Saturday, July 25, 2009

BlogHop '09 Introduction to me and my family

I am way way far down the BlogHop '09 links list, so thank you VERY much for coming to visit me!

I am a brand new blogger (which may or may not be painfully obvious), and I started in earnest not long after my oldest daughter was diagnosed with Aspergers. Entries about her will figure largely into my blog, but there are plenty of other things I am passionate about and want to blog about.

My blog title references the fact that I am pursuing harmony in my family and balance in my life as a mom, wife, daughter, friend, housekeeper, cook, laundress, blogger, and twitter-er.

My brief bio:

nearly overwhelmed mom of 4 trying to stay ahead of the chaos
a perpetually late, mostly disorganized, schedule-hating stay home mom
a homeschooler
geek wife
sci-fi fan
a singer
an amateur genealogist
avid reader/bibliophile
a researcher of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, circumcision, and vaccination.
a 3 time homebirther
a good listener
an out-of-the-box thinker
a special needs mom and a spectrum mom
an advocate for my kids' special needs
I was recently described as being a tough cookie with a big heart

I think that just about covers it!

I love social media. I have been online since 1993, first on IRC in chatrooms, then on email lists, then on discussion forums. Twitter has given me a new level of making connections, and linking me to some wonderful blogs. I think I've been a social media addict for a LONG time. Doesn't hurt that I am outgoing and love to talk!

I love to help people connect. I thrive on making deep connections with others, talking about difficult subjects and learning from them, helping others find support systems and likeminded friends. Not surprisingly, my college major was special ed and psychology.

I met my husband on the internet in a Christian, college-age chatroom, and he bought our wedding rings and my engagement rings five weeks after we started dating. He proposed to me on the anniversary of the day we met in person and in the place where he told me he wanted to marry me during that first weekend we met in person. He is a stable force in my life, generous with his praise (which is good since my "love language" is words of affirmation!), a man of integrity, and the head of our household. I gladly submit to him because he "gets it" and cherishes my submission to him. The books "Reforming Marriage" by Doug Wilson and "Love and Respect" by Emerson Eggerichs have been very influential in our married life.

Our children are Ella (9), Maddie (6), Annelise (3), and Teddy (1). While Maddie has ADHD and as a result requires some extra effort to channel and restrain and focus.. Ella takes the lion's share of our efforts to parent. My husband has said that she takes about 50% of our focus, and the other 3 children don't come close to the other %50 percent all together.

I hope you will let me know that you've come to visit my blog, and I hope you will check back again. Please visit the links on the right side of my blog, I would love for you to meet the people that inspire me to share and connect!

My family:


Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Hello from NJ! Just stopping by from Blog Hop to say nice to "meet you".

I am a book fanatic myself. Never called myself a bibliophile though, I'll have to whip that one out soon..I like it.


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Happy Saturday to you! I am slowly making my way around to all the blogs that visited me when I was featured on SITS to say "Thank you". It is indeed a fabulous SITStahood.
Be blessed!

I am Harriet said...

Great info and welcome to blogging!

Just stopping by via the Blog Hop to say hello!

HomesteadMommy said...

Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog through Blog Hop.
I've really enjoyed reading your blog, looks like we have a lot in common.

Owlhaven said...

THanks for visiting over at my place. You have a lovely family!
Mary, mom to many

Andrea said...

You have a beautiful family.

I would love for you to visit me and comment on my Blog Hop Post:

Cricket said...

So nice to "meet" you; you've got a beautiful family! :)

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

It's been nice to meet you today!

Rana said...

Stopping by from Blog Hop. Nice to meet you. You have some great looking kids.

Missus Wookie said...

Stopping by from the bloghop - visited your reasons post first. As well as the aspie, I was going to specialize in ed psy before decided to stay home and have babies at home. Bibliophiles here with, Sci Fi a big thing in our lives here.

Nice to meet you :)

Jenny86753oh9 said...

It's great to meet another 867-5309er! You're doing great for a newbie blogger!

Anonymous said...

It's so nice to meet you. I'm perpetually late, a geek, and mom to a little boy with Asperger Syndrome.

Eli's Lids said...

You are a busy mama!! Have you read any of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan? (sci-fi epics). If you have or will leave me a comment to chat as no one I know does and I'm dying to discuss... lol!!
My hubby and I had a quick engagement too... best decision of my life. When you know you know!!

Angela said...

You have a beautiful family. :)

I'm giving away a $5 gc and a few more prizes on my blog here if you'd like to stop by today!

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