Awards

The Creative Blogger Award

Creative Blogger Award | Toni Umbarger

Believe it or not, I have been nominated for the Creative Blogger Award! Woohoo!! (Envision me jumping for joy.) I most humbly thank the talented and beautifully ethereal Maira for this nomination. She is quite a creative blogger herself. See her talent for yourself at mairacharmed. I am grateful to you, Maira!

Here are the five random facts about me:

  1. I am married to a farmer. My only personal claim to farming is that I can look out my window and see the cows in the pasture. In other words, my husband does all the farming.
  2. I am a fan of children—all shapes, sizes and quirks. (I even like the obnoxious ones.)
  3. Children’s literature is my favorite! Beverly Cleary, L. Frank Baum, Roald Dahl, E. B. White, C. S. Lewis, Mary Norton, E. Nesbit, and Beatrix Potter, to name a few. I tend to gravitate toward classic English literature ( think Dickens, Austen, Shakespeare) when I actually read grown up works. When I’m feeling especially intelligent, I might read some Dostoyevsky.
  4. Cooking, especially baking, is almost as beneficial a therapy for me as writing, neither of which is helping me lose weight.
  5. I have fourteen grandchildren. Yes, Christmases are expensive.

Check out my nominees for The Creative Blogger Award:

Elan Mudrow (artistically done)

Midimike (currently using his blog and his music to help a friend recover from a house fire)

L M Nelson (writer writing about writing, and if you like romance, she has a book for sale)

Maria Johnson (also has a book for sale, but it doesn’t look like romance)

Elizabeth Ann Johnson-Murphree (writing is beautiful and artwork is amazing )

Jesse  (young, energetic and cute)

These are your rules:
1.Share five random facts about yourself.
2.Nominate some blogs and notify the nominees.
3.Post the link of the blog that nominated you.

Thanks, everyone!


Quote and a Bonus Poem Challenge

The “Quote and a Bonus Poem Challenge”: Day 3 — Frogs Can Be Purple

I am finishing out this challenge with a bit of whimsy! Did I mention that I love to write for children? They are my favorite creatures on earth! (Aside from my husband.)

Everything you can imagine is real.
                  Pablo Picasso

Toni Umbarger | Thoughtseeds | Frogs Can Be Purple #Poetry

My four (yes, I said four, because indecisive is my middle name) nominees for Day Three’s Challenge are:

Dicky J Loweman

Abhinav Majumder

Elsie

Thomas

The rules for this challenge are:
1. Each day for three consecutive days post a quote (any quote – you can even come up with your own) and a poem to accompany it.
2. On each day nominate 3 bloggers for the challenge.
3. Don’t forget to thank the blogger who nominated you. (However, in my case, it is not necessary to thank me, I consider it an honor to nominate your talent.)

There are so many others I wanted to nominate, whose work I admire. For sake of elimination, I nominated from my list of followers, who are all amazingly talented and benevolent. Perhaps I should have chosen five or six each day instead of three. 🙂 Once again, thanks to Maira (among the amazingly talented and benevolent) for the nomination!

Quote and a Bonus Poem Challenge

Quote and a Bonus Poem Challenge: Day 2 – Pride

As long as you are proud, you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.

C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Toni Umbarger | Thoughtseeds | Pride #Poetry

My three nominees for Day Two’s challenge are:

I of July (On the Heath)

Rachael Charmley

Chester Maynes

The rules for this challenge are:
1. Each day for three consecutive days post a quote (any quote – you can even come up with your own) and a poem to accompany it.
2. On each day nominate 3 bloggers for the challenge.
3. Don’t forget to thank the blogger who nominated you. (However, in my case, it is not necessary to thank me, I consider it an honor to nominate your talent.)

Quote and a Bonus Poem Challenge

Quote and a Bonus Poem Challenge: Day 1— Divine Demolition

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller

Toni Umbarger | Thoughtseeds | Divine Demolition #Poetry

First, I would like to thank the lovely Maira (aka mairacharmed) for nominating me for this challenge. I apologize for the lateness of my entries, but I wanted to make them worthy of the challenge. I hope I have succeeded. If I have done half as well as Maira, I will consider it a success.

My three nominees for Day One’s challenge are:

Broken Lullabies

John Foster

Michael T Coe

The rules for this challenge are:
1. Each day for three consecutive days post a quote (any quote – you can even come up with your own) and a poem to accompany it.
2. On each day nominate 3 bloggers for the challenge.
3. Don’t forget to thank the blogger who nominated you. (However, it is not necessary to thank me, I consider it an honor to nominate your talent.)