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This morning I learned that I have been nominated for the very inspiring blogger award.  Grimmsfurrytail who nominated me said that my devotion to my faith has inspired his.  It is ironic that I found this notice today, because I had logged on to apologize for being out of touch, super busy workwise and getting ready to leave to visit my grandsons has taken up so much time….. and I was planning to say that I would continue the crazy joy project while I was a way, but that a 3 year old and a 1.5 year old are very busy people to keep up with, what with crafts and hugs, stories and kisses and I would probably not be regular about blogging my insights in the next few weeks.  This nomination has touched me more than you can realize.  I blog to help me on my faith journey and to know that I have helped and inspired others is so humbling and gratifying.  Thank you to all of you who read my blog and keep inspiring me.

In order to accept this award there are some rules that I need to follow.  

Rule 1:  link to and thank those who nominated you.  It is a pleasure to link you to http://grimmsfurrytail.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/aspire-to-inspire/  the exploits and antics of Grimm and his furry friends give me great joy and remind me to be thankful for Buster my furry friend.  If you are an animal lover you will really enjoy this blog.

Rule 2:  Post the award on your page.  


Rule 3:  Share 7 facts about yourself.  

Fact 1:  I am the daughter of immigrants from Holland, and from my parents I learned the value of hard work and determination.

Fact 2:  I am the mother of an extraordinary daughter.  Her grace and strength amaze me, she is an absolute delight.

Fact 3:  I am the grandmother to two delightful and curious grandsons.  That they are so different in personality amazes me, and yet each in his own way is perfect.

Fact 4:  I have an undergraduate degree in English Literature

Fact 5:  I have a Master of Divinity Degree and have been ordained into ministry in the Presbyterian Church in Canada

Fact 6:  I have served as a minister in congregations in Alberta, Nova Scotia and am currently the minister in a small congregation in Ontario. 

Fact 7:  I have recently needed to make some changes to my life because of a gluten allergy.  It is difficult and challenging and it seems like every day I learn about a new source of hidden gluten.  Life it seems is meant to keep you on your toes.

Rule 4:  Nominate other inspiring bloggers and post a comment on their blogs.

Wow, where to start.  I have discovered some very inspiring bloggers in this journey through the blogosphere.

I nominate Marie at denim devotion.  She has always had wise and wonderful thoughts to share, but most of all she provides a quiet calm balance for my life.  For example when I started 31 days to crazy joy, she started 31 days in the Quiet.  She shares some deep revelations about herself and her relationship with God.  You can check her out here…..http://denimdevotion.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/31-days-shut-it/

The second blog I am nominating is http://thebeggarsbakery.net  This is blog about the painful honesty of a journey with God and addiction recovery and all that it uncovers in regard to self revelation.  Ironically this blogger is currently on a vacation, but you will find many things to inspire you in the archived blogs.

There are no rules on how many blogs to nominate and I do read many others, but for now, I’ll leave you with these two…. and of course grimmsfurrytail… thank you so much for nominating me.

Again to all of you who read my blog, thank you.  You inspire me in ways that you’ll never know.  May God’s love fill all of your lives to overflowing.  

Peace, Ena