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Mon, Mar 5 2007
Ultimate Blog Party
Topic: Blogging
Ultimate Blog Party
Click the button to go over to 5 Minutes from Mom, where twin sisters, Susan and Janice, are hosting a week long party. The purpose of the 'party' is to build more of a community feeling among Christian bloggers. Playing along will get your blog more traffic, help you to get to know other bloggers and explore blogs that you may not have noticed before! I have been exploring already from the links on the party sight and will continue as I have time this week. ***Remember to leave comments on the blogs you visit to encourage the owner of the blog. Just say hello or write some comment about something on their blog.*** Mine is a 2 step comment process, so make sure you confirm your comment!

If you are new to the nest here, WELCOME! (and if you have been before welcome too of course!) I am a 40something pastor's wife, with 4 daughters, a wonderful husband and am learning to live in a big city again, after living in a small mountain town for 9 years. We moved to Phoenix, Arizona, my hometown, a year ago and we are all finding our niche' here in this huge desert city. Our church is in an urban area, filled with apartments, international immigrants and any segment of today's society that you could's all in our church neighborhood. We have often described it as coming to a mission field. We have many opportunities to reach out to our community and become part of it, so pray for and with us that we will continue to follow God's leading in reaching out to the people here.

On the home front, we have one fourth grade home schooled daughter who is 9, 2 teens who are in public high school after years of homeschooled life, and our oldest is 19 and attends a state university in another city, 2 hours away. The past year has been a learning experience also for us in helping to care for my father, who had severe dementia and then passed away in August. Then with major surgery for me in October, it really looked like a stress filled year for us.

On a stress indicator test I took last Fall, my stress level lookedto be very high and in fact, I should have been receiving mental health care by now. ;) But God has given us peace that is beyond comprehension every step of the way and we are doing very well, feeling at home here, loved, supported and needed.

I've been blogging now for a little over 2 years and enjoy practicing a story-telling type of writing. I love to tell stories of people and events that I experience or see experienced along the way. I see humor in everything and I also see God's hand at work, showing me His truths and teaching me a lot through mentally and tangibly processing what is going on in my life or in the world around me. Come to think of it, writing this blog is probably one of the tools God has given me to help me to deal with the stress of this past year. I usually quickly process things in a very simple way in my head, then move on. Writing helps me to look deeper and learn more from this journey I'm on. Kinda cool....

I also love photography, humor and cooking, so you will see a lot of those things here too. I hope you'll be back. =)

And now, let's jam, and turn our hearts toward the main thing:

by crickl at 1:03 PM PST
Updated: Mon, Mar 5 2007 5:59 PM PST
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Mon, Mar 5 2007 - 1:42 PM PST

Name: Diane
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Welcome to the party! Isn't it amazing the size of this event! It is such a great opportunity to meet other Christian bloggers....what a great group of bloggers!

Happy blog-party hopping. Please stop by my blog-party when you have time.

:) Diane

Mon, Mar 5 2007 - 7:34 PM PST

Name: eph2810
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I love to stop by at least once a week, my dear friend. I love what you have to share. Pictures of your family and your surroundings, you sharing insights you glean from His Word...

Blessings to you and yours...

Mon, Mar 5 2007 - 9:28 PM PST

Name: Susanne
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Hello. Stopping by on the party circuit! Very nice place you have here!

Mon, Mar 5 2007 - 9:45 PM PST

Name: e-Mom
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Hey, yours is the first party I've visited with live music. Loving it... great jammin. Glory, glory, hallelujah, He reigns! I love your blog. Keep doing what you've been doing. I hope you pick up some new regulars as a result of this Ultimate event. Thanks for your warm hospitality today. Hugs 'n Prayers. :~)

Mon, Mar 5 2007 - 10:30 PM PST

Name: Val
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I love photography, too. It's my life, actually! Thanks for having me to your blog. I hope you can come visit me at mine. Cheers! :)

Tue, Mar 6 2007 - 6:08 AM PST

Name: Jenn
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Hey was stopping by for the Party. Neat Blog. I think I'll be back for a longer visit later! Thanks for having me!

Tue, Mar 6 2007 - 1:10 PM PST

Name: Lynn Donovan
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Stopped in from Laced With Grace. What a neat place you have here. I enjoyed reading about you and the family. Loved the dog and popcorn story. Blessings, Lynn

Tue, Mar 6 2007 - 9:51 PM PST

Name: KQ

just one of your "regulars", stopping by to say hello at the nest. ((((Crickl)))

Wed, Mar 7 2007 - 6:45 AM PST

Name: Carey
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Its nice to meet you. I have been by your place a few times in the past. I too am a mother to four kids..12, 8, 5 and 2. my youngest is a boy. Feel free to drop by anytime(and often if you wish), i would love to have ya.

Wed, Mar 7 2007 - 6:48 AM PST

Name: Carey
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By the way, i love that song, its one of my favorite. I love when we sing it at church. Thanks for sharing it.

Thu, Mar 8 2007 - 5:07 AM PST

Name: Nise
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Hello, here from the LPM BLog and the Ultimate Party! Nice to meet you and your family. Enjoyed the music video! It was fun to sing along and leave a comment, but I sure had lots of typos! LOL

Fri, Mar 9 2007 - 10:22 PM PST

Name: Janice (5 Minutes for Mom)
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I LOVE this song. I posted it one day in my post at Faith Lifts.

Thanks so much for partying with us - and CONGRATS for winning our prize!!!

Sat, Mar 10 2007 - 9:23 PM PST

Name: alida
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Hey girlfriend! I didn't know you had joined in the party... I saw that you won a prize! Congrats!

Mon, Mar 12 2007 - 2:22 PM PDT

Name: Brandie
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Hello! So nice to stop by and "mmet" you =)
I'm glad you have such a sense of peace in your life. I struggle to find that but feel encouraged when I hear others have reached that point ... it makes it feel more attainable then!

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