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Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Ultimate Blog Party 2010 - I'm Fashionably Late, But Here!

Ultimate Blog Party 2010
I'm so glad you stopped by!  The Ultimate Blog Party 2010 is hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom.
I came across the information for UBP10 a few days ago, but am just now joining the party.  I'm excited!   I am brand new to blogging, but am truly enjoying it.  Allow me to introduce myself...

I'm married to the most wonderful man in the world, Jeff.  He is my best friend, my fabulous husband, love of my life, and loving father to our girls.  We've been married 15 amazing years and I am still discovering things about him that I love.  We've known each other for over 24 years total!  It's a pretty incredible how the Lord brought us together too (more on that another time).


We have been blessed with two beautiful girls, Julie who is 10 years old and Heather who is 7 years old.  They are the best little girls!  Ok, not always, but hey, we all have our days, right?  They each have a wonderful way of blessing us and everyone else around them.  


Home educating is where the Lord seems to want us right now.  We felt a conviction from the Lord about keeping our girls home back when Julie was 3 years old or so.  Had it not been for the incredible friendship and encouragement of my friend Tina, we probably wouldn't have even looked at homeschooling.  But, as the Lord would have it, she kept talking about it with me and showing me how great it was and it didn't take long for us to realize that she was who the Lord sent our way to tell us about home education.  Loving it now!

I have collected lighthouses for a few years now.  I want to visit as many as possible someday and photograph them too.  

In all my "spare" time, I piece quilts for friends and family.  It's a real joy for me.  My Momma has given me tons of tips and has shown me a lot.  I have learned a lot by trial and error too (mostly error, I'll admit), but still love diving into a quilt, tote bag, or pillow project when I can.

You won't see many photos of me because I am more of a shutter-bug, meaning I am mostly behind the camera instead of in front of it.  Photos of nature are my favorite and if I could, I'd spend hours wandering and snapping photos.  Someday...

I work from home as a ghostwriter for a small group of clients whom we believe the Lord has provided to us for so many reasons.  I love my job and am blessed to write for some amazing moms who are also working from home to make ends meet (and go further sometimes too!)

I'd love to go to Ireland someday!

I was adopted when I was 10 days old and blessed beyond belief by my parents, Larry and Gloria and my brother Mike (also adopted).  I couldn't love three people (other than my husband and girls) more than I love them.  But the Lord wasn't done...six years ago this July 5th, my birth mom called me.  She's an amazing lady.  I am now blessed to have a third family - my birth family!  I have a sister too!  I always wanted a sister...isn't it lovely how the Lord gives us the desires of our heart?  It's been quite the journey getting to know these wonderful Christian people and the journey has really only begun.


Coffee and chocolate are two of my favorite things.  

I also love to bake and try new recipes.  It's not unusual for me to try a completely new recipe when friends or family are coming for dinner.  For the last 15 years however, my husband and I think there were only two meals that just didn't pass muster...I guess I find good recipes. 

I do believe I have gone on long enough.  I look forward to meeting you!


All my best to you today,

31 comments:

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

Sounds like you are a busy lady, and, we have a lot in common! I'm a homeschooling mom too. My oldest is only four but I do preschool at home with her now and am considering starting kindergarten with her in the fall since she's beginning to read.

I love to try new recipes, although it always freaks my husband out. He says, "What is that?" and then trys it and likes it, too funny!

Hope you have a great time at the party this week and meet lots of great bloggers and friends! Stop by and say hi when you get the chance.

busylilgal said...

Hi Amy!
Thanks so much for stopping by this morning. It made my day to see your comment so quickly after I posted. :)

I just visited your blog - beautiful by the way - and am following you.

My best to you!

Tasha said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I clicked on your chocolate and coffee blog too. Oh boy that is going to be a dangerous site to have :D ( Im sitting here drinking my coffee with chocolate creamer in it....)

I added you to my reader and am excited to read more about your beautiful family!!
Have a blessed sunday :)

Julie said...

So nice to drop in and read about your incredible heritage! We're in the process of adopting a child and couldn't be more excited.

Stephanie Manner Wagner said...

I'm Stephanie from "And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog". Just making the rounds via the UBP 2010, hope to see you around my blog too!

Sabrina said...

Hey Susan! Found you through the "party". Loved reading about you, I have two daughters as well.

What an amazing testimony you have! A close friend of mine is in the process of adopting so it's something that has really become close to my heart.

Have a great Sunday!

Plowlady said...

Coming from the UBP -- I have met so many new bloggers out there! Hi there and you have a wonderful blog here, I am having tons of fun surfing through it! I am #986 Blog, #734 Twitter & #462 Facebook

Denise said...

Hi Susan,

Glad to seeyou joined the UBP10 party! Can't wait to see you around!

Love ya dear!
Denise
The Cottage Chick

SweetPeaknits said...

Hi. I've come by from the Party.
Such a beautiful post and I look forward to getting to know you better.

Sarah said...

Hi Susan, thanks for stopping by my blog via the UBP. You are one busy lady who is truly blessed. Enjoy the fun at the party.

busylilgal said...

How much fun is this UBP?? I am loving it. Meeting such wonderful people who are so diverse and interesting! Thanks so much to each of you who stopped by and left comments. I look forward to seeing you more often!

Rachel said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog earlier!! I love the layout of yours!! I hope you have a super party week!

Jenn said...

Stopping by for the party!! Hope you are having fun at the UBP!

Jenni ("Miss Tutu")
My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog - hope you will stop by and say hi! :) and Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest

Mrs. Marine said...

Hi, nice to meet you! Great "Party"! Hope your having fun at the UBP, I know I am! Here is my Party Post, come on over and make yourself at home!
http://www.mrs-marine.com/2010/04/2010-ultimate-blog-party.html

melissa said...

Hi! Glad to be partying with you!

I love coffee and chocolate! Unfortunately, I haven't been able to drink coffee for a while now because I'm nursing my son. Oh, how I wish I could down a cup or 3 this morning!

I would love to go to Ireland! It looks like an absolutely beautiful place.

www.lovemedaily.com

Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud said...

Hi Susan! I loved reading your UBP post and learned so much about you. You are indeed a blessed woman. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I'm following you back! Have a great day.

Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud
@TweetingMama

Raine said...

Nice to meet you! Thanks for joining the party. Great introduction, I feel like I just got to know you over a nice cup of coffee:)
God is good! So happy to hear about His faithfulness and blessings to you and your family!
http://theklassens.blogspot.com

It Feels Like Chaos said...

So great to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog party. So great that you have an adoptive family and now a birth family to love on and who love you! I pray that for the little girl we are adopting. Seriously, can any of us have too many people in our lives who love and care about us?!!

Veronica said...

Jumped over from UBP 2010.

busylilgal said...

Welcome Ladies! So glad to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my humble 'lil blog. :)

Cheryl D. said...

Popping by as part of the UBP!

Susie B. Homemaker said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog! :) I'm having such a good time with my 1st UBP10! I love your blog header- very cute & the title reminds me somewhat of my own. ;p I'm following you & am off to read more from your site!

Susie said...

Great to read a little of your story! Happy party!

busylilgal said...

Hello Cheryl D., Susie, and Susie B Homemaker! Welcome to my 'lil corner of the blogosphere (did I spell that correctly?)

Mamastiks said...

Hello. Love your blog. I love coffee and chocolate, too, so that's a lot in common. :)

busylilgal said...

Welcome Mamastiks! Coffee and chocolate lover too? Wonderful! So glad you stopped by.

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busylilgal said...

Thanks for stopping by Janene! Love, love your products!

redeemed diva said...

Fashionably late and looking great! Love your intro about yourself and your blog display is very eye catching. Enjoy what remains of the party!

busylilgal said...

Hello redeemed diva! Thanks for stopping by and welcome to UBP. Hope you are having fun! I'm off to visit your blog now. :)

Peggie said...

Nice to meet you! My kids are all grown and out of the nest and have kids of their own. My daughter home schooled for some time and I praise anyone who does it and works at it. It is a job!

Here for the party, thanks for joining!