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Ultimate Blog Party 2012

April 12, 2012

Ultimate Blog Party 2012Hello, and welcome to my humble little space in blogland.  If you are visiting for the first time, perhaps from the UBP 2012 hosted by 5 Minutes for Moms, I invite you to kick off your shoes, grab a cup of coffee and a chocolate truffle and stay for a bit.

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A little bit about me.

My husband and I will celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary in August.  We have four amazing kids (21, 18, 11 and 8), who all love the Lord and serve in the House of Prayer as singers and musicians/worship leaders.  I am privileged to be employed there full time as an administrative assistant, where I also minister in prayer and on worship teams as a singer, and help to administrate our Children’s Equipping Center.  Life is a balancing act, and I am not perfect.  But I serve a perfect God who gives me the grace and strength to make it through each day

A little bit about my blog.

I began my journey of blogging about four years ago, at the encouragement of my Pastor who had recently began blogging.  I have always loved to write and I thought perhaps this would be an online journal of sorts.  But what I found was so much more.  The Lord has used blogging to awaken my love for writing and for communicating His heart to women.

I am not your typical mommy blogger, but rather a mom who blogs.  I don’t often share about my kids on my blog.  They are older and well, the pictures are quite as fun to share!  But I strive to be real, open and honest as I share my journey with Jesus here.  I recently began sharing about “healthy living“, which will include recipe posts from time to time, as well as all things related to health.

I believe that each day is a freshly brewed gift from the Lord and that He has hidden treasures just waiting for us to find!  I trust that as I share my life with you, you will find rest and peace in knowing that a loving God holds you in the palm of His hand. He adores you!

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I hope you will stop by from time to time, and I would love to get to know you!  If you leave a link to your blog, I will come visit you.  Have fun at the blog party!

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78 Comments

  • Reply Traci April 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Love you friend!  <3 Traci

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Love you too my friend.  I hope we can meet one day.

  • Reply Sydney April 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Hey Barbie! So happy to see your participating in UBP again this year! I’ve always loved your blog {and your beautiful writing!} but you’re right, I think we lost each other at sometime throughout the year. Glad to have “found” you again! Have fun partying! 

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you Sydney.  Looking forward to catching up with you.

  • Reply Venessa April 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    what a fun post!

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you Venessa!

  • Reply Susie B. Homemaker April 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Wow, congrats on 24 years married in August!  My husband and I will be celebrating 14 years together this month.  Thanks for stopping by for the UBP12… I’m now following you on Facebook and Twitter.  :)

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you Susie for the follow! 

  • Reply Sherrey Meyer April 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Love you, Barbie!  And guess what?  Our anniversary is August 15th — a great month for marriages.  :)

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Awe, that’s great.  August is the perfect month to get married. I tried convincing my daughter but she’s oped for June.  9 weeks.  Yikes!

  • Reply Liza Pierce April 13, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I saw that you’re the first one to comment on the UBP post – made me smile :)  Nice blog meeting you, I am glad your pastor encouraged you to blog. I love that each day is freshly brewed  by God :)

    • Reply Barbie April 15, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Thanks for stopping by Liza!  Have fun at the party.

  • Reply Liza Pierce April 13, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Oh maybe I should have commented a my blog, let me try…

  • Reply StopnSmellChocolates April 13, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Glad to be here Barbie and you know I’ll be happy to have that cup of coffee and a truffle!  :)

  • Reply Charina April 13, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Each day is a freshly brewed Gift from God….so true Barbie!

  • Reply Anonymous April 13, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Stopping by from the UBP.  So nice to meet you!

    • Reply Barbie April 15, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Thank you Jennifer for your visit.

  • Reply Anonymous April 13, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Well, I learned something new!  I didn’t know your pastor encouraged you to blog.  How neat is that? 

    I love your blog and you too!
    Beth

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Awe, thanks friend!  I love you back!

  • Reply Glenda Childers April 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

    It is fun to show up at a party and see someone you already know. Thanks, Barbie.

  • Reply Nikki April 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

    so fun :) I stop by all the time, but am thinking I better check out the blog party and see who’s writing I’ve been missing out on! thanks! 

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      It was so much fun the last two years.  It’s fun this year too, but I am being way more selective as to who I follow and how.  I mean, my Google Reader already has way too much in it.  But there are just so many fabulous bloggers out there!  Have fun!

  • Reply Rashida Wilson-Singh April 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

    What a beautiful Blog , I love the music! I am stopping by from UBP, have a bless weekend!

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by Rashida!

  • Reply Anonymous April 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

     Barbie, I’m so glad I saw this post.  I joined the party today and have enjoyed meeting so many new people!  Thanks!

    Tereasa from hispenonmyheart.com

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Enjoy the party.  I am following you now.  Actually, I think it’s a re-follow.  Thankful I am finding those who have gotten lost along the way!

  • Reply Only True North April 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Hello there – I found your blog on the UBP linky list and am really glad to have connected! From one coffee lover to another, may the Lord bless you this weekend!

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply Jenn Walden April 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Party hopping from the UBP- Wow- 24 years of marriage- Congratulations!!
    Hope you can stop by and visit us too and join us for the GHQ 2012 (a FREE fun event with great prizes)- http://www.onehouseschoolroom.com/2012/04/ultimate-blog-party-2012.html

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you Jenn. I hope to visit your blog soon.

  • Reply Christin April 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Oooh that coffee and those truffles look delectable! {{{Hugs}}}

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Oh don’t they?  I could jump into the picture and be completely satisfied.  Thanks for stopping by the party Christin!

  • Reply DrawingTheLine April 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Stopped by from UBP. It is a great way to meet fellow Christian bloggers.
     

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  • Reply countrylife4me April 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Stopping by from the UBP. This is my first party and I’m hoping to be able to visit a lot of bloggers. Please try and stop by and say hello. Have a great week-end!

  • Reply Melissa April 13, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Glad to have found your blog, I can’t wait to explore and check out your healthy living post. Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks for dropping by Melissa!

  • Reply Anonymous April 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    So glad that you are writing and enjoying it…appreciate you, Barbie :)

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you my friend!

  • Reply Krista Herling April 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    wrong ID

  • Reply Krista April 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    So nice to meet you!  Congratulations on 24 years!  I aspire to that!  We’ll have 7 in July!

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Krista!

  • Reply Jenna April 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Stopping by to say Hi! 

    • Reply Barbie April 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks for the visit!

  • Reply Shanda Oakley April 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Hi. I just joined the blog party too!

  • Reply Mary Bonner April 14, 2012 at 2:54 am

    How fun is this???  Love your blog.  Thanks for stopping by my place.  

    • Reply Barbie April 15, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Thanks Mary!  I’ll be back!

  • Reply Jennifer Nance Ryan April 14, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Stopping by from UBP! Love what you have here. (especially the coffee and chocolates idea ;)) I am so excited to find encouraging blogs like yours ! Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more :)

    • Reply Barbie April 15, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Thank you Jennifer.  So glad you stopped by!

  • Reply Gretta April 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Stopping by from UBP12 ~ Your kids may be older and not as much “fun” to blog about but I’m sure you have plenty of wisdom to share on your blog to encourage those of us who have younger children and sometimes wonder if what we’re instilling will catch on…ha!  Stop by and visit me at The Johns Family ~ 
    http://grettajohns.blogspot.com/2012/04/welcome-to-ultimate-blog-party-2012.html

  • Reply Jennifer Dawn McLucas April 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Hi Barbie, it’s so nice to be getting to know you. I’m very interested in your healthy living posts as I just recently started trying to live healthier myself. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I really appreciate your kindness and support.

    • Reply Barbie April 15, 2012 at 8:28 am

      It’s been a long journey for me and I have so much more to learn. Hoping we can encourage one another along the way.

  • Reply Cherry April 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Coming by from UBP12 – thanks for your welcoming post here!  This is a fun way to connect with kindred hearts.

    • Reply Barbie April 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

      Have fun blog hopping!

  • Reply Anonymous April 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I’ve visited your blog before, but I’m stopping by with UBP. What a lovely welcome your blog transmits. God Bless you.

    • Reply Barbie April 15, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Thank you Gail.  So thankful you stopped by!

  • Reply Barbie April 15, 2012 at 8:25 am

    What wonderful encouragement Gretta!  I’ll be by to visit you!

  • Reply Rosann April 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Wow, Barbie!  Look how popular you are!  :-)  Looks like you’re having wonderful party success over here in your little corner of blog land.  You know I love reading your blog. 

    Hugs,
    ~Rosann

    • Reply Barbie April 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Ha ha!  Thanks my friend!  I love having you in my space here!

  • Reply Distherapy April 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks for the cup!  I love learning more about how and why folks blog.  Yours is a good one…

    • Reply Barbie April 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply barcra April 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Oh so thankful you posted on my blog so I could hop over here. I am going to love your blog! Thank you for the beautiful things you are doing and for serving the Lord the way you are! http://ktbuttons.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Miranda Glenn Tanner April 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I’ll be hitting you up for mommy help in the future. I get the “are they all yours?” ALL THE TIME! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Enjoy the party!

    • Reply Barbie April 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks for visiting Miranda!

  • Reply Barbie April 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I am so glad you stopped by!  Have fun blog hopping!

  • Reply From Ministry to Motherhood April 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Love this UBP post!  I’m sure the pictures of your kids are fun but I really like that you are a Mom that blogs.  That’s kind of what I am and I really enjoy it.  It’s an outlet and a ministry unto itself.  I’m pleased to meet you!  Blessings and peace, Becky 

  • Reply Wendy April 17, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    You had me at chocolate truffles! So glad you stopped by my blog last year for this party and introduced yourself! I have had the joy of following you ever since!

    24 years of marriage is amazing!!!! Love your heart and willingness to share it, including your journey in healthy living. We just started the path so you are ahead of me blazing the trail!

    • Reply Wendy April 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Saw your Facebook button over in the sidebar and somehow I only followed you with the Choosing Love Facebook page. All is fixed now and I follow you personally too!

      • Reply Barbie April 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

        Thank you my friend!

    • Reply Barbie April 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Well, I’m not sure the trail is blazing right now!  I will be seeking you out for encouragement!

  • Reply Melissa@Pink Paper Peppermints April 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Hello Barbie, stopping in from UBP, love your pretty blog, it’s so soothing!  I can almost smell the coffee brewing. :)  Put you in my bookmarks!

    Melissa~

    • Reply Barbie April 19, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks Melissa!  So nice to “meet” you!

  • Reply Onna April 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Here for the party! I love what you said about each new day! We need to remember that as we wake each morning. Nice to “meet” you! :]

    • Reply Barbie April 19, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Onna!

  • Reply Jessie Gunderson April 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I love that “each day is a fresh brewed gift from the Lord”. Barbie, I’m so glad I finally made it over. I’ve enjoyed seeing your name and comments on other blogs as well as mine. Nice to “meet” you!

  • Reply Tiffany Garza April 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by. Nice to meet you too :) Your blog is just dashing! I look forward to reading more of your posts. Happy Friday! 
    Tiffany from ingracealways.blogspot.com

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