Monday, June 22, 2009

Blog Awards

Thank you to Lisa at Finnian's Journey for presenting me with the Queen of All Things Award (about a month ago and I'm just now getting to it. My sincere apologies.) and Monica at Monkey Musings for presenting me with the Honest Scrap Award. I am honored and flattered to be chosen, especially by bloggers who are awesome, inspirational, and honest.

Queen of All Things Award
Queen of All Things AwardAccepting this award requires that I share seven things that make me awesome. Then I must pass it on to seven bloggers whom I think are awesome.

7 things that make me awesome:

1. I have the determination to move mountains in doing everything I can for my son's development and future.

2. When the going gets tough, I forge on.

3. I had the courage to move half way across the globe to live with an awesome guy in 2003. Other than my in-laws, I have no relatives in Missouri.

4. I married that awesome guy in 2005. He completes me.

5. I have an awesome son who has taught me so much more about what is truly important in life in 20 months than I had learned in 30 years. He makes me strive harder to be a better person. As I help him realize his full potential, I am achieving my own at the same time.

6. I have a loving, supportive, and awesome family: parents, in-laws, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces.

7. I have awesome friends all over the world.

I've been following many blogs and enjoying them all, so choosing only seven is difficult. In my mind, they are all awesome but because of the guidelines set for this award, I have to pick seven (in no particular order). Please put your hands together for these awesome bloggers:

Monica at Monkey Musings
Maggie at Take a Walk on the Happy Side
Heather at The Seal Bark
Beverly at Adventures of Home Schooling Noah
Sarah at Class of 2008
Lori at Banana Pants
Kara at The Life and Times of the McTriplets

Honest Scrap Award
Honest Scrap AwardAccepting this award, requires that I do the following:
1) Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award.
2) Share "ten honest things" about myself.
3) Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged me.
4) Tell those 7 people that they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving it.

Ten honest things about myself:

1. Like Monica at Monkey Musings, I love blogging and meeting other moms and dads who have kids with Down syndrome, as well as individuals who have Down syndrome, through blogging.

2. I am very competitive, especially at word games like Scrabble and Boggle.

3. I'm Filipino but fellow Filipinos usually mistake me for being Chinese.

4. I was born in Manila, Philippines(a predominantly Catholic country), went to pre-school, kindergarten and grade school in Brunei(a predominantly Muslim country in Asia), high school and college back in the Philippines, and earned a Masters degree in Melbourne, Australia. I can still speak, read, and write in Tagalog (Filipino) albeit a little rusty. I can still understand basic Malay. And in case you are wondering, I did not develop an Aussie accent or a taste for vegemite while in Australia.

5. I only learned to speak Tagalog (official language of the Philippines) when I was in high school. I had to take special classes during my 1st and 2nd year and my grades were in the 90's. When I was required to be in the regular class in my 3rd and 4th year, I was barely passing my Filipino class.

6. I am fortunate to be able to stay home with Matthew.

7. My nickname "Ria" means "happy" in Malay.

8. I am very interested in opportunities to advocate for my son and Down syndrome.

9. I am an only child. Growing up, I'd always wished for siblings. I would like Matthew to have a brother or sister someday.

10. I am afraid of the dark.

In no particular order, I am pleased to present this award to seven (of the many) blogs that I enjoy following:

Lisa at Finnian's Journey
Stephanie at Muslim Mama
Tara at Simeon's Trail
Heidi at Henry's Mommie
Adrienne at Our Unexpected Journey
Jill at Rivers of Joy
Perplexing Situation at To Love Endlessly

A note to those I have passed these awards to: It is fun to be acknowledged, isn't it? However, I understand if you are busy or maybe just do not want to participate for whatever reason. It won't hurt my feelings if you are not able to pass on the award.


Beverly said...

thank you so much Ria! I so love that you gave me an award! and congrats to getting two of them

To Love Endlessly said...

Thank you for my award Ria. I enjoyed reading this latest blog of yours and learning news things about you. I teared up a little on #5. I feel the same about Marissa.

Monica Crumley said...

Thank you, Ria. That is so sweet! I could say the same for #5 as well. So glad we can be bloggy friends :-)

datri said...

I had to chuckle about you being Filipino. I'm Indonesian and constantly being asked if I'm Filipino. Meanwhile, people are always asking my older daughter if she's from South America!

Lisa said...

Ria, thanks so much for passing this award to me! I've had so much going on with my husband having surgery, etc., so I'm way behind on blogs, but I'll get to it :)