You dear, dear readers. THANK YOU for nominating me for a Sheenazing Award!
If you haven't already, please vote now!
I've seen some other bloggers giving their favorite picks for various categories, but I'm going to take a different route. I know how it feels to be a lesser known or unacknowledged blogger (because, um, I'm still in that phase myself!!!) so I'm going to give a great big shout out to some of my personal favorites from the honorable mentions. And, um, some of them are much bigger named bloggers than me and I honestly don't know why they aren't front runners in their own category!
Shower of Roses has long been one of my favorite bloggers. She's been around forever, and her archives are a wealth of information and inspiration. I discovered her when I was a newlywed, working as a catechist (and possibly not even pregnant with Therese yet). Her family is big and beautiful, she homeschools, she bakes, she celebrates feastdays like none other, and she lives in beautiful Oregon. She's also one of the masterminds behind Catholic Cuisine.
The Busy Budgeting Mama is incredible and is a bigger named blogger than I ever could hope to be! She has amazing tutorials (especially for felt food) and her little ones are simply adorable. She's also the founder of Happy Mommy Box, and wrote a moving picture book for children who have a grieving parent.angel, inspired by the loss of her best friend to domestic violence. (And, at the risk of sounding like a total creeper, I recently found out that she is also the cousin of one of my best friends from college...and I totally had a fan girl moment - from a distance! - when I saw her at my friend's wedding.)
Wildflowers and Marbles is a virtual feast for the eyes. Whenever I get a peek at the pictures of Jennifer's home, I wish I could just pull up a chair and spend an afternoon there. She's also a bit of a Charlotte Mason guru, if you're interested in that sort of thing.
And drumroll, please....this blog is not on the list, but it should be! (I'm kicking myself for missing the nomination deadline!) I've linked to it many times, but Go Forth and Mother really is one of my favorite new blogs on the block. I love that she has a section for cocktail recipes because how fun/Catholic is that?! Before Amy started this latest blog (she's already the brains and beauty behind the successful quilting blog 13 Spools), I was looking at her blogger profile and saw that she had signed up for the domain "Go Forth and Mother" and thought, "That sounds pretty awesome. I wonder if she's going to do anything with that domain name?" I'm happy she has! Amy's the kind of girl that she just want to sit and chat with for hours (speaking from experience, since I actually have sat and chatted with her for hours), and her personality just shines through her blog. So, go...check it out! (Side note: she's also Maria's godmom, and Maria gives her blog two thumbs up.)
My Child, I Love You was a big time winner of the Sheenazing Awards last year, if I remember correctly. Lindsay's family is absolutely beautiful, and her intense love for her children shines through every post. They recently had a difficult diagnosis for their youngest in-utero daughter, and Lindsay's reflection on all of it was beautiful. Her mother was also recently diagnosed with cancer, and their family could use a lot of prayers right now. Even in the face of all of that, though, Lindsay's family's love and beauty just shines through as an incredible witness of our faith.
Harvesting Home is such a beautiful blog - both to look at and to read. I know Caitlyn in real life (I was in the same theology/philosophy department as her husband in college and we used to have ridiculous debates during study groups) and I promise she's as lovely in person as she is on her blog! But seriously, her blog is just a feast of lovely things and lots of inspiration and adorable babies, and you simply must hop on over there!
So go, explore, and keep these lovely ladies in mind for the Sheenazing Awards next year (and add them to your blog feed this year).