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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Laura Lately: Versatile Blogger Nomination

Welp, it's that time of the month again! It's time for another Laura Lately where I share about what is going on in my life and also where I want to hear about what's going on in yours.

But this month, It's going to be a little different.

My blogger friend Emily over at Table and Hearth, nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  

Not sure where this Versatile Blogger "Award" idea came from, but it seems to me that it's a great way to get to know bloggers better and discover new blogs too! 

Here are the rules for acceptance and participation. 
  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. 
  •  Include a link to their blog. 
  •  Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. 
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  •  Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

I want this to be a fun little activity in which you all can get to know me a little better and I can give some great blogs some much deserved props.  The blogs I have listed below are either ones I have been following for a long time or new blogs that I have more recently discovered - either way they are all sources of inspiration to me.  These ladies have also become a source of encouragement to me either through their blogs or on a personal level - having connected with several of them about collaborating and feedback about blog stuff! So click around on these ladies' blogs! They are fantastic, inspiring, encouraging, talented, insightful, and downright beautiful people with beautiful blogs.

So do I want to give some blogging friends some plugs? YES!   
Do I want to share a little about me with all of you?! YES!

Hi! I'm Emily, welcome!

Emily @ Table and Hearth

 Thank you sweet Emily for inviting me to participate! Emily writes a blog called Table and Hearth.  She is a thrifter, decorator, crafter, and cooker!.. And Emily and I? Well we share a love for wide open spaces and farmhouse living.  You should check out her blog for awesome ideas and inspiration! 

My Nominations

Elizabeth @ Oak + Oats
Robyn @ Robyn's Nest
Kendra @ Joy in our Home
 Clarissa @ Munchkins & Moms
Katie @ Bower Power
Sherri & Jon @ Young House Love

And here's a little bit about who I am...

7 Things About Laura

1. I'm a leap year baby!
I was born February 29th! And the most common question I get is, "So when do you celebrate your birthday?"  And my answer has evolved a bit, but basically, I say either day! February 28th or March 1st.  I think it can be argued either way but the way I look at it is... If I don't get 1 day to celebrate my birthday... why not just celebrate it on both days! That way, if anyone ever says "happy birthday" on the 28th or the 1st, then they won't be wrong!  And plus, who am I to turn down more birthday wishes... February 29th or not! :-)
On my actual birthday being held by my Grandma Mary Lou

2. I'm an incognito farm girl. 
When you think of farm girl, you probably think of boots, jeans, belt buckles, hats, and trucks.  I'm a little more incognito than that with my polka dots, flats, scarves, headbands, and pearls.    So you may not know it, but I'm a girl who knows how to drive a tractor, clean out a barn, and take care of animals.  I pray for the rain, I worry about the frost, I count down the time until the county fair.  I appreciate the business of the farmers - the everyday-backbreaking-burden they bare to get food to your table - because I see it.  I may not do it.  But it's in my heart.  So I may not wear the boots or the jeans or the dirt but the farm girl is in me.

Me at a college barn party.  I may not always dress like a farm girl... but that doesn't mean I don't know how!

3. I'm an oncology nurse.
Whenever I tell people that I take care of cancer patients, I usually hear the same reply...."Oh wow, I don't know how you do it.  That must be so hard."  And I usually reply with.  "Yeah, it can be hard.  But I work with some amazing people."  It's so true.  My colleagues hold me up when I don't think I can do any more. We give to each other when there's nothing more to give.  It is a hard job.  I won't deny it.  We see the worst, and rarely get to see the best.... except for in each other.  So I'm an oncology nurse, but more importantly, I belong to a community of fantastic people that have changed me forever. 

4. I'm an Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judgment (ESFJ -Myers Briggs) Person.  
Meaning, I am highly social, tradition-loving, peacemaking, people-pleasing, sympathetic, and family-oriented.  But I'm often overly sensitive and react strongly to criticism.  I am a person that loves to give praises but also a person who needs them in return.  I love people and I love caring for them.  I think more and more I am realizing my favorite way to care for others - more than meeting their physical needs - is by meeting their relational needs.  I love a good party, especially one with a theme! I love celebrating people and their achievements.  So if you are looking to plan a party.. count me in! And let me help plan!

5.  I'm a Jesus Follower.  
"I've never read the Bible before!"  - That's how it started.  And then, I was invited to read it.  We read through Genesis, then John, then Psalms, and on...  And I learned that Jesus knows me and that I could know Him.  Like a daughter knows a father, like a friend knows another friend.  I finally knew Him, and understood what true sacrifice, love, and grace means.  And then I became His.  And I was changed forever.  Never perfect, but certainly changed and being changed.

6. I'm an old person person.
I love old people.  Some people are baby people.  Me?  I'm an old person person. And the grumpier, the better.  Its such a challenge to win them over and see them sweeten, even if it is by the tinniest bit.  My first job (outside the family business) was working in a nursing home as a nurse's aid.  And I just loved my residents.  I have no idea where this love for old people came from but it was enough to motivate me away from choosing labor and delivery as my area of interest in nursing (which I had seriously considered until I realized I would miss my old people!)  Maybe my love for old people is also related to my love for cardigans and pearls.... and dressing up like old people. :-) Remember this video?
Michael and I, Halloween 2009. "Purdue Grandma & Grandpa"

7. I'm a dreamer.  
If this house is not a prime example of that, I don't know what is.  Nothing excites me more than re-imagining a space.  After seeing our home for the first time, I was consumed by it.  I would think through every possibility of allowing it to reach its full potential and how we could make it into everything we wanted in a home.  We are just beginning in that journey but we have definitely began to make strides.  Each step of the way, dreaming about the next step.  Good thing I have myself a realist of a husband who brings me back down to earth and helps me get things done.  ;-) 

So that's me ya'll! 

I'd love to hear from you!  Can you relate?  Are you a dreamer or a realist?  Farm Girl or City Slicker?  Do you know your Myers Briggs personality?  Let me hear who you are....

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