Monday, 15 June 2009


Thanks so very much indeed to Colleen for giving me the HONEST SCRAP AWARD. I was honored to receive it. Colleen writes a beautiful blog that uplifts and inspires. Check it out here

In accepting this award, I need to do the following: 1) Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award. 2) Share "ten honest things" about myself. 3) Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged me. 4) Tell those 7 people that they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving it

Ten things about myself:

1)I live in the East End of London, which has a bit of a reputation but I rather like its character and sense of optimism. I grew up in South West London and in the summer I still like the idea of being in Richmond Park overlooking the meandering Thames.

2) I am terribly stubborn and it can be a good quality, but mostly its a pretty awful one. I always have so much admiration for people who convert to the Catholic faith because I think it takes a massive dollop of courage to change your whole perspective. I am always afraid that had I not been a cradle Catholic I might have been too stubborn to move my feet.

3) In primary school I was always bottom of the class. I got put on a table by myself and I used to pass the time chewing my pen and staring out the window. I feel it was time well spent. I am still a well acknowledged day dreamer and by the time I got to secondary school I was ready to ignite my brain flame a little - I survived pretty well. I don't think little kids are always built for the education system at such a young age.

4) My parents are Irish and so I always have a little nationality identity crisis. I have been raised in England, I have an English accent but I admire the Irish in many ways - they have had to have so much strength in the face of adversity. They still haven't legalised abortion and that is rather an amazing thing considering the world we live in.

5) I am the worlds worst procrastinator! If I have something urgent to do I will always find something irrelevant to do first in order to put it off. I work better under pressure.

6) I started blogging by accident but I'm not sure I can imagine life without it now.

7) I am named after Edel Quinn who was a prominent figure in the Legion of Mary. My Dad was a keen member of the Legion for many years. I have become ardently Marian myself (again without any conscious intent to do so) and find myself rather proud of my name. It also means noble in German. (I am far from noble but I like the idea)

8) I am the youngest of four children. I was spoilt by my big sister and walloped by my big brother so I figure it evened out in the end. We are still close and talk often. My eldest brother died when we were younger.

9)I am still not quite sure where life is taking me but I know the good Lord knows so that is just fine. Totus Tuus.

10) My confirmation name is Martha and when my Bishop asked why I chose it when I was kneeling in front of him I said "because she had to learn the hard way" I think it gave him a bit of a surprise.


There are loads of blogs I really love reading but these ones just jumped to mind so here we go:

Lisa at 'Are We There Yet?' Lisa is just awesome and a real inspiration.

Laura at 'Catholic Teacher Musings' A blog of wisdom, truth and fun.
Julie at 'Joyful Days' a wonderful blog and has been someone who encouraged me a lot.

Ann at 'Prayer, Poetry and Praise' is an amazing poet and writes a blog full of inspiration, praise and beauty and has also encouraged me a lot

Suzy at 'Sailing by Starlight' a stunning blog and inspired all of us over lent with her work on 'Faith Quilt'

Andrea at 'Arise to Write' also writes with depth and beauty

Also, to Monica who I just think is great really


GrandmaK said...

I think after this post I know you a lot better. Thank you for sharing! Cathy

SQUELLY said...

Oh good! I'm glad!

Andrea said...

Congradulations and THANK YOU!! WOW..what an honor!!

SQUELLY said...

You are very welcome! Thank you!

green mom for Jesus said...

thanks for sharing.
I especially like your comment about why you chose Martha as your confirmation name!
I have had to learn many times, too, the hard way!
Thank God for His faithfulness and grace.

SQUELLY said...

Absolutely! I'm glad it is not just me :-)

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Wow ... I'm impressed. Got to your Blog via the British Catholic Blogs website/directory.

Congrats on the Honest Scrap Award. From what I've read so far it's well deserved. Where do you find the time to read so many Blogs?

I'm relatively new to Blogging and very slow at it.

Anyway, thought I'd say well done and God bless.

SQUELLY said...

Hello! Thanks for finding me! It's always exciting to "meet" someone new. You are very welcome! I am not always great at keeping up with blog reading but it helps to follow them and then new posts pop up on your dashboard when you check it and that reminds you to click and read.

Also - I did say I love procrastinating -blogging is a great way to procrastinate - combiningtwo loves in fact - God and procrastination! Brilliant!

Welcome to blogging - it is a great thing to get invovled in.

Lisa said...

Now, isn't this the craziest thing. I must be losing my mind, Squelly. I coulda sworn I'd left a comment on here thanking you for this award a couple of days ago... I guess I wrote it and only thought it sent? Ah, well... I do thank you so very much! And congratulations on winning it yourself; you are most deservering of this honor. &:o)

SQUELLY said...

Haha! thanks Lisa! I couldn't even remember if I had told you or not! Oh goodness me - I haven't done very well as far as my award obligations go :-)

Monica Crumley said...

I loved reading more about you! Thank you sooo much for the award. What a great way to start my day (it's pre-children-awakening time). I'm a bit stubborn, too, but I think it's the German in me. ;-o and I've always been a daydreamer (or is it now called ADD?) LOL! I stumbled upon blogging and wasn't serious about it at first, but it's been the best thing for me to meet wonderful people like you. Thanks again!

SQUELLY said...

Oh you are so welcome! I am glad to have brightened your day. Day dreaming is certainly the way forward :-)

Veritas said...

Thank you so much Edel - coming here has been an inspiration for me - especially when reading about St Bernadette.
I tried to post a comment earlier but it bounced - one of those delivery failure messages came this is my second go!

SQUELLY said...

Thanksso much Ann! I hate it when messages bounce!

Joyful Days said...

It was great getting to know you a little better. I like to hear things like that, that don't always come up in day to day blogging!! Thanks so much for thinking of me.



SQUELLY said...

Thanks Julie- you have really been such an encouraging force with your beautiful blog and kind comments! God Bless!


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