An Award? Me? Are you sure??

Well, after being pretty much out of the blogsphere for nearly two weeks, I came back and started to catch up with my "regulars".

It was then that I noticed that (a well deserving) blogger "Stuff in My Brain" had received an award! That in of itself does not surprise me whatsoever. DadStuff is always writing wonderful stories about his family, and to be quite honest I am jealous, am envious, am inspired by his stories and his dedication to his wife and children.

Unlike "The Life of a Father of Five" (where you will (from time to time) see, hear, and read me drone on about what is getting me down) "Stuff in my Brain" always has something positive and upbeat to talk about... If I'm feeling "down" - I always hope that DadStuff has a new post, because he can "turn my frown upside down" (yeah... ok... it's hokey.. but it's true!)

So, imagine my surprise when "The Life of a Father of Five" was listed as one of the blogs DadStuff wanted to name... I was very pleased! I feel like I have been recognized by a mentor!

DadStuff... Thank you. You are truly an inspiration!

The award, Arte y Pico, is an award...
"Created to be given to bloggers who inspire others with their creativity and their talents, and for contributing to the blogging world in whatever medium. When you receive this award it is considered a “special honor.” Once you have received this award, you are to pass it on to 5 others. What a wonderful way to show some love and appreciation to your fellow bloggers! The rules for passing this honor on are: Pick 5 blogs that you would like to award this honor to. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award from Arte Y Pico."
Thank you DadStuff. I am truly humbled.

Now, my five... These will be in no particular order...

Many Things Do Not Fly - Lisa is one of the oldest friends I have. She is the "yin to my yang", the "white to my black", and the "light to my darkness". Over the years our views of the world have drifted apart slightly, so she struggles to keep what is left of that little "socially just" (aka liberal) voice alive in my head... In the end though, regardless of our political views, she is truly a wonderful person, and I am blessed to count her among my friends.

My Family and Other Animals - Eva is someone I met in high school on a trip to Italy and Greece. Our two schools came together, and we had a lot of fun on the tour together. Unfortunately we lived at the opposite end of the state, and although we tried to keep in touch as "pen pals" (before the internet) - life got busy, and I did not keep up my end of the "pen pal" thing... Many years later, while reading up on a band I listen to, I ran across a string of "coincidences" that seemed too unlikely to not be true. Checking a little further, and a quick e-mail later - I discovered that Eva (who was married and has a different last name that I remembered) was indeed the same Eva I met on the trip to Italy. Soon afterwards, Eva started up "My Family and Other Animals", and is a blog that I eagerly look forward to reading! Having a husband and SIX children (as opposed to my measly FIVE) I find there are a lot of commonalities between their life and ours! It is quite enjoyable to see that my family is not the only ones to deal with some of these "trials". Eva is a wonderful writer, and does a great job putting a smile on my face!

AtHomeDaddy - Mike is a Stay At Home Dad. The things he does with and for his kids are nothing short of amazing! He is the proverbial "guy next door". My only regret is that he does not live next door to me! If he lived next door, it would be even easier to watch (first hand) the adventures of the back-yard chickens, and other AtHomeShenanagins! He is a guy I could see myself sharing a cold Dr. Pepper and a cigar with over the fence after mowing the lawn, or having over for a back yard rec fire with the family on a Friday evening. His stories make me laugh... "out loud", and his views on life and the world are so very similar to mine... I only wish that he could some time experience the true bitterness of a Minnesota Winter and the horror known as "wind chill"... That being said... there is no way in _ _ _ _ that I want to experience summer in southern Texas... After all, summer in southern Texas is like a little like living in _ _ _ _, isn't it?? (well, at least the temperature is....) Even though he lives over a thousand miles away, and we have never actually met, he is someone I call "friend".

Postulates & Pasttimes - Unlike me (who is a lazy blog reader, and reads most posts through a feed reader), Chris actually visits my blog every day and comments on my posts almost each and every time. I find that amazing in some ways because as a writer, his posts are well thought out, articulate, clear, concise, and meaningful. I often wonder if he visits "Father of Five" to "slum" with those that have (significantly) less talent than himself. Chris has a wonderfully optimistic view on the world, and although I don't "visit" his blog, I read each and every post. (I am trying to remedy that just a bit.... After all, it is well deserved!) A recent discovery and disapointment for me was finding out where Chris lives, and then finding out that a recent cross country trip I made put us only a couple of miles (literally) away. That was a truly missed opportunity for me to meet, shake the hand of, and thank a true gentleman!

A Family Runs Through It - Phil is a home-schooling Stay At Home Dad. He lives in a beautiful area of the country, and was one of the very first blogs I started reading on a regular basis. I used to be a frequent commenter, but as the number of blogs I read rose, it became more and more difficult to "visit" the blog every day. Just like Postulates and Pasttimes, since utilizing a feed reader - I don't actually "get to" A Family Runs Through It as often as I should (and therefore comment much less than I used to, or should) - but Phil's down-to-earth approach to raising his family, and upbeat posts are an inspiration to me.

Please do not feel bad if you did not make the top five... There are so many wonderful blogs I read (or try to read) every day... Just check out my BLOGROLL . You will find not only the blogs listed above, but you will find many wonderful blogs there... Each who deserve an award for one reason or another.


  1. Congrats on the award! I have never been here before but from what I am reading you deserve it.
    Thanks for stopping by World of Weasels and leaving that comment. I started laughing hysterically and found comfort that others share my wacky woes. It gave me the pick me up I needed after a cranky morning where nothing seemed to go right.
    I will be back often.

  2. I am humbled. Thank you very much for the honorable mention, despite the very un-father-like appearance of my last blog...hmmm...

  3. I leave on vacation and come back, only to find you have won an award and that I also have won an award. Thank you! I nearly cried. It just made my whole week. I am definitely bragging about this to Husband and the rest of the family.


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