Saturday, March 8, 2008

The Ultimate Blog Party Has Begun!

Welcome to my little corner of
There's still time to join in the fun!

I'm so glad you've stopped by!

We live in Flagstaff, Arizona at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. For those who think that Arizona has only one season--HOT--be informed that in Northern, AZ, we enjoy the four beautiful seasons. The advantage is that when we are freezing cold in the winter, we have only to drive 2 1/2 hours south to enjoy warm, mild weather for a day.

I am happily married to my husband, Sunny for going on 27 years and together we have two gorgeous daughters: Chelsie Jo, 20 and Grace Marie, almost 7. I've have the honor of being a stay-at-home mom as well as home educating both of our girls. We've academically finished with one and are starting again with the second one. What a journey that has been!

I have a wonderful relationship with my Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ. As stated in my 'About Me' section, if it weren't for Him I wouldn't be who I am. He is the Hope in a world where there is no hope.

I enjoy second-hand shopping, yardsales, thrifting--whatever you like to call it. I like to look at things with a different eye, repurposing, changing and decorating with items in a way that is different than the purposes for which they were intended. I especialy love one-of-a-kind of things--stuff that wasn't picked up at the local superstore that 10 or more people have (on my block alone)!

I enjoy being frugal. I love the challenge of finding quality bargains be it groceries, clothing, furniture or what have you. Two mottos I have: 1.) Being frugal is NOT being cheap--there is a Big difference, and 2.) One should rarely have to buy ANYTHING retail.

Oh, and have I mentioned I LOVE DARK CHOCOLATE!

I'm really getting into this blogging thing! No, it's not an addiction...Am I in denial? NOOO, I'm not ready for the 13*-step BA program (Blogger's Anonymous)! *Pun for all of the Thursday Thirteen participants!

It's All Good!


  1. Enjoyed your post. I like a lot of the same things you like, Brenda, except for the dark chocolate. I love milk chocolate though. Making me hungry just thinking about it.

    I plan on joining the block party.

  2. Hi. Stopped by for the party. We have some of the same interests - I too married almost 27 years, I love chocolate and I Love Lucy.

    Have fun at all the parties. Hope to see you at my place.

  3. Hello! It's nice to meet another homeschooling, frugal mom! My kids are spaced pretty far apart too (also not necessarily by choice, but by God's grace!) We have a bio daughter who is 14 and 2 adopted children (7 and 2).
    Stop by my party!

  4. Thanks for stopping by. I Love Lucy also. Have a great week.

  5. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog about your 2ndary IF. It's always good to hear stories from "the other side." It seems we have something else in common...I am a thrifty shopper myself. I should tell you about my shopping trip yesterday. I went to Old Navy, Sears & Penneys. They were having huge sales & I ended up getting 5 sweaters, a dress, a top & a jacket (total $280 value) for $37!!!! That's less than the retail cost of the dress alone! Sweet! :)

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love yours- so bright and cheerful. I love garage sales and thrift store hunting too.

  7. We have so much in common its like I know you. Loved the party especially the yummy dark chocolate. 27 yrs. going on 28 for us too. Have a great party with loads of people.

  8. I like your bright blog! I'll be back to visit again!

  9. Brenda~Thank you for your 'welcome to the blog party'. I'm having much to read! Your blog is wonderful! Talk soon!

  10. Welcome to the party! Now that you're here, let's get this party started! There are so many new folks to meet. Doesnt the word "grace" say it all?

    Peek in on us at GraceFULL Days & say hi before you go! Skip over the Vicks Caring Tributes & vote for my Gracie Cakes story as one of their finalists~ Thanks in advance.

    GraceFULL blessing to you & yours~


  11. My sister used to live in Arizona...and we stayed with her for a couple of weeks...Beautiful area of the country...Enjoyed your post...Happy partying!

  12. Hi, we have some things in common except for the dark chocolate and you have girls and have been married a LOT longer. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  13. WOW! We have a lot in common. I love the yard sales and thrift stores too, and I don't pay full price for much of anything except groceries - I'm not good at clipping coupons.

    I hope you enjoy your participation in the Party....You had a great party post! Jennifer

  14. I'm inviting you to party with me!

    Win some chocolate from my-sister-in-law and I...we blog about from Australia...and her from Michigan. Here's the link:

    What am I doing in Australia? I married an Aussie...and moved to Brisbane, leaving my family and friends and all the right-side-of-the-road drivers in America.

    Win a handmade pocket place mat from my blog Comfort Joy Designs. Here's the link:

    Want to know more about life in Australia? Visit my A Cup of Joy site where I keep up with my family and friends in America. Here's the link:

    Happy Partying!

  15. Thanks for coming by my site and the encouraging words about homeschool! We do love it! Enjoyed your site! Party On :O)

  16. YAH! Thanks for stopping by my fun to 'meet' you via the UBP! Arizona...girl, I believe you that it is beautiful! And I'm ALL for yardsale-in' too!! :D You have a lovely family...God bless your week!

  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Your blog is so sunny and cheerful!
    I love yard sales, too! My grandma got me hooked on them years ago.

  18. Great to meet another Brenda! And it's good to meet another so dependent on Christ.

    Stop by my party, if you get a chance.

  19. hi there I learned something new I always thought Arizona was always warm! Happy partying!

  20. Lovely to meet you Brenda! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :-)

  21. Hi, it's so nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting.

    I've really enjoyed reading thru several of your posts and learning a bit about you and your family. I'll be back soon for another visit.

    Enjoy the party!

  22. Great pictures. Nice to meet you.

  23. Hi there, nice to meet you! Thanks for coming by my blog :) From reading your post, it looks like we have a lot in common! Love your party here, and you have a great blog!

  24. Hey, your blog is neat. I also love God and dark chocolate. Anways, you can visit me at

  25. Hi! I enjoyed reading your post.
    I enjoy thrift shopping too, love finding a good deal!
    Look forward to chatting with you again sometime.

  26. Ditto Brenda, just celebrated our 25th, love a bargain, dark chocolate and I Love Lucy and most of all Jesus. Glad I stopped by.

    LeAnn :)

  27. Love the title of the blog.

    Still hopping from blog to blog... my goal is to post at each blog at least once. Nice to meet you. Happy blogging!


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