Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography



First I would like to apoligize for my delay in responding to the awards I have received.  As fellow bloggers your opinions and recognitions are so important to me and are heartfully appreciated. 

I was nominated for a second HUG AWARD from danLrene at WorktheDream  an amazing, strong and courage woman.  She has based her life on the ability to dream.  She is a writer, she draws, paints and takes photographs.  Her philosophy in life is “if you can’t do it one way . . . then create a new way.”  Please, if you have not already, visit her blog.  I am confident you will be encouraged and blessed.

First the particulars of The H.U.G. Award:

Hope Unites Globally – HUG Award Guidelines

by Connie Wayne

PLEASE NOTE: You should send this post or a link to this post to all those you nominate to receive the HUG Award.

Please do not change or use another image for the HUG Award Image©. Please do not alter–by changing, shortening, or adding to–the text about the award and how to share it with others. Either copy the entire article as it is on this page, or please include a link back to this article, when you post on your blog or share award with others.

I ask you to please honor this request and help me keep the integrity of the award as originally designed, so that future award recipients will know what an honor it is to receive this award. Thank you, Connie Wayne


Hope is an expectant desire; a confidence in a future event; a ground for trust and confidence; to think; to look forward to with trust and expectant desire.”

The HUG Award© was initiated by Connie Wayne at A Hope for Today at, which promotes hope, love, peace, equality, and unity for all people.

The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they: Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness

The HUG Award© recognizes and honors those who help keep hope alive in our current world, which is plagued by war, natural disasters, and economic recession. They nurture hope, in any of the above areas (in italics), by the work they do, or in their personal lives with things such as blogging, public speaking, charity work, etc.

The HUG Award© is for anyone, anywhere in the world, who meets the guidelines and wants to be nominated for the award. Please leave a comment on this page if you are interested in receiving this award, or if you would like to nominate someone else for the award.

The HUG Award© is for people who, without giving up or compromising their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs, are able to nurture hope and respect the dignity of all people.

The HUG Award© is for those who, without bias or prejudice, use their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for everyone.

The HUG Award©is for people who have a hope or an expectant desire that the work or talents they use in things such as blogging, public speaking, charity work, etc., will make a positive impact on the world.

These people do not have to actively use the word “hope” in their work or creative talents. They only need be conscious of their desire to make the world a better place for everyone.

These people use their available resources–a smile, a hug, a helping hand, a listening ear, a voice, time, money, possessions, education, personality, talent, websites and blogs—to make a positive impact on the world and make the world a better place to live.

The HUG Award© is not specifically a website or blog award. It can be given to people in your community, at your employment, at your place of worship, etc. Please make sure they have a copy of these Guidelines, and please don’t forget to submit their names back to this site.


HUG Award© Image: Those who receive the HUG Award© may paste a copy of the original HUG Award© image into an Image widget on their website or blog by simply copying and pasting the following image URL into an Image widget: As the link URL for the image, please insert


1. If you receive a HUG Award©, you may nominate others who also meet the above guidelines for the award. You may nominate as many people, websites, or blogs as you want to nominate to receive the award. I do ask that, upon receipt of the award, you nominate at least one other person. The award is also not time limited, so you can nominate new people or sites you encounter in the future. Please try not to nominate those who have already received the award.

2. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTACTING YOUR NOMINEESand telling them you nominated them for the HUG Award©. AND when you contact them…

3. Please link this page: When you contact your nominees for the award, please include a link to this page,, so they will have the same information you received about the award. Then, they also can perpetuate the award by nominating others. AND…

4. Please post a comment on this page at with the name and the complete website or blog address of the site(s) or person(s) you nominate.

5. If you know, I would appreciate you informing me of the geographical location of your nominee(s) and /or their site(s).

6. Social Media Sites: You may also copy and paste unchanged copies of the original HUG Award© and HUG Award© Guidelines’ wording to other social media sites such as Facebook and Linkedin. You may also print original copies for your personal use for display, etc.

7. You may print a copy of the HUG Award© Guidelines for people you nominate, who do not have a website, blog, or social media account to which they can paste award and Guidelines. If they have email, you may email them a copy of the original HUG Award© and original Hug Award© Guidelines.

Thank you for your help sharing HUGs (HUG Awards©) with the people of the world. Blessings, Connie

Now for MY nominees for The H.U.G. Award…….

I love the blogging community and each of your blogs.  If you don’t see your name here yet, don’t worry I have more to add.




19 Responses to “HUG AWARD”

  1. Thanks so much, Francine. I’m very honoured. I hope I can find the time to fulfil all the requirements for accepting this award. xx

  2. Congrats! 🙂 🙂

  3. Congrats! You are always so kind to me. Thanks for nominating my blog. Enjoy your award and if I could, I would give you a hug right now 🙂

  4. Congrats Francine! It takes me forever to respond to awards, too. I am not sure why, but it takes me a really long time to figure out who to pass awards on to. There are a few awards I am still working on responding to/passing on~at least one of them is from you (sorry for my delay)

  5. Thank You, Francine. I really feel underqualified for this award after reading this post, but much love and appreciation goes out for the nomination. 🙂 I only hope I can fulfill the requirments at a later date.
    Thanks again & God Bless You!

  6. Congratulations!

  7. Thanks so much Francine. This is lovely of you. I did pick up a Hug a little while ago (such a nice sounding award). I’ll revisit my acceptance post and nominate another couple of people, then everybody’s happy.
    Great to pass on a Hug. xx

  8. Francine, I can’t think of anyone else more deserving of a ‘hug’ award than you. Great job! And congrats! 🙂

  9. Congrats on your award, fully deserved, I thank you for nominating me and am trying to catch up so please bear with me.. this one seems a liitle deep compared to others.. 🙂

    • Take your time. It also took me quite awhile to do mine, so I understand. What I really wanted was to acknowledge how I enjoy your blog and I appreciate your commitment to it and your support of my blog. BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!


  10. Congratulations! 😉

  11. […] again, everyone. Some time ago, my blog friend, Francine, who writes the most fascinating posts with such interesting photos, gave me this lovely “Hug […]

  12. I have just got around to accepting your Hug Award, Francine. Thanks again. 😉

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