I was so excited to receive the Happy 101 Award (Blog Hug) from Maria of Personalized Sketches & Sentiments. Her daughter designed and created this award and she also has a blog called The Luckiest Mrs. I can see where she gets her talent as her mom is very artisic and creative.
Maria is one of the sweetest women I've met in our bloggy world. She's talented and even has her own Etsy shop. She's an artist and does the most fabulous sketches using your name. You simply give her the name to use and she will create a personalized sketch using that name. You must check out her work as they make wonderful gifts.
So back to the Happy 101 Award. What makes you happy?
Here are the rules: List 10 things that make you happy. Tag 10 bloggers that make you happy. Make sure to link back to the person that tagged you.
My 10 things that make me happy:
1. Every time my husband Greg tells me he loves me. 2. Seeing and hearing from my family. Almost all of Greg's family is in Phoenix but mine are scattered in Florida, New York and California. 3. Hearing from long lost friends and relatives on Facebook. I've gotten back in touch with many that I totally lost touch with over the years. It's so much fun to see what they are up to now. 4. Babies and children make me smile. I love seeing all of the photos of my friends' children (that includes my bloggy friends too). 5. Getting licked by my mother in love's dog Barney. Since we can't have our own dog because of my husband's allergies, I visit Barney and roll on the floor and play with him. It always brings a smile to my face. 6. Discovering old photos. I smile as I remember many occasions or an outfit I wore back in the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's. 7. Spending time with my friends. 8. Meeting so many wonderful bloggy friends from all over the world. 9. Reading each one of your comments on Heart Choices. 10. Realizing how much God loves me and that I am His child; precious in His sight. Now that really brings a smile to my face.
Ten bloggers who brighten my day:
1. Mary of Mary's Tea Cottage: Mary writes the sweetest, kindest comments on Heart Choices. She's the kind of person I know I would be so comfortable spending time together sipping a cup of tea and chatting. 2. Kim of Homesteader's Heart: Kim always makes me laugh and smile. She hosts a weekly meme called Friday Funnies. 3. Sandy of God Speaks Today: Sandy always has such a humorous style of writing. When I need a smile, I can always visit Sandy. As the host of Fitness Friday, she can be tough and funny at the same time. 4. Jill of Forever N Ever N Always: I can't help but smile when I see her beautiful photos of her 9 children! She is able to capture the most unique pictures and post them so beautifully. And when I learned that her 9th child Lilly will be joining her expanding family soon ...that really made me smile. 5. Mary of Pile of Smiles: I can't help but smile when I even read the title of her blog. She's got the prettiest smile too. I've met her in person. 6. Denise of Short Bear's Place: Denise gets around our bloggy land so quickly. She's always one to leave a comment and is so filled with love and joy despite many personal health challenges. She brings a smile to my face. 7. Jennifer of Smelling Coffee: Even the name of her blog brings a smile to my face. After all, I love coffee. She's such an encourager to me. 8. Lisa of Sharing Life with Lisa: I smile every time I see her picture. She's such an encourager and a good friend to me. 9. Lori of Lori's Reflections: Lori was my very first blogging friend and so I have an incredible soft spot in my heart for her. We've met in person and she's absolutely beautiful. She finds the funniest videos to post and I love her photographs of her boys. 10. Debbie of The Way We Are: Debbie is a fairly new blogging friend of mine. She's got the greatest kids and grandkids. Their photos make me smile. And Debbie doesn't just leave a quick comment; she's fully engaged and shares her heart. I love that.
Now that I'm on a roll I wish I could add more names. However, there's a Circle of Friends award that I have to give away so I'll be able to tag a few of my other good bloggy friends.
Don't forget to smile. When the grocery clerk is rude, smile back. When someone says to you "Happy Holidays" ... smile back and say and a Merry Christmas too.