Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My First Award

I was pleasantly surprised in the last few days to find that two of my blogging friends, both coincidently, gals I have known since those awkward Junior High School days, have nominated me for the Honest Scrap Award! I would like to sincerely thank Ms. Tudor Rosy and Ms. Musings for nominating me for this blogging award. It makes me glad to know that somebody is interested in what I have to say!

Here’s how the award works:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link to their blog.
2. Share 10 honest things about yourself.
3. Present this award to 7 others whose blogs you find brilliant in design or content. (I notified my blogger friends through email)
4. Tell those 7 people they have been awarded. (Again, done through email)
5. Don't forget to post the "Honest Scrap" award (below) on your blog.

So, here goes... 10 Honest Things About Me:

Honest Thing #1: Ever since becoming pregnant, I have really thought about having a larger family. My whole life I have been asked if I, like my parents, would consider having a larger than average family. For those of you unaware, I am the 4th of 7 children. My answer had always been "'God, no!". But, I guess with my hormones raging and the overwhelming love I have for this little bundle in my belly, I have been giving it some thought. Not 7 children, but possibly 4. Will this happen? Most likely not. I am sure once my hormones are under control and my sanity returns I will definitely be second guessing myself on that one.

Honest Thing #2: I miss Ohio. Not the people I left behind in Ohio, but the state itself. (Of course I miss the people, too!) I can honestly say that this surprises me. If you had told me a year ago that I would miss Ohio I would have laughed at you. I spent my entire childhood and the early part of my adult life wishing I could be anywhere else but there. Now that I am living 1400 miles away, across the country in the shadows of a giant city, I yearn for the Buckeye state. I miss the beautiful leaves in Fall, the smell of the winter air anticipating its first snowfall, hiking in the abundant parks, farmer's markets, the drive on the turnpike to visit my brother and sister, Lake Erie islands, Cedar Point, and the general familiarity that comes with living in one state for almost my entire life. The sad thing is, I do not ever see us moving back there. Not unless the economy changes drastically and the job market blossoms. I have fond memories that I will keep with me always though, of "the heart of it all".

Honest Thing #3: I never dreamed I would find somebody as wonderful as Jason. I am still surprised that we have found each other and have created such a happy, lasting foundation built on support, trust, love and mutual admiration. He means everything to me and I fall more and more in love with him everyday. I look forward to him coming home in the evenings and spending time together. We really do have a relationship to envy.

Honest Thing #4: I would do anything for my pets. ANYTHING. If one of them needed a kidney, I'd give them mine if I could. They are not just animals, they are my furry children. One of the most devastating days of my life was when we had to euthanize our dog, Diego, because he had inoperable cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain. Animals bring us such joy, yet it is heartbreaking to know that in the grand scheme of things, we have such limited time with them on this Earth. I value each day with my pets and make it a point to spend one-on-one time with each of them everyday.

Honest Thing #5: I do not know what I want to be when I "grow up". I have been attending college on and off for the last 9 years, being a full-time student for the last 3 1/2 years. It has been a long and sometimes trying road at times. There have been some snags when transferring classes to new schools, especially when we moved down to Texas. So far I have earned an Associate's Degree in Real Estate and am currently taking classes towards my Bachelor's Degree in Business Mgmt. But, I am still unsure of what I want to do once I have my degree. I would like to minor in History, in case I decide I would like to try my hand as a teacher later on in life. There are so many things I want to do, that it makes it hard to narrow my future profession down to one thing. I guess this is why I have changed my major upward of 5 times and why I am still in school. There's nothing wrong with continuing to challenge yourself and to continue learning. I crave knowledge, it is power and one of the only things we have that cannot be taken away from us.

Honest Thing #6: The night that Jason and I met in a bar we talked for a moment and he told me to "stay where I was, he'd be right back". Well, he never came back. I actually had the thought that I should go find him because I never knew "he could be the one". I voiced this to my sister Natalie, who was with me that evening. Mind you, I had just gotten out of a difficult relationship and had gone out that night with no intentions of meeting anybody, let along finding "the ONE". So, I found him later on in the bar, we talked the rest of the night and neither of us ever looked back. I guess my intuition was right. When you know, you know.

Honest Thing #7: I am a guilty Catholic. If you are Catholic, then you know what I mean. There are things embedded in you for life that you can never let go of and never ignore. I have not practiced my faith in almost 1o years. I sometimes yearn for the comfort of Sunday Mass, the papery taste of communion, the scent of incense and the peace of the familiar hymns. I feel that there is something missing in my life, and I know it is the presence of faith. I believe in God. We talk on a regular basis, I have just not worshiped him in quite some time. I struggle with many of the values the Catholic church believes, but on the same token, I think it would be very hard for me to accept another religion. This is what Catholic guilt does to you! Jason and I would like to baptize our child, and I cannot imagine it being baptized anywhere but in the Catholic Church. He is open to the idea of attending Mass with me to see if it is something he would be interested in. I guess there is no time like the present to open your arms to something you have left in your past.

Honest Thing #8: I have dreams about High School Band atleast once a week. I know this sounds bizarre, but it is the truth. Usually I am late for a show or cannot find my saxophone. This was such a huge part of my life in High School, I guess it is something I cannot let go of. I still have my sax, tucked away in a closet in its dusty case. I often think about joining a Community Band of some sort, just so I can get it out again and remind my mouth, lungs and fingers of what they were once capable of.

Honest Thing #9: I would like to become a Girl Scout Leader after I have the baby. I was a Girl Scout for 12 years as a child/teenager and I loved it. Well, to be honest, I loved camping. I had looked into becoming a co-leader before I became pregnant, although it would have been rather hard with my hectic schedule. I am hoping once I have the baby, I will have a little more time to devote myself to a good cause. What better cause than guiding young girls and women through the hardest years of their lives? Plus, who doesn't love those cookies?!

Honest Thing #10: My mom is better than your mom. Period. She is superwoman. After having 7 children she went back to school at the age of 43 (when my youngest sister was 3 years old and with 4 other children in the house under the age of 12) to get her degree in Nursing. It took her 8 years, but she graduated Magna Cum Laude, third in her class. At the same time she had her own business and was balancing the lives of 5 young girls living under her roof, as well as two children in college. She coordinated chores, birthday parties, sports, field trips and a million other things, all while ensuring we were all happy, well-rounded children. There were times growing up when we had our rough spots. But, now that I am a grown woman and not living under her roof, she is one of my best friends. We can talk about almost anything. I value her opinion more than anybody's (other than Jason), and I admire her strength, wisdom and courage. I miss dropping by her house on the weekends to chat about our lives. She is my hero and I love her more than words can express.

I hope you enjoyed my "10 Honest Things"!

~Emily :)


  1. Great list! And I can totally relate to #1...In the weeks leading up to Cate's birth and in the few weeks after, I thought I'd want nothing more than to stay at home and have 6 kids. Once the hormones rebalanced, I realized that while that may work for some people, I am definitely not "some people". :-)

  2. I am so with you on #s 2 and 4. Growing up, all I wanted to do was move out of Ohio. When I moved to Kentucky I had no intentions of ever going back to OH and would have laughed at anyone who said that with enough time (two and a half years) I'd start to be so homesick for my homestate. Luckily I was able to move back and have settled quite nicely.

    And my cat Chloe is my entire world. There isn't anything I wouldn't do for her.


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