Saturday, February 27, 2016

Liebster Award (thank you, Bethany!) and Fun Questions

Is your weekend off to a good start on this
beautiful Saturday?
I hope so!
Praying you are well and having a
 wonderful day.

Today, I finished the final few sentences of this post
that was started too long ago.  
Even though I am a few months (okay, maybe longer...)
late with this, thank you so much Bethany
for listing me as one of your nominees for the Liebster Award!
You are so thoughtful and I thank you!
(You can visit her informative, encouraging blog at Liberty or Death,
where she also shares quite amazing photography!)

Before the questions, I also wanted to write
that this is my first post published under my new blog name,
Magnolias and Grace, and that is exciting for me!
Thank you for following along, and I tried to fix the subscription
service so that it will keep subscribers even though the name
has been changed- I hope it worked☺

Now onto my answers to the following Liebster Award questions from my sweet, eloquent blogging friend, Bethany!

1.  When did you start blogging, and how long do you think you'll continue?
      I started blogging in March of 2012!  I think that as long as I have things to share, I will continue blogging for a very long time.  Writing on my blog and having a place where I can share my excitement about different things, as well as connect to the most wonderful and kind people (you all!) has been such a joy for me.  My love for blogging was automatic when I started and it has not waned.  It has also helped me to keep up writing, and publishing posts is so fun to me every time I push the "publish" button. ☺  One other thing that compels me to keep blogging is how inspired I am by other bloggers and their beautiful crafts, ideas, photography, etc., and just the thoughts they share, as well as the joy there is in knowing I may have inspired someone else with anything I have said on my blog.  I feel like blogging is a way to encourage and be encouraged by others so much!  I love being able to encourage anyone if I can... my most viewed post ever is my detailed post sharing my heart on purity, and I love that other girls and women can maybe be inspired by what I share.  To know that other young girls and women are able to read that and maybe be encouraged to not put aside their convictions is such a good feeling.

2.  What is your go-to meal for when you need to cook something quickly?
     The go-to meal I love to make is composed of two main foods.  The first is crock-pot macaroni- it is not technically a "quick" meal since it cooks in the crock-pot for hours during the day, but it is quick as far as preparation because you put it going in a few minutes and the work is finished.  And it is so mouth-watering good.  And growing up in the South, it's kind of an addiction☺  The second thing is brown-sugar glaze meatloaf.  It is my absolute favorite meatloaf recipe, hands-down.  It is a Paula Deen recipe you can find here, one we tried a long time ago and were all fans.  It is heaven.

3.  You're shipwrecked on an island; what one thing would you have with you?
      This is a fun question.  Hmmm... I would say that I would want to have my family with me and a large supply of water. And my bible. That is three things, I know.  It is so hard to choose.  Those would be things I would have if I was not allowed to choose something that would qualify as rescuing us... a boat would be good too, but I'm not sure if that counts, haha.  But, honestly, if the island was plentiful with good food and abundant in things to use to live, I would be okay without the boat as long as I had my family.  Being on an island would really be fun and so tranquil... getting to swim, relax, see all of the neat animals and creation, and to live in a serene and pure place.

4.  If you could choose any profession, what would it be?
      I have always been one of those people who has way too long a list in my mind of occupations I would be so excited to do... Nature photographer, wedding coordinator, bakery owner, archaeologist, detective/sleuth, full-time author, marine biologist, nurse (if I could take what you have to see), pioneer era schoolteacher (think Laura Ingalls or Christy Huddleston), or a missionary... and probably more vocations I can't think of right now.  Quite a list, I know.

5.  If you could meet any of your long-distance blogging friends, which ones would you most like to meet?
      Blogging has brought me sweet friends that I am so thankful for.  I would definitely say that was an unexpected surprise that came with blogging- getting to connect to and share with and talk to all of you who have been a blessing to me in your comments, emails, etc.  I have loved every moment of that and have been blown away by the kindness of those I've met through blogging. I could not pick any one friend, but I know that there would be a handful- basically everyone who I have been able to hear from or talk to because you are all so kind.

6.  What's your favorite flavor of ice-cream?
I love anything Blue Bell, especially since it has been back after it was shut down all this past summer!  I usually prefer the milkshake form of ice cream over just eating ice cream, but I think my favorite ice-cream is peach ice-cream, which I love to buy a cone of when we go to a little town on the river we like to visit in summer.  It is sold in their old-fashioned ice-cream shop there and has huge chunks of peaches in it!  Mmmm.

7.  Describe a perfect day.
Taking a walk to the creek to sit by it and hear the water while I sketched or read, coming back home and working in the craft room on a project, then sitting on the front porch and talking with someone I love, and finally spending the afternoon and evening baking or cooking together and then taking a walk by the river or staying in and enjoying a good mystery!  That would be a simple, perfect, everyday kind of day I would love.
(I have to say when I read this question, I couldn't help think of the scene in Miss Congeniality when Cheryl is asked during the pageant what her idea of the "perfect date" is.  Haha!)

8.  If you could witness any event of the past, present. or future, what would it be?
My answer would definitely have to be that I would want to witness the greatest sermon ever given, which would be any given by Jesus.  It would just have been beyond words to have been alive then to witness seeing Him speak at all let alone hear him orate and talk to people and see him with children gathered around.

9.  Have you ever been in a choir, singing group, or played an instrument?
I would loved to be in a choir, although I am not.   That would be so much fun.  Or in a singing group, singing old-fashioned songs similar to the Andrews Sisters, with their grace and charm to match their voices.  I have played an instrument, however.  I think I mentioned this in one of my other award questions answers as well- that I played trumpet for a few years.  My Dad has played for years and years and does so for a living, so free lessons were very nice to have when I played. Sometimes, I do miss playing.

10.  What is the most encouraging thing anyone has ever told you or that you've ever read?
I feel like I am encouraged by so many different influences, from things wise people in my life have shared with me to things I've read, and those seem to come often and are such blessings.  From what I can think of right now, I believe the most encouraging thing I have heard someone say is that God has a plan- trust it.  It's simple, but truly makes the most impact and difference when you are discouraged.  To trust that even though you are at a low, low point or you are disheartened and think it can't get any worse, it is going to be alright- because it's in God's hands and will get better.  It will pass.  When you trust that His will and plan for your life, your year, your day is going to make everything okay, you are so much more encouraged and positive.

11.  Would you share a favorite quote?
I'd like to share this quote I saw this week.  I love the message and it is one written in a multitude of ways, but I admired the creatively penned way of this particular quote.  Modesty has to be in your heart before it reflects on the outside...

I am thankful to finish writing this post that I started this past SUMMER!  A busy semester left me with so little time.

Thank you for reading!  I loved sharing these 11 things.

I have been nominated for this award once or twice before and then I nominated others for it as well, so upon thinking of who to nominate this time, I realized I'm pretty sure I have listed everyone as a nominee between those.  So instead of listing specific nominees, I nominate the blogs of ALL my dear blogging friends whose blogs I enjoy and am constantly delighted by.  If you would like to do a post, please let me know and I would LOVE to read it!

My questions for you are:

1.  What is your favorite era from the past and why?
2.  Which season is your favorite?
3.  What type of food do you like most- Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Southern, etc.?
4.  Your favorite book is...?
5.  Do you prefer indoors our out?
6.  Who is the wisest person you have ever known?
7.  What was the most important or memorable day of your life?
8.  Your favorite season to decorate for (if you enjoy decorating)?
9.  Do you have a life verse?
10.  Share one thing that is nostalgic to you.

Wishing you many joys on your

Hugs & blessings☺


  1. I always enjoy hearing other bloggers post on favorite things etc. I will try to answer your questions one day this week!! Although when it comes to favorite books, that is a hard one!! Like you, I find blogging a good outlet for writing. I doubt I will ever write a book but blogging is the next best thing!

    1. Hi Arlene,
      Thank you so much for visiting, reading, and leaving such a lovely comment! I would love to read your answers to the questions!! I will mention I have had many troubles with my internet lately so if I am not on, please forgive me, but I will see it whenever I am able to get back on :)
      I agree, choosing a favorite book is so hard! I think many questions like these are hard to answer sometimes because favorites are so hard to pick.
      I never thought of it that way, but that is SO true regarding blogging being the next best thing to writing a book. And you can know that people everywhere can read your words and thoughts and musings and that is such a neat feeling. Plus, I feel like you could go back and look at your blog posts and find inspiration to write a book from them :)

      Hoping your Sunday is wonderful!!

  2. Sweetest Jazzmin, I am ever so glad you started blogging in 2012 because the Lord allowed us to meet through our blogs. You have such a ray of sunshine in my life and I am truly thankful for YOU!

    This post was extra lovely and delightful...just like you. Have a glorious day, my friend. Love and hugs!

    1. Dear Stephanie,
      You truly blessed my heart and soul with your comment and loving words- oh how thankful I am for you and for your friendship♥♥ and too that the Lord allowed us to meet as we have!
      I am honored by your words and I hope you know what a bright spot and a dear friend and joy you are in my life and my days as I am blessed by your friendship.

      I hope you have a wonderful day!
      I apologize for just now replying as well- fickle internet is difficult and I am only able to get a signal right now very seldom, but I'm glad I finally did so I could respond.

      Hugs and huge blessings to you!

  3. Jazzmin, thanks so much for your delightful answers to my questions! Glad you are planning to keep on blogging for a long time. I definitely agree that crock-pot meals should be categorized with the go-to quick meals, since they can be made nicely ahead of time. And your meatloaf sounds good! My sister makes a similar meatloaf, and it is a family favorite!

    The boat sounds like a very smart idea for having on the deserted island. I totally support that idea! The professions you are most interested in sound neat. Awesome that you used to play the trumpet, and that is some good advice you shared!

    On your #2, I would say my favorite seasons are spring, summer, and fall. But this winter actually has been pretty nice!

    #3: Midwestern homestyle cooking and Italian.
    #4: My favorite book is the Bible. Second is The Law by Bastiat.
    #7: The day I met my Savior, Jesus!

    Enjoyed your post--fun to read!

    1. Hi Bethany,
      Thank you for your comment and stopping by to read my answers to your questions! I'm just sorry it took me so long! You had such great, thoughtful questions that were so much fun to answer. And thank you again for listing me as one of your award nominees for this.
      Your comment made me smile and I loved reading your feedback and answers yourself :) I'm betting your sisters meatloaf is delicious! I'm always interested to try different meatloaf recipes and see the little differences or big in the taste.
      Glad you are enjoying your winter there!
      What wonderful answers that I'm blessed to have you share with me, especially #7, and I am going to check out "The Law". A new read is always a joy to delve into and add to my list.

      Thank you for visiting, Bethany!
      Blessings always!!

  4. Jazzmin, I answered your questions on my blog post today at Nanaland. I also gave your blog a shout out so I hope you get some visitors. That is one of my favorite parts of blogging...friends from all over.

  5. Jazzmin, I answered your questions today on my blog. I found your blog at Nanaland. I loved your responses to your questions as well. I am at I Majored in Home Economics.
    I am going to look around your blog later today. It looks like tons of goodies to read.


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