Ya’ll: it’s been awhile since I boasted an award.  I mean, I did win an award for Excellent Punctuality while working at Starbucks in college, but that quickly lost its shine when I then was told I was too chatty with the customers.  So I’m friendly, Bossy-Boss, what’s wrong with that?  But tell me, what’s your favorite color?  How was your weekend?  Want to be besties?

Liebster!  Liebster!

But today is different, for today I’ve been Liebstered.  

The Liebster Award is given by nomination from a fellow blogger.  It’s an award for small bloggers made to encourage one another.  Liebster is a German word for “sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing & welcome.”

And really, if you’re reading this right now, you’re a Liebster in my heart – but first, a few questions need to be answered…

1.  Why did you start blogging?  Quite honestly?  To gain a platform and subsequent audience upon entering the wide, wide world of writing and speaking – and here we are!

2.  What is your favorite book?  That’s such a mean question.  Ugh.  But Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard) and Traveling Mercies (Anne Lamott) will always remain two of my very favorite books, forever and ever, always.  (Madeleine L’Engle, Lauren Winner and YA author John Green are quickly climbing up the favorite author ladder as well).

3.  What makes you laugh out loud?  My baby.  And the HBH (Hot Black Husband).  And if you’re looking for something more generally accessible to the general public, Tina Fey, hands down.

I really need to be more artistic in my Instagramming, but I mean, come on!
I really need to be more artistic in my Instagramming, but I mean, come on!

4.  What is your favorite social media?  Instagram, always.

5.  Who would play you in a movie?  Hmm – although I’d love to hand the honor (ahem) to Julia Roberts, I’m going for Molly Shannon because that would quite possibly be nothing short of hilariously amazing.  Superstar!

6.  How long have you been blogging?  I initially started blogging back in 2005, as a way to tell stories upon stepping into full-time ministry.  But I wasn’t very good at a) writing regularly, and b) being all the way honest with myself and with others (because I thought I needed to put on my Everything Is Perfect When You’re Working for Jesus hat).  So, with regularity and intentionality, it’s been for the past 10 months.

7.  What time of day do you write?  During that magical thing called nap time, or after the HBH gets home from work.

8.  What is the most annoying song in the universe?  I Wanna Sex You Up!  You’re welcome.

9.  What part of your home is your favorite?  The dining room table – because that’s where the most intentional and beautiful and delicious of life happens.

10.  What is your favorite recipe?  That too is a very, very mean question, so I’m going to go with two mentioned last week, Cheesy Egg Rice and Molly Wizenberg’s Spring Salad with Avocado and Feta.  (Of the latter, it’s the third recipe down, but I wasn’t able to link it directly for some reason).

11.  What is your favorite season?  Although I love the orange and browns of fall, my internal body temperature is happiest in or around a balmy 75-80 degrees.  So I’m going with summer: dinner’s on the grill, heirloom tomatoes are in abundance and Adventure seems to loom, always, ever present.

Thank you, Katie, for this lovely award – you are a kindred spirit of a soul, and we will meet in person someday.  So, go: DO check out Katie’s blog, Cardigan Way, and also think about how you can cheer her and her husband on in their current adoption process.

And now, one of the best parts of this award is that as soon as you win it, you get to pass on the award love to one of your own favorite bloggers.  I’m excited to nominate a dear old friend from back in the college days for her very own Liebster Award:

Jen of Laugh Often, Laugh Much.  

Jen is real and raw and has the ability to make each human being she encounters feel like a million bucks.  I love that about her, so head over to her blog and say hello!  

That’s it for today – so, what resonated with you?  But this is what I really want to hear: what’s the best award you’ve ever won?  (Brag away). 

6 thoughts on “liebstered.

  1. You’re right – there were some tough questions in there! I am enjoying seeing this award make the rounds of some of my favorite bloggers and reading their responses, though. I haven’t won too many awards either, but I’m most proud of winning first place (women’s division) in my family reunion 2 mile race a few years ago. We are a… *slightly* competitive family! (Even if most of the family only runs once every other year at our reunions, they take it super seriously.)

    1. Sarah, that’s awesome! I think my family’s competitive race wouldn’t exactly involve running, per say, but probably something more like “who can eat the most crab legs dipped in butter the fastest.” We’re pretty good at that. 😉

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be.

  2. Oh, thank you! Today’s a bulleted list kind of day:
    — First of all…Traveling Mercies, yes. STILL. Which brings me to Winner. I’ve not read Annie Dillard, so thank you for that happy reminder this evening!
    — I resonated with #6’s hat. I’m still there…more than I would like to be…many times.
    — The LINK for the salad. Hooray! I will make it next weekend. When I’m back in my kitchen.

    And as for an award, my favorite one would probably be the year my husband earned the “hottest wife” award in his college choir. Because No. 1: He was the only one that was married in the entire group. And No. 2: He threw it away.

    1. Katie-friend: I just heard today that Winner is a rather socially awkward creature – how are we supposed to be bests with her? But the Annies (Dillard and Lamott), YES. The #6 hat – I’m still getting there. The salad: I did make a couple of substitutions (sprouts for one of radiccio, and fennel for endives), but it was still DREAMY. And in other news, HOTTEST WIFE, Mike (?) threw it away?! WHAT?! Ugh. Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be.

      1. Yes…it may be about time I reminded Mike of that. It’s been awhile since I brought that up. It was one of those conversations that ended with something like, “Oh…that? I think I threw that away.” Feel the love.

        And as per the rest of your reply, thank you — once again — for reminding me that I might sometimes feel like I’m on another planet, but it is a good one, with the greatest company, and I’d like to stay there. I will work on Lauren. Maybe if I figure out whether she’s a sweet/salty person first? And we’ll go from there… 🙂

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