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Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Ultimate Blog Party, 2008!

Welcome to the Party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

Come inside, kick of your shoes, drink coffee in your jammies, play with your kids, do whatever you do to party. The Ultimate Blog Party is going on right now at 5minutesformom.com. Visit blogging moms, meet people from all over the Blogsphere, even possibly win some prizes. Don't forget to sign the Mr. Linky for entrance fro prizes.

I though about writing a short description of me and my blog. When your life is a hectic as mine, short descriptions turn into autobiographies. If you want the super-short version, I do have an “about me” to your right. Feel free to read up. That's about as short as I can get for a description of myself.

But, since we're having a party, and I love getting to know people, I'll spend some time, and some web space telling a little about myself.

First, I'm a child of God. I wasn't always Christian. Most of my life, I've been turned off from Christianity by the church. Everything seemed to be extremely judgmental against people who weren't Christian. But, what can I say when I was attending a Southern Baptist school in South Carolina. Some of the treatment I received because I wasn't Christian was pretty corporal. Most of the stuff I went through would bring dropped jaws by loving people, approved of only by psychotic abusers. To top it off, growing up in a house with a man (whom I once called dad) who felt non-Christians were of lesser value to the world than Christians, didn't help. I didn't become a Christian until I re-met my current husband. Now, I'm a Sunday School teacher, Alter Guild member, and support for Lutheran World Relief. I'm trying to read my Bible everyday. I don't always get to it, but I try. Before I met First Lutheran Community Church, I didn't know God's grace was actually that- grace.

Secondly, I'm a wife to my wonderful Bigboy. I support everything he does. That makes me the wife of a master mason, who happens to be Senior Deacon in his lodge. I also have ended up being the wife of a Shriner, clown for that matter. Being his supporter, I decorate event for his lodge on a regular basis. I make sure he has plenty of balloons and make-up for clowning. I can't say out loud what my current lodge project is; at least not yet. Do come back at the end of the month. You'll get to see some of the results.

I'm a mother to two homeschooling kids. We have Bigfoot, who happens to wear a size 12 shoe. He loves his legos. Then again, what boy wouldn't? He's involved with Boy Scouts and Demolay. Needless to say,I drive him around a lot.

We also have Beadgirl, who is exactly that. She loves beading everything she can make. She will bead her gifts for birthdays and Christmas before she'll buy gifts. She's doing some pretty advanced stuff for her age. Pony beads are no longer an interest. Glass beads, wire and pliers are more up her alley now. At this point, what excites her most is her soon-to-be entrance into Job's Daughters.

Not only am I all of the above, I'm Webelos leader for a group of at-risk Cub Scouts. These are kids I've taken heart to in a special way. They live in a low-income housing development built toward the end of the Great Depression. Most of these kids live in houses older and smaller than mine (our 850 square-foot house was built in 1942). Parents aren't always involved with their own kids. We give them, through scouting, something they can hopefully attach to and grow from.

With all said, I'm a teacher, personal secretary, accountant, seamstress, human resource manager, janitor, chef, decorator, and errand runner. I love every minute of it, with the exception of the rotten times. In my spare left over time, I do anything and everything I can with yarn and fabric. I think I may blog in that time too.

So, I am a long-listed mom-of-all trades. I love doing everything I do, and wouldn't trade them for the world. I had a job outside of home at one time. Giving consideration for what I did, the pay was good, but the hours were rotten. I don't miss getting up at two every morning. I do miss the people I served every day. Since I've been home, I've had the opportunity to explore the many thing I do.

Well, that wraps up my life in more than just a few words. Do come back to visit. I'm planning some personal responses to some Bible passages, maybe posting some recipes, I'll be back to Wordless Wednesday this week. I'll see you soon. Please feel free to visit my new blog at Flat Feet Anyone? I'll be blogging about my experiences in living with Bigfoot and his severe flat foot condition, our progress at the Shriners' Hospital for Children- Portland,OR. I'll also cover the growing issue of health insurance in America, and its effect on kids.

March 14, 2008 Edit:

I have finally decided on my prizes. Don't get me wrong,I never do anything at last minute I am always prepared for everything several days in advance.
Hysterical 3

There are so many good prizes, I spent 7 sticky notes writing everything down. My top 10 turned out to be:

#136 Knitty Goody Bag by Craftymom
Yarn, give me yarn. And there shall remain life.
#128 Yoga for Christians Book and DVD set from Kathleen Marie
I've always believed in yoga, even if my dad Dick Fife doesn't. I need to learn about this art from a Christian perspective.
#24 Blog Design by Sweet n' Simple Designs
#45 Custom Blog Design by Summer
#67 Blog Makeover by Shauna
#123 Blog Makeover by Lady in Waiting Blog Design
I could always use a face-lift on my page. Don't worry, I only need one of these, not all of them.
#100 Set of 3 books covering cooking and entertaining given by Jill Norwood.
Ah food. did you know, my kids eat food?
#104 Book Package given by Melissa Mashburn including Confessions of a Prayer Wimp and the lovely pink journal with "This is the Day the Lord Has Made."
I'm such a prayer whimp. I need this book.
#124 Rachael Ray's 2,4,6,8 Cookbook Given by Kristen at Loving Life
Did I mention my kids eat food? So do Masons, I posted about that before.
#8 Fifty Nights of Family Fun by Essential Family Living
What good is a family that doesn't have any fun?
As for the rest of these excellent prizes, I'm going for numbers: 7, 18, 29, 39, 58, 59, 61, 70, 80, 92 94, 119, 129, 140 and 143.

Have a Great time at the Party! If you are participating, don't forget to sign the Mr. Linky at 5minutesformom.com. Leave a comment, say "Hi." Serve up some punch and Toby mac and we'll all have a Great time!

31 Thoughts for the Day:

A Juggling Mum said...


Thanks for inviting me to your party, It was lovely to meet you :)

Rachel xxx
A Juggling Mum

Milk Mama said...

Happy party going! I love your site! :)

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Anonymous said...

Inviting you to Party With Me!

Win Chocolates:

Win a handmade pocket place mat:

Join me this month at A Cup of Joy for Missions Month:

Bahama Mama said...

Thanks for stopping by the Bahamas for our party. I hope you have a fabulous party week it was nice to meet you!

Killlashandra said...

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! With legos and beads going on in your house it sounds a bit like mine. Although I'm more into the beads and my almost 3 year old is into the legos. Have a great week!

Erin said...

I really love your blog!

I just did a little reading on yours. I never knew about Tackle it Tuesday!

I'm going to have to check that out on 5mfm!!

Anonymous said...

Happy to meet you - thanks for stopping by my place, too - have a great week and enjoy the rest of the party.

KC said...

What a great party it was nice to get to know you. If you get time stop by my party, Hope to see you there.

melissa d. said...

thanks for stopping by my party!

i enjoyed talking to you at yours-wow, you have busy days! how do you do it all?

happy blogging =)

melissa d. said...

oh! and i just noticed you're a fellow washingtonian{sp?}


ellen b said...

Hi Terri,
Thanks for visiting my party. You sound like one busy lady! Blessings on all that you do...

Anonymous said...

Wow! You are a very busy woman. I can't imagine how you manage all of that plus find time to blog.

Enjoy the party!

Pamela Kramer said...

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a good time party hopping!

beckyjomama said...

Thnaks for stopping by mt party and saying hey!!

You have a nice site here, I'll be back to read more!
Becky Jo

Angi said...

Whew! I need a nap after just reading that! You are busy, busy, busy! Sounds like you have a wonderful family!
Thanks for stopping by our blog www.teenlitreview.blogspot.com.
I'm giving away a book at my personal blog too - www.wannabethoughts.blogspot.com.
Party On!

IL Social Worker said...

Wow - the things you have in common with a person are scary sometimes. I posted about my testimony on my blog post titled "Are you a block or a brick?" and it is VERY similar to your experience. My Dad is also a Master Mason, and is a Shriner Shepherd! He's been a Mason for almost 50 years. My Mom has also been in the Eastern Star for almost 40 years. I love everything about the Masonic Order. Well, I don't want to take up all your comment bandwidth. Thanks for visiting my blog and happy blog party!

Reluctant Housewife said...

Happy blog partying!

Brandie said...

Hello! You sure sound busy! I think what you are doing with the cub scouts is just awesome! Good for you =)
Well, thanks for letting me get to know you and your family a bit better!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have an incredible servant heart. I enjoyed your blog and plan to be back.

TheChinaPainter said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and for the nice compliment. I am enjoying spending time at your place and getting to know you.
I am now posting the eggs I have been painting for this year so check back. Also, you can go to my former blog, http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/TheChinaPainter, and see more of my work. Even an attempt at watercolors.
Happy blog partying.

Barbara H. said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog party!

"Mom of all trades" -- I like that! You sound like you lead a very active, full, and fun life.

Stacey Moore said...

great blog!! thanks so much for stopping by our pary post!! enjoy your week!!

stacey said...

thanks for stopping by! i will be anxious to get back here and your other site as you update it!

Alicia said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'll be sure to stop back by here to learn more about you.

Deb said...

Sounds like you have a crazy busy life! Nice to meet you.

Jendi said...

Hello! You are busy!
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Pam said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am really enjoying getting to know other bloggers! Enjoy the blog party!

Kimberly said...

Thanks for stopping by!
We homeschooled our two all the way through. It was an adventure! I loved [almost] every minute of it :-) Now my 'baby' is a junior in college. And the oldest is married. Both of them plan to homeschool when they have kids.
You're super busy and sounds like you thoroughly enjoy your life!

Janne said...

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by my party. :)

Rebecca said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog party and for inviting me to yours. :)

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