theses are my roles. I am discovering that my true identity lies deep within in my spirit. God created me from the same stuff He is made of. When I relax and open the ‘door’ and allow Him to connect with my spirit, then I live in freedom and joy. Then I am simply a child of God. No more but no less.
Do you regret not having a career?
The first time someone asked me that question, my mouth dropped open and my mind went completely blank. The answer was and is, “NO”.
Do you have any any advice that you would give to new mothers?
1. Ignore the bad and praise the good.
2. Don’t get upset over messes.
3. If it’s not broken, it probably should be
. 4. Bored children never stay bored for long, so don’t worry about it. They will pick up a book or a pencil. (The Juneaus went for two years without a TV set.)
5. If you want to be happy never let your kids get tired and never let them get hungry. If you ignore their needs (not wants), you’ll pay for it.
Do you have an original motto?
The only thing that will kill you with nine kids is pairing socks.
Say the words Mental Kung-Fu and all crazy, stressful thinking will stop as you laugh.
What do you LOVE to do?
I love to garden, read and write. Oh and crochet afghans ( NOT those ugly multicoloured ones your maiden aunt crocheted) I do it while my husband is driving because it is an hour and a bit into the Ottawa are where all our kids live. It is mind-boggling but I have crocheted more than a dozen ‘blankets’ mainly in the car.
What has made you laugh the hardest?
What are your favorite movies?
Nominate 10 fabulous bloggers
I will fulfill this slowly
Lanthie Ransom who writes Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries at lifecherries.com this woman is funny, witty, insightful and writes well. She is also a great support to me and many others.
Elaine Plummer at https://www.blogher.com/member/elainern is a REAL nurse at heart. She writes about all the questions we feel uncomfortable to ask our doctor.
Linda Anselmi https://www.blogher.com/member/linda-anselmi A real writer at heart, she hates to press publish but when she does, it is excellent. She is warmly Supportive to other blogger
Carolina Becky at http://www.blogher.com/member/beckeyp. A committed writer, funny, honest and down to earth.
Ginalynn at Truthsfromthechaos http://www.blogher.com/member/glred. A brave woman who writes about her struggle towards inner healing
Karen Sandoval who writes Karen Lynn-Hoo.do at http://www.blogher.com/member/karenlynnn
Elaine Griffin who writes The Laine List at http://www.blogher.com/member/lainegriffin Lovely lady, good writer, awesome web designer (this is blatant advertizing because I have seen her stuff)
Virginia at Homereared chef at https://www.blogher.com/member/homerearedchef because she IS a ray of sunshine into many reader’s lives
Denise a thttp://www.blogher.com/member/denise she really lights up the darkness of my confusion
Menopausal Mother http://menopausalmother.blogspot.ca/ she is funny and very supportive of MANY bloggers