A Liebster Blog

Bry and I were recently given a Liebster Award by our friends and fellow bloggers: the Groves! We were so happy, even though we didn’t know what that meant. Apparently, Liebster is a German word meaning ‘favorite’ or ‘beloved. This award is given to inspirational blogs that have 200 or less followers.


The Liebster award is not your common everyday award, it’s part of a special game of “tag” amongst involved bloggers promoting quality blogs.

Here are the rules for this award:
Upon receipt of the award, one is to:
1) Link back to the blogger who gave it
2) Paste the award on your blog
3) Choose 5 blogs to pass this award to
4) Let the recipients know about their nomination by leaving a comment on their blog.
5) Post the answers to your nominators questions on your blog.
6) Write at least five new questions for your nominees to answer.

Items #1 and #2 were completed above, so on to item #3!


If you have a few moments of free time, and even if you don’t, you should click on one of these links at random. These bloggers are inspirational, pleasant, insightful to the human condition, and, most importantly, probably not robots.

Beautiful Everyday Things
House of Figs
The Well Thought-Out Life

Honorable mention goes to Jesse Hebert’s amazing photo blog: foto::gogo.

So, I’ll do item #4 on my own, which brings us to my favorite part, item #5, answering the questions from Amanda Grove!

1. If you had a week to live, what would you do? I’d definitely spend the first few days wallowing in depression, denial and anger. Having completed the “5 Steps to Acceptance,” I would spend my remaining days writing an inspiring and tragic work of fiction, but purposely not write the ending in time, so as to make some obscure point about mortality and the meaning of life. Hundreds of years from now, undergraduate literature majors would puzzle over the possibly analogous elements of my plot and curse the man that typed it on his death bed. They would be forced to write silly conclusions about how I allude to the unavoidable tragedy of mankind’s attempts to grasp true knowledge or something. Take that undergrads!

2. What is the number one travel adventure that you’ve always wanted to go on? This is a hard question. The North Pole to see Santa Claus? The Jungles of the Congo to ride dinosaurs? South Korea to see the Groves, eat weird food, and laugh at the ridiculous prices of fruit? To be honest though, I’d much rather just stay home in Egypt and enjoy the peace and quiet.

3. Who is your biggest role model and why? My dad. I was going to say Aragorn, son of Arathorn from The Lord of the Rings. However, when I read those books, I always imagined Aragorn as look and acting like dad. That’s how awesome my dad is; he can fill the shoes of the Númenórean King of Gondor (and Arnor). My dad can do pretty much anything, and if he can’t do it, he can figure it out. Because after raising six kids, everything else is child’s play.

4. If you were given $1,000,000 what would you do with it? Give it away. I’m saying this for entirely selfish reasons; people given that kind of drastic change in economic and social position experience serious depression. I’d rather be happy than rich. When you look at it this way, buying lottery tickets is like playing Russian Roulette… with a very small chance of a bullet being in the gun.

5. If you were shipwrecked on an island and could only choose 3 people to be there with you, who would they be? My wife of course, and then Icarus and Angel from X-men. What these last two blokes have in common is that they both have a pair of giant wings! I realize that this answer is “cheating,” but I have an aversion to being shipwrecked on an island after the last time that happened… anyway, getting a ride from winged dudes across an ocean would be pretty awesome wouldn’t it?

Finally, item #6: I get to ask those people I nominated some questions!

1. What was your favorite book as a child?

2. If you could have a superpower of your choice, what would you chose?

3. Is there a TV show that you watch and are embarrassed to admit it? What is the name of the show and why is it embarrassing?

4. Do you think that perhaps maybe possibly there could be a teeny tiny chance that there really are real aliens out there somewhere?

5. What is your favorite Christmas desert recipe?

6. Describe a present that you want to receive this Christmas but don’t think you will get.

What do you think?

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