I've had a debbie downer kinda week. But I can't tell you about it. No one should whine that much. It feels like life has been on a mission to kick me down and this week I was weak and surrendered for a couple days. Forgive me. I'm human. And carless (as in no car over the holiday weekend after a $625 tab). And if you missed a few of my other annoyances you can check them out in my FFOs this week. I've been trying really hard to keep my blog a place free of negativity. (Unless you count my FFOs, but they are mostly just in good harmless fun.) So be assured I'll be back to my normal self soon.
I just wanted to send out some thanks and some giant virtual hugs. You have helped me so much this week. You have no idea. Really. The blogosphere is filled with wonderful, thoughtful, sweet acts of kindness. Just when I was ready to throw in the towel, I would open my mediacom email to find such amazing notes from my bloggy friends or an award or a special surprise that lifted my spirits and was just the thing needed in that moment. I wish I knew the proper words to say here to properly express my gratitude, but I'm not sure there are adequate words. Please know that I appreciate you. And wish there was more that I could do to properly convey that. There are 3 more days left on the $25 itunes giveaway. It was thought up as a way to say thanks to you, my readers. Just start a discussion in my community for a chance to win. I've loved participating in the dicussions. BlogFrog is a wonderful way to bring bloggers together and really have great conversation. I love it.
Yesterday I received this note from Deanna of Almost Perfect Women (hope it's ok to share). She writes, "I always love coming to your site, its like having coffee with an old friend." Then I actually had a minute to stroll through my google reader and I found this surprise. I found myself tearing up. What a sweetheart. Thank you Deanna.
I also found this little surprise today from Sharra of Bella Angel. Thanks girl.
Several times this week I have noticed comments in other's blogs that my fellow bloggy friends have written sending other bloggers my way in support of my Tasty Tuesdays meme. Thanks to Natalie of Mommy of a Monster and Kristi of Live and Love out Loud. And all the other random anonymous acts of kindness that go unnoticed every day. I am touched by the generosity and support that has been shown to me and my little ole blog. The blogging community is like no other place, such comradery. It's something that is hard to describe to a non-blogger.
I have many friends that have sent such sweet letters my way, letters of support and encouragement. They are daily visitors to A Beautiful Mess. Thanks to Gigi of Kludgymom and Kristi of Live and Love out Loud for listening to my whining without judgment. Jen of The Misadventures of Mrs B, The Empress of Good Day Regular People, Mis of Miel et Lait, Tayarra of Honesty and so many others that have shown friendship above and beyond blogging. I'm sorry I can't mention all of you.
I'm excited for all my new blogging buddies. I just connected with Teresa of Blooming on Bainbridge and am excited to get to know her better. She is a super sweet person with a beautiful blog. I also recently learned that Joanne of Laundry Hurts My Feelings and I are long lost soul sisters. And her blog rocks. When she is a famous renowned author I can say that I knew here way back when...
To all of you new and old bloggy friends alike who come back time and time again and leave comments and show support even when I can't make it your way that day... I THANK YOU. Your words add so much to my days. And I appreciate each and every one. There is no way to mention everyone, but to name some of my regulars (in no particular order)... Maureen of Tattered Scoops, Faith of Simplicity, Melissa of Frugal Creativity, Melissa of Me: Daily, Pumpkin and Piglet, Forty Something Chick from Old Tweener, Liz of a Belle a Bean and a Chicago Dog, Tricia of Tricia's Take, Bruinlab of the Occasional Ex-Pat, Sluiter Nation, Uyen of Ramble Road Ramblings, Firefly of Firefly Blog, Cheryl of Little Bit Quirky, Cheryl of Tidy Mom, Chana of Mamma Town, Tonya of Letters for Lucas, Jean of Typical Suburban Family, Dawn of The Way I See Things, Anonymous from TX, Diary Days of Live Laugh Love, Jessica of Breakfast at Gigi's, Take 2 Reviews, Drama Mama of The Scoop on Poop, KLZ of Taming Insanity, my regular wordless wednesday linkups (plus those already mentioned above or below).
Ok, So I'm trying to make this list and I realize maybe it was a bad idea. I cannot mention everyone and I don't want anyone to feel left out. Know that I love all of you, I love hearing from you, and thank you from the bottom of my heart. You know who you are.
And this week yet again I am in awe and amazement of not one, but eight awards that have come my way. With all of the talent that is out there, I am always a little taken back when I am the recipient.
A special thanks to...
for The Versatile Blogger Award
Kelly of Blue Frog Legs for A Blog with Substance Award
Angie of Angie's Healthy Living for the Stylish Blogger Award.
These are some amazing bloggers, some of my favs. Thanks so much for this humbling honor. Make sure to go stop by and check them out when you have a minute!
I'm sending another giant shout out and hug to all my bloggy readers and followers. Whether you stop by daily or occasionally, I appreciate it all the same. I am but one in the sea of blogs in the blogosphere. Thanks for stopping by and brightening my days. Thanks for the laughs, thanks for the support, thanks for being you.
Hope you have a fabulous 4th of July weekend!