Friday, March 20, 2009

Blog Party?

I've never been to a "blog party," but I'm learning so much about this unique medium of connecting with people. I found the Ultimate Blog PartyUltimate Blog Party 2009 at my friend Kristi's blog. In checking it out, I found some great new sites to learn from and get some infusion of encouragement.

To describe myself, I guess I could start with age. On one site I had to fill out a short survey, and I shocked myself to realize that I had to check the 39-50 age bracket! Whoa! That hurts. I still see myself as twenty something, partly due to the fact that my handsome pastor husband is constantly being accused of being a college student ... something he hasn't been for over 20 years. :) I, on the other hand, am growing my own "crown of wisdom." Our two kids, 14 yr old daughter Jo and almost 12 yr old son Jake, say that I have my own natural "highlights."

Speaking of Tennessee, it's still hard for me to believe I live in Tennessee. I come from a long line of Virginians, and it is only by God's grace that He has given me abundant life in Him in place of emptiness that plagued many generations before me. I met my husband while we were both in college in the midwest. Life and ministry have taken us around the US and all the way to Asia in the last nearly 20 years of marriage. It has been an adventure and a joy. He is now a "Pastor of Maturity," and I am a Women's Ministry Director, while homeschooling one of our children.

My blog is an extension of my ministry with women, an expression of my love for God's Word and for writing. The two seem to be such great companions, as I find truth for life in the Bible and love the opportunity to share it's applications in the everyday doings of life.

This is my first "Blog Party," and I have already found some great new sites and resources. I look forward to making some new connections with other women of faith seeking to live out this life with a mindset of peace!

23 COMMENTS ~ Click here to leave a COMMENT:

Tamara said...

Hello, Julie! It's such a pleasure to meet you. Your blog is beautiful and, well, peaceful! I'm so glad God sent me to your blog (via your comment on mine) today...I was in need of some of the refreshment here! I'll be back!

Angie said...

Hi, this is my first blog party as well. I'm already having fun and meeting wonderful new people and reading new blogs.
It nice to meet you.

Kathryn said...

My first blog party too, tho a friend is involved in something called "meet & greet." This seems more likely to generate folks who have things in common.

I love the pic on your blog. I lived in Knoxville until i was 8 & loved it. The pic is very reminiscent of my childhood memories.

God bless you, i hope you meet lots of new friends.

Rebecca said...

Hi, Julie!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Y'know, from the moment your page began to load (it's a process for me, pages don't just "load" here) I could sense a peace -- and not just from the absolutely stunning header photo. You've done a great job of setting the mood with color and type and covering the project with prayer.

Blessings to you and your family! If you ever get "homesick", I'd love to have you stop by again! Hope to talk to you soon!

Sarah said...

Hey Julie...
Thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog! It is so nice to meet you! Your blog is so sweet and peaceful.

My husband and I lived in Tennessee for a little while after we were's beautiful.


Lisa said...

What a pleasure to meet you! Thanks for leaving such a warm comment at my blog, too. I hope we bump into each other again and again!


Tracy said...

thanks for stopping by my's great to meet you! it's been so refresing to meet Godly women in this crazy blog world :) i'm glad we share the same "peace" in life even if we're several states away from each other. btw, i'd LOVE to move to tennessee if only i could get everyone i love to move with me :) take care!

JamericanSpice said...

Nice to meet you!

Talk about a party!

I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

Storm said...

Hi. I'm blog hopping via The Ultimate Blog Party. Nice to meet you. Welcome to the party

I love the photo in the masthead.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Just visiting from the UBP! So nice to meet you!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I am new to the blog world and this is my first BLOG PARTY! Wow, what fun. I am from Louisiana.
I am so glad to find your blog. I will be back soon for a longer visit.
Come by for a visit and sign up for my first BLOG prize.

It's a Great Gift...the number one seller in my gift basket business for the last 15 years.


Rhonda said...

Hi, nice to meet you...I love finding other women of faith at the party! Love your last two posts! Very clever and true.

Mike said...

Hello there. Knocking on your door from the blog party. Hope you don’t mind.


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Sandee said...

This is my first blog party too. My daughter told me about it. Nice to meet you!

kim d said...

What an inspirational site! Love it! Nice to meet you! Have a great week :)

Anonymous said...

Hi! So nice to meet you and find your blog. This is my first blog party too. I am having such fun. Be sure to stop in for a visit.

Melinda said...

It was a pleasure to read your blog! STOPPING BY AS I PARTY HOP!!

julie said...

Hi, Julie,

I love your blog's title. I live in Oregon with my family, but I was born in Tennessee. Blessings on you as you connect with women through this medium!

Sweet Serendipity said...

Found you on the UBP list. Nice to meet you! Your blog is lovely and I love the gym post.

Daniele said...

Hello and good to meet you! stopping by from the blog party and will plan to be back. great encouragement you have here. come by if you

StacieinAtlanta said...

Hey Julie-

I am just stopping in from The Ultimate Blog Party to say hello. Come by my place to enter to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System and some books by pledging to read to your child everyday. You can also enter to win a pair of Girl's Crocs - Size 8/9. :)

The Divine Miss Mommy

Valerie said...

I hope you're having fun with the blog party. This is my first year doing it, but it has introduced me to many new blogs. You have a great blog and I really like the posts above titled Membership. Great thoughts!

carma said...

Not to worry, I'm in the same age bracket :-)
enjoying the UBP!