Friday, March 02, 2007


We're havin' a party!

5 Minutes for Mom is hosting a Blog Party! WOO-HOO! What fun! So glad you stopped by while you've been party-hopping~!

My name is Diane. I began blogging February of 2006 with the encouragement and support of my first-blogging-but-forever-friend, Cindy. One of the great benefits of this addiction, I mean, experience......is the community that has developed--in spite of the distance of cyberspace. Although, the distance will not be a problem when I join the Bloggy Girls Moutain Getaway this Fall, hosted by Kristen and Grandma Dawn! Do I hear a "EEE-HAW!"

When I am not blogging (I guess it could be said...even when I am blogging!), I am a wife (34 years), mother of 3 fabulous children (26, 24, and 15) and one foster-daughter (30), non-traditional college student (working on my Masters in Psychology), daughter, sister, Aunt, and Foster-Grandma to three beautiful grandchildren. And, I must add....I am so happy to greet you! Welcome to Partners In Prayer for Our Prodigals!

Should you want to find out, "Why Prodigals?", please click here. It has been a sharing of my journey through loving an adult child through a bumpy road called, "his life!" Or as my blogging friend, Morning Glory, has recoined, "his miracle in progress!"

Like you, I love talking about my children! Our daughter was married to a fabulous young man August 13, 2006! She works as an RN in the NeoNatalCriticalCareUnit at a Children's Hospital, he is an Accountant, studying for the dreaded CPA Exam!

Our 24 year old son just recently returned to Minneapolis, after a stay in Orlando, Florida, and has been hired (WOO-HOO!!!!!) as a Data Entry Coordinator; he begins this answer to pray on Monday


And then.....there is our 9th grade basketball player! It's been said that the "third one's the charm," well, I can affirm! Coming to us 10 years after our 2nd child, we have been richly blessed! Aren't we all! Children are such a gift directly from God!

Now that you have arrived at the door, please come in and make yourself at home. It is my pleasure to say "Welcome!" Please stay; and should you be off to do a little more party-hopping, please come back.....anytime!

66 comments:

Linda said...

Hi! I liked the balloons!
I feel very welcome and I´ll pop around again soon!
Have a nice party!
xxLinda

Leslie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Coming to say hello to you at yours! This Blog Party thing is fun!
What a beautiful family you have!

Tracey said...

Hi Diane, and thanks for stopping by!

Big Mama said...

Hi Diane, thanks for the great party!

BeckyD said...

I am so worried about the whole Blog Party thing. We just got internet reconnected at home, and well, I'm almost afraid to admit the kids may have to fend for themselves this weekend.

I have to put up reminders on my computer...feed the kids, are they still alive? LOL

Glad to meet you, come back any time

M. S. said...

Hello there. Thanks for stopping by my little space of the wide open web. Although I think I'm the only one that's not a mom. I found out about it from a friend of mine and thought it would be fun to meet new people.

Tirzah said...

Thanks for stopping by! This is such a fun party!

M. S. said...

Thank you for making me feel so welcome.

blackpurl said...

HI! Thanks for stopping by my party... I love the look of your blog. The balloons are fun!

Morning Glory said...

Thank you for the lovely party (and the link love). Hope your Friday is a perfect one.

Karen said...

Love the party decorations! Hope you're staying warm.

Peach said...

Thanks for dropping by, Diane. Thanks, too, for all the fun and festive atmosphere here at your place. I enjoyed it and will come visit again soon!

relevantgirl said...

Thanks for stopping by relevantblog and leaving a par-tay comment. I love what you've done with this blog!

melody said...

Beautiful family and what a gracious hostess.

Thanks for partying at my place.

Kristen said...

We've got the same balloons! We must've shopped at the same party store. ;-)

Great to hear about your son's new job! Awesome!

Thanks for inviting us to your party! Too many parties; too little time! ;-)

Kari said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! How exciting that your daughter is a NICU nurse! Our family thinks that they are the closest thing to angels on this earth! They are the only nurses who can change the bed with 1 hand and hold their patient in the other! Cant wait to look more at your blog!

Mellie's place said...

I think you won this prize hands-down lol! That was very welcoming, and friendly as well. It is true what you said about blogging being like your second family. For those of us not able to get out into the real world too often, these things are nice enough to give us the chance to mingle and meet new friends. God Bless

C. H. Green said...

How did you do those balloons???you amaze me. happy party week!

Jodi said...

Love the party site. Thanks for visiting my party also. I love that you are a foster mom as I work in the foster care system!

Dollymama said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! Loved seeing the photo of your daughter at her wedding. :)

Lauren S. said...

Thanks for visiting my party! I am just stopping by to visit yours. What a wonderful blogging idea. My children are only 5 and 2, but I am already praying for their faithfulness. I do appreciate your example for those of us with younger children!

Heidi said...

Hi Dianne! Great party post. Very welcoming and good summary of "YOU"!

Mommy Dearest said...

I'm so glad you stopped by to visit me. I have eight children, seven at home. My oldest (21 in June) is a wonderful son and will become a wonderful man, but he's going to learn every lesson the hard way on that path.

May you be blessed.

Liz said...

Wow, you are an inspiration!!! Pray that my little boys never become a prodigal!!! I too am a christian and was raised in a christian home.. My mother still has my youngest son who was adopted living at home and he is a poster child for the Prodigal!!!! as you describe..

I will visit back!! :-)

KarenW said...

So glad to meet you!

April said...

Thanks for visiting my party Diane! It is very nice to meet you. You sound just like my Mom when referring to your daughter and wanting a grandbaby. She asks me quite often when she is going to get a grandbaby. We are waiting a little longer, doing a few things, & going a few places before that happens! It was so fun to hear from you! Good luck on the grandbaby!

Crystal said...

Hi Diane, thanks for stopping by. Your festivities are lovely, as is your family!

:)

Nic said...

What a festive place!! I love the theme of your blog...I've played the prodigal myself, and what a lifesaver it was to be prayed for.

T with Honey said...

Love your party decorations!

Kate said...

Hello!!! Lovely to "meet" you...thanks for popping by my party! :) How fun...hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Butterfly Kisses said...

Hi. I enjoyed visiting your blog. :o)

Barb the Evil Genius said...

Hi Diane, nice to "meet" you. Love the party decorations! Children are certainly a blessing, aren't they?

Thyen Party of Four said...

Hello from a former Minnesotan! :) Just popping in - this party thing is fun!! :)

I enjoyed reading your blog - it was nice to hear a Minnesota 'accent' :) - and read some encouraging words regarding your prayers for family members. Prayer is a powerful thing!! :)

Ruth :)

Laurel Wreath said...

Love your decorations, you are so creative!! I enjoyed the pictures of your family. I am a Mom of three boys, and can not image mine being that grown up. Sigh... guess it is going to happen quickly.

Susie said...

now that is a party!!! we are snowed in to down here in Plainview Mn.!! cute blog!!

Deena said...

This is a God thing...I'm here from Ultimate Blog Party, but I'm also praying for our prodigal daughter to find her way back home...she is staying with us temporarily to see if we can build bridges and become a family of five again...
I've bookmarked your blog, and I plan on being back

Kelley said...

Thanks for stopping by the House o' Glamour today and thanks for the invitation to stop by in my jammies! However, I showered and changed into comfy velour sweats to stop by your place! I've been poking around for a bit and I'll be back again. I'm interested in the online courses that you're taking. I love taking college classes, but it's a bit difficult with two little ones right now.

See ya again soon!

Aimee said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hello! You have a very lovely family, and it sounds like you have a full and blessed life. I'm sure I'll enjoy looking around your place some more!

Ribbon Rock Star said...

It's so nice to meet you!!

Linda

eph2810 said...

I remember seeing the picture of your daughter and her husband last year...I am so thrilled to hear that your son is starting his job on Monday :)...And you youngest son - he is very handsome...

Thank you for inviting me over today...

Blessings to you and yours.

Sara said...

Holy MackTruck! You didn't NEED anymore comments but I just had to leave one.

Excellent site and travel time. I think I've seen your name on EVERY blog I've visited today. Do you get around the bloggysphere or do we just have the same incredible taste?

Good to meetcha and hope you'll stop by my place sometime!

jewlsntexas said...

Nice to meet you Diane!
I saw that you linked up at my Mr. Linky. I always wanted to go to Minnesota - my high school boyfriend was from Duluth - but somehow I married me a Texan - and here I am in the south. It isn't so bad - it's SPRING here now! woo hoo!
Oh yeah - I noticed in your post - I thought I was the only one who used WOO HOO!
Nice to meet ya - party on!

Tracey said...

Fun Party post! This is a different Tracey, womanwithmanyhats.com.

Tonya said...

Hi Diane,
Thanks for stopping by my blog at There Is A Season. Your comment was so well put and I appreciate your words!

Thanks again!

Becca L. said...

Hello! Great party! Love the decorations!

Judi said...

Great to meet you! Thanks for stopping to visit me earlier. I really have enjoyed spending time here at your place. :)

Cindy said...

Hi Diane! I've visited your blog before too, but somehow lost track of it. How neat to re-discover it...and I'm bookmarking it to make sure I don't lose it again! Your family looks wonderful!

Gina said...

Love the decor! Thanks for stopping by my place!

Quick testimony on prodigals! My prodigal sister (36yrs) may finally be coming home. She' recently moved five hours from my home, went to church with us, and her and her husband were asking questions about God! This is a major answer to prayer!

Jessica Morris said...

It is true - blogging is addicting!! You have a beautiful family!

KnicKnac said...

WOW! Really cool blog you got going on here! Thanks for the visit!!!

sognatrice said...

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my party in the midst of your blizzard...hope you were stocked up on Diet Coke ;)

Wendy said...

I really like your balloons! Enjoy the party...glad to meet you.

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog party!

Love the music and the balloons.

The weather is pretty miserable too.

http://circleoflifeblog.blogspot.com

Qtpies7 said...

Oh dear me! My third is not a charm! He's my absolute most difficult! LOL Gotta love it.
We live in Minnesota, too! Our kids mostly weren't born here, so they are having the time of their lives! They have never seen this much snow. I love telling them that this isn't that much, we used to trick or treat in this! haha!
My dd 15 took a pic of her with an icicle bigger than she is!
Happy party week!

kailani said...

Just stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party and wanted to say Hi. I'll be back again during the week.

When you get a chance, please stop by and check out my book giveaway.

Aloha!

KWiz said...

Thanks for stopping by during the party! And you were right the first time...Blogging is an addiction! I'll be back!

www.wisdomwalking.net

Julie Carobini said...

Hi There--Thanks for the update Diane! Balloons, how fun!

Holly said...

Hi Diane,

Thanks for dropping by my corner. It's really nice to meet you. I enjoyed reading about you. I'm not sad I live in AZ though - growing up in Idaho I really don't miss the snow, especially this time of year. But your having fun with your kiddos is always the bomb. Happy party hopping!

Hugs,
Holly
Holly's Corner

Barb said...

What a nice party! You did a great job of introducing yourself and your family to new visitors. I'm not new, but I enjoyed this.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

I still remember the day - so early on in my blogging addiction (did I say addiction - I meant experience!) that I stumbled on your site. You have been a dear favorite ever since. LOVE YOU GIRL and so glad you are PARTYING! :)

Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity said...

Oh I would love just a little bit of snow this year, but I'm not sure that it's going to happen....

Love your blog! I've definatley bookmarked it and I'll be abck (in my best Arnold voice!)

Heather

Mommy Brain said...

What a great party! I love the balloons. Thanks for stopping by.

Elena said...

Hi, I'm from the party. I have seen your comments on so many of the other party blogs, and you have such an interesting name, I decided to stop by and just say hello!

Love the balloons, very festive!

Have a great week and party on!

Nise' said...

Enjoyed meeting you and your family! I enjoyed your blog song. I don't even want to know how many parties I have attended in the last few days! LOL

Brandie said...

Hello ... It's so nice to meet you =)

Barbara H. said...

Hello! I'm still making my way through the blog party circuit. It ill take me a while!

I'm sure I have been here before, but it's nice to get reacquainted and meet your family. It's nice to see another mom of older kids. :)