First of all, why don’t you wander on over to my daughter’s blog to see the medal her team won for the district championship for soccer? It was an exciting game to watch, and I’m proud to say that my daughter has the strongest kick on the whole team. And I’m not just saying that because I’m biased. She’s the designated kicker – whenever there’s a corner kick or penalty kick or free kick, the coach calls on her to do her magic. Yes, I’m a proud mom, and I’m going to miss watching her run across the soccer field. It’s a thing of beauty.

And since we’re talking about other blogs, why don’t I introduce you to some of my new friends?

I stumbled upon Joyce, over at Chronicles of Blunderview, but clicking on one of her clever comments at someone else’s blog. When I started perusing her blog, I spotted a picture of her and one of her sisters and realized that I knew her. Joyce was also working in Banff the summer I learned to fold a perfect towel. But don’t visit Joyce just because I know who she is – visit her because she knows how to turn a phrase. She turns pain into beauty with her words and she’ll keep you coming back for more. The first time I read her writing I was in awe.

I think I visited Amber’s blog because of the name – Crazy Bloggin’ Canuck. She’s a fellow Canadian, but she’s living in the States with her hubby and kids. Amber can turn ordinary events in life into brilliant, funny little vignettes. And I’ve got blog envy, ’cause she has one of those unique, attractive blogs instead of a plain old generic template.

Gina turned me on to Wordgirl over at Half of the Sky. Gina said she was a great writer, and she was right. She knows words and she knows how to string them together. Sometimes I read one of her sentences and I wonder if I should bother ever writing again.

I want to be Laura’s friend. I think she’d be a hoot to hang out with. She is just so likeable, and honest, and smart – all the things I look for in a friend. And she’s a great writer too – she’ll make you weep some days and laugh out loud other days.

Oops. I forgot to update J’s blog on my bloglines, so now it looks like I have some catching up to do. She’s just created a new attractive space and it’s worth visiting for the attractive look, the great writing, and the great recipes. This girl knows food and my mouth waters at some of her recipes and restaurant reviews.

What can I say about Melissa from Waking Up? She will draw you in almost as soon as you step into her blog home. She is one of those rare writers who dares to (figuratively, of course) cut open her chest and let you see deep into her soul. She’s refreshingly honest, and the fun part is, she throws in a whole truckload of sarcasm to keep you laughing.

In case you think I spend WAY too much time on blogs (like my husband is starting to think), I’d better stop there. If you didn’t make it onto the list, it’s probably because I consider you an “old” friend instead of a new one. 🙂

p.s. I am SO sick of these blogger templates, but I don’t have the talent or the time to create my own. If anyone knows any “blog templates for dummies” tips to pass my way, let me know.

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