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Mystery Blogger Award

My good friend Lori over at Choosing Wisdom was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award in May. I was so excited for her. Choosing Wisdom offers posts on positivity, hope, and faith. I’ve read about believing in yourself, not comparing my experiences and talents with others’ and how it’s the little things that can make the most impact. I know that there couldn’t have been a more dedicated blogger behind the scenes to receive the award.

And, to my surprise, she, in turn, nominated MiddayMornings!

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

Mystery Blogger Award

A college student named Okoto Enigma created the award in 2016. She explains the “award is for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they can get.”

I am humbled by Lori’s nomination. I created MiddayMornings as a way to connect with other mothers on this journey of motherhood. I’m thrilled when even one person finds a post helpful, insightful, or encouraging.

There are rules with this award that I am very happy to follow. (You can see the full list of rules at the end of this post.)

So, without further ado…

The Gal Behind MiddayMornings

According to the rules for the Mystery Blogger Award, I’m sharing three things about me that you, my lovely readers, may not know.

  1. I took a semester of Arabic in college. We had to choose Arabic names for the class. I chose Munira which means “full of light or luminous.”
  2. I taught myself how to hand embroider using online videos and tutorials. (You can check out my collection of hand embroidery patterns, tutorials, and inspirations here.)
  3. It took me until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out to read the Harry Potter series. But once I started, I finished it in 2 weeks.

Lori also asked me five questions. Here are they are:

1.) Where is your most favorite place you’ve traveled to?

I think I’d have to say Germany. I was young – attended 1st through 3rd grade there – but I think back on that time with fondness. The food, the culture, times with my parents and sister. Yes, Germany for sure.

2.) What is your biggest motivator for getting up each day?

I love feeling productive. I’ve been called ambitious a couple of times, but really I think I’m just restless. Sure, there are times when I like to have an empty calendar, but the majority of the time I like my checklists and to-dos that are proof I was a contributing member of society that day.

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. - Anne Frank | MiddayMornings.com

3.) Why do you blog?

I began blogging as a creative outlet. I had gone back to work for 3 months and then my husband changed jobs which necessitated me to be back in the home full time. I missed the researching, analyzing, and writing of my job. I saw all the fun Lori was having at Choosing Wisdom and decided to jump into the blogosphere. Now, blogging has become a true passion of mine as I connect with other women, write about my experiences and research, and learn something new every single day.

4.) Who has been the most influential person in your life, and why?

My husband. Adam and I have been married 11 and a half years and he has taught me about a bazillion things that have changed my life. Patience, love unfeigned, obedience, sacrifice. Yes, there have been many people who have also taught me these things, but it’s Adam who has allowed me to feel vulnerable enough to drop my ever-constant heart-guard and be changed by his example.

5.) When you were younger what was your greatest fear?

Killer whales, aka orcas. And moray eels. Seriously.

My Favorite Post

It’s tough choosing my favorite blog post that I’ve written, but I might just have to say it’s my Ode to ADHD. It was an emotional poem for me to write, capturing the sweet whimsy and exhausting repetition of mothering a child with ADHD. It has since served as a reminder to me to temper the difficult times with memories of the great times. I’ve had a more accurate, merciful, and grateful view of my daughter’s enthusiasm, chattiness, energy, and spontaneity because I wrote those thoughts down.

Living with someone who has ADHD makes life more complex and more rich. | MiddayMornings.com

Thank you, Lori

A public and sincere “thank you” to Lori of Choosing Wisdom for this nomination. If you are seeking posts that offer insights, perspective, and faith-filled hope, I invite you to check out the wisdom Lori is curating on her site.

My Nominations for the Mystery Blogger Award

As a nominee of the Mystery Blogger Award, I now have the privilege of nominating my own wonderful bloggers. These ladies work hard to produce quality content, proving that you can have a massive influence in the world using just 26 letters.

Mommy in Flats

Mommy in Flats is a fashion and motherhood blog I discovered first on Instagram. Jaime put together the cutest and most mom-friendly outfits as she mothers her four beautiful children. Another thing I’ve loved about following Mommy in Flats is her passion for post-partum depression (PPD) awareness. She has invited many women to be the “face of motherhood” that sometimes is ignored – mothers living with PPD.

A Dose of Healthy Distraction

I found A Dose of Healthy Distraction as I was looking up blogs that discussed ADHD. In her own words, Liz explains why she started her blog:

I was researching how to be an ADHD parent dealing with an ADHD/SPD child, and I noticed that all the message boards were a total downer. Everyone looked at having ADHD as a negative. There is still a lot of stigma attached to the diagnosis.

Most of the other professional websites geared toward ADHD are owned by published authors and doctors, so they are not really focused on discussing ADHD as a lifestyle. A crazy, disorganized, eccentric lifestyle.

There is a lack of positive, entertaining resources for women living, laughing and parenting with ADHD. Focused or unfocused, we look at life a little differently, but it’s still life. (source)

Liz’s posts have been featured on CHADD‘s Facebook page and for good reason. Her genuine and optimistic look at living joyfully and creatively with ADHD has been a great resource on our own journey.

Homemaking for His Glory

Laura is the creator of Homemaking for His Glory, a blog about motherhood, homemaking, and faith. So many of her articles get a big ole “amen” from me. I especially recommend her Motherhood Matters series, a series of five faith-filled posts that beautifully capture the glory of motherhood.

Wishful Mom

I discovered Wishful Mom via Facebook and found her “Complete Guide to TTC [trying to conceive] Abbreviations” download truly complete. Charity blogs about fertility, family, and finances and has some great resources for mamas who want to learn about blogging. I recommend any woman who is battling infertility to check out her resources.

21 Flavors of Splendor

21 Flavors of Splendor has become a go-to blog for me. Ayanna creates encouraging posts filled with creative and fun ideas for families. Her posts on parenting and marriage are my favorite to read. One of my favorite features of each post is the Bible verses Ayanna connects with the post’s topic.

I highly encourage you to check out what these ladies are doing to make their homes and communities stronger.

Ladies, if you would like to accept your Mystery Blogger Award nomination and announce your own, I have five questions for you to answer:

  1. What are you passionate about?
  2. How do you make time to blog?
  3. If you could recommend only one book to someone, what book would it be?
  4. What is your favorite so-not-good-for-you food?
  5. When you were young, what was your dream job?

The Rules

Here are the official rules for the Mystery Blogger Award. You can also find them on Enigma’s blog. Nominees, please let me know if you decide to continue this award – I’d love to see who you nominate.

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and put a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award
  • Nominate up to 10 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice – with one weird or funny question
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

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