Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A little sunshine!

Wow, can I please just say that I'm really excited that Jessah, over at Dreaming of Dimples, and Suzanne, over at Our Journey to a Baby Bump, nominated yours truly for the Sunshine Award?! 

I promise I haven't ignored y'all... the past couple weeks have been really emotionally draining and I'm trying to keep my head above water. I've decided to combine your questions and answer as many as I can without writing a novel ;)

The rules for the sunshine award are as follows: 

1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post (copying Jessah on this one :))
2. Link to the person who nominated you (links above)
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself 
4. Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award (
it appears that I'm the straggler on this one... and all of my fave ladies have been nominated. So I'll spare you of having to answer another round of questions. Love y'all- thanks for your kindness and friendship, I appreciate your support more than you'll ever know.)

Jessah's Questions:
What do you do for work (always curious to know what everyone does all day long)?
I'm a 4th grade teacher. It's a fun age to be around and they provide me with much needed comic relief on a daily basis. 

What is your favorite quote?
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
       - Eleanor Roosevelt
It's on a sticky note that's always been on my desktop... since well before infertility knocked on my door. 

What is the item of clothing you want to buy most for this fall season?
Another pair of riding boots... I just can't have enough shoes!

What is a great book that you've read recently?
I won't bore you with the laundry list of children's books I read aloud to my class... but I did read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green over the summer (let's be real, although I am a reading teacher and obviously have a love for it, I would rather sleep than read at night!). I cried so hard at the end of the book, I think the person sitting beside me on the plane ride home from NY had to think I was seriously disturbed! 

What is your middle name?
Marie. Same as my mama's :)

Tell me a secret (about anything).
I write a lot more posts than I publish. Sometimes I just need to ramble, and then I feel a little bit of relief from this crazy train!

Suzanne's Questions:
Was there a particular moment in your infertility journey that made you realize that you wanted/needed to start blogging? Yes... and it came after a coworker of mine shared with me that her daughter's friend was going through similar struggles as myself. She emailed me the link to her blog and I oddly felt a sense of relief... it was comforting to know that although I felt very alone, there were other women living through the same thing as I was.

What is your favorite vacation spot ever?
Well I'm going to just guess that this will change after our trip to Italy in June, but since I was 6, my parents have always gone on a beach vacation somewhere on the east coast. My favorite spot of all time is Topsail Island, North Carolina. It's a lot different than it used to be, and it's gotten very tourist-y over the past years, but I have many fond memories of those vacations and love my parents for continuing the tradition that I someday hope to pass on to my own children. 

If you could spend a day with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be? Why? What would you do? 
That's so easy... my grandma. We lost her to cancer 9 years ago this Thanksgiving. She was a fighter, a true survivor, and she was taken far too soon. I was in college when she passed away so she never met my hubby and wasn't around when we got married- she actually never got to see any of her grandchildren walk down the aisle, and that makes me so sad. Her life was very different than the path I'm on (she raised 10 kids!)... but I feel her presence at some of my weakest moments. I would want to do the things I most often think about... baking in her kitchen, painting, eating her wonderful cooking... simple, yet they are the memories I cherish every day. 

What is the best part of blogging your IF journey?
The endless support and well wishes from my fellow bloggers. Let's face it, it's not a journey any of us planned on... but it's certainly much easier when you aren't alone. 

Hope I'm not breaking the rules too badly by not re-nominating!! 


  1. Love that quote from Eleanor Roosevelt! I read The Fault in Our Stars this summer too...definitely a tear jerker with some good life lessons. So awesome you are going to Italy! woo hoo!

  2. Love hearing everyone's posts when they get these awards. I'm a new follower here. My blog: www.auntmimi2010.blogspot.com