Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Waiting for the kettle to boil for our nightly pot of peppermint tea, and posting my first contribution to What I Found Wednesdays - which should really be my first Find, I suppose! - care of Angie at The Creative Mama.

As mumsy to four precocious tinies, work-at-home mom, and wife to a dedicated ministry-man, I have a lot of demands on my time and emotions. In case I didn't mention it before (heh), I'm also three days away from any relatives and/or long-time friends, so don't get much relief. We attend a great church, but as any ministry-wife knows, it takes years to build close relationships!

All that to say, I've been encouraged today. Greatly encouraged. I stumbled(?) across page after page of blogs of other moms - ministry and not, homeschooling and not, craft-y and not. I turned off the 'puter today to find I was joyful and at peace, everything around my not-perfect house seemed beautiful, mainly because of the little bodies that were running, screeching, drawing and bouncing all over it. God is good.

Here are some that I found most inspiring:

  • Organizing Your Way - Simple, and extremely resourceful. And the woman is about to have her 4th baby, for cryin' out loud. I ran across Mandi via:
  • Simple Nest - my favorite categories so far have been "Decluttering", "Organizing", and...*whimper*..."Decorating". Eureka! (And her site's affiliated with Simple Mom!)
  • Balancing Beauty & Bedlam - homeschool mom of five (5!), speaker, and bread baker. And owner of a beautiful, inspiring site. Can't wait to read more.
  • Nesting Place - the byline here is "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful". With plans of starting a new year of homeschooling, and boxes and BOXES of pictures stored here and there, I really needed this one today. I love that The Nester posts "real" photos, too.

That's it for me! Now I'm off to finish baking the rest of the triple-batch of chocolate cookies I whipped up earlier. Recipe care of the husband of my pal Sarah over at Emerging Mummy. Although, I made them (mostly) whole-wheat, and did break down and use an electric mixer. (Sorry, Bri...*cough*)


  1. Thanks for the blog links. The only one I've been to is balancing beauty and and bedlam- I like that blog.

    Just wanted to let you know, the photoshop version I have is a really old one and it was really cheap (less than $70). I hope to one day get the full version but at over $400 that's not going to happen anytime soon! lol

    I'm glad you got a chance to get out with your husband this week :)

  2. Wow, thanks so much, Gina! I think you just made me blush through the computer!

  3. Ariana - ah, yes...I found a free one called "" (used it to make my own header...well, of sorts) but I'm just so useless with picture programs. And of course, I have so much spare time to spend figuring them out... ;-) (ha)

    Mandi - thanks so much for stopping by!! :-)

  4. Hey there! Its so great to catch up with you over here.. It's been fun reading about your life.
    I just saw your Bridge to Teribithia... LOVE IT. I taught Middle School English for 7 years. Can't wait to read it to the girls. Have a nice weekend. I'll catch up with you soon.....

  5. Thanks for stopping by awhile back. Sorry I'm just now coming over to say hi.

    I love most of the blogs you've listed and need to check out the ones I didn't know. My problem is that I've found so many incredible blogs to read lately that I don't have time to read them all. If only I could find someone to pay me for reading blogs!!

    Nice to "meet" you. I'm only a state over so we're practically neighbors!