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Paying it Forward…

How very cool it was to get my first ever blog award from my blogging buddy David at Grits-n-Grace.

First off, I would be remiss, if I didn’t take a minute and thank David personally for choosing this crazy blog as one of his 5. It’s an honor that someone finds value in the thoughts that run through my head and onto a keyboard. I appreciate you following this bouncing ball and your consistent comments on my posts. I can’t say it without sounding cheesy, but hopefully you know how much I appreciate that.

Secondly, I am tasked with passing on the “love” and awards to 5 blogs which I choose as worthy of the award. This is no small task. To be honest, my entire blogroll could receive the award. So I guess one award will have to be split among the entire blogroll. That leaves 4 more. Ugh…the pressure.

1. The Mudpuppy – No question or doubt about this one. The more I read this guys blog, share some discussion with him and get to know him, the madder I am that it took me this long to move over to We’ve never met (yet) in person, but we will connect one of these days. No doubt about it. He also introduced me to the concept of “Blogger sharpening Blogger”.

2. The Man of Steel – How could I award “Mud” without “Steel”. Ditto to everything I said about The Mudpuppy for Superman1224. Both of these guys have stretched me and commented regularly. It’s nice to know someone’s reading this! If nothing else, he introduced me to Daughtry! The top 5 of the week is also a personal favorite of mine!

3. Cut From The Rock – Aside from having quite possibly the coolest blog name in the world, “Cut” has been a regular contributer to the “recent comments” as well. I appreciate his honesty and his posts are clearly an insight into his thoughts.

4. Clay’s World – Although we haven’t been able to get him to move over to wordpress (yet), I know one of these days my man Clay will be movin’ on up (Fish don’t fry in the kitchen, beans don’t burn on the grill brother). It doesn’t matter where he blogs from, Clay’s posts give me pause to think about the everyday things. Plus his movie reviews are usually right on!

So there you have it. These are fun, but in a way, I feel bad doing them. This list could be much, much longer. I guess the directions want me keeping it to 5 though. I noted through the chain of posts that some of you had already received the award (Faithwalk, Blessed1, Experiencing the Journey) and I’m sure that the six degrees of blogging separation will make it’s way to others (namely Pastor Hawkins). I think I’ll throw in a couple of “honorable mentions” (even if it’s cheating): Christianity in High Heels, The Epiphany, Held By Him, More for Your Life, Brian Ford, and Shane Bertou.

If I have missed you, and I know I missed a bunch of you. Please accept my apology and award number one. I’m trying to keep the post short. Each of the blogs in my blogroll are winners! Which reminds me, if you’re reading this and have me blogrolled, do me a huge favor and leave a comment to let me know. This blog of mine is showing up in places I never knew or imagined. I’d like to return the favor and blogroll you as well! Thanks to all for visiting and especially to David for the kind gesture and award! Now it’s time to pay it forward!



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Comments · 12

  • iluv2prshim · April 19, 2007

    Congratulations are definitely in order! You deserve it. And a great big thank you for the honorable mention. I really appreciate it.
    Many more blessings to you,

  • blessedbabe · April 19, 2007

    Congratulations! Your insights are so inspiring! ^_^

    Truly God is enriching you from glory to glory!

  • mudpuppy · April 19, 2007

    Extremely honored my friend! I assumed on my list that listing you was off limits, so consider yourself #A on my list.

    Same goes for The Man of Steel, I didn’t think it was kosher. These rules are like camping…. Intense. :)

  • superman1224 · April 19, 2007

    Congratulations on an award well deserved. I also want to thank you for awarding me the number 2 spot. It is a great honor. It humbles me to think that what I have to say is important to you. I also want you to know that I read your blog everyday as well and am inspired to better myself as a Christ follower and as a husband. Keep it up/

  • blessed1 · April 19, 2007

    Thank you for mentioning me! I am glad to have found you. It’s amazing how many of us cross paths through blogging our faith!

  • Grits n' Grace · April 19, 2007

    You’re welcome, Aaron. One of the reasons I enjoy your blog is that I can relate to where you are in your life. Though I have a son graduating from college and a daughter graduating from high school, it seems like only yesterday I was struggling with job opportunities and the responsibilities of raising a young family. Like you, I am blessed with a wonderful wife that supported me and did what needed to be done to make sure our family life was disrupted as little as possible. Plus, you and I both dig good music!

    Congratulations, Aaron and Godspeed on your travels.


  • Martin · April 19, 2007

    Congrats, Aaron!!
    You surely deserve it. I really enjoy reading your posts.


  • faithwalk · April 20, 2007

    Thanks for mentioning me too Aaron! David got you before I had even heard of the award or I’d nominate you for sure!
    You’ve got a great blog and I love your insights and openly sharing your life in Christ.

    Blessings to you and your family!


    ( and you know you’re on my blogroll! )

  • Aaron · April 20, 2007

    Wow! I mean WOW! Really, to all of you, thank you for your kind words. I logged in to check my email by cell phone at the airport in New York City tonight and sat there amazed at your comments. I cannot take an ounce of credit for it. Hopefully I am communicating what God is teaching me each day, from a variety of places. This community of bloggers is something special and I’m honored to be a part of it.

    Again, thank you all for your kind words and for finding value in what you read here. I am humbled by your kind words. To God be the glory!

  • rindy · April 20, 2007

    Congrats! And I totally agree with your last comment…God is teaching every day, from a variety of places. This community IS special! Awesome!

  • Clay · April 25, 2007

    Thank you my brother for the props. You’ve got quite a voice here that speaks to quite a broad crowd… so to think that you think of me from time to time speaks volumes. Continue swinging for the fences. And to the wordpress thing… I’m just too technologically illiterate to figure out how to switch. I think I’d rather learn metric :)

  • shanebertou · April 27, 2007

    Wow dude, thanks for the love. Well, I was only an honorable mention so thanks for the strong like? Either way. Rad. Thanks.

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