Loyalty…..love it! :-)

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Is that a little kitty sitting on that dragon’s tail? ๐Ÿ™‚

Last week, the super sweet Nancy from Feasting with Friends, gave me this fun award! I had never received the Dragon’s Loyalty Award before, so I was super excited. I love the meaning behind it…it is for those who visit your blog often, like your posts, and leave comments. I love this because I love getting to “love on people”, as I often call it, so to know that people are feeling cared for is super exciting!

The irony is that Nancy herself should get this award over and over….she is so quick to check out a post I have written and is full of encouraging words! Not just on my blog, but on others too! She brings smiles and encouragement to so many of us….I am so glad to know her! Thanks Nancy for being such a bright light in this blogging world! She says this about herself, “Cooking is rarely a chore for me. I thrive on trying new recipes and creating my own.” This is a woman who loves to cook, especially when she gets to do it for others! What a blessing she is….here online…and in her own home! If you haven’t seen this, look at the funnel cakes she made last week! I have never heard of anyone making their own from scratch….so impressed!

Then, just yesterday both Chef Jullianna at Foodie on Board and Apsara at Eating Well Diary gave me this award as well….I am definitely feeling all the bloggy love! ๐Ÿ™‚ This is the part about blogging I never expected…I never knew I would meet so many wonderful people and get connected with them! I never knew all these people would be such a great encouragement to me and an inspiration! I love it!

Chef Julianna is so creative….just look at this creation of hers! I am always looking forward to seeing what she makes! The dishes she creates are truly gourmet! And Apsara, she is a vegetarian…and though I am not, I would definitely eat her meals! ๐Ÿ™‚ Look at this amazing cake she made! Wow! Thank you Julianna and Aspara for this award and for the inspiration you are in your cooking!

(Nancy, Julianna, and Apsara- please know you would be on my nomination list if you hadn’t nominated me! Thank you!)

One of the rules for this award is that I need to share 7 facts about myself. Okay, I have shared some facts before, so let’s see if I can come up with 7 new facts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. I have a masters degree in Divinity…Otherwise known as an M.Div. We girls there at seminary getting the degree called ourselves MDivas. ๐Ÿ™‚ What is this degree? It means I took Hebrew and Greek, lots of Bible classes, etc. My hubby has the same degree….we went back to school after having been out for quite a while and we took all our classes together. ๐Ÿ™‚ I always say it is the longest masters degree ever….most take 2 years, ours took 4. Loved it! It was so special because we were one of two couples in our class of about 100 people who did the degree together and got to walk on stage and get hooded together. This was 3 years ago:Image
  2. As you might have noticed in the above picture, I had braces as an adult. (Due to jaw problems). I have only been without braces for a little over 10 months.
  3. You think my hair is long? Well I used to have super short spikey hair!ย  Here is a collage of some of my hairstyles over the years since hubby and I have been married. The length of my hair now is just a little longer than it was when we got married. Image
  4. Growing up we had about 20 cats…..before you freak out…..we lived in the country and they were all outdoor cats. ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. When I was a young kid I lived in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
  6. I used to take karate for about a year…I stopped when we moved 8 months ago because the system of karate I do is not found here, so I would have to start over with a different system. Not sure yet what I will do. A fun fact about this is that I can and have flipped 250 + pound guys. ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. My hubby and I both absolutely hate coffee.

So, now it is my turn to give this award away! Yay! This is another rule of the award…one which I love! To the following bloggers, thanks for how you stop by often, encourage me, and bless me with kind words! This award is to say “Thank you” for your loyalty! (I normally write more about each of you, but I have been sick all week and am running out of energy from this already long post. ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Just know that I appreciate you greatly!

Congrats to each of you!

And one final rule of the award…go tell the people you nominated that you nominated them! Okay, off to your blogs I go, I go! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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32 thoughts on “Loyalty…..love it! :-)

  1. Congratulations Lori! Love, love all the pics of you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I so enjoy all your wonderful recipes. Keep it up! Also, again, thanks so much for nominating me. I really appreciate it! As Victoria says: “You’re a Rock Star!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Your are so sweet, Lori! Thank you so much for your kind, kind words. ๐Ÿ™‚ And congratulations to you for both awards! It was so nice learning a little more about you – Short or long hair… you’re a beauty! And I just knew you were a diva, hehe. I feel so blessed to call you my blogging friend.xx Hope you’re starting to feel like your ol’ self again soon. Sick = not fun!

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    • Easy to say kind words about you Nancy! I really do appreciate you! Thank you so much! LOL about the diva part. ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree: sick certainly does = not fun! Feeling worse actually…gotta love sinus stuff!

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  3. Congrats! You totes deserve this award, you are so sweet and kind. Always leaving sweet comments and visiting!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I just love your photos! Such a beautiful lady! Look at that smile!! Gorgeous! xo

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  4. Lori, congrats! I love learning new things about you and am so glad you joined the blogging world. I am so happy being your blog friend and supporter! Fun (opposite) facts about me: I had hair down to my waist and recently cut it to my chin. It’s grown out some, but I’m keeping it short for the indefinite future. Plus, I have to get braces soon! My TMJ is awful, I woke up the other morning unable to open my mouth enough to put in a forkful of pancake. For shame, it was such good pancake! Did you have regular braces or invisalign?

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    • Thanks Ngan….I love having you as a blog friend as well! That is so funny that you have some opposite facts than me….but so similar! Are you loving your hair shorter? I am so sorry to hear about your TMJ! I know how painful that is! That is what caused my jaw problems….grinding and clenching so bad that I actually knocked my miniscuses out on both sides of my jaw. Didn’t realize it…just had a headache for 2 1/2 years straight…those were hard times. Still deal with them from time to time because I basically have temporal tendinitis from the TMJ. Wow, I can’t believe you couldn’t open your mouth! Ouch!
      I had to wear orthodic mouthpieces 24/7 for a couple years to move my jaw back into place and then once they did that, they needed my teeth to be in a place that would cause my jaw to stay put in its new place. Make sense? So, I had braces for 3 years. I had the regular wire ones…my doctor told me they would be best for my situation. What are you getting? Now I just wear my retainers at nighttime…I’ll have to do that forever.

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      • My ortho recommends the regular braces for a two year regime, which I’m not opposed to as long as it results in me being able to move my jaw more comfortably and eating! I’ve had ongoing TMJ problems for years and as a result of grinding and poor genes, my jaw has been locking up more and more often. It pops at the oddest moments and it hurts! I used to wear a night guard but can you believe I still ground my teeth with that on? So the guard, which is especially made and fitted, got worn down. I’m at the point where I will try anything! Thank you for sharing your experience with me and I hope your teeth/jaw feel better now!

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      • I am so sorry you have had to/and are dealing with this! I know it is rough!
        I actually can believe it! I used to chew through my mouth guards. My TMJ specialist has now given me retainers to wear every night and the top one is built thick to keep me from grinding/clenching….it won’t allow me to touch my back teeth. The one problem? I am grinding on the front teeth now…I guess I still found a way around it…ugh. I so hope the braces will hep you Ngan! When do you get them? I never noticed adults with braces until I got them and now I see people all the time with them.

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  5. Wow another award, how awesome it that. I am so proud of you and Doug. For some reason I never realized you were in St. Louis 4 years and here your father and I never went there to visit you ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Wow that just doesn’t seem right.

    I love the different pictures of your hair – You have always been able to wear any style and look beautiful.

    You have come so far in your cooking in such a short time. Your Father and I are so proud of you. We love you with all our hearts ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks mom! Would you believe that we were actually there for 5 whole years? I know, hard to believe! Thanks for saying you wished you had come seen us!
      Thanks for your sweet words about my hair!
      Love you!

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  7. Where have I been all this time, Lori? ๐Ÿ˜€ I was doing a draft for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award (finally) and I was surprised that I have not seen this post of yours (shame on me!). I love these seven facts of yours – especially the cats (Just amazing! I would love to have many cats!) and the photo collage. I have not tried cutting my hair that short.

    Congratulations, Lori! (a belated congratulations!) โค And thank you so much for nominating me!

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