Welcome! {Ultimate Blog Party 2013}

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Welcome! {Ultimate Blog Party 2013}

By Barbie   /     Apr 04, 2013  /     Community  /     

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Welcome!  If this is your first visit to my blog, I am so glad that you are here!  I’ve prepared a freshly brewed pot of coffee just for you and a plate full of chocolates for your delight.  I hope you will stay for a bit!

Allow me to introduce myself.  

I am a full-time working, part-time homeschooling mom of four children, ages 22, 19, 12 and 10.  I am privileged to serve my church family as I support the Lead Pastor and Children’s Pastor at my house of prayer, where I also serve as a prayer leader and singer.  All of my children are involved in the house of prayer, leading worship, singing and or praying.  I am a blessed mom!  My oldest daughter just got married last June!

My children, and my new son-in-love!

A little bit about the blog!

I began blogging in July of 2008, nearly five years ago!  I blog mostly about faith issues, sharing my heart with you about what I am learning on my own walk with the Lord.  My prayer is that this blog would encourage you along life’s path.  I believe that each day is a freshly brewed gift from the Lord and that He has hidden treasures 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!  Some of my passions are: Worship, the Prayer Room, Coffee, reading, writing, painting and spending time with family and friends.

Here are a few of my favorite posts on the blog.  I hope that they will encourage your heart.

Just Keep Breathing

When You Feel Weak And Vulnerable

Yearning To Be More

Thank you again for stopping by, and I hope that you will visit again soon.  If you want to follow me along on my journey, all of the ways to follow are up at the top of my blog.  If you have a blog, please link it in your comments so that I can visit you!


*This post is part of a challenge to blog every weekday in the month of April.  You can read more about it here.

About Barbie

I am wife and mom to four beautiful children. I have been marked by the love of a relentless God who never stops pursuing me. My desire is to encourage you on your own journey, giving you glimpses of His love and sprinkles of His grace along the way.


  1. Dawn St Amand Paoletta Says: April 4, 2013 8:59 pm

    Whoohoo, let the party start! Actually I am linking and going to bed! lol. I am so sleepy! See you tomorrow!
    Dawn St Amand Paoletta recently posted..2013 Ultimate Blog Party with 5 Minutes for Mom

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  2. Janet @ Frugal & Focused Says: April 4, 2013 9:14 pm

    Barbie, so happy to be joining the party with you. You have been such an encouragement to me through your blog and I’m so glad you choose to share your heart here. Have a wonderful week.

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  3. Kirsty Says: April 4, 2013 9:30 pm

    Hi Barbie, I’m actually a friend of Janet’s (frugal and focused) who I see just posted above. :) Small world, I know if she loves you, I will too. Can’t wait to read more of your blog!
    Kirsty recently posted..It’s party time!

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  4. Get Organized Already Says: April 4, 2013 10:02 pm

    Thank you for the chocolate!

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  5. Jenn @ Home is Where You Start From Says: April 5, 2013 1:47 am

    Hi Barbie,

    It’s so nice to “meet” you on your blog. You are one of the long-time bloggers, it’s nice to see that, so many seem to stop. Your church sounds amazing, and your kids sound like blessings.
    I’m not into coffee so much, though I am trying to drink it to help with attention problems…but you had me at chocolate!!

    much grace and peace to you this week :)

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    • Barbie Says: April 5, 2013 9:13 am

      Hi Jenn. Thanks for stopping by. I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but it disappeared. Your life sounds fascinating and your kids are beautiful, and so talented. I am following you along now. I need all the help I can get in the homeschooling department!

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  6. Linda Says: April 5, 2013 4:50 am

    Hi Barbie..I just wanted to comment on the sweet picture of your family. Cute kids! And your daughter was a beautiful bride! I also know you will love having a son-in-love…we enjoy ours so very much. (I know Kyle wasn’t there a lot while you were there visiting Lynnette…but did you get to enjoy some of his humor? He makes me laugh until I cry sometimes…and I just love him to pieces!!!)

    Enjoy your blog party!

    Love, Linda
    Linda recently posted..Daydreams

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    • Barbie Says: April 5, 2013 9:14 am

      Thank you Linda! Your grandkids are wonderful people. I got a kick out of Harrison and his coffee drinking. I love having a son-in-love. He’s truly a God send. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to hang out with Kyle too much. He turned in early in the evenings, but I can see he is a very sincere, humble and funny guy. I will be back for a visit. I told Lynnette once a year! Blessings!

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  7. Summer Says: April 5, 2013 5:47 am

    Tears….ok waterworks that you are taking this step on something I know you have wanted to do for so very long and I know you will make such an impact and they will also make such an impact on you as well! I am so thrilled you took the step, you jumped on it, the hubs gave you the nod and you will be on your way spreading his word and helping others and that thrills me. I would love to do missionary trip one day, as for now my health and the fact I couldn’t leave Kelcee a minute lol wont allow it but hey in ten years it maybe an option for me! I love that you are doing this and I am thrilled and so very proud of you! Summer
    Summer recently posted..Pinterested at Easter

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  8. Kim @ Homesteader's Heart Says: April 5, 2013 7:24 am

    Barbie, I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve been to your blog. Shame on me. It’s nice to learn more about you.
    I’ll be back! *said of course in Arnold style* LOL!
    Have a lovely day.
    Kim @ Homesteader’s Heart recently posted..It’s Party Time! {2013 Ultimate Blog Party}

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    • Barbie Says: April 5, 2013 9:16 am

      Are you sure? I could have sworn I’ve seen your face in the comments before. I do have a new design? Ha! Well, I do hope you will come back. I do love reading your blog. Have a nice day, and fun at the party!

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  9. Gail @http://biblelovenotes.com Says: April 5, 2013 7:32 am

    Hi, Barbie. I love your line in your intro: freshly brewed grace
    I’m visiting from UBP and so glad to find out about your nice blog. What a neat ministry in prayer and nice-looking family.
    May God bless your blog ministry as well as all of your others. I’d love to have you participate in my new blog hop that starts May 3rd on Bible Love Notes.
    Hope to see you there,
    Gail @http://biblelovenotes.com recently posted..Waste or Invest

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  10. Missy Says: April 5, 2013 7:34 am

    I didn’t know that you had 4 children! I’m so glad I was able to read this little bit about you. What a beautiful bride your daughter made!
    Missy recently posted..Living in The After

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  11. ALyssa Says: April 5, 2013 7:54 am

    Hey Barbie! I’ve somehow lost touch with you! HOpe you’re doing well!
    ALyssa recently posted..Ultimate Blog Party

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    • Barbie Says: April 5, 2013 9:19 am

      Alyssa! Oh my goodness, yes I remember you! I am thankful you stopped by to visit my blog, so that I could reconnect with you. I am heading over to your blog right now! Blessings!

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  12. Glenda Childers Says: April 5, 2013 8:12 am

    I am popping over from UBP13. I enjoyed my visit.

    (link #59)

    ps. We are planning a wedding at our house, too. Looks like you all survived.:)
    Glenda Childers recently posted..The Ultimate Blog Party Strikes Again

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  13. Amy Patton Says: April 5, 2013 9:10 am

    Good morning! Thanks for the sweets. It is such a treat to find a fellow mom with older kids blogging. Mine are 21, 20 and 16. Sometimes it can get lonely out here. I wish more mom’s with older kids had the time and energy to stay connected because we sure need each other. I look forward to reading more. I have a friend who lives life with a side of coffee, I plan on sending her your way! Amy
    Amy Patton recently posted..From Head to Toe: Party Time

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    • Barbie Says: April 5, 2013 9:26 am

      Amy, I am so thankful for your visit. Yes, us “older” moms can get lost in a sea of diapering, toddling mamas, but I believe we have a purpose to help encourage those with the little ones. I look forward to visiting your blog and following you along in your journey! Blessings!

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  14. Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker Says: April 5, 2013 12:39 pm

    Hello from UBP! Have a fabulous weekend!
    Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker recently posted..Ultimate Blog Party 2013

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  15. Susie B. Homemaker Says: April 5, 2013 1:07 pm

    Stopping by from the party- thanks for visiting my blog. That’s a great pic of all your kids, and congrats on the new son-in-law. :)
    Susie B. Homemaker recently posted..Meet New Blogs and Win Prizes with the Ultimate Blog Party 2013 #UBP13

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  16. @Dayngr Says: April 5, 2013 8:14 pm

    Hi! I thought I’d stop in and show a little love by dropping a comment. I’m surfing on over from the UBP! I’ve recently fallen back in love with going to church and I couldn’t be happier. Life is good and I love being a part of my children getting to know God. I hope you’ll stop by and say hello, too.

    Party on! ::: Tossing Confetti :::
    @Dayngr recently posted..DayngrZone’s Ultimate Blog Party Post for 2013

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  17. Coffee Lovin' Mom Says: April 6, 2013 11:59 pm

    You had me at coffee..
    Coffee Lovin’ Mom recently posted..The Ultimate in Partying

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  18. Retha Groenewald Says: April 7, 2013 2:03 pm

    HI, stopping by from UBP. Lovely blog, I agree with you, everyday has its own treasures to discover. Glad I could stop by.
    Retha Groenewald recently posted..The Four Faces in the Forest?

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  19. Glenda Cates Says: April 7, 2013 7:34 pm

    Hello, and how are you? Your kids are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us. Congrats to your daughter.
    Glenda Cates recently posted..Fun with Charlie

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  20. Colette S @JamericanSpice Says: April 8, 2013 9:06 pm

    Hi Barbie,

    It is nice to meet you!

    Thank you for sharing a little about yourself. Hope to see more of you around the blog community!

    Enjoy the party!
    Colette S @JamericanSpice recently posted..The Party Has Began – Let’s Mingle And #Win! #UBP13

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