These two awards were given to me by Lynne at Lynne’s Little Corner of the World.

Here’s what they mean:

The Creative Blogger Award is for those who bring unique and creative elements to their blogs. For those who incorporate art, music, creative writing, photo’s, and other beautiful visual effects into their website. For those who put a unique spin on things and come up with new ideas. This award is for the artsy, the funky, the inventor, and even the rebel. This award is for those creative individuals who stand out from the crowd.
The Thoughtful Blogger Award is for those who answer blog comments, emails, and make their visitors feel at home on their blogs. For the people who take others’ feelings into consideration before speaking out and who are kind and courteous. Also for all of those bloggers who spend so much of their time helping other bloggers design, improve, and fix their sites. This award is for those generous bloggers who think of others.

Well, I’m speechless. And humbled. Thank-you so much, Lynne. My desire is to always be thoughtful in all I do. I believe that as Christians we are called to do that. I’m afraid I fall short at times, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve tried to look at things from both sides and try to see the other person’s viewpoint. It’s really OK if we don’t all agree on everything. God did make us all different, didn’t He? But, I can respect your feelings and thoughts, as I hope you respect mine. The way we view the world comes from our individual experiences…which are so varied. If we had all lived the same life , we may all think alike. But, as it is, I think we are to use our experiences and life lessons to help others and to learn from one another.

Now, as for the creativity award. Being creative, I think, means that you are not content to see things just in black and white. You want to see it in every color possible. And in as many different shapes as possible. It means that there is always something you can add or take away. It means that what you think and dream…can be done…if you want it bad enough. Sometimes, it means frustation and aggravation when others don’t want to bother to try something new…or listen to what you think. Other times it means being proud that you really did find a new and better way. I love to do things with my hands…to try and bring what is inside my head out into the open for all to see. And there is great satisfaction in that. I think all of us bloggers are creative people. It is our desire to share our thoughts with the world. To share our lives with the world. To share who we are with the world. And so we create our blogs and wait and hope and pray that someone will read it, and enjoy it and affirm our part in the universe. God, I think, put that desire into us. And we are blessed to have a way to share it. When someone comments…that’s a person who ‘gets us’. And, doesn’t it feel good? We may paint, or collage, or make music or design jewelry, or sew or decorate. We may teach or preach or cook or build beautiful buildings. We may be able to understand great thought, or write great books. We may build grand highways or care for animals. We may practice the healing arts or we may have perfected the art of listening. Whatever your gift of creativity is…use it. It’s a gift from God…the ultimate Creator.