RFTM sunshine on an April morning

Zoe over at Hope Dream Wait very kindly nominated RFTM for the Blogger Recognition Award this month.  Whoop whoop!  What a cheery surprise for an April morning – it sure enough put a smile on my face.  So thank you, Zoe, and keep on spreading the sunshine over at your own blog.

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Blogger Recognition Award

What a delight to learn that I’d been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award!  Many thanks to Mom Of Two Little Girls for visiting RFTM and sharing the love.  You should check out her work – she’s blogging her way through motherhood, and a lot of us can relate to that.


To pay it forward, here are the rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers for this award.
  • Comment on each of their blogs, letting them know they’re nominated and linking back to this post.

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7 facts and a lovely compliment

Last week Sharon at Leadership2Mommyship paid me a great compliment by nominating me for the “One Lovely Blog Award.”  What a kind way for another blogger to say they enjoy your work and want you to know that you’re appreciated.  Visit Sharon’s blog to read about things she feels passionate about…let her give you a fresh look at the world.

Thank you, Sharon, for the gift of your nomination.  I am truly grateful.


7 Facts About Me:

I act like a child when it comes to drinking water and milk.  I know they’re good for me, I know I need to drink more, but I can’t seem to get that ball rolling.  The closest I’ve come is using Propel packets to flavor my water.  Apparently grape flavored liquid appeals to my inner child.

There are several hard and fast signs that I’m officially on the other side of middle aged: the battle against gray is real, pants can be too low cut with uncomfortably cold drafts, shoes can be comfortable or stylish but rarely both, and glasses are no longer optional.

I don’t do fingernails.  I keep mine filed short, otherwise they snag on anything and everything, and without a speck of color.  Drawing attention to these pitiful cuticles and rough fingers is just sad.

I love candles, afghans, the perfect wall hanging, and throw pillows.  I don’t always remember to light candles, but I love their soft illumination and scent when I do.  There’s always an afghan within reach, even in the summer.  The right wall hanging makes a room’s energy – relaxing or refreshing – and throw pillows complete it.  All of these things together? They make a room a home.

I don’t believe in white dress shoes.  Hey, you do you, but I just can’t.

I have a Bachelor’s in English and had to read an ungodly amount of Shakespeare to earn it.  It’s possible they’ll come revoke my degree for saying this, but I never did love the Bard all that much.  Anything you have to work that hard to understand diminishes my enjoyment of reading.

I love watching birds in flight.  Especially when they’re soaring, circling on the wind, the tips of their wings stark against the sky when they dip low.  I’ve even been known to pull over to the side of the road when something striking catches my eye.



Baby Sideburns

the mother hub

Let Me Start By Saying

My Life Suckers

Skipah’s Realm

just saying mum

All That I’ve Learned


The Rules:

**  Thank the person who nominated and link to their blog.

**  Post about the award.

**  Share 7 facts about yourself.

**  Nominate (at most) 15 bloggers.

**  Tell your nominees the good news!


Forever Family: Liebster edition

Life interrupted my plans to interview Bear this week – it’s remarkable how impossible it seems to find free time once the kids are back in school and playing sports – but Stomperdad over at All In A Dad’s Work was kind enough to nominate me for a Liebster award and inspiration struck.  Why don’t I do a Liebster post, Forever Family style?  It sounded like a neat idea to me, plus it was the perfect way to buy more time for the interview.  (Thanks, Stomperdad!!)  You should check out his blog!

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The Happiness Tag

Thursday brought an inspiring lift when I learned that I’d been nominated for The Happiness Tag by my fabulously creative blogger friend Tonya from Fourth Generation Farmgirl.  Tonya paid me a lovely compliment when she said that my posts make her smile.  What a wonderful thing to say to another writer.  Thank you so much for your kind words.

Here are the rules.


  • Five things that make you happy.
  • Five songs that make you happy.
  • Five bloggers that make you happy and notify them of the nomination.

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All we need is love…

It would be disingenuous to say that the blogosphere is one big happy family – I’ve run into a few blogs that, for various reasons, are a little tough – but on the whole I’ve found it’s a very supportive group of creatives out here.  The kind of people who are busy living their lives and developing their blogs, but they still take time to visit Riddle from the Middle and often leave a kind thought as well.

They’re what folks around here call good people.   

One such fabulous person, Tonya from Fourth Generation Farmgirl, was gracious enough to include me in her nominations for the Miranda Sings Award, and I’m honored to be among such wonderful bloggers.  This unique award was created by Claudia’s Thoughts to celebrate ourselves.  (Quick – what are the first three things you think of when I ask what do you love?  How many of you named something about yourself in your top three?  Exactly.)  It’s easy to compliment others or to name our faults; celebrating ourselves doesn’t always come as naturally.

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because who doesn’t want to be versatile?


Many thanks to Memee over at Memee’s Musings for her kind nomination into the Versatile Blogger Award community.  I’m greatly honored when other writers choose to compliment my work.  We tend to be a particular bunch, so when someone steps forward and names Riddle from the Middle as noteworthy it does make my chest swell a bit with pride.  (But not in that obnoxious, “well, doesn’t SHE think she’s the bees knees” sort of way.)

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Dedicated Blogger Award


Tonya from fourth generation farmgirl was kind enough to nominate my blog for the Dedicated Blogger Award.  This is a recognition I’m truly honored to receive, especially from a writer who provides such inspirational and honest work on her site.

Barbara of The Idealistic Rebel states, “This award is dedicated to those bloggers who consistently provide wisdom, inspiration, kindness, gentleness, and truth to the world through their blogs.”  What a compliment to be considered worthy of these accolades.  Thank you very much, Tonya.

The blogging community has been an incredibly welcoming group of writers, one I’ve had the great pleasure of exploring over the last nine months.  These men and women have provided ample amounts of wisdom, kindness, and truth through dry wit and incredibly moving writing.  It’s been a joy finding pieces each day that make me think or cry or laugh myself silly.

There are no requirements for the Dedicated Blogger Award, only a recognition of like-minded bloggers and a request to “pay it forward.”

Here are just a few of the blogs I follow that deserve this award:

Born in My Heart

Sass and Balderdash

Two boys, One dog and Us

Herding Chickens and Other Adventures In Foster and Adoptive Care

Fill Your Own Glass


Behind the White Coat

Just kidding…no, but seriously

Three’s a Herd


Black Dog Photography


Again, Tonya, thank you so much for this special award!