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Sunshine Blogger Award!

sunshine-blogger-award-300x300I am so honored to be nominated by my friends over at Slowly Sipping Coffee to be a recipient of the Sunshine Blogger Award! Mr. and Mrs. SSC have the same kind of lifestyle goals that we do:; ditching debt, dumping the rat race and enjoying the peaceful life. Like us, they like to spread sunshine and laughter to the blogging world as they share their progress toward financial independence. We give a hearty thanks to Mr. and Mrs. SSC for this nomination. The rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award are simple:


The Rules:
Thank the person that nominated you
Answer the questions from the person that 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.
And now, here are the questions that Mr. and Mrs. SSC asked the bloggers they nominated, and our lovely answers:
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Laurie: If I look back at those school memory books that my mom filled out for us as kids, I always either answered “teacher” or “nurse”. Luckily, I get to teach our four kids as I home school each day. I’m not a big fan of blood and gore, so I’m not real surprised the nurse thing never materialized.
Rick: I always wanted to be a firefighter (Check. He served 23 years on the local part time fire department in our old suburb).
What is your favorite superhero and why? If you don’t have one, why not?
Laurie: Definitely Captain America. He stands for all things right. Probably too much. Like me. πŸ™‚
Rick:Β Underdog –the cartoon dog, because he was cool.Β  Superman- because he could kick butt and fly.
Who is your favorite author?
Laurie: God, who through divine inspiration authored the Bible. That book has (and continues to) influenced me more than anything else in my life.
Rick: C.S. Lewis. I love his Chronicles of Narnia series.
What person has had the biggest influence on your life?
Laurie: Besides God and His Son, Jesus Christ, probably my mom and dad. They’ve both overcome some pretty tough circumstances and have managed to come out well and learn lots. They continually model unconditional love to me and my brothers.
Rick: My maternal grandfather. I spent a lot of time with him once I started driving.Β  He liked to talk and had a lot of cool stories, like being the first dude at his high school to own a a model-T car, and stories about his career as a milk man. Β When he was very young, he had a chance to go in with his friends on an investment in starting up a sandpaper company during the Great Depression, but instead took a secure job as a milk man.Β  He loved that job and worked solely as a milkman until his retirement.Β  By the way, the sandpaper company was 3M.Β  He would have been a rich son of a gun, but he never regretted his decision.
What’s your favorite comfort food when it’s a chill night at the house?
Laurie: Health food wise, I’d say fresh blueberries. The kids tease me because I’ll easily down a pint or two of them in one sitting. Junk food wise, probably anything on the bar and grill appetizer menu: mozzarella sticks, nachos, potato skins or a good homemade pizza. πŸ™‚
Rick: Ice cream. Preferably chocolate with peanut butter chunks
Our nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award are:
The Barefoot Minimalist
Our questions for you are:
In your dream world, where would you live if you were financially independent?
Who is your favorite mentor?
What’s your favorite dessert (you’re welcome to share a recipe πŸ™‚ )
What was your nickname growing up?
What type of car would you own if money were no object?


  1. I love blogger awards because you get to know bloggers (and their significant others) better! I love that you said your favorite author is God, as the Bible really is the greatest book that has ever been written. πŸ™‚

    • Laurie says:

      LOL, if you insist. But I have to tell you, that makes us all that much more curious about your nickname growing up. πŸ™‚

  2. Laura Harris says:

    Aww, such a lovely idea, passing the sunshine around. I loved Rick’s story about driving around with his grandfather. My grandfather was born in 1918 in northern Michigan. He used to drive log trucks to the upper peninsula. He had to ride on a ferry across Lake Michigan/Lake Huron, because it was before the Mackinac Bridge was built. In fact, he saw it be built. I cherish those stories.

    • Laurie says:

      Wow – your grandfather sounds like such an interesting man! Society today underestimates the wisdom of the long-lived, in my humble opinion.

  3. Congrats! What a fun interview, and I love that you are so open about your faith and its influence on you. Interesting story about Rick’s grandfather, too. Maybe this blog wouldn’t exist if he’d taken the investment opportunity. So we’re happy he didn’t!

    • Laurie says:

      Thanks so much, Kalie! I think that speaks volumes about Rick’s grandfather’s character. He was very happy being a milkman, and managed to save thousands of dollars over the years, leaving each of his kids and grandkids a nice little chunk of change. Not life-changing money, but enough to make an impact.

  4. kay ~ the barefoot minimalist says:

    Laurie, you are a doll! Thank you so much. You bring sunshine to my day always! It’s so funny that I nominated you for the Liebster today too. Versatility is truly your middle name. πŸ˜€

    I love that both you and Rick answered these questions. Does that mean our hubbies and/or significant others are supposed to answer the questions too? πŸ™‚

    • Laurie says:

      Totally up to you, my friend. If hubby wants to take part, he’s welcome to. That’s what Mr and Mrs SSC did, so I just followed suit. πŸ™‚

  5. Congrats on the nomination…it’s always fun to learn more about your fellow bloggers. Interesting story about Rick’s grandfather…I think many elderly people have so many great stories to share as they’re experienced so much and are wiser for it. Too bad many of the young don’t often have patience to listen to them.

    • Laurie says:

      Exactly, Andrew! They are so wise, and yet often people write our elderly off as useless. I personally love hearing them talk about the Great Depression. We can learn so much from them if we would be willing to listen.

  6. Hannah says:

    I love the milkman story! I think it’s so interesting to learn about people’s generational history- it really influences who you are.

  7. Mackenzie says:

    I love these posts because you learn a bit more about the blogger πŸ™‚ Yeah, I couldn’t have been a nurse either. I get squeamish just GOING to the doctor, lol πŸ™‚

  8. Mr. SSC says:

    It was great reading and getting to know you guys better. Mrs. SSC is the same with knocking back a pint of blueberries, raspberries, cherries, or whatever is in season/on sale at the time. The milkman story was great, I got to spend a lot of time with my granddad and he was pretty influential for me too.

    • Laurie says:

      Glad to hear you had a great relationship with your gramps too. Funny about Mrs. SSC and the blueberries – I guess there are worse things we could be addicted to, huh? πŸ™‚

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