90-100% Chance of Rain

aroha award

There has been a lot of moisture, mostly in the form of tears, around the Daring Young household the past several days.

Lately I’ve been misty around the eyes from all the kind comments and emails I’ve been getting regarding a certain Blog Award mishap. I think I responded to everyone individually but if I somehow missed you, thanks to everyone who has taken the time to send me well wishes and support.

Catez Stevens was a frequent commenter on my recent post about the controversy. I know some people were concerned that she was attacking me in some way but the two of us have been emailing and commenting back and forth and it’s been a great exercise in resolving differences calmly, while remaining firm in our own beliefs. I want to thank her publicly for taking such a serious interest in my little problem.

She posted about me this morning and offered me an Award that I am proud to accept. It is an Aroha Award, an award that she has created to honor blogs with a unique feature that deserves acknowledgement. Aroha is the Maori word for love and I’m feeling a lot of it coming from Catez and many others of you who have been kind enough to drop me a line. Thank you so much for the sweetness.

The award in my sidebar is also a link to her site (It’s a beautiful graphic, yes?). Please check her out and feel free to vote for her in this year’s Weblog Awards. She’s up for best New Zealand Blog.

DYDad is wet from doing dishes and taking Laylee to the park in the Seattle winter. He’s kept the tears to a minimum.

Laylee is crying because of the “consequences.” Sheeeeee’s been testing the limits this week and we’re trying to get more creative. Yesterday she refused to put on clothes to go to the park in freezing weather. After repeated attempts to reason with her, Dan let her go outside in nuthin’ but a pull-up so she could decide whether wearing clothes was a good idea. She quickly renounced her fervent nudity and bundled up. Why does she have to act so childish and immature all the time? Oh…wait….

Magoo cries because he’s eating a ton of carrots but none are coming out. Hmm….I’d cry too.

In other precipitation news, I have been laughing so hard I’m crying since taking the new quiz my sister and our mutual friend came up with. They are so funny, I can’t even write about it without laughing out loud.

Please go take the quiz if you’ve read any of the Harry Potter books, ever taken a silly internet personality quiz, or ever thought you might like to try laughing so hard that liquid squirted from every orifice of your body.

You scored as Argus Filch. Congrats! You are most like Argus Filch. You torment the dickens out of the students under your care. You also flunked out of magic school. Your precious cat is the only one who loves you.

Argus Filch


Blast-Ended Skrewt


Dudley Dursley


Albus Dumbledore


Mad-Eye Moody


Luna Lovegood


Minerva McGonagall




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16 Responses to 90-100% Chance of Rain

  1. blackbird says:


    two MORE awards I have not been nominated for.

  2. Karen says:

    I’m a blast-ended skrewt?

    That was pretty dang funny.

  3. Congratulations!

    Peace on Earth…and in the blogworld…that’s what I like to see :o)

    Both you and Catez make me smile.
    Good for you!


  4. DYM- left a message on your one post but seeing as 50 or so people also left one, thought I’d try again. I just want to say how much I admire you for your patience and graciousness and you have a lot fo support out there. Come visit me sometime and thank DYD for me for coming too!

  5. Catez says:

    Well I was going to stay out of commenting on this (and everyone said “that’s be a first”). Thankyou for your kind words Kathryn.

    And Blackbird, this made me hysterical:

    two MORE awards I have not been nominated for.

  6. Sugarmama says:

    Sometimes it’s nice to be a grown-up, like when you can resolve differences calmly and respectfully with people you don’t even know. Nice.
    BTW, thanks for the quiz. I’m also a blast-ended skrewt, shooting things out of my slimy bottom. My 7-year old should get a kick out of THAT!

  7. Heather says:

    Thanks for posting about my quiz, man. I’m glad someone thought it was funny. Most everyone I know is a blast-ended skrewt… cause that’s hermione, and she’s pretty much the only one who doesn’t have questions like… Are you the mortal enemy of a dark lord? 🙂 It may be funny, it may not. But it was sure fun to write the quiz.

  8. House Warden says:

    Well I am a friend of princess mom, her and I grew up together. I heard about your award situation through her blog. I was talking to my hubby about it. I was sitting in church yesterday, listening to the talk my husband was giving, and was surprised that your story made it in his talk. Not that what happened wasn’t important, just that I didn’t think a conversation we had would affect his talk. His talk was about the Prophet Joseph Smith. You, like I are probalby wondering how it ties in. So let me tell you. He talked about the happenings and how your example of how you worship the Savior as your Redeemer and other women like you, are the fruits of the Prophet Joseph. Without him we wouldn’t be who we are today and know and believe what we do about our Lord and Savior. So needless to say there are tons of people on your side.

  9. Lou says:

    minerva here lol! No snape on this quiz- but lots of snape questions, weird.

  10. RGLHM says:

    Phew. I am not the only skrewt. I was just glad to see Dumbledore on my list.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Hi Daring Young Mom! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. You are so funny! Girl, you got your own GEAR? I want gear!

  12. Julana says:

    Congratulations to you on winning the first Aroha Award! Allthings2all is one of my favorite blogs; if you get the nod from over there, you’re a true winner.
    You, like the Apostle Paul, must be learning how to “be brought low” and “how to abound.”
    Phil. 4:12
    I also have to say that anyone who shares my grandmother’s name, spelling it as you do, is a little extra special to me.
    Blog on. 🙂

  13. Lorna says:


    That’s one fine looking award and the spirit behind it is beautiful too.

    As a Christian I want to say Jesus always held the door wide open for all – whatever their backgrounds, whatever their gender, whatever .. He did give some hard teaching and it wasn’t – and isn’t – always easy to follow Him. But as a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ I want to apologise for the rejection that was caused by ‘the blog awar mishap’ as you so charitably called it.

    Be blessed by Him in all you do 🙂

  14. Holly says:

    Hey, Congratulations on your award! It certainly is a great looking one, and you deserve it!

  15. shanny says:

    This is the first time I have read your blog. I’m new to the blogging world. I found yours after reading all the raging anti-mormon comments on another unfortunate blog.

    Amongst all the negative sentiments on the shall-remain-nameless-blog, there were a couple of small glimmers of light. Those glimmers were people referring to the award fiasco (of which I have limited knowledge) and how you handled it with integrity and dignity.

    So I want to thank you dear Sister for representing Mormonism well!

    Incidentally, I am from New Zealand (but currently live in Australia) so might check out Catez blog!

    I will definately be coming back here for more!

    Arohanui! (lots of love):-D

  16. Hannah Im says:

    I’m a bit tardy in visiting, but it’s my birthday week and I’ve been celebrating! Actually, this is just my second visit to your blog. I found my way over here from Catez and I just wanted to congratulate you on your award and on handling all the stuff going on in the blogging world lately. Hope you will continue to blog with joy! God bless you and Merry Christmas!

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