Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ultimate Blog Party {It's a lunch date at my place}

Ultimate Blog Party 2011
Hello. I am so glad you stopped by to visit! Whether you come often or this is your first time (thanks to the Ultimate Blog Party), I am glad to have you here. Please come in, I can't wait to visit and get to know you better! (Side note- this is what I love about blogging. Not only can I stay in contact with family and friends across the world- I can meet new friends too!)

In case we have never met before I guess I had better do some introductions... My name is Abbi and I am happily married to my husband of 12+ years, Ken. I am very blessed to be the stay at home and homeschooling mom of 4 beautiful children, Mara, Jonathan, Aaron and Megan. If you have kids I hope that you brought them with you as my kids would love to play with them!

Mara-11, Aaron-7, Megan- almost 5 and Jonathan-9
They can be pretty goofy and silly but they have a lot of fun and I am blessed to be their mother. 

 So lets send the kids outside to play in the tree fort if it is warm or they can play inside if it is cool. Come to our living room and have a seat and lets get busy visiting!

  What would you like to visit about? It is my goal in my visiting (whether face to face or on this blog) to say things that encourage and build up others and glorify my heavenly Father. I know that unfortunately I don't always succeed but that is my goal.

   I have many, many interests (I think the woman in Proverbs 31 did too!) so I am pretty sure we have at least something in common. Maybe you would like to talk about....

  • Homeschooling. I would love to hear how you do it and what books you love. I enjoy talking about the ways we learn creatively, making the world our classroom. We love reading around here and I would be glad to show you some of the ones we have really enjoyed and learned from. It is always fun to get together with another homeschooler and pick each other's brains.
  • Gardening. I would love to give you a tour but it is still to early to plant here. In fact there is still quite a bit of snow on the garden. I did just get my seeds in the mail though and I will be starting stuff inside right away. I like to garden very frugally and naturally. I love to be able to get a lot of produce from it with which I can feed my family. We do also enjoy having quite a few flowers around our place and we keep adding more fruit trees and bushes about every year in hopes of someday having a lot of our own fruits. I am also studying up on and dreaming of keeping bees which will provide both honey, wax and pollination for our garden.
  • Living frugally. I very much enjoy getting to visit with other mothers and sharing tips on ways to live better on less. To me living frugally is not a chore but rather a really fun challenge! I love learning ways to spend less on food though the prices go up- and this while we eat healthier. I also love to challenge myself to make most of our gifts, save on electricity, go as long as possible without buying clothes or just go without shopping in general. So many ideas! I love to hear yours and I try to share mine so that we can all be better stewards of what God has given us.
  • Making things. In fact, if you want, I could pull out my stamps and stuff and we could have fun making cards together.  I love to keep my hands busy and I also really enjoy looking around our home and seeing things that we have made ourselves. To me it makes a home so much more personal to have much of the furnishings handmade.I have many interests in making things- sewing, knitting, crocheting, floral work, basket making, quilting, painting and more... 
  • Baking and cooking. If you ask me if I love to cook, "Yes" wouldn't be my first response. I have however learned to enjoy it by making it fun for me. I do a lot of cooking as we eat at home most of the time and I like to have homemade meals. What makes it fun for me is in the process of creating meals that are healthy for my family and help us to keep our food costs low. I also make things interesting in the kitchen by making up my own recipes, figuring out ways to use what we have an abundance of and by using our meals to further our education. I enjoy combining what we are learning in school with our foods. (Such as having ethnic foods to go along with our geography.)
  • Raising children, being a good wife,natural healthorganizingtaking care of the earth God has given us and not being wasteful or maybe we could even have a Bible study. There is so much to talk about you might just have to come back again!
Can you stay for lunch? Lunches around here aren't very fancy, when it is just us we usually eat leftovers but today I think we will have soup. Would you like potato, tomato or split pea? The potatoes we gleaned from nearby fields and the tomatoes I grew in our garden.  I think we will have some homemade bread too, would you like to slice it? And we have some ginger cookies for dessert. I hope you like them!

So, what would you like to visit about? I would love to have you introduce yourself and tell what your favorite topic is in the comments! I look forward to meeting you all! Thanks so much for visiting!


Lollie said...

Hi Abbi!
Thanks for visiting me! I see we have quite a few things in common:) I love homeschooling, it's not always easy but I love having my kids with me all day.
I do love gardening and a share a large veggie garden with my MIL.
Baking and Cooking are not something I jump up and down about. (except when I burn something). But I do like to make healthy meals and I sometimes bake but not often;)
Fun to meet you!

Dana ~aka~ Frugalistic Mama said...

Nice to meet you!! I just linked up from the Ultimate Blog Party =0) Party on!

I can't wait to read your future posts!!

Alida said...

So good to meet you and I am eager to read more from you! Just stopped in from the UBP.

joy & blessings to you and your family,

Lori Alexander said...

It looks like we share all the same interests! I blog a lot about marriage because marriages seem to be falling apart everywhere you look, even among Christians. Here is a post about loving your husband if you are interested:

Love your blog!

Cheryl said...

Just stopping by from the UBP and I am looking forward to reading more!

You have a beautiful family!

Blessings to you and yours,

Rhoda said...

Hi Abbi! Thank you for visiting my blog :) It's great to meet you, and I love that your blog is all about Proverbs 31 - your life looks very interesting!

Karen said...

Hi, I am visiting from the ubp11 party. You have an awesome blog and I see I can learn all sorts of things from you. I am a sister in Christ and I love meeting new Christian bloggers. I am subscribing so I can visit again. Have a very blessed day!

Paige's Petals said...

Hi Abbi! Thank you for stopping by blog to say hello! It is so fun meeting new bloggers and encouraging each other along the way!

Blessings to you!

Katie @ My Kitchen Cooks said...

I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog! Unlike you, I love cooking! I recently started a blog and my goal is to share recipe ideas, meal planning and how to eat well and keep it cheap!

I would love to slice some homemade bread and join you for soup. My favorite kind of soup is chicken noodle!

My favorite topic is cooking (of course!), but I am striving to balance working full time with being the kind of wife I want to be in my house. I have a great husband and I enjoy doing what I can to ensure that we are a great team.

Christa @ said...

Stopping in from the UBP to say Hello!
You have such a beautiful family!!

Megan Sutliff said...

Stopping by from the UBP! I like what you blog about!! Looking forward to reading more!
you have a beautiful family! I invite you to check out my blog when you have a chance!

bobjenjack said...

Hi Abbi! Coming over from the UBP! I have been considering homeschooling so I am loving finding all these mommies with the inside scoop on it. I love to cook and love to just visit. Hope to see you around sometime! Have a blessed evening!

The Edin Family said...

Hi Abbi! It is so nice to meet you through UBP! What a beautiful family! I am so excited that you homeschool and cook naturally. I am excited to follow along with your fun family! Have a blessed week!

Monica @ In The Whisper said...

Hey Abbi! This is a super cute post; we do have a lot in common.

I'm stopping by from the UBP, but I can't wait to follow along more!

Our Family for His Glory said...

Hi Abbi! I found you through the blog party- what a sweet family you have! I loved reading all about you, & your heart for the Lord above all else!
Have a great day!

Nola said...

I regularly read your blog so you probably "recognize" me. We share lots of the same interests so that is probably why I like reading your blog so much. I also like that its pretty relaxed atmosphere around your blog. I found your cooking comment funny since that is exactly how I feel about it. I once told my mom I didn't want to learn how to cook. Now I wish I'd have let her teach me more! I have two girls age 5 and 2. I enjoy seeing the ways you homeschool and do life since it often gives me ideas on how to do things simply, fun, and relaxed around my own home. I wish I could actually really visit! Thank you for an encouraging blog.


Hi Abbi,
Lovely to meet you through UBP. This is my first year and I am enjoying finding so many great blogs, like yours.


Gg - Notes on the Journey

ps. My homeschooled daughters are all grown up and doing well.:)

Emily said...

Hi Abbi! I'm a homeschooling mom of 3 children and I love to read what other moms do and how they do it all, too! Proverbs 31 is one of my favorite Scripture passages - it's not easy, but so worth being (trying to be) a Virtuous Woman!
I'm stopping by from UBP!

Abbi said...

Thanks so much to all of you for visiting! I love meeting likeminded women!

Miranda said...

Just stopping by from the UBP! Love your blog! Can't wait to read more!!

Becky said...

Hi Abbi, so nice to meet you! Looks like we would have a lot to talk about! I plan to come back often!

Rebecca said...

HI Abbi! Wow, I am so thankful God pushed me in your direction. I love everything about you and your family (that you have written)...your open door, baking...I love baking. I started milling/baking our bread, etc last year....oh, I can't wait to read more about your baking stories. Frugal living...I am ALL about that. I can't wait to read some tips....and homeschooling/God...I guess those last two are first....and foremost. I am following you and really....want to read more and learn more from you! Blessings! I hope you'll stop

Rebecca said...

BTW, I just tweeted about you....are you on twitter/FB?

Jessica said...


I am so happy to have found your blog. I am stopping in from the Ultimate Blog Party and this is my very first year participating and this is SO VERY exciting!! LOL

Anyhow...please stop by my blogs and follow whenever you get the opportunity:

So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at

And...Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at

I welcome your visit at either or both of my blogs and hope to have you stop by and follow really soon!!

Have a very blessed day!! :0)

Sistergirl said...

Hi Abbi, Nice to meet you. I am from UBP

Tina Hollenbeck said...

Hi! I'm visiting from the UBP - I'm #73 (Being Made New - on the Christian list. Very nice to get to know a little about you - like you, I homeschool - I hope you might have time to visit my place. :^)

Leila- All Meant To Shine said...

Hi! I love your UBP post... so creative!! I am now following your blog and can't wait to read more! Have a great week!

TDM Wendy said...

Your cooking looks! Would love to hang in your tree fort!

Anonymous said...

I want to confess that all of your articles are of great helpsince they bestowwonderful guidances.Wishing u all the best for your upcoming writings and hope they too will help me similar to this.And yes i have tweeted your site .


Blog Widget by LinkWithin