A couple of months ago as I was catching up on my blog reading I was surprised to learn that I received a BLOG AWARD from one of my "original" adoption blogging buddies, Brenda Horrocks.
Then, a few days ago I was both happily surprised and humbled once again to receive the SUNSHINE AWARD from the Thrifty Momma herself, Paula Schuck.
It is now my turn to "pay it forward" and bestow the Sunshine Award on blogs I find particularly noteworthy.
But first, allow me to take a moment and brag about BRENDA:
Brenda is a huge advocate for adoption and foster care. She and her husband Brad have a beautiful family created through adoption and they have served together as Co-Vice Chairs on the Families Supporting Adoption National Board.
Ever heard of Matching Mondays?
Brenda is the heart behind that campaign aimed to encourage others to adopt children from the U.S. Foster Care System.
See this clever graphic?
Yup, that's attributed to Brenda, too from another great blog of hers.
Needless to say, Brenda is pretty amazing. THANK YOU, Brenda for your friendship and inspiration.
AND NOW- on to the awarding! Drum roll, please . . .
NOTE: My personal interpretation and criteria of a blog deserving of a "Sunshine Award" is not necessarily one that is happy and chipper all the time, but a blog that leaves me feeling either enLIGHTened by a different point of view or something new I've learned and/or WARMED by someone's example of compassion, hope or humor. And since this is my adoption blog versus my "regular" private blog the following blogs are all adoption and foster-care related:
Thank you, fellow bloggers, for bringing me sunshine!
If you feel so inclined to pass the Sunshine Award on to others here are the Official Rules as listed on Brenda's blog:
1. Post picture on your blog or in your post.
2. Link to the person who gave you the award.
3. Spread the sunshine to 12 blogs (or however many you wish to award).
Stay tuned for a longer post in the future (one which I started a long time ago but haven't quite finished yet as 12 blogs are a lot to review!) where I'll explain exactly why I love these blogs.