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Happy 101 Award (Blog Hug)

I was so excited to receive the Happy 101 Award (Blog Hug) from Maria of Personalized Sketches & Sentiments. Her daughter designed and created this award and she also has a blog called The Luckiest Mrs. I can see where she gets her talent as her mom is very artisic and creative.

Maria is one of the sweetest women I've met in our bloggy world. She's talented and even has her own Etsy shop. She's an artist and does the most fabulous sketches using your name. You simply give her the name to use and she will create a personalized sketch using that name. You must check out her work as they make wonderful gifts.
So back to the Happy 101 Award. What makes you happy?
Here are the rules:
List 10 things that make you happy.
Tag 10 bloggers that make you happy.
Make sure to link back to the person that tagged you.
My 10 things that make me happy:
1. Every time my husband Greg tells me he loves me.
2. Seeing and hearing from my family. Almost all of Greg's family is in Phoenix but mine are scattered in Florida, New York and California.
3. Hearing from long lost friends and relatives on Facebook. I've gotten back in touch with many that I totally lost touch with over the years. It's so much fun to see what they are up to now.
4. Babies and children make me smile. I love seeing all of the photos of my friends' children (that includes my bloggy friends too).
5. Getting licked by my mother in love's dog Barney. Since we can't have our own dog because of my husband's allergies, I visit Barney and roll on the floor and play with him. It always brings a smile to my face.
6. Discovering old photos. I smile as I remember many occasions or an outfit I wore back in the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's.
7. Spending time with my friends.
8. Meeting so many wonderful bloggy friends from all over the world.
9. Reading each one of your comments on Heart Choices.
10. Realizing how much God loves me and that I am His child; precious in His sight. Now that really brings a smile to my face.
Ten bloggers who brighten my day:
1. Mary of Mary's Tea Cottage: Mary writes the sweetest, kindest comments on Heart Choices. She's the kind of person I know I would be so comfortable spending time together sipping a cup of tea and chatting.
2. Kim of Homesteader's Heart: Kim always makes me laugh and smile. She hosts a weekly meme called Friday Funnies.
3. Sandy of God Speaks Today: Sandy always has such a humorous style of writing. When I need a smile, I can always visit Sandy. As the host of Fitness Friday, she can be tough and funny at the same time.
4. Jill of Forever N Ever N Always: I can't help but smile when I see her beautiful photos of her 9 children! She is able to capture the most unique pictures and post them so beautifully. And when I learned that her 9th child Lilly will be joining her expanding family soon ...that really made me smile.
5. Mary of Pile of Smiles: I can't help but smile when I even read the title of her blog. She's got the prettiest smile too. I've met her in person.
6. Denise of Short Bear's Place: Denise gets around our bloggy land so quickly. She's always one to leave a comment and is so filled with love and joy despite many personal health challenges. She brings a smile to my face.
7. Jennifer of Smelling Coffee: Even the name of her blog brings a smile to my face. After all, I love coffee. She's such an encourager to me.
8. Lisa of Sharing Life with Lisa: I smile every time I see her picture. She's such an encourager and a good friend to me.
9. Lori of Lori's Reflections: Lori was my very first blogging friend and so I have an incredible soft spot in my heart for her. We've met in person and she's absolutely beautiful. She finds the funniest videos to post and I love her photographs of her boys.
10. Debbie of The Way We Are: Debbie is a fairly new blogging friend of mine. She's got the greatest kids and grandkids. Their photos make me smile. And Debbie doesn't just leave a quick comment; she's fully engaged and shares her heart. I love that.
Now that I'm on a roll I wish I could add more names. However, there's a Circle of Friends award that I have to give away so I'll be able to tag a few of my other good bloggy friends.
Don't forget to smile. When the grocery clerk is rude, smile back. When someone says to you "Happy Holidays" ... smile back and say and a Merry Christmas too.

Debbie Petras
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  1. What a wonderful award my friend. You so deserve it. I loved your 10 things that make you smile.
    I then saw my name on the list of 10 to pass it on to. Thank you so much. It's an honor to call you my friend.
    You are such an inspiration.
    Big Happy Smiling Hugs to you!!

  2. Debbie - what a cute and fun award!

    Thank you for sharing your heart this morning!

    Your list made me smile as you often do!

    I'm honored to be your friend and a person in your life that brings a smile to your face!

    I love you!

  3. God bless you sis, you are the one who makes my heart smile. I love you.

  4. You are SO precious dear friend. I'm honored to be considered among such precious other ladies who bless you.

    YOU bless me and I'm honored to be your sister in Christ and friend.

    I'll have to visit your friends Etsy shop.

    Love you.

  5. I tried listing the things that make me smile and found out that there are a lot more than 10.. I am grateful for my family, friends, and job to name a few, and the list just goes on and on. Thanks for this wonderful idea.

  6. Hi friend~ I was just reading along on your post and your list of what makes you happy... smiling with you...thinking of what makes me happy...when there was my name, too! Thank you for that, Debbie! That makes me happy. :-)

    I'm off to a day of appointments and errands, and am glad I popped in this morning. I love the list of what makes you happy. So glad the Lord had you bring those things to mind during this time. He is so good to us.

    Love to you and thanks for brightening my day...

  7. Oh Debbie, I was just so enjoying your post as always this morning on what makes you happy, but when I saw I had made your list I was truly blessed. And if you knew the morning I am already having ( and it is only 7) you'd know why I really needed this. I am quite stressed and harried suddenly and to top it off stumbled on the stairs this morning and landed on both of my poor poor knees. I can't believe I did it as I always try to be soo careful Way to pre-occupied apparently. I don't have time for blogging this morning but just had to visit a couple of my fav's and found this...soo glad I did...I'll be posting my list MUCH later today (if I get the chance) Have a wonderful day my friend,



  8. Debbie:
    That award is perfect for you! I love your blog, and you are blessing so many!

    Love you.

  9. I totally agree about the dog licks. :-)

  10. Congrats on the award! I like that it's focused on happiness, a rare and wonderful experience...

  11. What a fun circle of friends you have -- I have to agree with you on Lori and Denise (all the others I don't know)...both ladies are wonderful women :)

    Thank you for sharing -- I have to check out the others some time.

    Be blessed today and always...

  12. Hi Debbie...Oh, you are so sweet! Thank you so much for passing on the award to me...I am truly honored to counted as your friend, because you are really a special person. YOUR blog makes ME smile! I'm always moved and inspired when reading whatever you have to share, and never disappointed when I visit here. I'm glad that you have many things that bring a smile to your face...there is much in the news and in the papers that would cause us to frown and worry, but there is always a blessing behind every cloud, if we stop to look, and that is what you do...find the good in everything!

    I am so behind in blogging and emails, but I hope to catch up tonight or tomorrow. I'm having a tea on Friday, and I'm so not ready! Praying for lots of energy and strength to do it all, and once its over, more energy and strength to start my Christmas shopping!

    Have a wonderful evening and great day tomorrow, sweet Debbie.

    Hugs and love...and God bless you!


  13. Debbie, Thank you stopping by and letting me know that you posted and passed on this blog hug :o)

    I appreciate your sweet words! I truly appreciate your posts and am always encouraged and blessed by them. (I am sooo looking forward to some "free" time again to catch up on blog reading!...Blessed for my full time job, but I was spoiled with the "leisure time" prior to Oct, when I was able to come by more often!)

    Blessings & aloha, dear friend!

    (and if you have time and are interested, do stop by our daughter's blog (at www.theluckiestmrs.blogspot.com). She is having her first giveaway and it is of a personalized monogram of the names that I do. ...now I need to head to bed! :o)

  14. That is such a pretty award, Debbie. I love all your friends from great blogs that you introduce to us.

  15. That's a cute award! Congrats!

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