Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I won I won

:) ok ok before you start chucking rotten veggies at me, just calm down. And for your information (helen!), maybe you'd ALSO win sometimes if you ever entered anything.
Ok but I digress as usual. I didn't win a competition, I won a blog award from Nes. Nes discovered my blog a short while ago and is so encouraging and wonderful and complimentary and lovely that she is inspiring me to write more. Thanks Nes :)

Here is my award:

And the rules that go with it:
1.) I have to choose five other people who deserve it and pass the awards along
2.) Regale you all with seven random facts about me
3.) Let the people that you give the awards to know
4.) Thank the person who gave you the award

So first of all my 5 people! I've written their twitter names but linked to their blogs so you can find them either way. Sorry boys, but these are all women that I care about and am inspired by:
@meganstow - she is a very caring mom of two. She's a tough cookie with a big heart. AND it's her birthday today.
@Angelsmind - Angel is kind of this maternal figure to all of us. She has a massive capacity for love. Plus she's arty and creative and drove all the way across Joburg to meet me.
@HoneyBza - what an incredible woman. She is motivated and dedicated and is changing the world! You can help her!!! read more here: www.teenmomsupportkzn.co.za
@mandimadeit - Mandi is super creative and really caring. Actually she and Angel remind me a lot of each other.
@nixgrim - Nicole started a support group called Babies Born Sleeping some years ago. She has 'survived' loss. What I mean by that is that it doesnt define her. She is not hard or bitter. She is empathetic. Sometimes sad. But she lives her life. I think where Nicole is now is where I am getting to. Hope so!

Okay, 7 random facts about me:
1. You probably wouldn't recognise me in real life. I don't mean in terms of looks (ok that too, I mean come on - that header photo was 5.5 years and 2 babies ago!!) but personality wise. I'm a shiny, happy, cheerful, chirping, competitive, teasing, challenging person in real life. Not sure what I portray on here, it's definitely accurate, but it is one facet of me - the facet that I don't really allow people in real life to see.
2. I'm a pastor's wife. TheBand and I lead a congregation called Urban Liberty. It is AWESOME! Seriously. You would love it. Don't roll your eyes at me, young lady, you would!!! Don't panic, I'm not about to wallop you with my bible (it's an iphone app and we don't want to be destroying the beloved iphone) but I am Christian and unapologetically so. And you can't help but love me anyway... can you!?
3. I detest making the bed. It's just one of those things.
4. I have lost my reading and writing mojo and am fighting to get them back. By this time last year I'd read 30 - 40 books and this blog had seen a lot more action. Why have they gone? Is it the busyness of motherhood? of life? of being my own boss? partly. Is it the easy satisfaction and interactivity of twitter? I don't know. Since I learnt to read I've been an avid reader. It's weird that this whole year I've finished only one book. I'm now reading Shantaram at The Band's insistence. Hopefully that will kick start my reading again.
5. Okay, I'm mildly embarassed to share this, but what the hell? Some time toward the end of last year I gave myself a makeover. After two years of pregnancy and many months of fear and self-protectionism, I realised it was time to be me again. I don't want to be a dowdy, pastel-ensconsed, butternut smeared mommy, walking around in beige stretchy pants and sensible shoes. I want to be a foxy lady for my man :) and for me! I'm working on it - exercise, clothes choices, make up, etc and am feeling good :)
6. I am excited about life again. I feel like I am standing at the beginning of something amazing. Family-wise, church-wise, career-wise. Life is sweet. Incredibly so. I am hearing God's voice more clearly. He is challenging me in ways I don't want to be challenged and yet every time I obey Him, He opens up the next door and pours out His blessings. Sorry non-Christians. You probably think I'm moggy. But it's astounding and I'm grateful and stunned.
7. I can wiggle my ears. One at a time or in sync. It's a gift. :)


tanyadeville said...

you know what i didn't know...? I didn't know your header pic was you! LOL!

Michelle Roberts said...

Thank you so much!!!! If I could I would send it right back to you!!!!
<3 <3

Angel said...

Thank you darling Caz! Thank you! I see I am in some very good company.
I didn't know The Band was a pastor!
You know what, I am a little jealous of your #6... About hearing his voice I mean. I feel like its been an awfully long time since I heard Him.

Jenty said...

Hey I can do the wiggling ears thing too!! My husband thinks I'm ultra weird :)

Nes said...

Thanks for the sweet words, Caz! I hope you end up reading more (and for my own selfish reasons: blogging more)- I am only coming out of a book drought recently and I missed it. Also I don't think you are 'moggy' (?) I just wish I had your faith...

Hels said...

WHAHOO CONGRATS!! *said in a genuine tone* I am very happy you (deservedly) won! Hahaha, I didn't know you had a reader called Helen who got a bit bitter every time you continuously won competitions based on luck, all the time (in case someone thought continously had a different meaning). I think you should've started off with the ear wiggling fact. It's the perfect way to describe you, not a "rounding-off-the-picture" fact (either way I love it!!) I am very happy to hear you are going to lift your game & provide more blogs for us to read! Well done on your very (finally) well deserved award!xx

Tamara said...

Heya Caz. Great random facts. I've always wanted to be able to do the ear wiggle thing - my granddad could do it and it always made us laugh.

I have a friend moving to your part of the world and will tell her and her hubby to check out your church.

Just wanted to let you know that I've never stopped reading here and praying for you, but I often don't comment because I can't find the right words and don't want to seem flippant.

Well done on the award. Keep entering competitions ;-)

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