||I have been very slack and decided before I depart this world from this vicious flu-virus that I have contracted, I should get my affairs in order and accept all my awards.I apologise profusely for only accepting now. I LOVE getting awards, but I find it so difficult to pass the award on to so few bloggers. So I have come up with a strategy of saving my awards and doing it one-shot and hopefully I will not leave any one out… If I do – It is the flu…I received the Best Moment Award from two amazing bloggers – Jane – johannisthinking and Shaun http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/best-moment-award-2/
Three Time Winner
Awarding the people who live in the moment,
the noble who write and capture the best in life,
the bold who reminded us what really mattered –
Savouring the experience of quality time.
BEST MOMENT AWARD
I would like to thank two of my dear blogger friends for this amazing award. I dedicate this award to my precious child who is the reason and inspiration behind my blog. I started my blog when Vic was going mad with pain, and I was still fighting the system to get her into a Hospice Program.
First person to thank is Shaun – http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/about-2/ Recently Shaun wrote me an email and said the following
“The 1st blog I read of yours was the one with you holding Vic https://tersiaburger.com/2013/01/25/vic-has-left-home-for-the-last-time/ Dawn and I cried and cuddled for about an hour, over time whenever you speak to me Dawn is asking “How is she” and “What is she saying” and caring…
Shaun has more than 670 followers after only blogging for a couple of months…He is articulate, bright, honest, sensitive and an amazing friend and blogger. I have so much respect for this young man who has overcome so much tragedy and hardship in his life. His love for Dawn and his children radiates from his blog.
The second is Wisconsin native Jane Johann, is a retired Reading Specialist and Language Arts Teacher. Jane received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University, where she earned a B.A., majoring in English Literature and a minor in Secondary Education (1974). She attained her M.A. as a Specialist in the Acquisition of Language and Reading Instruction, K-12, graduate of Cardinal Stritch University (1994).
I have never had any formal training – I just write from my heart. What I am trying to say is that Jane has every reason in the world to be a literary snob. Jane however is a kind, generous and compassionate friend. She writes to me and always has kind and encouraging words for me. I find peace in Jane’s writing. She cares deeply for others whilst she seeks “light, love and truth within ourselves is paramount to receiving the light, the truth and the love in others. Only in first accepting our worth, we will then be open to accepting the worth of others. Only in first loving and caring for ourselves, will we better equipped to love and care for others. I try to keep in mind the words of Kahlil Gibran, “It is not that God lives in us, rather we live in the heart of God!” Understanding that we all are part of each other, hopefully we will create a better world.”
Shaun and Jane thank you for honouring me with this wonderful award. I humbly accept.
The WordPress Bloggers that I nominate for this award are:
- Wendie Jeanne Deacon at http://deaconfamilyblog.wordpress.com/an-angel-named-vic/. Wendie is a new blogger. I actually don’t know how she found my blog but I am grateful that she did. Wendie has fallen under Vic’s spell! Wendie is a very, very brave young woman. I cannot share her bravery and determination with you because she shared it with me in private correspondence. Wendie you are great. Thank you for your tribute to Vic and your friendship! I hope that you will blog about your challenges so the world can learn from you.
- 2. Krista – http://wordstohealthepain.wordpress.com is a young woman who is battling to come to terms with the death of her fiancé and soul mate. She is a new blogger too and can do with some support. She writes well. “Grief is a solitary journey. No one but you knows how great the hurt is. No one but you can know the gaping hole left in your life when someone you know has died. And no one but you can mourn the silence that was once filled with laughter and song. It is the nature of love and death to touch every person in a totally unique way ~~ Unknown”
- Lori at http://letstalkaboutfamily.wordpress.com/ was her late Mom’s advocate and caregiver. Her beloved father suffers from Alzheimer’s and Lori suffers from debilitating back problems. Lori is caring and understands the stresses of caregiving. Lori blogs about elder care, death and dying, assisted living, family relationships, hoarders and hoarding. She is an excellent blogger.
- http://ericalagan.net is a gifted engineer who writes beautiful poetry about Life, Love and Family – giving these profound topics a boy’s/man’s point of view. This brave man writes “Yes, men do remain faithful to their loved one and men do cry.”
- Gloria at http://grannyscolorful.wordpress.com is an amazing friend. Gloria always leaves a word of encouragement after reading my posts. She writes about her sadness after her son’s death, her anger, depression and the rare happy day. Gloria is a very colourful blogger and I encourage you to visit her blog.
- Emmitt Owen Riley at http://mysteryoriley.com/dear-grieving-parents/ is a blog that gives one a glimpse of how these parents are coping with their journey of unbelievable grief, loss, and mystery after the mysterious death of their 20-year-old son. Truly a brave blog.
- Mary Russell blogs her Journey Through Grief after the sad death of her son. It is poignant and raw blog yet filled with courage and hope. Thank you for blogging your pain Mary. http://maryrussell12.wordpress.com/
- Mel Lefebvre at http://hopethebean.wordpress.com is blogging her pregnancy. She lost her precious baby, Henry, to Osteogenesis Imperfecta. It is the genetic disorder that my precious Vic was born with. This blog is about hope, fear, more hope and love. Please hold Mel in your prayers. Love you Mel!!
- Diana at http://talktodiana.wordpress.com/ ‘s blog is a wonderfully upbeat blog. I love the quote section! “Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.” – Miguel de Cervantes is just one of many! Great fun. Thank you Diana for featuring Vic’s journey (and my blog)on http://talktodiana.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/friday-pick-46/ . It meant so much to me!!!
- Jane at http://janevanwyk.wordpress.com/ blogs about her daughter DD and her daughter’s illness. She is a brand new blogger and I am giving her this award to encourage her to come back and continue blogging.
- Kelly at http://nevercryoverspilledmilk.com is a single mom who bravely battles chronic pain. She makes the brave statement “you can’t cry over the small things and you have to look at the big picture.” Kelly you are a brave young woman.
- Victoria Bruce at http://furrynuff.wordpress.com/ is a fellow South African blogger with my Vic’s names…I love commenting on her excellent posts because I get to type “Victoria Bruce”….She also happens to be a great blogger. I hope you accept this award Victoria Bruce.
- Jonathan at http://afathershope.com/ eloquently writes about his grief when his baby daughter was born without kidneys. Jonathan writes from a father’s perspective. He admits to his raw pain and shares how he copes with his grief. It is a blog of hope.
- Denise at http://forphilip.wordpress.com/ blogs about her raw, undiluted pain after the death of her son, Phillip. It is a difficult blog because she so perfectly articulates my pain, anger and longing. Diane I hope you will accept this award.
- MJgoodburn at http://mymomsmemoirs.wordpress.com shares her mom’s final journey and the trauma within the family. It is a difficult journey…
- http://behindthemaskofabuse.com is a heart wrenching blog about a woman’s life of abuse. She was raised by a narcissistic father, and a mother who rarely protected her from his verbal, mental , emotional and psychological abuse. She endured molestation, both inside and outside the family setting, raped at the tender age of 11 years old. This blog is written by an amazing person. A strong person battling recovery, anger and betrayal. She battles C-PTSD and BDD. Out of her pain two books were born and are published on Amazon “Buckwheatsrisk-Abuse Survival”, and a poetry book entitled “If I Could Write my Heart” I salute you!
- Alison at http://happilyhomeless2.wordpress.com ‘s Handsome Husband died on the 21st of April from cancer. She is going through a dreadful time. She is angry, very angry… Alison I don’t expect you to do anything with this award but I am nominating you so you can know I am thinking of you. Hugs of strength to you.
- Optie at http://walking-on-eggshells.com is another fellow South African whose blog I enjoy for her humour. Optie has however also been an amazing friend – always leaving a little message of encouragement. Thank you Optie.
- Winners re-post this completely, with their acceptance speech. That could be written down or video recorded.
- Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW list of people, blogs worthy of the award, and winners. Notify them the great news.
- What makes a good acceptance speech?
- Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way.
- Humour-Keep us entertained and smiling.
- Inspiration – Make your story touch our lives.
- Get an idea from the great acceptance speech, compiled in MomentMatters.com/speech
- Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award
I would like to encourage you to visit some of these blogs. It will be a worthwhile visit…