Last night some serious competition went down over at the Parents Blog Awards Facebook page!
And then the gal at 38% (who is lovely and wonderful and totally deserving of the award – you can check out her site HERE) sent out a Facebook blast that bumped her up to 40% by the time midnight rolled around.
I have to admit, I felt disappointed.
The Happy Hubby picked up on my mood (although I think the big mopey face I was wearing wasn’t too hard to miss!).
He wrapped his arms around me, gave me the sweetest hug and told me that I was a winner.
Maybe not of a Parents Magazine Blog Awards, but in his eyes, I was a winner.
And then we began to brainstorm a list of all the other ways this Blog Awards competition has proven that I am a winner…
I am a winner because my husband opened a Facebook account just so that he could vote for me.
I am a winner because my mom has literally told every single person she has come in contact with over the last 2 weeks (I am not even kidding about this – she told restaurant servers, grocery clerks, etc.) to vote for me.
I am a winner because my mom and dad – while out to dinner celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary, mind you – were texting and calling everyone in their address books to solicit votes for their crazy fairy daughter.
I am a winner because while scrolling through friends’ Facebook pages I saw their little shared voting boxes saying they had voted for me.
I am a winner because my church sent out an email to everyone in the congregation just to ask for votes for me!
I am a winner because when I drove into our church parking lot for worship Sunday morning, two of the deacons (men, mind you!) that were helping park cars greeted me with, “You’ve got our votes!”
I am a winner because my friend, Trisha, over at 24/7 Moms, dedicated a whole blog post on her incredible site to trying to win the Fairy more votes.
I am a winner because many of you wrote to me that you snuck into your husbands’ Facebook accounts just so you could vote a second time! I can’t believe you’d even take the time to do that!
I am a winner because every day (well not every day. Especially not every day last week when everyone in our Happy Home – including me! – got dreadfully sick and we were all sitting on the couch like blobs coughing and watching Pokoyo episodes all day long), but most days I get to create new blog posts to encourage you sweet mommies to have Happy Homes (I love this!).
I am a winner because after thanking my brother-in-law via text for all the campaigning he was doing on my behalf to all the people in his world, he wrote back, “We love helping you. Your blog is great. You have let the light of our Savior shine through your posts – both in creativity and love. Win or not, you are a blessing to so many people! Rest in God’s favor tonight. HE voted for you through His Son!”
Now THAT was the greatest reminder of all.
Because even if I didn’t have an amazing husband, supportive parents, family, friends, and a church that believes in me and what I feel called to do – even if I didn’t have incredible Facebook friends or email subscribers or awesome Happy Home Fairy community or absolutely NO votes in the Parents Blog Awards, I’d still have His vote.
And His vote is the one that counts.
His vote for me (and YOU) is cast on a daily basis with these precious words:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
The hope that we have in Christ is better than any earthly prizes or recognition gained on earth.
We never EVER have to feel like losers, my friends, because God’s vote for us is everlasting.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love…” Jeremiah 31:3
So today I pray that each of YOU will feel like winners as you go about your business (and business that doesn’t involve voting anymore! Woohoo!).
You are a winner because the Lord says so.
And although my word would never be greater than His, the Happy Home Fairy says you are a winner too.
You are a winner because you have blessed me with your dedication to loving and serving and building your Happy Homes. YOU are the reason this site exists!!!
Pretend I am giving you all blue ribbons and trophies right now.
Well, actually, since I am a fairy I would probably hand out sparkly magic wands.
Love you TONS and TONS and thanks again for EVERYTHING.
– Julie, Winner