First, an aside to my dear family: sorry, but your favorite blogger-in-residence is about to become even more insufferable than usual, because I JUST GOT ANOTHER AWARD, and this one is cool beyond words.
It comes from my genius friend Elephant's Child (a.k.a. "Wonder Child" in my book because of her youth and the fearfully impressive gallery of knowledge and talent she has at her fingertips), and that makes it even better.
The Daily Dose Award, as it is called, started here, with the goal of highlighting blogs that are so valued that they are sought out--at least by someone--on a daily basis. In the words of the originator of the award: "So here's to all the blogs that you've discovered that you can't possibly live without. They make you laugh, cry, think and feel connected every time you read a post. They give you a thrill as you see them loading into your browser and you get an equally satisfying thrill when you see that they have commented on your blog."
Elephant's Child, thank you for the honor and your very kind words. As I consider whom I might similarly recognize, several blogs come to mind. There are many that I like to frequent, but life being what it is, there is only so much time in the day. When that time is short, I find myself going not to political or informational or theological blogs but rather to my friends' blogs because it is there that my sense of isolation is lessened and that I find myself truly encouraged and supported in my daily life. One such blog in particular was probably the first one I got into the habit of reading as well as the blog that inspired me to start my own. It is replete with practical advice as well as humor, inspiration, and wisdom. And the author updates regularly! So tops on my list of "The Daily Dose" is none other than Susan's Pendulum. I first got to know Susan online through a Lutheran homeschooling listserv; eventually I met her in person; for years now I have called her friend. I am so glad she blogs, because I'm not sure what I would do without my daily visit to her world.