The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Happy Thursday, friends!

I was nominated for another award by my good friend Grace A. Johnson! I’m honored whenever I’m tagged for something, so I definitely had to answer her questions.

Thank you for the nomination, Grace! Here is the link to her post.

Ready, set, go!

Joy Caroline

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.

2. Answer all the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your blog post.

Joy Caroline

#1 What was your worst childhood experience?

My worst childhood experience was losing my grandmother to Alzheimer’s. I was named after her; her name was Carol Lynn. I was nine years old when she died, nearly seven years ago now. I never knew her very well.

When I was little and went to see her, she was still living at home, but was steadily developing Alzheimer’s and losing her memory. I remember coloring with her and thinking it was weird that she colored a girl’s ear purple, for example. Or I’d be doing an activity with her and she kept pulling out the same picture books and showing them to me. I didn’t know about her illness, of course, so I didn’t understand.

As her illness progressed, she moved to a nursing home, and I would go to visit her in the winters and summers. She didn’t know me, although she did have lucid moments when she’d call me “sweet granddaughter.” At the time, those moments went unappreciated. Now that I’m older, I remember them very fondly.

She got worse, and in November 2014 she passed. Since I didn’t know her very well, I wasn’t grieved. I was sad, but the wound healed very quickly. However, I count that as my first experience knowing death. And it’s always bitter when a small child discovers for the first time that all life comes to an end because of sin. I feel a small ache in my heart that I never had opportunity to know my namesake. I remember her with love, and hope that she would be proud of me had she lived.

#2 What was your first ever blog post?

This lovely little post right here!

“Five Awesome Bible Verses from St. Paul!” was my first ever blog post. I absolutely love this post for a number of reasons:

  1. It was my first ever blog post. (Duh, JC.)
  2. It’s about St. Paul and his amazing words! Y’all know how much I love St. Paul. I absolutely love writing about him. (Yeah, duh again!)
  3. Everyone’s comments were so kind. You were all so enthusiastic and supportive of my starting a blog, and for that I am forever grateful. I remember clasping my hands with delight that day each time a new comment came in to be moderated. It was epic!

#3 What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Mint chocolate chip. Hands down! It’s so utterly delicious. It makes me sad that there are so many people who don’t like it, but oh well. They’re the ones missing out. If any of you don’t like mint chocolate chip, what is your joy in life?

I’m kidding, I’m kidding.

#4 If you could be allergic to anything, what would it be?

Well, that’s easy to answer.

Broccoli, of course!

Can anyone understand how much I dislike broccoli? It’s so bitter and so weird-tasting in general. I don’t like it stewed, I don’t like it sautéed, I don’t like it steamed, I don’t like it raw.

Okay, I’ll stop now.

To be honest, I really don’t like green vegetables at all. The only green vegetables I can tolerate are lettuce, spinach, and peas. However, I eat broccoli because I know it’s good for me.

But if I were allergic to it, I would have the perfect excuse not to eat it.

Even though I don’t like green vegetables, I still eat them because they’re healthful foods. However, there is one green vegetable you will never get me to touch, and that is asparagus. I cannot stand asparagus.

Are there any vegetables you guys don’t like?

#5 What is your least favorite song ever?

Well, I don’t like any of the music in this day and age. Every song today has a terrible theme, teaches terrible values, and lyrics are employed to “diss” other people. Whenever I go to the market or to shops or wherever, I am always so annoyed by the music played. I just feel like shouting, “Turn. That. Off!”

But I assume that’s not what the question is asking, so here’s my song choice.

Yep. I’m not the biggest fan of “Baby Shark.”

There’s a toddler friend of mine whose favorite song is “Baby Shark.” That’s probably why I dislike it so much, because I have to hear it on repeat when I’m with him. This is the only song he knows. He can even sing it. He likes to have it sung to him, too. He is adorable and I’m glad he enjoys himself, but after hearing the same song on repeat, you get a little tired of it.

#6 If you could meet any US president, living or dead, who would it be?

I’m going to say Abraham Lincoln on this one.

I think Lincoln was one of the best US Presidents. He was against slavery. He got us through the Civil War. And he was called “Honest Abe.” I’d say all that sounds great.

Fun fact: When I was in eighth grade, I went on a trip to Washington, D.C. with my school. I visited the theatre where Lincoln was shot, and also visited the house in which he died. We went to a museum that had a bunch of information on his assassination. I read all the information boards while my classmates ran ahead, so I lingered with my teachers. That’s a nerd for ya! XD

#7 You have three wishes–but there’s a catch: you’re wishing for another person. Who and what would you wish for?

Wow, this is a really good one!

Okay, I know exactly who I would wish for. As soon as I read this question I knew, but I would rather keep the person’s identity anonymous. I will say, though, that she’s very dear to me.

I would wish:

  1. that she gets more appreciation from those under her care
  2. that the heaviness and stress lift from her shoulders
  3. that people realize how much she does for them, and are more willing to help her.

#8 Can you sing the full lyrics of any song(s)? If so, what is it (are they)?

Oh my goodness, it would be impossible for me to list each song I have memorized. Actually, you guys, one of my hidden talents is that I can memorize a song once I listen to it at least five times.

So instead of listing each song I’ve ever listened to five times or more, I’ll list the ones I sing the most.

There’s the Les Misérables musical, of course!

I need to work on singing “Confrontation” and “One Day More” by myself. Trying to sing those two songs by yourself is difficult, let me say!

For “Confrontation,” trying to sing Jean Valjean’s part and Javert’s part as they’re overlapping one another is absolutely impossible. When I’m singing this one (where no one can hear me, of course), I switch from Valjean to Javert, from Javert to Valjean. For the first few seconds, it’s easy because I’m just like: “Monsieur le Mayor, you’ll wear a different chain” and then “Before you say another word, Javert!” and so on. Then they start overlapping each other, and I find myself going: “I am warning you Javert… every man is born in sin… my race is not yet run… you know nothing of Javert… if I have to kill you here… I was born inside a jail….”

You get the picture. And “One Day More” is even worse because there are seven voices: Valjean, Javert, Cosette, Marius, Eponine, the Thenardiers, and the revolutionaries.

On any given day I’ll have a specific Les Mis song stuck in my head that I’ll be caroling all day. Then the next day I’ll have a different Les Mis song that I’ll carol, LOL.

Then lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Amy Grant. I love Amy Grant. All her songs are so catchy and fun – and most importantly, free from cursing or ugly themes or anything that dishonors God.

Here are some of my favorites:

#9 What do you want your mansion to look like in Heaven?

Honestly, I’m not sure I want a mansion. I love nature, but I don’t like camping out in it because of all the bugs and dirt. However, in heaven, nature will never be anything but beautiful. It will never be annoying or unclean again. So honestly, I’d love to just have my mansion under the gorgeous roofs of cypress trees.

#10 If you could change the course of any historical event, which one would it be and how would you change it?

This is a tough one. There are so many historical events I long with my whole heart to change. There’s so much ugliness in history, sadly.

But I would say that if I had to pick just one, it would be the Holocaust. The horrors of that time in history were simply unspeakable. If I could change the course of it, I would set free all the Jews, non-whites, LGBTQs, and others who were so horribly murdered. They went through horrible things for no reason. I’m so grieved that such a thing exists in history.

#11 You are given the choice to pick your dream spouse–from FICTION! Who will you be picking from any book, movie, TV show, etc.? Why them?

Such a fun question! And it’s an easy one to answer.

I’m going with Wynn Delaney from When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke. (A great book, by the way; you can read my full review here.)

Why? Because:

  • He’s a Christian.
  • He’s kind, gentle, and respectful to women.
  • He lives in selfless service.
  • He has a dedication to duty.
  • He’s a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, and they’re pretty cool! Also, the red serge is awesome.
  • He’s quite handsome.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post!

This tag is so much fun to do! I hope you guys had fun getting to know me a bit better. If you’re reading this, you are officially nominated to do this tag on your blog!

Joy Caroline

Here are my 11 questions:

  1. Do you prefer the color pink or the color purple?

2. What’s your favorite fruit?

3. Where did you see God today?

4. Do you enjoy assembling puzzles?

5. What is the last sentence you wrote in your work-in-progress? Alternatively (if you’re not a writer), what is the last sentence you read in a book, and which book was it?

6. Can you juggle? If you can’t, do you know someone who can?

7. What is your favorite element in the periodic table? (I know, this is quite random!)

8. Can you recite the alphabet backwards?

9. What is your favorite adjective?

10. Did you eat breakfast this morning?

11. What is your favorite book of the Bible?

Joy Caroline

If you don’t have a blog, I would still absolutely love to hear your answers! You can answer some or all of these 11 questions in the comments below.

And be sure to let me know how you’re doing. How is life going for everyone? Anything I can pray about for anyone?

You know the drill – eat, pray, write, repeat!


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  1. Oooooh, this was such an awesome tag!!! I LOVED your answers and getting to know you better! (Also, MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM IS DA BEST!!!! I’m not sure if it’d be my absolute favorite (mostly ’cause I have a hard time choosing my favorite ice cream) XD but I’d definitely say it’s in the top three! I literally have no idea how people can’t like it (unless they don’t like the minty flavor.)) 😉 Also, your questions were awesome! I’ll totally have to do this tag soon!!! 😀 ❤

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    1. Thanks, Victoria! High fives! Mint ice cream is so yummy. I don’t understand how people can’t like it, either. Mmm, now I want some. XD
      Great! It would be so much fun to see your answers!


  2. Ahhhh, please let me do this tag! The questions are awesome! XD
    (And your answers are awesome too! I’m so sorry about your grandmother. Mine also died, before I was born, (which is so sad for many reasons), but I’m so blessed to also have an awesome step-grandma.)
    And mint. chocolate. ice. cream. *sighs* *thinks about the yumminess* *ahhhhh* I know. Persecution because of ice cream preferences should not exist, but …. *coughs* they don’t know what they’re missing! XD

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    1. I’d love to see how you answer the questions!
      Aw, thank you. I’m so glad you have your step-grandma in your life!
      Totally! I’m glad there’s another person who loves mint chocolate as much as I do. Yes, they don’t know what they’re missing. It’s one of the best desserts out there.
      Thank you for commenting!

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      1. Haha, awesome! Can’t wait! XD
        Aww, absolutely! I adore when people comment on my own blog, so I try to comment when I feel I have something to say that a bajillion others haven’t said yet! 😅

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  3. This was an awesome post, JC! Thanks so much for accepting the nomination!! 🙂 Oh, and mint chocolate chip is sooooo good! My mom hates it and I’m just like “You are crazy, woman.” XD But to each his own, I suppose!

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    1. Thanks for nominating me!
      Yeah, I know only a few people who love mint chip the way I do. It’s making me happy to see that nearly everyone commenting says they like it, too!


  4. Awesome post, JC! I really enjoyed getting to know you a little better 😀 Yessss, another mint chocolate chip ice cream fan!!! My husband introduced it to me last summer, and let me tell you, my life has been forever changed. 😀


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