An Award

I was recently awarded the "Charming Blog Award" by Dad's Workbench.

What is "The Charming Blog Award"?

"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

propagating-friendship1Thank you very much Dad's Workbench! I am both flattered and humbled!

Since I have started blogging, I have met some pretty great "virtual" friends, which is great because (as unfortunate as it is) as a father of five, I have very little spare time to spend hanging out with friends. Most (if not all) of the "real" friends I have, I keep in touch with over email... Just like I do with my "virtual" friends. In fact, with the exception of one or two, I have more contact with my "virtual" friends, then I do most of my "real" friends...

Since this award is about bloggers who "aim to find and to be friends", I want to acknowledge a core group of bloggers that I have really connected with. These are guys that live all over the country, but through their blogs, comments, and exchanged emails, I consider them as "real" as a friend can get.

Yeah, yeah... I know, I know... I keep mentioning some of these same blogs over and over, but these are some real "stand up" fellas in my book! (In alphabetical order... (So, no fightin' guys...))

At Home Daddy
It's Not About the Badge
Postulates and Pasttimes
Stuff in My Brain
The Ethereal Garage
The Life and Thoughts of a Midwest Geek

Thanks guys! Thanks for sharing, for helping me feel as if I am not alone, for having similar thoughts, worries, concerns, and viewpoints, for the laughs, and the tears, and the inspiration that each of you provide!

To mix it all up a bit.... I'm going to throw a newer blog that I have been reading lately into this mix!

Daddy Daze (Dad's Workbench would have been here also, but instead HE awarded ME, so it would be pointless.)

As you can see I've got a number of Dad Blogs up there. In the interest of a little "equal opportunity" ('cuz after all, us dad's could not be who we are if it were not for the moms out there), I am going to break the rules just a smidge. I am going to award a couple of extras.

Viewing the criteria for this award... ("kind bloggers who aims to find and be friends", "not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement", and "exceedingly charming" blogs) I am immediately reminded of three mom blogs that meet and/or exceed that criteria! I would be remiss by not acknowledging them

My Family and Other Animals
Mother of 8
World of Weasels

Unfortunately, there are a number of other blogs that I could have EASILY (and should have) been mentioned here...

Some of them, I KNOW FOR A FACT, do not like to be named in memes and / or awards, so they remain unlisted... (Yeah, I cheated... So sue me...) If you are interested, you can find many similar blogs (just as deserving) on MY BLOGROLL.


  1. My wife wants five kids too. So I think I will be packing my bags soon and moving in to the virtual world too.

  2. Congrats! You deserve it!

    And thanks for the shout-out!

  3. Yes, you do deserve it. You have a blog that is open and friendly. It's apparent from your writing and the topics you choose that you are a stand-up guy and great dad. Thanks for the award. I'm absolutely charmed.

  4. Congrats again FOF. The award description matches your blog perfectly.

    Thanks again for your mention of me. Sorry I haven't been visiting as much lately.

  5. Jeez.. No need to apologize - I can completely understand...

    As Fival from An American Tail (Disney movie... So i KNOW you'll get the refrence.... grin))

    I know your "somewhere, out there"!

    Thanks again to everyone on my list (and many others who did not make the list)

  6. Thanks for sharing!

    Your blog is always a good read! Keep it up!

    I got my photos done this weekend for "Cribs". Yes. I'm way behind. Things aren't looking good for staying ahead of the game heading into the holiday season. Yikes.

  7. Dude, you must think I'm a ungreatful dumaba**! Well, you got the 2nd part right. I just found this now on technocrati. I had no idea! Thank You, I am honored.


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