Substance. According to Merriam-Webster online, five definitions exist for the word substance. One of the definitions is "practical importance"...something that is meaningful and useful. So for Karen to give me this blog award means so much to me. I do not see my blog as anything meaningful or useful, except as a way for me to keep up with what has gone on in my life.
Like Karen, I used to keep a diary as a child. Many years ago, I was going through boxes of stuff that was still at my mom's house, and I found those diaries. I threw them away. They were so...silly.
When Katy was pregnant with Sam, she started a blog, and it looked like something I would enjoy, so I started one, too. To begin with, it was going to be all about my love for Alabama football. I made two posts, and then I didn't make another post for three months. Now, I post something about once a week. Sometimes more; sometimes less.
Like I said, I started my blog as a way for me to keep up with life, but it is also a way for family and friends to know what is going on with John and me. I've "met" some friends through the blogging world, and I love to read their blogs to see what is going on with them. One thing I love is the variety of blogs that are out there. Some are like mine--the daily "grind" of life--while others are inspirational. Some of just down right fun. Some are a great place to find recipes. Some are about the hopes and dreams the author has, and some are a place to vent frustrations, anger, disappointments (and my blog definitely falls into these categories at times.) Some are a combination of all of the above and more.
As part of the acceptance of this award, I am to sum up my blogging philosophy, motivation, and experience in five words. I think my five words would be:
Life (family, friends) Hopes Dreams Reflection Contemplation
I'm supposed to pass this one to five bloggers, but I feel very generous today, so I'm passing it on to ANYONE who wants to take it.
I'm a small-town country gal who loves God, my family, and my friends. My husband is my best friend, and I can't imagine my life without him. We have 2 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, 2 grandsons, and a gender-unknown on the way. My "babies" are my rat terriers, Ali & Bama. :)
I teach 11th and 12th grade English. I love my job and my kids, but retirement is getting closer and looking so sweet.
I have some of the best friends anyone could hope to have. I love hanging out over a cup of coffee and talking.
My life is filled with so many blessings, and I thank God every day for each and every one of them.