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Real Neat Blog Award


Jessica Edouard at Send Sunshine has nominated Rose of Sharon blog for this award. Thank you to Jessica and I apologize for not getting this post done sooner. I can’t participate fully at this time, but I really appreciate Jessica thinking of me. She’s my sunshine many times. I love seeing her sunflowers and encouraging posts on my WordPress reader. Instantly cheers me up.

My answers for Jessica:

1. One of my greatest pet peeves is that once I hit 50 years of age I realized I was never going to be able to eat and drink whatever I wanted anymore.

2. I get my daily sunshine from the Son. He shines his light through me and I thank Him for my life.

3. I’d love to see Bryan Adams in concert.

4. I think I tend to be a bit hands off. I like to let things unfold as they should with the least interference from me. I learn from listening. I’m a listener/thinker.

5. I love to sing and dance, but I’d rather dance if I couldn’t do both.

6. The best moment of my life would have to be meeting Jesus because without Him I wouldn’t be here. He is the creator of all things and through Him this whole world stays together. He is the source of my life.

7. I like animals, but I don’t care if I have a pet or not. I enjoy them when they’re around, but I think I prefer cats. They don’t need too much attention and they are cute.

That’s it for now folks!

2014 in review

It’s been a great year! Thank you to all of you for making 2014 a wonderful learning time for me.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Liebster Award


I just got finished telling my husband I wouldn’t do the award thing, but now I’m thinking it seems like a fun thing to do and an encouragement to others. I decided to participate in this award process and here goes.

The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Awesome! Blogging is about building a community and it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.

Thank you Sara at in the life of Sara Sandoval for nominating my blog for this award and encouraging me to take part.


Here are the rules for receiving this award:
1. Each person must post 11 facts about themselves
2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them 🙂
Have fun!

1. Eleven facts about myself

I”m Canadian: from the interior of British Columbia

I’m married and have 3 step-children. My husband and I live in Korea.

I’m a phlegmatic, an introvert, and an encourager. I’m a private person, and like things to be calm and peaceful around me.

I have ancestry in Sweden, the U.K. and France.

I speak English, Korean, and a little Spanish and French.

I worked as a Social Worker in B.C. for 13 years.

I attended the School of Child Care at the University of Victoria in B.C.

I hate flying, but love to travel.

I’ve traveled to Korea, Japan, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, England, Sweden, Norway, and done a Mediterranean cruise.

I love genealogy and studying history.

Most importantly, I have been saved by grace through faith by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for me, so I could go free instead of being trapped in the bondage of sin. I am a child of God and received eternal life from him. I am a citizen of the Kingdom of God.

2. Sara’s eleven questions for me:

1. Where do you live? Pusan, South Korea in a tall apartment across the river from the biggest department store in the world.

2. Were you named after anyone? Your name meaning? I wasn’t named after anyone, but my name, Darcy, means dark or mysterious and my husband’s name, Maurie, means the same thing.

3. Do you have a talent? I guess my talent would be in the area of music. I enjoy singing and listening to music. I also love to dance and figure skated when I was in school.

4. Favorite TV show: I love all of the CSI files series and History channel’s Pawn Stars and the Viking series.

5. Favorite music genre/band: Classic rock. How can I choose? U2, Huey Lewis and News, the Cars, Steve Miller Band to name a few.

6. Person you look up to & why: I look up to my husband because he is a man of conviction. He is able to cut to the chase of an issue and you never have to wonder what he thinks or how he feels about an issue.

7. What is your biggest strength? Weakness? My strength is being able to teach children. My weakness is I am lazy and lack self-discipline. My strength is only a strength because God has empowered me to do what I do. And in my weakness He is strong, so He overcomes my laziness and helps me do the things that are necessary.

8. What is something you regret doing? I regret every judgmental and hypocritical thought I’ve ever had and every critical hurtful word I’ve ever spoken not only to other, but to myself.

9. What is your biggest fear? Heights

10. What is your biggest accomplishment? Living in Korea

11. Why is your reason for blogging? I blog to share my thoughts and feelings about life. I want to encourage people and lift them up.

My eleven questions for my nominees:

1. Where are you from?

2. Where do you live?

3. What languages do you speak?

4. Which countries are your ancestors from?

5. What’s your favorite memory from your childhood?

6. What was your dream when you were a child?

7. What’s your favorite book and author?

8. What do you value most in life?

9. Who’s your favorite person in history?

10. What are the largest fresh water lakes in the world?

11. Who is your target audience for your blog?

It’s taken me way too long to complete this, but yeah it’s finished.

My 11 Nominees

Cane Jason

Homestead Ramblings

Shelby Travels

Ultima Tunu

Trixie’s Travels


Quan Campbell

Luvely Ladybug


Maurie Nord

Mother Bethel Poetry

Perfect Pitch: Developing Your Blogging Voice

The Daily Post

Kurt Cobain, Whitney Houston, Luciano Pavarotti: think what you might of the music they each performed, there is one thing that unites these (late) great singers. The moment they opened their mouths, you knew it was them. Their voice had that specific, unmistakable timbre that — above all else — said “it’s me.”

It might be trickier for writers to achieve such a level of immediate recognizability, but not impossible. The astringent wit of Dorothy Parker, the mad exuberance of a Vladimir Nabokov line, or even the winning simplicity of recent Nobel laureate Alice Munro all bear an invisible trademark — they each have a voice all their own.

While we can’t guarantee any fancy literary awards for all of you just yet, bloggers can, and should, have a distinct voice, too. And we’re here to help you develop it, whether you’re visiting from Zero to Hero or…

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Publicize Crash Course: Facebook, Google+, and Twitter

The WordPress.com Blog

“I’m publishing posts every day, but where are my readers?”

While there’s no exact science to successfully building a readership, you have a number of built-in tools on WordPress.com to share your work with the world. Our advice? Hook up your various social accounts to WordPress.com and let us do the rest. We want to emphasize, especially to our newest users, that no blog is an island. Clicking Publish is just the first step, and sharing your work across the internet is key to expanding your audience.

What is Publicize?

With Publicize, you can automatically push out your new posts to social networks: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Path.


Connecting to your accounts is easy, and you can select which ones to link to your WordPress.com account. To get started, head over to Settings → Sharing. At the top of the page, you’ll see the options pictured…

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