Rules for the award:
1. Must thank the person who gave you the award and list their blog and link it.
2. Share "10 Honest things" about yourself.
3. Present this award to 7 others whose blogs you find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged you.
4. Tell those 7 people they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving the award.
I know Christy from church, and she and her family actually ended up moving very close to where Kurt is from, in north Mississippi. She's also a young mom, with three beautiful children, and I love to know that someone else is doing what I'm doing every day. She is very real and honest on her blog, and is always willing to share a situation or story that she's learned from (which makes the rest of us learn right along with her!). She and I share the same taste in a LOT of things, and above all, she introduced me to the movie North and South. Love it!!!
Now for my 10 Honest Things:
1. I am really needing to work on losing the rest of my baby weight. I've mentioned before that I really want to get down a little lower than I was when I got pregnant. I'm working on counting calories, but I need to be more diligent about this.
2. This one might shock you. I respect the Duggar family more than most families out there, but I actually do not support their belief in having a "home church." Meaning, only a few families meet together and there's no Lifegroups (Sunday School), etc. It's just one big meeting where everyone is together from birth to however old. I have many, many educated reasons why I think this is not a wise teaching or practice to follow. So as much as I ADORE the Duggar family, I just don't agree with their choices in this matter. Surprised?
3. In this same vein, it's ironic because I read a book recently that included this belief. I agreed wholeheartedly with about 90% of this book. But I disagreed so strongly with the 10% concerning worship practices, the role of the church, and how a family should be led that it just killed the whole thing for me and made me lose all respect for the author. I don't feel comfortable sharing the title and author at this point, because I know many families look to this man for guidance (which scares me). I'm still praying through when and what to share. Because honestly, I feel very, very strongly about this.
4. As long as I'm on the Duggar-conservative beliefs-spiritual convictions thing, I guess this would be as good a time as any to share that we are strongly, strongly considering homeschooling our children. Again, I don't feel led to expand on that right now, but the Lord is already putting convictions in our hearts about this. We're not 100% sure, and we're still praying through it, but I feel that there's no harm in sharing that we're very open to it and are strongly leaning that direction.
5. I can honestly say that I'm looking forward to every stage of my life. I'm not afraid of aging or getting older. I've made a conscious, concerted effort to stop and take little mental snapshots of moments with Kurt and Evy Kate. I don't have any regrets with the way I've handled my time with either of them. I've really tried to be alive in the present and not be sad that Evy's not a baby anymore or wishing she were older. I've really been great at every stage. I know it's an up-and-down thing, but that's something that I'm really proud of. The Lord has helped me to just enjoy the present time for what it is.
6. There are about a million time periods that I would love to just "drop into" for a day. I am going to do a series of posts starting soon that describe what those days would be like. It's a concept that popped into my head one night and I think it will be a good exercise for my imagination and indulge my love of history. Stay tuned!
7. I am thinking through the idea of possibly trying a VBAC for my next pregnancy. I'm still not sure about this, and I still need time to pray, research, and talk to my doctor (once we move and I find my new one). The main reasons I'm considering this is: a) We want a relatively large family and I'm wondering if I should intentionally put my body through many major surgeries, and b) It would be nice to have a quicker recovery time. Again, I had a wonderful experience with my C-section, and I'll be just great if I need to have subsequent ones, but this proves that I'm not closed-minded when it comes to options and educating myself.
8. I despise all diet soda drinks. It's just something I can't compromise on. Oddly enough though, I love Crystal Light. It's about the only way I'll go to the fridge and elect to get a bottle of water out. Sad, I know.
9. There will always be a part of me that wants to perform theater (preferably musical) in some way. I don't think I'll get the chance again, but I've been able to perform in: The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever, Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, and Oklahoma (twice). One of my life goals was to perform in a musical at the college level, and I did it! I've recently owned up to the fact that aside from being a wife and mom, that's where I'm happiest. I don't know if that sounds vain, but I really don't care. I have never gotten an ounce of stage fright while performing a character. It's the kind of rush that some people get skydiving or skiing. I love it.
10. In keeping with the honesty theme, I've seen this done on several blogs and so I've decided to give it a go as well. If you have any question at all for me, leave it in a comment on this post and I'll answer them in some posts. I'll probably get one question from a relative asking why I'm wearing that dumb shirt in a particular picture, but oh well. :) So, ask away!
Here are the people that I want to give this award to. The main reason is that I'd love to know 10 Honest Things about you, and I love your blog. So, here they are: