The Sunshine Blogger Award

I’ve just been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

There I was just reading through emails, when I saw one from my blogging friend Ruth at Prudence Debtfree.  Ruth is a fellow Dave Ramsey fan, devoted mother and freelance writer.  To my delight, the email said that she had nominated me for the award.

Thank you so much Ruth!


The Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Nominate some other bloggers for this award
  • Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated
  • Notify the bloggers you have nominated.


Here are the questions Ruth gave to me to answer:


In your dream world, where would you live if you were financially independent?  

We’d probably stay near family in the Midwest, or possibly Nashville (if God calls us there).  We would buy a home with enough space for my husband to write and record music, an office for me and lots of space in our backyard for the children.  Then we’d buy an RV, make frequent trips to see family and travel the world.

Who is your favorite mentor?

I went down a list of all the teachers and role models who have made an impact on my life.  But the one who stands out, who first taught me about confidence, values, hard work, loyalty, faith, the importance of family, when to be gentle and when to stand my ground – the man I still go to for advice, who still attends all of my softball games, and who gives my kids rides on his golf cart – is my dad.

What’s your favorite dessert?

Cherry cheesecake.  Every year on my birthday when I was a kid, I would ask for cherry cheesecake instead of birthday cake.  Often, I’d just make it myself since it was so easy (JELL-O brand). And that gave me first dibs on licking the beaters.

What was your nickname growing up?

“Cricket.”  Growing up with three older brothers, I loved sports.  Softball was my game – starting around age five, through high school and even to this day in a women’s slow pitch league.  I was always small and fast, so I’d bat first, then steal as many bases as I could.  My agility (and my twiggy legs) earned me the nickname “Cricket” by my teammates.

What type of car would you own if money were no object?

Let’s see…an RV, then Dontae would get a newer Chevy Silverado, because we both drool over those every time one rumbles by.  And since you said money is no object…I’d probably put in a vote for a convertible Chevy Camaro at some point.

First we need a garage.  ::cough:: And a house.  🙂


Who I’m nominating:

Now it’s my turn to nominate a few bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  I nominate Monica Louie from Our Debt Free Family, Miranda from Coffee and Confidence and Jamie from Bright Light Forever.

  • Monica is a mother of two who writes financial advice and documents her family’s journey out of debt – already paying off a staggering $85,000 in 20 months.
  • Miranda is a writer and homeschooling mom of two who inspires creative introverts to pursue their passions boldly.
  • Jamie is an artist, a mom of three, and a “self-improvement junkie” who writes de-cluttering tips, encouragement for the downtrodden mom, and sells her artwork on Etsy.

I chose these three women because they are so passionate about their blogs and want to make a difference in people’s lives.  Time to pass the sunshine around.


And now it’s your turn to answer one random question from me in the comments!

If your piggy bank were ten times its normal size, and filled to the brim, how would you spend it?



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7 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. I’ll kick off the discussion by saying I would use the money to restore our 92-year-old piano. Its sound board is broken, so it doesn’t stay in tune very long. But when it is in tune, it’s one of my favorite sounds in the world!

  2. I am so well trained in frugality at this point that my answer is, “I would not spend it.” I would either pay off the mortgage or invest it – or a bit of both. That way, I’d be one big step closer to debt-freedom and financial freedom : )

  3. Congrats on the Sunshine Award! Love the responses

    Lets see…I’ve been dying to go back to Zion National Park to hike! But with a 6 month old, maybe I should pick something else 🙂

  4. You are so sweet, Laura!!! Thank you for passing the nomination to me, and I am not surprised at all that you were nominated by Ruth. I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know you as we started our blogs at the same time. Sorry for the late response, but this was actually my birthday, and we’ve been getting ready for our move.

    To answer your question, we have a long list of what we would do. We would pay off our mortgage, travel to Arizona to visit my aunt and grandma, and boost our retirement and giving plans. 🙂

    Thanks again for the nod, friend!