Happy Tuesday morning! No... That isn't a typo in the blog title. I've recently learned of two new blog hops/memes that are being hosted by an older (not chronologically older!) friend and a brand new one.
The first is "Pay It Forward" hosted by the very lovely Holly at "A Life-Size Catholic Blog" and the second is "My Week At A Glance" hosted by my new blog friend, Cindy at "For One Another". The two hops/memes aren't exactly the same, but they both have a little something that makes them seem like they'll work well together. So...... I'm linking up with both of these good ladies today! (You can read about the rules of each by clicking on the blog names above)
Now, about my post......
This post took a lot of time and thought. (and a whole lotta reading) Not because I don't have a plethora of amazing blogs and bloggers to choose from right at my fingertips. Conversely, it's because I do have a plethora of amazing blogs and bloggers at my fingertips that I had such a hard time. I did make a decision and it was a bit easier to make when I remembered that this is a weekly opportunity for me to spread the love.
So, on to my first week with these two hops/memes:
I've chosen a blog/post written by my very dear friend, Robin at "Your Daily Dose" for this week. I really debated whether I should or shouldn't put any new focus on her blog this week because she's been through a terrible tragedy recently. The loss of her beloved father. On the one hand, I didn't want to make it seem like I was exploiting my friend during this very difficult time, but at the same time her posts over the last couple of months (especially this last week) have made a difference in my life.
Robin is a true example of someone who believes that it's possible to forgive others, even when they might not deserve it. She's shown me through her strength (even though she doesn't see herself a strong right now) that we need to (and we can) persevere through very painful periods in our lives, by recognizing and leaning on our faith our family and our friends. It's not the first time I've been in awe of Robin's spirit. She has inspired me and taught me, cried with me and made me laugh right out loud more times than I could ever recount here. I sincerely hope she doesn't feel that I'm intruding on her grief by choosing her for this post. But knowing Robin, she'll understand...