To Love a Rose: An Ethiopian Adoption Journal

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Versatile Blogger!

Many thanks to M at Sprout for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!  That definitely made me smile today!

These are the rules:
1. Winners grab the image above and put it in your blog.
2.Link back to the person who gave you it.
3.Tell 10 things about yourself
4.Award 15 recently discovered bloggers.
5.Contact the bloggers you have awarded to let them know they have won.

So, here's 10 totally interesting and wonderfully amazing things about myself (haha, can you sense the sarcasm here? ;):

1. By the age of 19, I had performed in over 30 regional and international musical groups, plays, and musicals.

2. I took a year off between high school and college to be a reporter for a local newspaper.

3. I double-majored in English and audio-visual production with a minor in theater at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

4. I grew up on an organic farm in the small town of Fairfield, Iowa (where the Maharishi and Beatles used to roam from time to time).

5. My husband and I fully intended on adopting first, then trying for bio kids later (or maybe never).  But, after our adoption paths failed, we decided to give TTC a chance again, even though I had been d/x with PCOS.

6. I love tattoos and tattoo art.  I have 6 tattoos of my own.

7. I am writing a graphic novel and children's book series.  They are ideas I've had since I was in college, but never followed through on.  I'm pretty excited about the future possibilities of these two ventures; I'm having a blast writing them anyway!

8. Mr. C and I have an adorable furbaby, a wheaten Scottie dog named Eagan - he's furry and loveable and snuggly and we love him!

9. My mom, sisters, and I are Irish dual citizens.

10. I will turn the big 3-0 exactly 27 days from today - yikes!

My Nominees (in no particular order):

1. Jamie's Baby Story
2. My Fascinating Life
3. Our Journey of Love
4. Snarky Librarian
5. Gleaming Gloat
6. A Family Without Borders
7. It's a Cyster Thing
8. Miracle Mommy
9. Right Aligned Mind
10. Seriously?
11. The M & E Story
12. Up on the Watershed
13. Will You Knock Me Up Tonight?
14. Life's a Beach
15. Life with the MonSter

Again, I want to thank M for nominating me!  It's hard to imagine anyone enjoying reading my blog some days when it just feels so dark and raw; but I appreciate her kind words so much!  I hope you all enjoy checking out my nominees as well.  I think they're all pretty fabulous myself! ;-)

Have a lovely day,


  1. Thanks for the versatile blogger award. I have so many posts backed up right now that I'm not sure I'll have time to blog 15 things about myself. But we'll see! Thanks for introducing yourself though. I have PCOS too. Jerky little disease!!!

  2. No problem! I've really enjoyed reading your adoption story and beyond. We have tried to adopt twice during this whole, long, terrible, yet hopeful journey toward parenthood - once through Ethiopia (before our agency ran into trouble and we jumped ship just before all the new restrictions were imposed :( ugh!). Now, we're battling that "jerky little disease" (which it is INDEED) in an attempt to have a bio child before we go back to trying to adopt again. It's a rough journey at times, and I LOVE reading such lovely stories as yours. :)

  3. Thanks Mandie! Gives me a little motivation to 1. start typing up more blogs and 2. start sharing more information, product reviews, recipes, insights, etc. Who knows? I might even open up more on our battle with infertility before we got our "happily ever after." It affects so many people...more than most would think. Anxiously waiting for fantastic news at tolovearose!

  4. I think it would be great if you were willing to share your TTC story, Jamie! For me, the only thing that really gets me through is that maybe I'm going through this so I can share my story and help someone who is struggling as well. Otherwise, I just get down and don't understand why all this pain? So, I'm willing to share our struggle in that light. I have learned so much from other women who have shared their heart-breaking and often triumphant IF journeys; often, their success stories have been the only things that have pulled me through a dark time. In short, I'm ALL for the spreading of truth about IF. :-)