The Liebster award


I recently received the Liebster award (Liebster is a German word meaning dearest) but from what I can best tell it is supposed to be given to new blogs with either under 300 or 200 followers (I have seen many posts claiming both). No I don’t have under 300 followers but I wanted to take this moment to pass on the Liebster award to some new bloggers.

I was nominated for this award from SittieCates and copy/pasted her rules as she did from her nomination. I also seen different rules as I was researching this award but ultimately decided to keep with the current flow or things.  The rules are below as I copy/pasted them from her blog.

1. Each person must list 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions that the tagger has set for you plus you must CREATE 11 questions of your own for the 11 people you will nominate with this award.
3. Choose up to 11 bloggers linking them to your post.
4. Go to their page and inform them of the nomination.
5. Absolutely NO tags back. Remember to ONLY tag bloggers with less than 200 followers.
Now, for the 11 things about myself.  This will not be easy for me because at this point in my life I am simply mom as far as I am concerned but here goes.
1.  I am a blessed to have a hard-working husband so I can be a play-at-home mom to our 4 children (Sarah 19, Savannah 12, Ryan 5 and Ryker 3) which is all I ever wanted to be growing up.
2.  I delivered two of my four natural. The first I was induced with and given Demerol but the middle two were born completely natural and Ryan was actually born at home.
3.  We are currently homeless. Actually just between homes. We sold our home and don’t move into our next until the beginning of November. The kids and I are hoping around visiting with family until then, which is the reason my blog has been some what lacking lately.
4. I am originally from Michigan but have lived away from Michigan now longer then I lived there and home is in Oklahoma.
5.  I am a homeschooler and hope to keep my youngest three totally out of the public school system.
6. I LOVE nature and spending time outside. I enjoy walking, hiking, time at the lake or just sitting outside with the hubby and kids.
7.  I really enjoy woodworking but don’t get much time to pursue it at this point in my life.
8.  I also really enjoy upholstery work but again don’t have much time to enjoy that either but while I am with my parents we are revamping their RV before they head out again for the winter and I must say it is looking marvelous. I hope to post about it when we finish up.
9.  I love reading books. My favorites are actually “How to books”.
10.  I wish I was blessed with a photographic memory. I think that would be so awesome and with how much I enjoy reading I would be so Smart 🙂 As it is right now I think I lose more than I retain, lol.
11. Last but definitely not least, I LOVE blogging. I can’t wait until we get into our new home and settled and I can get my blog back on track!
Now I will answer the 11 questions I was asked
1. What drives you to continue your blog?
I just love blogging so I don’t really need something to drive me to continue it’s kind of a passion so over the last month or so of moving and traveling and getting caught up on my kids school work drove me crazy not being able to post anything due to a lack of time. I really enjoy blogging so no drive needed.
2. If you had a different name, what would that be and why’d you choose that?
You know I have thought about this before. I don’t like me name (Valerie) but never thought of what I wish it was instead and as I get older it’s something I can live with. 🙂
3. What can’t you live without?
OK, I don’ t know how deep you want this question. For a basic, I would say I couldn’t live without my sweets as in Chocolate, sugar, my very sweetened coffee and for a deeper thought I couldn’t live without my other sweets as in my hard-working hubby and kids. 😀
4. What’s your best-loved hobby?
My best-loved hobby I would have to say would be wood working. I really love taking something old and transforming it into something new and beautiful.
5. Why did you choose that title for your blog?
I actually was my-2-cents at blogspot originally but when I wanted to grown I switched to wordpress and had to choose a new name. I went with Its the Simple Things because that is really how I live. I enjoy every little simple thing in our lives. We don’t live an extravagant or spendy lifestyle full of travels and such but more enjoy each other and the simple things.
6. How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging for about two years now.
7. How do you prefer to spend your weekends?
I prefer to spend out weekends together whether we are just being lazy or together working outside or playing games but definitely together.
8. What goals have you achieved?
Being a mom (childhood goal), buying our forever home, homeschooling my children, living greener and enjoying the simple things in life.
9.  Cite a blog you like and why you like it.
I really enjoy http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/ and http://savoriesoflife.blogspot.com/ and http://faithfulbloggers.com/ just to name a few.
10. What’s your greatest dream in life?
Living and enjoying every day or my life that I am blessed with and doing my best to give the glory to God. I try to be a good Christian every day.
11. What month were you born?
October…add another candle to the cake. 😎
(Under 300 followers)

Now, here are the 11 questions for my nominees for this award.

1. Why do you blog?
2. Where would you love to live?
3.What is your favorite activity?
4. What is  your favorite holiday and why?
5. Why did you choose that title for your blog?
6. How long have you been blogging?
7. Do you have any favorite blogs and what are they?
8. Do you like watching TV and what are your favorite shows?
9.  What is your favorite food or dessert?
10. Is there a food or drink you couldn’t live without?
11. How much time do you spend online everyday?
Wow, this turned out to be more time consuming than I thought it would have but I have finally finished. 🙂
Thank you so much for the nomination and the award. The last thing I need to do is let everyone know that I nominated. Congratulations!
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