Monday, July 13, 2009

Honest Scrap Award & Lunch

Upon receiving the Honest Scrap Award I was instructed to share some honest things about myself:

8 Honest Things About Me (I’ve always been partial to the number 8)

  1. I’m not afraid to go back for seconds.

  2. I don’t feel like the baby of my family even though I’m the youngest of four girls.

  3. Sometimes when I parent I’m making it up as I go along.

  4. It really isn’t that difficult for me to say sorry and mean it.

  5. I have no idea what I’m doing when I pluck my eyebrows and I’m quite convinced it shows.

  6. I think walking around barefoot even over sharp rocks teaches people to toughen up.

  7. Once I let you in my heart you’re in for good. I’m a fiercely loyal person.

  8. I imagine God lovingly laughing at me on a daily basis.

And then I was to nominate others for the Honest Scrap Awards:

I received this Honest Scrap Award from Amy at Filled with Praise. Here are the endearing things she wrote about me, “Wendy is a wife, mother and a writer. Her thoughts and writings inspire me. Her love for the Lord always shines through in all that she does.” Thank you, Amy! You are a beautiful woman!

I thought I’d mix things up a bit by providing a new scenario for you to imagine as I give out my Honest Scrap Awards.

Twenty+ years ago in an elementary school cafeteria far far away…

I meet up with some of my pigtailed, thumb-sucking blogging friends. And now I’m going to let you know just how our lunches “go down” and the very reasons I love to visit their blogs.

8 Honest Scrap (Lunchroom) Awards

Katie at Brain Throw Up
This sweet blonde girl waves me over and immediately we hit it off, giving each other high-fives and swapping compliments on the books we pull out of our knapsacks. When I look at her I feel like I’m looking in a mirror. Instant friend with this one. We are off to hopscotch after lunch.

Jody at On the Path
I’m amused by this girl. As we sit, she pulls out her sandwich carefully, unwrapping the cellophane gradually, one side at a time. I smile at her and motion for her to come sit by me. She scoots over with a trusty smile. Then as I tear into my tinfoil, leaving bits and pieces all over the table she laughs. We match laughs and delight in how God has wired us both uniquely. As I’m satisfying my sweet tooth with a brownie, I break it to pass some her way. In return she unfolds a detailed map of the school that we ogle over during the rest of lunch time.

Jill at Jill Kemerer: Sweet, Emotional, Sparkling Romance
It’s hard to even write what it’s like with this little girl, but I know you’ve all been there. We go from laughing hysterically, even to the point of getting cross looks from the lunch room attendant to picking out our favorite lines from books we’ve read. When I look in her eyes, I feel like I’m back home eating my PB&J with my sisters. I am that at home with this little girl.

Terri Tiffany at Terri Tiffany Inspirational Writer
This little girl is the one to make sure the other little girl in the corner feels welcome to join us. She’s altruistic at heart and has a wonderful glow to her. It might be the Barbie make-up she applied in the bathroom, but I know better. As we sit and chat awhile I can tell it’s because of who she is and what’s in her heart. The word inspiration doesn’t even come close.

Cindy at Cindy R. Wilson
I don’t even wait until she reaches my table before I ask her a question. She’s has one of those faces (and the Rainbow Brite lunchbox doesn’t hurt) that says, “Ask me. I’ll tell you what I know.” Besides, I can tell this little girl has lived a little. She’s been places, written things down in her Hello Kitty notebook and the best part about her is just how warm and inviting she is. Before I have the guts to ask my 100th question she splits her fruit roll-up in two and we giggle as we chow down.

Kristen at Dancing in the Margins
I admire the ribbons in her hair, then her rosy cheeks and her confident skip as she comes to sit by me. This girl pulls a magazine from her bag that I can’t stop staring at. It has so many appealing things about it. She tells me it’s all about how to make God happy (Exemplify Online). I find this intriguing seeing as I don’t quite understand who God is yet, but I make a habit of telling friends to smile, he loves them. Then this sweet girl starts snacking on a chocolate muffin and all the while I’m thinking, “This is my kind of friend.”

Danyelle at Myth-takes
I feel like I’m staring at someone right out of fairy tale when I see this girl. Her imagination is evident immediately as she begins to tell me who she is and where she’s from. The way she words things and her descriptions reel me in. Honest. Genuine. True. These are the things I think of as she passes me some gum.

Joanne at Whole Latte Life
This child lifts two sandwiches out of her brown paper bag as if they're part of a magic trick. My eyes are held on the two sandwiches, waiting and wondering what’s next. She looks over at me, then back to the sandwiches flashes a knowing smile then asks which sandwich I’m most like, the bologna and mayo or the peanut butter and fluff. I sit for over ten minutes wishing I could come up with questions like these, while feeling so grateful she brings questions like these every time we gather together. She makes me think and that is one of my favorite things.

Now that was fun!

*note: I didn’t know any of these women when they were children and they may have been very different than the descriptions I provided. I just entertained my brain by imagining them with the same thoughtfulness and gifts of kindness that they bestow now in this blogging realm where I’ve never met them face to face, though I still feel I know them somehow.


  1. Congrats on the award, Wendy! And I read some of these blogs, too. Your imaginative descriptions somehow ring true! Love Joanne's. :) What a neat idea for a post.

  2. Love Terri's Blog, It is one of my daily stops.


  3. I am humbled by the wonderful way you have here in accepting the award, and then in turn passing it along to others. Your vignettes are amazing, and spot-on. And your #5 eyebrow fact? So been there, done that too. Thanks for the laugh there.

    Much gratitude to you in accepting your Award, and raising my coffee cup in a congratulatory toast to the others :)

  4. P.S. So, you didn't tell me, is your writing fluffy, or does it have more meat to it? lol, I really enjoyed these!

  5. Ah, Wendy! VERY creative way of distributing the awards! I can just picture everyone exactly as little girls! Although I probably would have convinced you to give me your whole brownie and not just half! :) Congrats on your award, and I'm honored that you passed it along to me!

  6. Ha! What a creative way to give out the awards. I love it and I'm honored! I'll play hopscotch with you ANY time you want! Oooo! And 4 square too! And don't forget tether ball!

  7. Wendy, thank you! You just made my day. And I LOVED Rainbow Brite. Oh, now I think I'm just going to have to e-mail you :D

  8. Awww. Thanks, Wendy! I've been sick for the last week and a half, and this really made my day. I love sharing Story Gum with you. :D

  9. Congratulations on getting this award. You have given me an idea for a writing prompt post on my Just To Write ( blog. Thank you. I think you are a very gifted writer and enjoy reading your blog.

  10. I am blushing! I love coming to your place here and learning. I mean, even the way you just handed out this award was creative & beautiful.

    Thank you!

  11. You choked me up!! Thank you! And I had to giggle at the other girl's descriptions--cause the ones I know are like that!! I think of Jody exactly that way!! This was so much fun to read:)

  12. Janna, thank you. Joanne gets things moving in my brain and it makes me click to her blog every time!

    Robin, I understand why you stop there daily. She shines! Thanks for the blessings and I'm hoping you come back by.

    Joanne, sadly I do #5 on a regular basis. Next time just pass the coffee through the computer--I need my pick me up and you deserved the award!

    Oh...Joanne, do your ears itch? I've just been talking about you and for that matter TO you. Fluff makes my tummy sick. Guessing I'd be salmon--always swimming upstream. Besides, it tastes so good. :D I'm slap happy tonight.

    Jody, I would have handed it over to you without any convincing. I dig you...the adult you and the little girl you that I made up in my mind. :D
    I'm losing it people.

    Katie, I was the four square champ. Let's go.

    Cindy, thank you for your email. We would have traded stickers, of that I'm sure!

    Danyelle, your writing is fluid and beautiful.

    Ana, you are kind! Very kind. Glad to give you an idea and thank you for your encouragement!

    Kristen, no wonder you have rosy cheeks! Thanks, Kristen--you rock and I believe in the vision of the magazine so much!

    Terri, I'm hoping choked you up in a good way and not the way where everyone at the table hesitates to know whether they should go over to the person to give them the Heimlich? :D

    Loving you people deeply and humorously!

    ~ Wendy

  13. #5? Yeah. You and me both, girl. I have to have them done professionally now.

    Congratulations on the Honest Scrap award. You deserve it.

  14. Thank you Wendy!! I posted a comment yesterday, but it must not have gone through. :(

    This was such a genius way to give out awards. I'm in awe of your talent! And yes, we would have been good friends in school. I was "excused" from spanish class in eleventh grade one day because I couldn't stop laughing! Terrible!

    Thanks again!


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