We are both honored and grateful to announce that we have been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award!
"The Sunshine Blogger Award was created to showcase bloggers who are creative, uplifting, and inspiring. It also helps to bring recognition to so many talented and dedicated bloggers."
There are a few rules to the award and nominations. These are:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog post and link back to her /his blog.
2. Answer the questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and give them 10 questions you have chosen.
4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger award logo in your post on your blog.
A big thank you to Simple Grateful Life for nominating our blog for this award! Take a look at Kelly's blog and find both the inspirational and positive content posted. You will be sure to find a few yummy recipes that you can savor in the weeks to come!
She asked us to answer the following questions.
1. What is your dream job?
Samuel: My dream job is any opportunity I have to work with people. I love working with others towards achieving a common goal. I would like to continue building a career in business and eventually dedicate my life to some sort of public service.
Kate: This is something that has continually changed over the years. What has been a constant is the desire to make a difference in the lives of other people. I love to cast a vision for the greater good, assemble a team of people who can use their gifts for the cause and watch the world change for the better.
2. Who/What inspires you?
Samuel: I am inspired by so very many things. Whenever I need inspiration, I thumb through a book my parents gave me upon reaching my 18th birthday. My mother named it the "Wisdom Book." A compilation of letters from strong role models focused on the definition of manhood. Whenever I doubt whether I am on the right course, I draw upon their words in order to feel inspired.
Kate: There is no shortage of inspirational people on this planet. I love meeting people; and, we have spent many an evening attending events hearing great speakers share remarkable stories. Some of the greatest heroes are the unsung heroes. My greatest inspiration is my Godmother June. A remarkable woman who lived 96 years and made every moment count. Everyone she encountered felt her love.
3. What is your favorite hobby?
Samuel: My favorite hobby is either reading a good book or writing a blog post, a magazine piece or a newspaper column. Writing helps me make sense of the world, while reading encourages me to see things from a different point of view.
Kate: Life is made to be experienced and to be shared. I am up for most adventures. Whether skydiving, having a cobra around my neck in North Africa or meeting friends for drinks, I feel right at home! I will go anywhere once and listen to the stories of others while telling a few good ones of my own. Reading is also the way we share our stories and humanity, the act of encouraging the world to move forward a little bit at a time.
4. What is your greatest strength as a blogger?
Samuel: I think my greatest strength as a blogger is my ability to be vulnerable with readers. I never hide the pain of the past, nor do I sugarcoat the inevitable challenges faced on the road to recovery. Being honest and authentic with readers is the only way to draw them in - for anyone can smell phony a mile away.
Kate: A story keeper is someone who not only has some stories of their own but is a good listener. As a blogger, I share some of my adventures and offer what I have learned along the way. I tell stories in a compelling way with an ability to see the big picture and how it all connects to each of us.
5. Favorite Bible verse or quote?
Samuel: "It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot Words with which I agree wholeheartedly, offering hope in spite of past mistakes. John 21:25: "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." I treasure this verse because I have always wondered if the remaining questions and/or doubts we possess could be answered by the things left unwritten.
Kate: "Whereas a man's strength is his charm, a woman's charm is her strength." - Ravi Zacharias The veracity of this quote has been proven over and over. I Peter 3:15 "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect" is central to communicating with people I encounter everywhere.
6. Favorite recipe?
Samuel: Chicken tacos. These are made by slicing boneless chicken, chopping up garlic, adding a touch of red wine, poultry seasoning, and tons of Worcestershire sauce. If I could, I would eat it every night.
Kate: Roast leg of lamb with garlic, rosemary and red wine is my favorite holiday entree. From Christmas to Passover, it is the most savory dish to share.
7. What is your best quality?
Samuel: My ability to make a comeback. To fight my way back from adversity by sticking to the lessons I have learned. I get up each morning determined to face whatever comes my way. I make plenty of mistakes; but, am determined to get back up and try again.
Kate: My heart. I feel things so deeply that it gives me a great capacity for empathy coupled with a creative resourcefulness to help those I love when encountering difficult situations. My knack for researching to find a solution to a problem being faced is something I use to help others on their journey.
8. What is your favorite holiday and why?
Samuel: Fourth of July, hands-down. For I believe in the promise of America, and enjoy celebrating what I believe to be the greatest country on earth. July 4th is a time to revel in the victories achieved by these great United States, while identifying the ways in which we must continue to work towards forming "a more perfect union."
Kate: For most holidays, we have created some truly unique traditions. Thanksgiving is one that people find most memorable. We run a 5k race as a family in support of an orphanage in Uganda. Years ago we realized that none of us really enjoyed turkey, so I put my love of research to good use to learn more about what the Pilgrims really ate. While turkey is never mentioned, lobster is. Since we race for our dinner, we let our dinner race for us. We set up lobster races in the kitchen before making dinner. Win, lose or draw, they all get cooked. The entire day is an opportunity to serve others, take care of ourselves and laugh while being so grateful for the gift of life.
9. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Samuel: When I was ten, I met my Congressman. We had corresponded for a bit - I wrote him a letter after my father opened a fundraising letter in the mail from his office in front of me. We became pen-pals, until the day he asked me to come to his office in the Canon Office Building in Washington, D.C., for a visit. He had me sit in his chair and hold his pen. "That'll be you one day," he said. It was a great moment, one which I will treasure until my dying breath.
Kate: Moving to the East Coast in the middle of fifth grade, I was able to spend a couple of subsequent summers taking the metro downtown and exploring the Smithsonian Museums on my own. The first gaze at a Rembrandt and wandering through the sculpture garden were food for my soul. It led me to create a Museum Monday where I took my children downtown to a different museum or event every week until they started school. After that, the tradition continued on holidays.
10. What is your favorite song?
Samuel: "Everything's Not Lost," by Coldplay.
Kate: As a classically trained pianist, my repertoire is more obscure to most. I adore Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini by Rachmaninoff. There are not words, but Variation 18 is memorable enough to hum the melody.
Now it's our turn to nominate some fantastic bloggers! There are so very many to choose from, but here a few that have inspired us along this blogging journey:
1. Katie Powner at Katie Gets It Write
2. Jessie Synan at One Lost Coin
3. Lynne at Awesomismmom
4. Ruth at RuthinRevolt
5. Chip Mattis at Twelve2nds
6. Andrea at SavingJoyfully
7. Michelle at Mish Mash Blogs
8. Marcie Cramsey at The Family Rock
9. Nancy Mulligan at My Every Day Challenges
10. Sarah Brumley at Lemon Blessings
11. Jay at Bearded Igor Blogs
Check out our Questions Below:
1. What made you want to start writing a blog?
2. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
3. What have you achieved that you are most proud of?
4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
5. What characteristic do you most admire in others?
6. If you could have any actor/actress play you in a movie, who would it be?
7. What is a funny story about yourself?
8. What is the most impactful book you have ever read?
9. How do you decide what to write about on your blog?
10. How do you cultivate hope in your life everyday?