Saturday, March 8, 2008

C'mon In and Join the Party!!

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

Hi!! Come on in and make yourself at home. Can I get you something to drink? Oh, here, you can put your purse down over here and relax a little. Don't worry, no one will bother it.

Would you like a little something to eat? I've got some tortilla chips with black bean salsa on the table, as well as tabbouleh (a personal favorite!). Oh, and you've got to try my Strawberry Cheese Ring! It's a Paula Deen recipe and it is to. die. for.

Now that you've got a drink in one hand and a plate of food in the other, let me make some introductions. Nothing like meeting someone for the first time with a mouth full of food, is there?!!

I'm Lori, the host of this lovely abode. I've been blogging since last June. I'm still learning the ropes of all the technical stuff, but I do love sharing my heart. This all started as a way for me to find my way to a more simple life. It's evolved however and now covers everything from that to my daily rants and raves about my life. It's also increasingly become about our upcoming move. To the Persian Gulf.

Yes, that's right. We are moving in, oh, 19 days or so to the small country of Qatar. My husband (referred to here as Hubby - clever, huh?!) is already there and has been since early January. The kids and I (I'll introduce them to you in a second) are excited to join him there soon, and excited to start a new phase in our lives.

Oh, here's Emily to re-fill your drink. She's such a helpful little thing. She's going to be 13 soon and loves to be in the midst of everything. She is such a kind girl, recently making sure my 15th wedding anniversary was still a special day even though Hubby was gone.

Over there, telling a joke to another party guest, is my son Daniel. He'll be 11 next month and is my little monkey, always a barrel of laughs. He's as sweet as can be - easy-going and affectionate.

We homeschool our children. We've always homeschooled and are now debating whether or not to continue homeschooling once we make the move. It's still up in the air until God makes clear where He wants them.

The guiding force in our lives, and of this blog, is Christ. Everything I do is an attempt to honor Him. Oh, there are lots of times I fail, trust me. But I at least try. I want to get closer to Him and learn more about Him.

I try to reflect this desire in how I raise my children, how I manage my home, how I deal with others and how I love my husband. Each of these areas are my "mission field." I believe that God puts each one of us in the place where He wants us to serve Him. There are no small or unimportant parts to our lives. Each part of my life, and yours!, is ordained by God and an opportunity to glorify Him.

I'll let you go mingle with all the other party-goer's now. But don't forget to try the delicious desserts on the table - Hawaiian Wedding Cake and Apple Enchiladas. And if you'd like to get a feel for more of what goes on here at The Simple Life at Home, please feel free to click on the sidebar under my "best work" label.

Thanks so much for stopping in! I look forward to getting to know you! Please be sure to leave a comment so I can return the visit.


Crazy Daisy said...

I look forward to trying all your recipes! Thank you!

and Good Luck with the move!

Jenn said...

Sounds like your move will be quite an adventure! Your recipes sound good. I'll have to check them out.

stacey said...

have a great party week!

Michele said...

Ooh, those recipes sound great! :) Best wishes on your move- hope all goes well.
Michele :)

TAMY & the SGT said...

Have a super party week!

ValleyGirl said...

Great party post, Lori! Thanks for being such a great host!

Amy said...

What a cool idea!

Anonymous said...

You have an amamazing life,Lori.

I love the "Story Line" of this blog :]

I look forward to reading more of your blogs!


Anonymous said...

Hey, there's a party going on here! Woot!

I'm inviting you to party with me, too!

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!

Blessing Hill said...

Wow! What a move you have ahead of you. Hope all goes well. Glad to have been able to meet you at the big blog party!

Shane said...

You're moving in 19 days and still found time to party? You go girl. Good luck and best wishes. Stop by and see me at or when you can.

Alyson said...

great party..I've recently added you to my bookmarks and check you daily. great blog!

Tracye said...

I read the "moving to Qatar" part, and was intrigued. I read many of your posts about it (don't have time to read them all now)and can empathize about him being gone so long. Well, not exactly yet...

My husband is leaving in two weeks for the FBI National Academy. He'll be gone for three months. I'm dreading it like I've never dreaded anything in my life.

Okay, I'm usually not so intense. :) Just had to comment on that post... it tugged my heart. My husband (because of his job) has gone to many schools through the course of our marriage... the longest stretch he's been away has been 3 weeks... 3 different times. So I completely understand that nervousness while walking past the French doors at night, or going to bed without him. But we have 2 kids now (we had one at the time) and I just hope that I will be the mom God wants me to be while he's gone... that I won't lose patience too often.

Good luck! I'm praying for you and your move.


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