Ultimate Blog party

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

 I happened to be preparing stumble upon a post for the Ultimate Blog Party hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom and realized that once again, as I do every year, I miss it! I look at all the gals who actually had a "party" and took pictures and I think, "once again, I didn't do that". But truth be told, I just don't have make time...either that or my family would does think I'm nuts."

But I always love visiting other fellow bloggers, getting to know them, getting new ideas and of course if I should win a prize or two, that would be amazing too.

Let me tell you a bit about myself. I am a mom of two amazing daughters, whom I refer to as Kat (14) and Nan (11). We homeschool and they love it. They are readically involved in soccer (I have decided I should be driving a luxury SUV for all the time my hubby and I spend in a vehicle for their beloved sport). My hubby and I have been married almost 18 years and for those 18 years have been youth pastors at our church. Hubby has been on full time staff there for 14 years.

We recently (almost 2 years ago), completed phase one of our two phase home building project. We love being in our own home again (after living with someone else for 2 1/2 years). 

I love to cook, read, garden, work puzzles and have fun with my family. We love having company over. We can often be found around the dining room table for hours playing Settlers of Catan. We love life, love God and love people. Take some time with your favorite beverage and browse through some past posts and pictures. I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy.

I would love to get to know you! Tell me:

1. What would be your dream vacation?
2. If you could have $1,000 to spend at any one store, which would it be
3. What is one of your favorite blogs?

NOW, if I were to win a prize over at the UBP, these would be the ones I'd love to win:

#36, a two year subscription to Taste of Home and Simple and Delicious...I love to cook!
USC #53 a $50 gift certificate to Target, from Peggy Gorman
USC #11 a $50 gift card to Priddy Design store...they have a cool lens bag.

Of course I'd also like to win #'s; 4,6,7,11,23,31,32,36,46,49,52,55,68,72,73,74,78,87 &112 of the US giveaways. Of the USC giveaways I'd like: 3, 8, 15, 17, 25, 45

With Joy UNquenchable,


  1. hello!! :) I love your questions!
    1-My dream vacation would begin in Paris and end in Rome. Those are the two dreams for me and my hubby!
    2-I can spend money in any store! I think it would either have to be Kohl's, Ann Taylor Loft, or Target!
    3-My fave blog right now is

    Its so nice to chat! :)

  2. Hey thanks for leaving a comment on my party post! It's always nice to find new homeschooling blogs! I look forward to browsing around yours :)

  3. Greece
    Shopping for clothes
    Cannelle et Vanille

    Have a great evening. You have a great blog!


  4. Delighted to meet you through UBP10!
    1. Going Europe for 6mths! Travel and see everything!
    2. I would stock my freezer with organic meat and produce.
    3. I have so many! Come check my blog role..I list them all!
    Hope you are having a great day!

  5. How nice to meet you!

    1)I love France, anytime anywhere in France.

    2)Ann Taylor

    3)That's a tough one, there are so many. I'll choose....Jimmie's Collage

  6. Kirstin,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog!
    My husband is also a youth minister and will start pastoring a church part-time this summer as well. And I stay at home with the kiddos (3 and 4 yr. olds). We'll have to "get together" sometime and swap church stories! ;-)
    Ok, for the questions...
    1. I'm a big fan of cruises. My husband and I went on one before kids and had a blast. Great food, room service, and time on the beach!
    2. $1000? Hummm... right now I would have to say either Barnes and Noble or Target. I love to read and get books and crafty things for my kids, so that would be from B&N. And who can go wrong in Target?!?
    3. I love We are THAT Family, are The Pioneer Woman (her cookbook is divine!), and I get so many great ideas from Confessions of a Homeschooler. Oh, and BigMama and BooMama crack me up!
    So great meet you! I can't wait to read more from your blog!

  7. HI Kristin! Nice to meet you. Just stopping by from UBP. Your post was very warm and inviting I can't wait to take a peak around the rest of your blog. As for your questions my answers would have to be
    1. anywhere to see the ocean since I haven't.
    2. hobby lobby or the grocery store depends on the situation.
    3. my favorite blog is probably Keeping the Kingdom First

  8. Hi Kirstin! Nice to meet a fellow homeschooling mom. Great blog.

    To answer your questions ...

    1. Ireland is our families dream vacation - hoping in 2 years to go.
    2. Gift card to any home goods store.
    3. Favorite blog - Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, first blog I ever followed.

    Happy Ultimate Blog Party 2010!


  9. Nice to meet you! I totally know what you mean about being in your own home!

    My dream vacation? Probably Paris.
    Choose a store to blow money in? Best Buy...I can actually probably spend that on one thing.
    And finally, I don't have a favorite blog.

  10. Hi Kristen, thanks for dropping by my blog. Your blog looks great, and as a fellow homeschooler I will definitely be following your blog.

    1. Actually I am not a big traveler, so a simple Cabin on the lake for a week is my dream and we do it every year already. Peaceful and beautiful.
    2. $1000 on Homechooling supplies, at Queens Homeschooling Supplies. www.queenhomeschool.com
    3. my fav site at the moment is "Raising itty bitty bookworms" www.ittybittybookworms.blogspot.com

    Happy Partying!!

  11. Hello, Kirstin; cute blog!

  12. Stopping by from UBP
    #1 Dream vaca would be Bora Bora staying at a Lagoon resort.
    #2 $1000 any store...Probably TJ Maxx
    #3 Favorite Blog, Eat at Home http://eatathomecooks.com/

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!
    My dream vacation: Europe
    I'd spend $1000 at Ikea
    My favorite blog is actually the first blog I ever visited:

  14. Wow Perfect timing!
    Nice to meet you.
    Happy UBP 2010


  15. Visiting you back from the UBP! Thanks for stopping by. To answer one of your questions, I could easily spend 1,000 dollars in Carter's. Such cute clothes for babies and kids for low prices. Though, it would probably be cheaper just to buy a franchise.

  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog as part of the UBP! My answers:

    1. What would be your dream vacation? I want to go back to Disney World -- I have easy dreams!
    2. If you could have $1,000 to spend at any one store, which would it be -- Walmart or Target -- see easy dreams!!
    3. What is one of your favorite blogs? theshabbychiccottage.net -- she rocks! Oh and we are friends in real life! ;)

  17. thanks for droppin by :) following u from UBP too :)

    on your Qs:
    - dream vacation will be on Paris :)
    - i'd love to splurge that on hmmm D&G :)
    - lots of blogs that I followed

    Feel free to visit me here:
    Life Can't Wait and Up Now and What's Next

  18. I'm returning your UPB visit. Nice to "meet" you.

    1. I would like to take a month and visit Europe.
    2. I could spend money anywhere but Macy's would be a great place to start.
    3. I read so many blogs. One of my favorites is Mommy Wants Vodka.

    Happy partying!

  19. So fun to learn more about you! :)

    My dream vacation would be a family vacation to the beach on Nantucket -- just watching my kids go shelling & dipping our toes in the ocean sounds wonderful!

    I'd love $1000 to spend at either Target or JCrew -- either would be amazingly fun!

    I have way too many blogs that I love to read to choose just one! :)


  20. Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. I love your site and am subscribing to your RSS feed. I would appreciate it if you visited my blog and did the same! I'm looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

    The Healthy Moms

  21. Hi There! Nice to meet you! I'm stopping by from UBP. I enjoyed reading your blog and I will be back for another visit! I'm a homeschooling momma too. It's so nice to meet others and stay connected.

    I hope you can stop by our blog: http://inspiredgiftsblog.blogspot.com
    Inspiredgifts.com is a mom owned newly launched site.

    Have a beautiful day

  22. Love your blog....

    Dream vacation.....1 month with the entire family at Disney...

    We do lots of weeks but I would love a month

    1,000 dollars in Lifeway

    Just a BEACHKAT

    This is such a fun party and I have already met some of the greatest bloggers... I am sad it is about to end. I am amazed at all the different and creative blogs. Stop by for a visit...just leave a comment on any of the last few posts on either blog and you are eligible for the GRAND PRIZE $100 GIFT BASKET! I am going to draw Friday night.....

  23. Stopping by for the party from UBP10...
    dream vacation is always changing but it is never what most people want... not sure which store and I have tooo many favorite blogs..

  24. I'm stopping by from the UBP. I really like your blog, and we have a few things in common. I'm also a minister's wife and a homeschooler. I noticed you review for Thomas Nelson, too. I review for them, plus the TOS Homeschool Crew. :)

  25. Hi I'm visiting from UBP too! Have a great day!

  26. Love your intro and the photos....

    Your questions had me ponder a bit.....
    1) I would say my dream vacation would be Ireland and Scotland, but Australia was in there too...

    2) Were to spend that cool grand? I couldn't decide between a book store, or an electronic store....

    3) I keep finding a new fave blog as I go through UBP

  27. Fun questions!
    1- a cabin on a lake
    2- We're building a house now, so any home improvement stores would be my preference!
    3-sewmamasew is my favorite blog!

  28. Great blog! Our son is just 18 months old and we're already starting to investigate homeschooling, so I am sure I'll be stopping back! Happy party week!

    1. I'd love to take a tour of the US one summer and see a baseball game in each major league ballpark!

    2. I'd probably just put the $1000 to pay off debt so we can be debt free

    3. My favorite blog changes daily! I do like amysfinerthings and heavenlyhomemaker and wearethatfamily

    Have a blessed weekend!

  29. 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: http://tinahollenbeck.blogspot.com/2010/04/2010-ultimate-blog-party.html.

  30. My dream vacay is a 365 day cruise around the world...my hubby just needs convincing first! :)

    Hope you had fun at the Ultimate Blog Party!

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


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