Monday, March 18, 2013

Loving this Liebster Award (News and Notes)

Thanks to Patty at Tales of Me and the Husband for giving me this Liebster award!  This is how it works:

Here's 11 facts about myself:

1.  I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in a town with a population of less than 5,000.  The college I attended had three times as many students as my hometown had people.
2.  My parents had a Golden Retriever dog when I was little.
3.  My favorite color has always been purple, which my elegant grandmother for some reason considered to be almost scandalous.
4.  I graduated from the University of Virginia undergrad and the University of Virginia Law School, which makes me a Double Hoo.  Hoo is short for Wahoo, a kind of fish that is the school's mascot.
5.   The only place where I NEVER wanted to live and work was New York City.  The only place where I got a job after law school was New York City.
6.  Two months after starting to date my husband-to-be, I moved to Japan for six months.  We courted via daily emails. 
7.  My husband and I planned to spend our honeymoon in Spain and Israel, but we got marooned in Paris for the weekend due to technical difficulties with the airline.  We didn't mind it so much.
8.  I converted to the Catholic Church in 1999.
9.  My favorite music is Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony.
10.  Before getting married, I considered having two or maybe three children.  My husband wanted around four kids.  Now we have six.
11.  Our family doesn't have any dogs, cats, or gerbils, but we have turtles, toads, and lizards.  We also have a lot of fish.  None of them are Wahoos (see fact #4, above).

Here's my answers to Patty's questions:

    1. Favorite saint and why -- St. Therese of Lisieux, because her relics went on display at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan and so many people visited that we couldn't even fit inside the cathedral.  We walked around and around the city block singing Marian hymns.  I fell in love with the love that people had for her.

    2. Why you started blogging -- To see who'd be interested in the book I was writing based on Blessed Pope John Paul II's teachings on marriage and family.  Then, the blog took on a life of its own!

    3. Name something you have always wanted to learn -- How to make clever small talk

    4. 1 place you want to travel to that you've never been and why -- Hong Kong, because one of my friends invited me to visit when I was in college and I never did.  I've been kicking myself ever since.

    5. When you have some money, favorite store to shop and splurge at -- Splurging is not really my thing, but there's a new clothing store called C. Wonder that always makes me drool.

    6. Best book you have ever read and why  -- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.  It's a great wunderkind, sci-fi story.

    7. 3 questions you want to ask Jesus someday when you meet him in Heaven -- Why, why, why.
    8. Favorite Disney of all time -- Mary Poppins.  The song Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious can't be beat.  I once wrote a series of stories starring the Supercalifragilistic Kid, who was a super kid from California made from fragile plastic.

    9. What animal best describes your personality and why -- A horse, because I like to run fast but sometimes need someone to guide me down the right path.

    10. Favorite blog to follow and why --  Held by His Pierced Hands  -- Amazing writing, amazing insights.

    11. Biggest lesson you have learned in life so far -- Trust God even when it hurts.

My Nominees:

Okay, here's the really fun part.  Introducing you to all the cool blogs that I recently discovered!  Each one is worth a visit.  (My apologies if your blog has more than 200 followers or has already been nominated.)  Drumroll, please...

1.  Not a minx, a moron, or a parasite at
2.  Catholic Cookie Jar at
3.  Captive the Heart at
4.  Messy Wife, Blessed Life at
5.  First Friday Fast at
6.  Contemplative Homeschool at
7.  Restless Until I Rest in Thee at
8.  Life on Fire at
9. God's Love is So Amazing at

My Questions for the Nominees:

My questions for the nominees are the same as the ones I asked myself, namely,

1.  Where did you grow up?
2.  Did you have a pet when you were little?
3.  What's your favorite color?
4.  What was your school's mascot?
5.  Where was your first big move?
6.  What's one of your favorite memories from when you and your beloved were just dating?
7.  Where did you go on your honeymoon or where would you like to go?
8.  What's your religion?  Are you a convert, a revert, a cradle Catholic?
9.  What's your favorite music?
10. How many children do you have or would you like to have?
11.  Do you have any pets now?

To all the nominees, hope you have fun with this.  Happy blogging!


  1. Karen, thanks again for nominating me and for letting me off without posting on this award for the second time. I do have answers to Nancy Shuman's questions and some facts about myself in a post from a few weeks back, for those who are interested. I noticed that both you and I spent some time in Japan. I taught English conversation for 2 years as a lay missioner in Kawasaki-city, just outside Tokyo. What took you to Japan?

    1. Connie, I minored in Japanese at college (for a lark) but then chickened out on teaching English in Japan after I graduated. Many years later, I worked in Tokyo for six months in Mitsubishi Electric's Corporate Licensing Department, sort of as in-house counsel on loan from the NYC law firm where I was working. The people were so welcoming and lovely. It was a tremendously positive experience.

    2. Karee, sorry I got your name wrong above. I noticed that some time ago, but didn't correct it. I just got the Liebster award again, so I'm linking back to you from my new post on it, along with the blogger who just gave it to me. Keep up the good writing!

  2. Thanks for sharing Karee...I just think this is fun way to get to know some the folks blogs we follow :) God bless:)

    1. I'm so glad you nominated me! BTW, I enjoyed your post on Pope Francis. I was watching that seagull on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, too. World's most famous seagull!

    2. Thanks again Karee for nominating me for a Liebster Award. I have been missing in action due to personal matters. I apologize for the lapse in communication since March. Thanks again. Will resume blogging as soon as the number of my responsibilities lessen.

  3. 1. I grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and migrated to South Florida in 1983 to attend college. It was called Biscayne College at the time. Now it is known as St. Thomas University.
    2.I had two dogs in Jamaica. In the US, I have had a cat. I had to give it away because I could no longer take care of her.
    4. My High School did not have a mascot. I am not sure of the mascot for St. Thomas University.
    5.My big move was migrating to South Florida from Jamaica to attend college.
    6.Chilling at home was a favorite memory.
    7.Unfortunately we never quite a Honeymoon.
    8.Was raised a Christian. My faith grew stronger once I let of the pain of losing my brother to cancer in 206.
    9.All except rap and country.
    10. I have an adult son.
    11. I currently have no pets.

    These are my answers to the above questions.

    Thanks again for nominating me. Apologies for the lapse. Even though I am so late, I decided to answer them anyway.

    1. I appreciate your responding, Cheryl! So sorry to hear about your brother. And I hope things are going better for you now.