Thursday, June 18, 2009

Honest Scrap Award!

Thank you to Edel (aka Squelly) of The Dreamer's Day in London for presenting me with the Honest Scrap Award. I am honored to have been chosen. How wonderful to communicate with people across the world with a few clicks on the keyboard!

In accepting this award, I need to 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 things about myself:

1. Sometimes I am reserved and have difficulty making "small talk" in social settings, until I get to know you better. Then you can't stop me! I have found my voice through writing/blogging.

2. My first instrument was the accordion. I took lessons for 3 years, but secretly wished I could've played piano instead.

3. I love being in nature with my family but am not keen on camping.

4. I am very unfocused and easily distracted throughout the day. Also, Need More Sleep! (or is it 4 kids?!)

5. I was at the top of my class in high school (grade-wise, not socially), but struggled once I got to college. It took 7 years to finally settle on a BS in Applied Mathematics & Statistics. I sang throughout high school and college and would've loved to have a vocal performance degree.

6. I love blogging and meeting other moms through blogging who have a child with Down syndrome.

7. I am a terrible procrastinator, but can really get my brain in gear when the pressure's on.

8. My name, Monica, dates back to 4th century northern Africa or Phoenicia. St. Monica is the patron saint of mothers. She prayed for her son (St. Augustine) for many years who eventually converted to Christianity. My name also means "advisor", which fits since I like to help people and share what I've learned.

9. I was born on the Feast of St. Francis -- October 4th. Maybe that's why I love nature.

10. I would love to take classes in HTML, writing, and art to see where they might lead. I love doing graphic art on the computer, too. Sometimes I think about getting a teaching credential for math, but that desire usually fades away.

Now for the hardest part -- coming up with only 7 blogs that I love.

In no particular order:

Jennifer @ Three's A Charm
Lisa @ Genetically Enhanced
Sheree @ The Phamily Blog
Sharon @ Brennan's Beginnings
Ria @ Bill and Ria - Sharing experiences about life, parenting, and Down syndrome
Beverly @ Adventures of Home Schooling Noah
Debbie @ Three Weddings
Maggie @ Take a Walk on the Happy Side

and for a new blogger --

DS Mama @ Down Syndrome New Mama

OK, so who's counting anyway? I could easily add 10 more!


  1. You are so sweet Monica!!!! THANK YOU!!!! I love your blog too. Can't wait to see you guys again soon. We need to get something on the calendar!

  2. Congrats on the award, very cool!

  3. congrats and thank you Monica!

  4. Congrats Monica! And thank you for the award. :-)

  5. Congratulations! And THANK YOU SO MUCH... you are awesome!

  6. Congrats on your award and thanks for sharing the love. Honestly, if you didn't already have it, you'd be in my top 7 picks. I'm passing it on.

  7. Way to go Monica! Your blog rocks!

    Thank you for presenting me with this award. I am going to give you my 10 right here...

    1. I secretly want to get a crewcut but my hubby, kids, and boss would NOT like that.

    2. I lived in France for a time in my twenties and loved it.

    3. My hobbies are reading, writing, scrapbooking, and cooking.

    4. I like to sing but can't carry a tune.

    5. I like pretty hard music... hard enough to scare away my kids and friends... so I don't crank it up too often.

    6. I'd love to write a screenplay and make a great movie.

    7. I don't do well with rules, schedules, or authority.

    8. I still wish I had a pony.

    9. I have a temper.

    10. I believe my daughter is a gift. She has transformed me.

    I wish I could give all the ds bloggers an award because the way our community shares so openly has made me feel like I am a part of a huge and loving family.

  8. Thanks, Monica! You're so sweet. I'm not great at coming up with tidbits about it may take some time - but thank you, thank you. See you in a few weeks!