What you shouldn’t say at a blog party

I’ve never been one to do the expected. So instead of putting my best foot forward and wowing you with my wit and charm I thought I’d go with what I wouldn’t say at a party. Though it’s probably still all true.

I would definitely not tell you that I showered for the party. It’s probably the first time this week. Could that have something to do with these darlings?

I would not say that I’m often raw and sometimes brash and I tend to stick my foot in my mouth.

That I used to dislike people.

That I was a Muslim for a day.

I would definitely not tell you I’ve got five children because you’d think I was crazy and I’m really not that person. Or am I?

I’d probably withhold the fact that I’m a women’s ministry coach and worship leader, fearing I’d sound pompous and self centered.  I’ve known too many people like that. But I’m no less passionate about Jesus.

If you asked you’d get an earful, but I would try not to tell you about the novel I wrote and am hoping to publish which is the reason I did the Muslim experiment and prayed for Hajj.

Or the women’s ministry article I had published. I’d hide those facts, worrying that you’d grow tired of my enthusiasm for the art of story.

There are a great many things you might learn about me if it were a small party but if not you might only remember my smile.

I can be a woman of few words unless you get me by myself or email me.

Over coffee, or a long walk in the woods or a horse back ride we could talk for hours.

I think big, dream big and I love big words.

And if you ask if I’m done having kids I’d say, “Two kiddos was my hardest transition, after that, what’s five more?”

I hope you’ll stick around and not get lost at the party!

Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and of course, here!

Mondays on the Facebook page are Muddy Mama where we share pictures and/or stories of the crazy things our kids get into like a bag of sugar on my kitchen floor. It’s a chance to know you’re not alone and an opportunity to come in with muddy boots, be real with each other and  find the humor in our circumstances.

What’s New: I’m about to launch a weekly link up were we get Outside the Lines with our time with God and stop thinking inside the box when it comes to devotions. I am passionate about breaking chains of man’s expectation because I grew up in the church and I was a Pharisee.

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

67 thoughts on “What you shouldn’t say at a blog party”

  1. I will tell you that I have really enjoyed visiting with you and getting to know you better at our monthly get-togethers over chocolate. You are a great person to talk to and I love your stories about your kids and farm life. I hope that we will get to spend more time together in the future. :)

    1. Cool! Thanks for telling me. :) I so enjoy your company too. Erin!

  2. Stopping by from the UBP 2012! I really enjoyed reading your post. Very creatively done. I am an “older mom” but I love blogs who share Christ. I am following you on Facebook now! Have a great time at the party!

    1. I’m following you too. Who doesn’t love a life “freshly brewed”? I might fit the “older mom” category too. Not sure and I’m not counting. ;) You are welcome here!

  3. “Pharasees, they’re not fair, you see!” ;) Nice you meet you through UPB12! I’m looking forward to exploring your blog!

    1. Oh Ginny, I love a sense of humor. :) Thanks for commenting.

  4. I love this post, and those are fantastic pix of your kids. If that’s taken nearby where you live… I’m jealous! LOVE big forest like that.

    I’m going to check out Muddy Mondays! You have a great blog here. I’m partying UBP12 too, my first year – thanks for stopping by and commenting on my FB page so I could find you! :)

    Following you on RSS, I’ll be back.

    Colorado Mountain Mom

    1. Yay! I love how God can use this medium to bring together fast friends. :)

      Yes, the forest is at a close by park.

  5. Hi. I remember the not showering thing when my kids were little, that made me snort. So glad I can bathe regularly now. And I say the same thing about my kids, the hard part was going from 1 to 2 (or in my case, 3) after that, it was easy. LOL

    So glad to read about your love for Jesus. He is more than the best, isn’t He?

    1. He IS more than the best. I love how you put that.

      Glad you got a chuckle out of my experiences. That’s what it’s all about isn’t it? I’m glad you bathe regularly too! lol

      Happy UBP12~

    1. Thanks Bethany. So glad you can relate. So I’m not crazy? Okay, that might be going too far. :)

  6. What a fun post! Love your sense of humor :) Found you from your comment on my twitter profile- now following you there. With 5 kids you should definitely check out my handprint & footprint art blog! BTW- cute blog name :)

    1. I will. Thanks Artsy Momma! I actually think I followed your Pinterest board with handprint art! Love it.

  7. I’m looking forward to snooping around your place! You have my curiosity peeked about becoming a Muslim for a day. Ha.

    I am your newest follower on Networked Blogs.

    Have a great day!

    1. Snoop all you like, Beth. Thanks for following!

  8. Here from the UBP – thanks for connecting on our blog; I am so glad to have found your site! Definitely one Asha and I will both be bookmarking!

  9. I am SO glad that you linked up. I’ve visted your place before, but have totally forgotten how much I loved it. Original spin on the intro post, girl. I will be back. Off to subscribe to Twitter!

    1. You’re so kind! Glad you re-found me, Amy and followed this time so we can get to know each other. :)

    1. I know how you feel, Ashley, and I’ll be right over to say howdy.

  10. Oh, Jess!
    Love your heart and as a “Surrendered Scribe” full of spunk, I’m sure everything you aren’t supposed to say, I’d love you for going there. :)

    Blessings to you in all you do. Happy UBP12!

    1. I like the sound of that Julie, Surrendered Scribe! Thanks for visiting.

  11. A Facebook page meme is such a great idea. I need more interaction on my FB page. :)

    I am visiting tonight from the UBP. Glad to ‘meet’ you. I love the photos on your blog. Very nice!

    I hope you have a great weekend!

    LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

    1. Thank you much LaVonne. So glad you could stop by, I’m coming right over.

  12. I’m visiting via UBP12 and I just love your blog. I like your “out of the box” thinking, especially your idea for a faith journaling link-up. It might be just the push I need to do something with my fingers besides type. I’m following on facebook now, so I’ll be back!

    Blessings, Tereasa from hispenonmyheart.com

    1. That’s so cool. It’s exactly the thing that happened when I started journaling this way a few years ago. I went from thinking about the good idea of regular devotions to a frequent two way conversation with the Lord. I’ll email you when I have more details!

  13. I love this! You are so funny, genuine and full of the love of God! I wish I could hug your neck… here is your virtual –> HUG <–

    I joined the link-up party late, but hope to meet a few new friends :)

    Blessings to you… friend!

    1. And to yo as well, Michele. Glad you linked up! How’d you do that HUG? Hugging you back!

  14. Love the post Jess and read through the experiment. It’s so true that we wrongly stereo type people and then wonder why noone sees Jesus in us. We need a heart that loves irrespective of color, status and religion. Love what you did…such an eye-opener.

    PS Your babies are adorable!

    1. You GET it! If you read the comments you see that some people didn’t get the heart behind it. I’m glad you get it!

      PS Thanks!

    1. Wanna know my picture “secret” Sarah? Photobucket has some great, simple editing tools. I have Photoshop at home but when I’m in a hurry I use the Photobucket actions and a little “ripped paper” border. :) I’m loving it!

  15. Hi Jessie! I’ve read so many of your encouraging posts on other blogs here at the UBP that I feel like I know you already! It’s so nice to visit your space. I can relate to your story of hiding, not because I don’t like people, I’m just shy- so groups of women I don’t know very well really freak me out. I find myself either nervously hiding in a corner or nervously talking non-stop (and usually saying something stupid). I hide behind my husband a lot. He’s a natural social butterfly and an excellent wing man. I found you on Facebook and look forward to getting to know you better. ;)

  16. I love your site! I love the energy and I look forward to reading more from you. Found you through 5 minutes for mom UBP 2012

    1. Teehe! Now I hope I can reel you in Shelisa. Gorgeous name by the way!

  17. ME, TOO! Oh my goodness, I know exactly what you mean. We have five two and we get the curious glances and the comments and the people silently counting to themselves when they watch us go by. Guess what? I love it. I wouldn’t have done it any other way.
    I can’t wait to come back here and read more!


    1. I need a like button here! Love that you found me, Jamie.

    1. Great Gail, I’m looking forward to getting to know you better.

  18. Stopping over from UBP. Great post for the blog party. Love it! Will be back to check out more!

    1. Thank you, I’ll be looking forward to your return.

  19. Very interesting post :)! It’s nice to meet you, Jessie. Thanks for visiting my blog, “Living for God.” Hope you’ll come back and visit again some time!

  20. Jess,

    Thanks for visiting my site! I love your blog post! This is one of the most creative ones that I have seen so far! I love that you have kept your real voice in your writing! It helps me to see through the computer to your heart!

    Have a great day!
    Jennifer from Teachingboys.net

    1. Oh yay! You’ve been a huge encouragement to me. Trying to be authentic can be a struggle. :) Glad you “hear” me.

    1. Petra! SOOOOO sweet. Thank you. :) Hoping we’ll connect via Fb, Twitter, and Pinterest too so we can really “know” each other. lol

    1. Holy Cow girl! 900 boards. Yikes. :) Thanks for the links.

  21. Hey there! Stopping by to say hello and follow on NWB from last night’s party :) Looking forward to your posts.


    1. Hi Jessica! Glad to know you and so happy you came by.

    1. Good! I look forward to it as well, Trish!

  22. I am so glad I stopped by. I will certainly be back again. I look forward to getting to know you. It seems that we have a lot in common (though don’t mention to my husband about 5 kids – 3 three and under has rocked our world and he may have a heart attack at the thought of more right now!).


  23. Dear Jessie,

    I’m so sorry we got off to such a bad start. You are an unusual person. I loved your blog and will have to keep up on the rest.

    Connie Schroeder

    1. Well dear friend I’m sorry you feel like we got off to a bad start, I certainly didn’t feel that way. I’m happy to have you here and thanks for the compliment.

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