Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Blogging Love

Do all of you know how much I love you? Seriously. I don't think I realized how much until Torina's post yesterday. It scared the bejesus out of me. Then I felt so helpless because I can't do anything to fix it. Frustrating. She had to talk me down off the ledge. Whacked. Someone with no sense of humor was mean to Sheri. I did. not. appreciate. it.

Y'all are with me through all the ups and downs, trials and tribulations, highs and lows. You listen without judging and boost me up when I'm wailing. I am so grateful for all of you. Then I follow along with your stories and ride the roller coaster with you. When you cry I'm likely to cry too, when you scream I'm screaming with you, when you've reached new milestones, I'm cheering for you like I'm watching the Dawgs play, when the fun stuff happens, I'm rolling around on the floor all agiggle.

When I first arrived on the blogging scene there seemed to be an inner circle. I was so intimidated by many more experienced bloggers. Too scared to comment on their blog. Someone might find out I'm not cool and it would be just like high school. Horrors. So I hid in the shadows until one day I ventured out of my safety zone and started commenting on a couple of blogs. Lo and behold they commented on my blog! I was in the "In Club". Yay me!!!! I became more and more brave with each passing day. Now there's only one blogger that intimidates the heck out of me. There I said it! I'm getting more courage though because I have left her a comment recently. ;-) Wonder if she'll click on the link and find out she's the "one?" Nah. She doesn't read my blog. She doesn't intimidate me in a bad way just in an "I don't feel worthy way." My complex needs work.

Through email I told Dia, that I speculated that we should all live in a commune. That way we could all support one another. Your kid's having a bad day. No problem. Another mom could swoop in and give you a break. You're sick and don't feel like cooking dinner. Another mom could deliver dinner to the troops. Kid won't get out of bed to go to school...another mom will rush right over and help them practice getting ready. Etc. Life in fantasy land. Humph. I'm a pansy though so you all have to move to Georgia ....no snow for me 8 months out of the year. ;-)

Funny and fascinating Sheri gave me an award Sunday night. Getting her to comment is like pulling teeth ;-) but it's comforting to know that she's there. She's one of the ones in the experienced blogger arena. I literally jumped for joy when I saw that she was following my blog. I have struggled mightily with who to pass this on to because I REALLY don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. This has happened in the past. I am a southern girl y'all so it's against my religion to hurt someone's feelings. That is unless someone pisses me off then they'd better watch out. Sorry that just sort of slipped out. ;-)

The Dardos Award is given in "recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web."

The rules:
1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.
2) Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.

Drumroll please....

And the winners are:

Eyes Opened Wider - It is so obvious that this social worker truly cares for the kids in her care. I admire that so much.

Rancho Chico - Dia is in the same radical boat and paddling like the dickens. I love that about her!

Faith Makes Things Possible - Linda takes me with her on the roller coaster and I love it. I am an adrenaline junkie. This is not a secret folks. The cat was out of the bag when I said I was going to adopt another radical.

Essie the Accidental Mommy - Oh! She makes me giggle hysterically and roll around on the floor all the time.

Raising Alyssa - Gerri cracks me up and keeps it real all at the same time. She's been hanging with me since J has arrived home and I drug her into blogging land with me.

Tudu's a Mom - I met Tudu at a RAD support group in Atlanta. I immediately connected with her and she talked me into blogging (probably just to shut me up.) ;-) She has been such a great support and taught me lots of stuff.

Yeah... I know it's six but I have to be a rebel.

I am so grateful for y'all. You get me better than most of my IRL friends.


Kristina P. said...

You always deserve all your awards! And it's true that we do form real friendships from blogging.

matryoshka said...

It's funny you say that because I picture us blog friends kind of like a virtual commune...we can't actually BE there to support each other...but blogsupport is pretty good too.

and I would SO move to Georgia, but Jupiter doesn't like hot weather. It makes her "smile fall down." :)

Sheri said...

I have no idea what I would've done without all of you!?! This is the best thing that ever happened to me . . . trolls and all. *sniff*

You jumped up and down for me?! You rock!

Jillene said...

I love the blogging thing too--Look--I met you. (I'm a poet and I didn't even know it). Congrats on the award!!

Torina said...

I have thought about that, too. Like, hmm, I wish that we could all just pick a spot and move near each other. That way our kids could go all RAD on each other and it would be cool and we could chuckle about it and drink our ice tea and talk about kids pissing in corners like it is really normal.

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

Congrats on your award. And I had to click the link. I don't know her and I will have to go back and read about her.

I just told my husband that I had friends in the blogging world. He laughed, I just don't think he gets it. Hugs to you:)

Rachie317 said...

Wow! Thank you Lisa!! *blushes furiously* I'm so grateful - but feel somewhat unworthy, I've only been blogging for 2 months! But seriously, I really appreciate the award so much - the validation is so nice. I'd join your commune anyday!

Paula Perry said...

i love the idea of a commune, i would also request that it be in a warm location!
I really do feel that this how community is so luck/blessed to have each other. its great right, you have a problem you ask and people sometimes answer. you have a stressfull day you blog it, there you feel better. I first started blogging i felt the same as you but i also didn't think anyone would ever read my boring blog. but they do. nice. take care and you are a cool kid! just look at you :O) ps hows the next adoption/placement going?

Holly said...

I've also grown to love blogging and have the same flashback to high school fears of not being in the in group and no one wanting to come to my blog because I'm just not as "cool" as some of the other blogs I read.

I second your thoughts on the commune....it would be nice wouldn't it?

Muppet Soul said...

Yay for blog love!

I don't think people say their appreciation enough on these things. Good for you.

And people should be intimidated by LISA not the other way around, darnit.

You take that girl and you MAKE HER your friend.

Sheri said...

Okay lady. . . you did it now . . . I'm gonna comment on every post you make! Pulling teeth . . . Pbhhhttt!


Alyssa's Mom said...


I don't feel worthy of an award, but I will be gracious and say thank you!

I too wish that we all could be close to each other and lend "hands on" support.

The other night, Alyssa said, "Mom, when you get a job, can we take a vacation and go visit J?"

HELL YEA! I am all over that! So, here is the deal. When I get a job, my first vacation, we are coming to visit!

Not two said...

Thank You Lisa!
I feel honored but I don't feel like I deserve an award since I am still gettinb over my shyness about making my blog public.

I am right there with you on the commune idea. I have felt so supported reading your blogs now that I found y'all. Let me know when y'all are ready to move South. Maybe we can do a geographic spread from Texas to Georgia...

One more thing... can somebody tell me how I put the stamp on my blog (that's how new I am to this....)

marythemom said...

Lisa, you corrupted, I mean introduced me to blogs in the first place. You told me to read Pioneer Woman and I was instantly hooked. Then you encouraged me to start my own blog. I know I don't tell you often enough what an inspiration you are to me!

I too vote for a commune (Texas is way warmer then Georgia by the way!). My kids would love to have a couple of new little sisters (or more!). We could start our own school and not have to worry about public school that doesn't "get it!" My kids could see that I'm really not the World's Meanest Mom and I could have J give tapping and "being normal" classes to my Kitty. I'm in!

Mary in TX

Mom to biokids Ponito(9) and his sister Bob(12)
Sibling pair adoptive placement from NE 11/06
Finally finalized on Kitty(13) on 3/08 - 2 weeks before her 13th birthday!
Finalized on her brother Bear 7/08. He turned 15 the next day.
" Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain."

Kelly said...

Thank you for your cyber friendship and encouragement you send my way so often.

Jo said...

Congrats on the award, you totally deserve it.

The Accidental Mommy said...

OH that is SO cool and makes me so happy! I wanted to pick it up when I knew I had a chunk of time to get it right. Kid is eating lunch with word world so, I have a few.
THANK YOU!!! Many times a day I can push through the frustrations knowing I can come in to our little community here, and not get judged, or slammed, and no one will freak out that my kid is eating paint chips off the wall in her bedroom. Can't say that often!
I am totally with you on the commune, however if I may, to suggest the southwest. Phoenix maybe? Very dry, no mosquitos, nice and warm. Well, just let me know lol.