Honest Scrap (tagged)

Stacey was kind enough to tag me with the Honest Scrap Award this week. In killing some time trying to come up with ten interesting things about me I did a little research on the award. I couldn't find it's origin, but it looks like it's a popular award and blog item. I think it's great because you get to learn things you may not have known and it helps bring even more bloggers together.

So thank you Stacey!

The Rules:
1) Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design.
2) Show the 7 winners names and links on your blog, and leave a comment informing them that they were prized with “Honest Scrap.” Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon.
3) List at least 10 honest things about yourself.

1. I knew that my husband was "the one" when I was able to sing in front of him. I'm not a horrible singer, but I do have a first soprano voice so I can't really sing your average radio song very well and I'm pretty shy unless embraced by the loving robes of a huge concert choir. Not too far into dating I was somehow completely comfortable enough to sing along in the car with Scott and it was an instant sign that I had found someone extremely special. I'd never felt free enough to be completely me before.

2. My father is a long time alcoholic and while that hasn't directly affected my life for many years I still fear that somehow, genetically it's something that could impact my life, either for myself or my children. I am very careful about how much I drink because of this, even though I have never once shown any tendency towards a problem. I also fear that other family members will become alcoholics and loose out on life the way my father did.

3. I really love gardening but only the planting and watching it grow part. My yard gets so over grown, so fast that I become completely overwhelmed by it and give up by about late August. I try my very best to keep it pretty because I know Abby (the little lady who owned our house previously) is watching from heaven and wincing when ever I clip a rose bush too close, or kill a dahlia.

4. I sometimes talk to Abby and Lance, the couple who owned our home, raised their children here, and eventually left this earth. When we first viewed this house I knew it was ours and also felt a connection to the little couple who left so many personal touches around the well loved structure. I have on occasion smelled roses in the dead of winter when nothing is even close to blooming and it instantly make me think Abby is with me. I usually ask their permission before doing something drastic to change the house or yard.

5. I do believe in ghosts (as noted above) and have had more than one experience, though they have grown fewer and far between the older I get.

6. My religious and political beliefs are very conflicted. It's something I struggle with on a frequent basis. I pray for some resolution or a better understanding of it all but have yet to find the answer I am seeking. Essentially I can't find a good balance between Bleeding Heart Liberal and Christ Follower. I know there must be some answer because God wouldn't have made me this way without a plan.

7. I know that I was meant to be a mother. I have absolutely no doubt. I don't know why I was given such a challenge to reach that part of my life, but I know that it will happen. I have had some people suggest that if people have such a hard time getting pregnant they are perhaps missing a sign from a higher power or nature that they are indeed not meant to be parents. I don't believe that one bit. My heart and body know that a child is my future. Whether that is through fertility treatments, adoption, or the good 'ol natural way, I will have my day. the struggle we face with getting pregnant is teaching me new things every day and even though it's hard to say it, I am thankful for that.

8. I used to pretend that Dr. McCoy (yes Bones from Star Trek) was my great great grandfather. But then, around the age of eight I realized that wasn't quite possible because he was in the future, so I changed my story and he became my great great grandson. I'm still a Trekkie and I'm really looking forward to the new movie where we'll see my great great grandson when he's at Starfleet Academy.

9. I had an over active imagination as a child! See above! I think the amount of reading I did, coupled with being an only child enabled me to create whole worlds and scenarios for myself. I still have very vivid dreams and like to make up stroies.

10. I don't ever remember really wishing for siblings. I'm sure I probably asked for them once or twice when I was little, but it wasn't an all consuming wish. Due to my lack of siblings I was sorely unprepaired for what it would be like to have them when I married into a family with three other kids. How nice of my new siblings to treat me like family from the get go, complete with tripping me, giving me nougie's and finding any reason possible to make fun of me. But I think I got the best deal on these siblings. I didn't have to listen to them cry and whine as little ones or suffer them tattleing on me, but I get to enjoy their company as adults and they are some pretty awesome people.

And now, for the people I'm tagging...

1. Tina
2. Andrea
3. Jo
4. Melissa

Yep, only four, as most everyone has already been tagged or isn't really blogging anymore. Michaela I'd tag you if you'll start a new blog!!


Jo said...

Thanks, Erin! I've actually got my "Honest Scrap" post waiting in the drafting wings. . .it should be up tomorrow.


Stacey said...

You're welcome! I'm so glad you played along. :) It's good to get to know you a little better!

Unfortunately I can relate very much to your #2. It has affected my life in many ways. I stay completely away from alcohol and am very uncomfortable around it because of my dad's problem. I've always been afraid of it affecting me or my kids (someday), so I just keep away from the stuff. Probably pretty extreme but I'm totally ok with that at this point. :)