Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That sure sounds better than "Copycat!"
I have found that reading all your wonderful blogs out there in Cyberland has been a springboard for ideas for me.
Take yesterday for example: I saw on Auntie Cake's blog that she had thrown a fun St. Patrick's Day party for her young children. Was I that ambitious? Afraid not. I did however note her Rice Krispie Bars decorated with green sugar sprinkles. Guess what I made for my family for dessert last night? Yep, you guessed it: Rice Krispie Bars with green sugar sprinkles. For the record, the entire pan was devoured in about 45 minutes. We don't mess around with chewy Rice Krispie Bars!
Then there was a wonderfully thought provoking post on the Songs of a Freebird blog about Ebenezers. She pulled this information from an informative site at http://www.revneal.org/ which is written by Dr. Greg Neal, a Methodist Reverand. He states: "Literally speaking, an Ebenezer is a "Stone of Help", or a reminder of God's Real, Holy Presence and Divine Aid. Spiritually and theologically speaking an Ebenezer can be nearly anything that reminds us of God's presence and help: The Bible, the Sacremental Elements, a cross, a picture, a fellow believer, a hymn - those things which serve as reminders of God's love, God's Real Presence and God's assistance are Ebenezers."
I went to his site because she so thoughtfully included a link to it and read more. Then I had a great discussion with my family about it.
Thanks to my blog friends, my life is richer and I hope my fellow bloggers don't mind that I'm using their ideas. I'm just sharing two examples here but to be honest I'm frequently touched and challenged by the posts of the great blogs I follow. If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery then you all can feel very flattered indeed.