Friday, March 20, 2009

Blog party

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

If you are visiting from the Ultimate Blog Party, welcome! Hope you enjoy your visit and come again soon. And, for my regular readers old and new, hopefully you will enjoy a glimpse at the family and a summary of why and what I do here (or hope to accomplish).

I like using my little cubicle of the blog world to share about God's working in my life as a homeschooling mother of five. Married to an amazing man for 15 1/2 years I look forward to cultivating that relationship for another 40, 50, or so years.

Our adventures include Blake (almost 12) who doesn't like his picture taken, but has an amazing ability to come up with his own science project almost everyday. Typical boy, loves baseball and wrestling on the floor with his siblings.

Paige (9) is my sweet mother in the making. She has a sweet gentle spirit, a passion for the Lord, and powerful observation skills that keep narration conversations lively.

Our cowgirl comes next, Faith (7). Animal lover, goal motivated, generous, and somewhat shy, which surprises me because she was the biggest show off as a toddler and preschooler.

One more princess completes the feminine side of our family at this point . . . Brooke (5). Enjoys anything that her older siblings have found to work on and really loves to work. She tackles ballet with a precision I have never seen in a young girl, and loves folding laundry. Hey, we all have our idiosyncrasies, hers just happen to be useful.

Last, but not least, Nathan (3) keeps us hopping with his energy and giggles. He loves rough and tumble activities, but also has the most snuggles to share and has a long attention span for a good book.

I blog mostly about my faith in Jesus Christ which is the cornerstone of everything else that I do. Each week I post a verse that God has impressed on me and some of the thoughts and challenges that come along with it.

Most of my day I spend homeschooling, so that comes up a lot here as well. I like to share resources, articles, projects, and tips I have found that have worked for us in the hopes that I will inspire and encourage someone else in their journey. Whether you homeschool or not many of these ideas provide the framework for great memory builders with your kids.

Recently I started a series on motherhood and the footprints we share with our children each day.

God has blessed me amazingly and walked with me gently through some trying days as well. I look forward to continuing to share how He is at work in our home and school.

If you didn't know there are great prizes to be won at this year’s Ultimate Blog Party! If I win my my top three picks would be:

If those are already chosen, I wouldn't be too disappointed because any of these would be great, too: 21, 22, 44, 109, 113, 118, 123, 121, 89, 111, 106


Kris said...

Oh, if I hurry, I can be the first commenter. ;-) Your little "cubicle in the blog world." Now, that's funny! What a great way to put it.

auntrene said...

I am stopping by from the Blog Party.. Wow, I can't believe this party. I am a new blogger and this is my first blog party. Totally overwhelmed by it all. I have found some wonderful blogs with lots of great resources. I have found some wonderful recipes that I can't wait to try.
Thanks for inviting us to stop by this evening.
I am Aunt Rene from
If you have time stop by and leave a comment for my Surprise Door Prize drawing.
Have Fun!!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful family with us.

Storm said...

Lovely family.

Welcome to the party.

Anonymous said...

Great site! I bookmarked it in my favs!! Looking forward to more posts. Thanks for letting me party w/ you!

Laura Lee said...

You're the first person I've visited who also wants those goat's milk soap bars!! I guess I need to check out your other posts now... :D

Wendi said...

Hi! I just came over from the blog party. Your family is beautiful! I am a homeschooling mom to three and I loved reading your encouraging posts about mothering and homeschooling.

5intow said...

Kris, you made it first. :-) I missed the party last year, but this is amazing!

auntrene, I've been blogging a little over a year, but still feel like a rookie in some ways. I'll be by your neck of the woods soon, thanks for the invite.

Storm, thanks for the sweet words of welcome.

Betterislittle, welcome! Thanks for bookmarking. I hope you find encouragement here.

Laura Lee, that is funny! Too bad they don't sort blogs by prize choices, that would be eye opening. :-)

Wendi, So glad to have you here! That's what I love about the bloggy world, finding encouragement from people who know my world yet don't even knowing me. Welcome!


Sheri said...

Hi, I too homeschool (15+years) and look forward to reading your blog~ have a great time at the party!

Susieqtpie said...

Found you at the UBP!!! We also homeschool. Love the big bubble machine! Those are fun to play with at museums!

#ubp09 @5minutesformom got my party ON!

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Momma Snail said...

I am party hopping and found your cute blog! We homeschool our kids at The Snail's Trail. Stop by when you get a chance.

Tina said...

I'm party hopping - came in to say hello :) Your babies are beautiful!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

5intow said...

How fun, more visitors! Welcome, welcome. I love visiting the new-to-me blogs, too. There are so many great blogs out there with great tips, encouragement, and resources.

Thanks for stopping in, I'll be by soon!

Dr. Faith said...

What a beautiful family you have! I also love your 7 year old's name. I may be a LITTLE biased though. ;)

Christin said...

You have such a lovely family! I look forward to browsing your blog more. :)

Lori said...

Hi! This is my first time participating in the Ultimate Blog Party and I'm having a blast. I am a homeschooling mom too, of seven. I don't talk about homeschooling a lot on my personal blog but have a homeschool review blog where I share reviews, mostly through The Old School Magazine. Don't know if that may be of interest to you or not!

If you have time to visit, my party post is here, on my personal blog;

Nice "meeting" you!

Jenny said...

It is nice to meet another homeschooling Mom!

Ruby said...

Hi! I'm on the party curcuit too.
This is a lovely blog and I am making note to come back and read some of your good articles. Thank you.

JamericanSpice said...

Nice to meet you!

Talk about a party!

I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

Lori said...

Hi again! I noticed your questions about the TOS Crew project and actually answered them in a post. :-)

Let me know if you have any other questions as well. I promise not to write a post everytime though, lol! And check out the review blog, to get an idea of what the reviews are like.

From there, click on the TOS Crew graphic in the sidebar to get to the hub and you can read a bunch of reviews of the same products. Should be helpful in determining if this is something you'd like to do!

Jodi said...

Hi there, and great to meet you! You have a beautiful family. We just had our 4th girl and hope God will add to our family again, so it's always nice to see another big family :)

We also homeschool, but our oldest is only in Pre-K this year, so we've just got our little toe in the water so far!

I think I'l keep reading and see what I can learn from you, since you're a few years ahead of me in this parenting thing.

Happy blog party!

LivingforGod said...

I came here via the Ultimate Blog Party. So nice to meet you, another sister in Christ and a fellow homeshool mom! You have a beautiful family.

Hope you'll come visit my blog when you get a chance :).

5intow said...

I wish I had time to greet you all individually right now, but I will stop by each of your blogs at some point in the next week. So glad to find so many new faces and blogs. I seem to be confined to a few bloggy circles, and this has been a great way to branch out a bit.

Thank you so much, everyone, for stopping by, and I will see you again soon in your own neck of the woods!

Jen said...

Hello! My name is Jen and I'm stopping by from the blog party! I'm glad that I found your blog- I am a very new home schooler of one 1st grader and find it both challenging and very rewarding! Your family is beautiful. Stop by and visit me and my family at:

God's Shining Stars


Creative and Curious Kids!

Maxine said...

Stopping from the Blog Party. I'm a little late getting around, but I can see how much fun everyone is having. This is my first time doing this so I'm feeling my way! God bless you in your homeschooling of your children. Very cute kids! Come visit at our blog for our home business and look around. We have writing activities for children and periodically have writing contests. I think your children might benefit! Nice meeting you!

Anonymous said...

Nice to meet you and your beautiful family! I am also a homeschooling mom to my 4 years old girl, and it is an awesome experience, and I am a follower of Christ too, trying to please Him every day of my life. I will be back for sure to read more about you. Feel free to visit my place at

Sarah said...

Nice to meet you! We are a homeschooling blended family in WI. I have my 5 year old and 10 year old sons at home. I love your blog! I am anxious to get to know you better. I am a follower.
Have a great day and welcome to the Party!!!

Anonymous said...

Just passing through on the UBP! You have a beautiful and interesting family Thanks for sharing!


Tiffany said...

You have such a beautiful family. I'm also a homeschooler. Nice to meet you. I'm just stopping by from the party!

Anonymous said...

Hi! So nice to meet you and your family. I bet they keep you hopping. Party hopping here and participating too so stop in for a visit.

Allison said...

I'm stopping by from the UBP. It's great to "meet" you! I love finding other blogs by Christian moms! I also homeschool, so I can't wait to read more about your journey!

A happy heart at home said...

Just coming by to say hi during the blog party!


Anonymous said...

Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.

I'm giving away Pink Champagne Shower Syrup from Jaqua Beauty...stop on over and enter! Ends April 8. Open to USA.


shopannies said...

I came by for the party and like what I saw so I think I will visit for a while. I am stay at home mom of 6 and grandma of 1. Pleae come by and visit me if you find the time

Super Fun Mama said...

Stopping by from UBP. It is very nice to meet you and your blog. I myself have a toddler learning/activity blog at I would love for you to stop by sometime. I'm having fun visiting all the blogs. Have a magical day!

Mommiedaze said...

Hi! Nice to meet you. Just stopping by UBP hopping. Come on over to and say hi!

Preschool Playbook said...

So glad the party gave me a chance to see the wonderful site you have created. What a wonderful family. So glad I got to stop by.

Not Your Average Girl said...

Hi. I'm visiting from the UBP--2009! You have a really neat family. I'm a 14 yr. old homeschool student living in a family of 8! I have 5 siblings and I'm the oldest. I'm a Christian too. This is my first Blog party. (I've been blogging for a year. But, I used to use vox but switched to Blogger. So I'm new to blogger. Infact I probably haven't even used it for a month yet!) Come check out my
and here's my parent's
Drop a comment on my parents blog if you do end up going to their site. They love comments. I'm soo excited about the UBP!! It's so encouraging to meet so many christians annnnnd homeschoolers!!~Lissie

Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan said...

I'm stopping by from the UBP. Thanks for inviting me in and introducing yourself!

We'd love for you to stop by and see what's going on at our blog.

Find out how we've received over $175 in FREE Amazon gift cards in just 2 months. (No Surveys or Emails!) You can,too. (top left sidebar)

Happy Partying,

Lindsey said...

Just stopped over by the UBP! It is good to meet other Christians here in the blogger world! I look forward to stopping in to your blog often! :) God Bless!

Sure baby said...

Popping over to say hi from 5mins4mom
have fun at the ubp party!
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StacieinAtlanta said...


I am just stopping in from The Ultimate Blog Party to say hello. Come by my place to enter to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System and some books by pledging to read to your child everyday. You can also enter to win a pair of Girl's Crocs - Size 8/9. :)

The Divine Miss Mommy

Melanie said...

It's so nice to meet you! You have a beautiful family and I love all that you share that you blog about.. I WILL be back!

Hope you're enjoying the party!

Becky :) said...

Hello! I enjoyed reading your blog. I am surfing the sites of fellow blog party goers. I am so happy I happened upon your site. I am a mother of 2 boys, married to a wonderful man for 8 1/2 years and we plan to begin our homeschooling adventure in 2 years! Look forward to reading more.

Jessica said...

Saw your blog from the blog party and just wanted you to know that I am thinking about homeschooling and would love to keep looking at your blog. check my blog out sometime.

Jenny, Poochie Heaven said...

Fabulous Blog! I'm participating in the UBP 2009. I am so sad it's going to be over. Wish it could last forever! I'll be stopping by again!
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Betty C said...

I'm late to the party as usual, but better late than never. I enjoy your blog and I'll be back when I have more time.

ahappyhippy mom said...

I know I am very late but I am doing some blog hopping from the UBP and saw your link on the list! I just wanted to wish you good luck in the prize drawing!

Sherry said...

Great to meet you! I've been to your site before but it was great to learn more about you. You have a beautiful family! :D

Have a great weekend!

Ashley said...

Nice to meet you!


Dusty said...

NIce to meet you! I'm stopping over from the blog party. I know its late but there were just SO many blogs to look through, I needed more than a week to visit!

Your children are so cute! I'm a homeschooling Christian mom as well! If you get a chance, stop on by my blog! God bless!