Friday, April 01, 2011

a bit about ME...

I'm joining in for the second year with 5 Minutes for Mom's annual Ultimate Blog Party and the party just gets bigger and bigger every year!  Join in!!


I often blog reviews that I do for Gabby Moms, TOS Crew and Tyndale.  Other times I post about my life as a wife, homeschool mom, children's ministry leader, friend, etc.  Most of my posts, though, fall under the category of sojourner... one who is seeking peace and joy as I journey through life with my Jesus.  


Though I often blog in these categories, I've realized that I rarely talk about myself... those things about me that make me... well, me.  For instance, I have discovered that there is no where on the face of my blog, right now, that tells you my name.  So, let's start at the beginning, shall we?


~my name is Heidi... not my favorite name in all the world, but it's worked for the past 42 years and it doesn't seem worn out yet.  


~this is my BFF.  His name is Chad and almost 17 years ago, he made me his wife.  I am so very grateful that he did.  Our life together has been a great adventure!  This picture was taken on one of our amazing camping vacations.  Yep, I love to camp... well, as long as it's in my 5th wheel and not a tent!


In this picture, we were on a boat in the Straights of Mackinac.  I love, Love, LOVE the Upper Peninsula area of Michigan!  One of my "bucket list" things is to live in the UP for an entire year and experience all 4 season up there.  Good thing I love snow!




~these are our 3 E's... Eric, Emily and Ellen.  We are finishing our 9th year of home school this spring.  This winter we did something new (to us, anyway) and put Eric in second semester 8th grade in our local public middle school.  He's athletic and loves football.... kinda hard to find a homeschool football team... Anyway, he's done well and loves school.  Emily will finish 6th grade this spring and our plan is to continue homeschool in the fall for 7th.  She has an amazing opportunity to go to Guatemala in a week with her dad on a medical missions trip (Chad is an RN) for 8 days.  I can't wait to hear all about it when they return!  Ellen finished 1st grade and started 2nd grade this winter.  She has a September birthday and so if she were in conventional school, she would be in first grade.


~I love bookstores.  Especially old, musty, dusty used bookstores!  Another "bucket list" item is to own a old bookstore/coffee house some day.  I keep thinking I should probably get a job at our local coffee house soon so that I can learn how to be a great barista! ... especially considering I don't drink coffee.  I hate the taste of it but love the smell, go figure!


~I also am in a life-long love affair with the Great Lakes... especially Lake Superior and Lake Michigan (in that order).  I think this love affair began when I was 12 and my parents took up on a camping trip that included stops along Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Huron.  Since we're talking about my "bucket list" I will also add that someday I want to live on the shores of either Lake Michigan or Lake Superior.  


So, I guess I will have to live on the shores of Lake Superior in the UP and run a bookstore/coffee house for a year to compete my bucket list.


~I would guess that the most important thing that makes me... ME is that I am a follower of Jesus Christ.  My love affair with Him has been along longer than my love affair with the Great Lakes or with my BFF.  I strive to be like Him and live my life for Him daily and fail miserably.  But, His great love lifts me up and His death, burial and resurrection cover my multitude of sins.  I am so grateful for His love, His grace, His mercy and can't believe that I get to spend all of eternity praising Him!


...so there you have it... a bit about me.  Care to join in the Ultimate Blogging Party and share a bit about yourself?

10 comments:

  1. Hi Heidi! Visting you today from the UBP!! Love your blog! It is great to get to "meet" you! :)

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  2. Hello, Heidi!
    Popping in from the UBP – it’s my first time joining and I’m excited about getting to know other Christian mommies in the blogging world! I am looking forward to reading more of your blog - sounds like we have a few things in common - and I’d love to have you come visit me, too, at http://creative-joy.blogspot.com/2011/03/joining-my-first-blog-party.html

    Many blessings,
    Jamie

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  3. Wow - what a lovely family you have. This fellow dusty-musty bookstore/coffee shop lover is following you from UBP. I am looking forward to poking around here a bit more.

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  4. So glad to meet you! I'm here from the UBP :-)

    We were a homeschooling family too and now my guys are all grown. Eager to look around your blog and learn more about you all.

    joy & blessings to your family!

    Alida

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  5. Wow..so many of you doing the blog party! It's great to read more about you, Heidi! I love bookstores, too. (I'm sure that's a big surprise to you. :))

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Lovely to meet you, Heidi, through ubp, and your lovely family. Let me know when you start your coffee shop/bookshop . . . I will be there.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

    Gg - Notes on the Journey #269

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  7. HI! I am so happy to find your blog! I love finding other chritian bloggers! I would love to visit those lakes! They look incredible! I live near the beach. :)I am now following you via gfc and I look forward to reading more from you! I hope you will visit me at www.livingonloveandcents.com . Have a FAB week! ~Heather

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  8. Howdy, Heidi!

    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 http://sostylilized.blogspot.com/2011/04/ultimate-blog-party.html

    And...Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at http://jessicaslilcorner.blogspot.com/2011/04/ultimate-blog-party.html

    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)

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  9. I’m a new follower from UBP11. I just wanted to say hello. Please stop by to visit my blog and check out my giveaways while you’re there.

    Lisa
    www.LisaBlogs.com

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  10. Hi! I'm stopping by from the UBP – trying to visit all on the link for Christian blogs by the end of the day (I've not been going straight down the list…but I'm now on my last round!). I'm #73 (Being Made New – http://tinahollenbeck.blogspot.com). I hope you might be able to pop in at my place sometime soon.

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Thank you for your kind words!