Wednesday, April 14, 2010

This is me....

Welcome to my place! I am glad to have you here!
   I love parties. I love having my house overflowing with people and all the good times we can have together. Ken (my husband) thinks that sometimes I like to invite a bit to many people for our house and so this summer he is hoping to add on to our house so that we can have more room. Unfortunately for him, he knows that with an addition I will just think of a bunch more people that I would like to invite.

If you were to come to a party at my house you would find on that is usually relaxed and laid back, it is for the whole family (nothing adult only) , we will have plenty of snacks (but NO alcohol) and we like to play a lot of games. Snacks are almost always of the homemade variety, my kids and I like to work together to make stuff to eat that is yummy, frugal and fairly healthy too.

Something like this:
This was made on one baking day last summer.

 Now for a little about me. Some of you have been reading my blog for a while an I feel like we know each other fairly well (well some readers I do know well!) but some of you might be visiting for the first time.

My name is Abbi. I have been married to my handsome (and patient!) husband Ken for over 11 years. I am also Abundantly blessed! God has given me not only salvation through Jesus Christ but so very much more! It amazes me day after day how much He gives to me and to all of us.

   I am 33 years old and am beginning to realize that I can't think of myself in the college student age range anymore. :-) We have 4 children that are a huge blessing to us! They are certianly one of God's greatest gifts!
Our kids are: Mara (11), Jonathan (9), Aaron (7) and Megan (4). I am privileged to be able to stay home and homeschool and care for them, and those that read my blog probably feel pretty well aquainted with my kids as I talk about them, and the things we are working on together, a lot.

 I started this blog way back in 2007. I had at that time just started using the internet (I was and am a bit mechanically challanged which you might easily notice!) and had found some blogs that talked a lot about frugality. They were sharing ideas and I had ideas that I thought would be fun to share too so I decided to join in. I called my blog Proverbs 31 Living because the lady in Proverbs 31 is one that I have long aspired to be like. I am still very much a work in progress but I have used this blog to share my journey.

 The things I write about are things that I am working on in my life and I enjoy recording things and hearing back from others their ideas and thoughts. Here are some of the things that I am working on and I write about:
  • Being a godly woman. Growing to be more like Christ each day.
  • Being a good wife. Honoring, respecting and loving my husband.
  • Being a good mother. Learning patience, gentleness and consistency with my children. Teaching them in the best ways possible.
  • Making foods that not only keep us from starving but are also good for us, are interesting and sometimes they help us learn.
  • Being a wise steward of the money God has given us. I enjoy learning new ways to make do, use what I have and make something from trash "nothing".
  • Making money. I have a have a home business (doing wedding flowers) and I also enjoy finding other ways to try to make money.
  • Working with my hands. I love to make and create things and I enjoy documenting those things here to share with you.
  • Working hard and being more organized.
  • Sharing with others. Especially those that really need it.
  • Being joyful and grateful always.
I would love to have you join my on the journey of being a Proverbs 31 woman. I love to read each and every one of your comments (I just don't enjoy the spam so much!) and love to hear your opinions and ideas.


Jackie said...

I really enjoyed reading more about you, Abbi. I didn't realize you are 4 years younger than me. I still think of myself as closer to my 20's than 40's. Age is a mindset right? :-) You have a lovely family and I feel blessed to have met you because of our blogs.

Melodramommy said...

Hi Abbi, nice to meet you. What a beautiful family you have. And a great blog. Looking forward to being in touch. Come check me out too. We're doing a giveaway for a cute purse.

Unknown said...

You did all that on ONE baking day!! Oh my!! I only inspire to be able to do that... need a better kitchen first!

Hop on by if you've got the time!

I'm giving away prize USC#37 on 5M4M prize page but I have a few others on my blogs too.

$150 spa gift card from
Another $50 gift card
$150 gift card to CDN shop Canadian Tire

Enjoy the party!

Susie Buetow said...

Toot tootin' my #ubp10 party horn on your blog!

New follower! We homeschool, too! There are A LOT of bloggers who homeschool on this Party List! Hope you get a change to meet more. I love Proverbs 31.

Stop in and say HI!

@Susieqtpies Scraps of Life

Anonymous said...

So glad I stopped by from #UBP10! Nice to meet you!

Krystal said...

Hi! Just popping in from the party. You have a lovely family, and I love all that u baked in one day. I too have done that many times. I LOVE to bake and throw parties too! Happy partying!

Allison said...

Oh I am so glad you joined the party. I am now a follower. can't wait to read more.

The Proverbs Wife said...

Hi Abbi,

You sound like a great wife, mom and Christian. Thank your for stopping by my blog. All of your baking day goods look yummy. I'm heading over to read that post.

Finally, are you on Twitter? If you are follow me so that I can find you. I am @proverbswife

Marina@EBMR said...

Welcome to the UBP 2010! Now pl tell me you live next door to me cos that baking spread has caused my tummy to really crave everything I saw! What a beautiful family you have....Praise God truly for His gifts. I have a 4 year old present from heaven and another one God's still working on in my womb...he arrives next month :)

Do hop on over and visit me esp. if you love giveaways. I have a Carnival of them over at my!

Irene said...

I loved reading about your family and your goals. God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

Here for the party! You baked all that in one day? WOW!

Anonymous said...

Hi Abbi....I love reading your blog, about your family and your goals. You are such an inspiration! I look forward to following the blog party. I just started a blog at and hope you stop by to visit.


JDaniel4's Mom said...

I can't believe you bakes all of that in one day. I am not a baker. One thing a month is about it.

I love your blog and am now following.

Nola said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. I find it very encouraging. I thought from the pictures that your youngest is similar aged to my oldest, and she is. Its nice to hear about another family that really values their children and family times.

Rene @ BudgetSavingMom said...

Stopping by from the UBP10 party. I homeschool my kids as well. I have 3 daughters and another baby on the way. I love staying home with them, and raising them as best I can. I look forward to checking out your blog further. I try really hard to be a Proverbs 31 woman. Nice to "meet" you. Rene

Unknown said...

So glad I found you through the UBP 2010!

I too am blessed to be a homeschool mom who has been saved by Grace!

Looking forward to reading more of your blog!!


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

Welcome to the party! Sounds like we are on the same page on a lot of things. I, too, am a homeschooler. Well, at least a beginning one, my oldest is only 4. But I am considering starting kindgergarten in the fall as she is becoming more interested in reading now.

I also really love the Prov. 31 description. Not that anyone can be just like that, but what a great model for us to look toward. Awesome that you are so involved with really working toward that!

Hope you have a great time with your party and will stop by and say when you get the chance! Enjoy!

Jen said...

Happy UBP, Abbi! Thanks for stopping by Creative and Curious Kids! Looks like you have a lot of wonderful things to share on your blog.

Take care,

Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker said...

Hello from UBP -- have a great weekend!

Little Bishops said...

My husband and I (both 31) are also at that point where we are realizing we AREN'T college kids anymore. We don't look like them. We don't act like them. And yet we still see ourselves that way...

Great to 'meet' you.

Christy said...

I'm visiting from the UBP. Your site is very inspiring. I enjoyed reading through your goals for the year, especially cutting back on waste. I have been working on that and appreciated your ideas and insight. Thanks!

Mimi N said...

Hello fellow Minnesotan. My kids and I live in Central MN. Are you just loving our Spring? I can't believe my perennial garden already! When I have friends over, I love to have as many as I can too! Your baked goods look so yummy! How wonderful that you are able to stay home with the kids. I was able to do that for 15 yrs!

~Mimi @ Woven by Words

Tina Hollenbeck said...

Hi from another Christian homeschooling momma! I'm going to bookmark you and come back after the hubbub of the UBP is over. I hope you can stop in to visit me (#225), too:

Prairiemaid said...

Hi Abbi,

Enjoyed reading your blog post. What a beautiful family you have!

Thanks for coming by and introducing yourself. I am now following, so I can find my way back.

May you and your family have a wonderful weekend.


JDaniel4's Mom said...

I fell in love with your blog during the UBP! I have an award for you! Here is the link:

Dawn said...

The goals you mention are mine as well. Blessings!

Lisa said...

I love your blog and I would like to recognize you by awarding your blog the Versatile Blogger Award.

If you would like to accept it, please go to my blog to receive it here:

Lisa (Country Kids Farm)

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Anonymous said...

Hello, I noticed on your life list, you made paper with your children, is there a blog on your page on how you did that? I would love to learn how.

Anonymous said...

I noticed you commented on another blog about making wraps coated with bee wax. It sounds as if you know how to do this. If you do, could you describe it. I thought the old way adds oil for more flexibility. I will check back.

Abbi said...

I can't think quite what you are referring to. I think possibly making a cloth coated with beeswax that you can wrap food in? I haven't done it, but I had read about it elsewhere online and have thought about trying it. I have also been thinking about making a pressed cheese and then coating it in beeswax but haven't done that yet either. Sorry I can't be of more help.

Abbi said...

Jenn - I am sorry but I don't think that I do have a post about paper making. I hope to do it again sometime and then I will post about it but meanwhile there are lots of other instructions online.


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