Who I'm Bringing To The Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Everyone loves a party! I especially love one that doesn't require hiring a babysitter!

I thought this would be a great opportunity to tell you about the crazy cast of characters I share with the world everyday.


My tall, handsome, strong, sweet, gentle, and most of all goofy husband. He taught me to not worry about what people think. If you're in a Mart and hear all the push button toys going at once, stop by, it's probably us. Cory loves children and the elderly. He recently started his dream job at an assisted living center. He has a great boss- she calls his goofiness “enthusiasm”.

Missy Kissy- aka: Comma
(combination of her real name and Momma)

Our 10 year old daughter. Smart, funny, beautiful. Sometimes sassy (we're working on that). I ask her over and over- “How did I take care of you, when I didn't have you to help me?”.

She has been a text book child. She does everything right on time. You give her a dirty look and she quits what she's doing wrong. We had a perfect child and thought we were perfect parents, until...

Jeromebob- aka: 220

Our neighbor says most kids run on 110 volts, but Jeromebob runs on 220 volts! He's a 4 year old constant blur of motion. Everything is emphasized with him. He's more challenging, more work, more affectionate, and more fun than any kid I've ever known. You have to watch him 24 hours a day. He has great ideas, like laying in a mud puddle to play with cars.

Cheesecake- aka: Toivo Two Fingers

Of course, being only a year old, we don't know quite what we're in for with this one. So far he likes to sit back and assess the situation before jumping in. He watches all the craziness with his 2 middle fingers in his mouth.


What can I say about me? I'm just a regular mom- homeschooling, cloth diapering, line-drying, gardening, canning, baby wearing, sewing, quilting...

When I quilt, I'm not picky about how my corners match- I figure with practice it will get better. I've been practicing for 5 years now. I feel the same way about blogging. I have no clue what I'm doing, I can't write, but I'll keep practicing and hopefully it will get better.

I'm also slowly learning to live frugally. This isn't the life style I planned. I planned 2 incomes, a big house, new cars, etc. Well we had that and it didn't make us happy. God had other plans for us. I'm hoping someone will benefit from my sharing our journey.

The Supporting Cast

G'ma- aka: Ma (to everyone), Ma Kettle

The reason this blog started- I lost my mommy! She only moved 90 minutes away, but when you're used to seeing your mom everyday, that's a long way.

She has a funny/wise saying for every situation. Her unshakable faith in God, led me to my own beliefs. She showed me to wait on the Lord, telling me over and over “In God's timing, not yours”.

G'pa- aka: Pa Kettle

My dad, who instilled in me a love of the land, history, and all things old-fashioned. When the doctor told him he had 1-5 years to live, he said “I'll take 5”. He almost did, too! His jokester attitude prepared me for life with my husband. I can't even begin to tell you how his passing left a hole in our family.


Our neighbor. His job is to rile up Jeromebob and then go home. (I'm bragging, not complaining...) We don't know what we would do without him. He's a carpenter by trade, but knows the answer to every question you might have, living in the north woods. I ask him all the questions I used to ask my dad. He always has a joke and a story, usually delivered in a Finnish accent.

I'm so blessed to have these wonderful, wild, wacky people to share my life with. There's never a dull moment in the back of nowhere!


  1. Loved this post! Sounds like yall have a fun family!! Have fun partying at UBP!! :D

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  2. Love your intro! Don't forget to mention what prizes you want. I will be posting soon when we get home from the dentist.

  3. happy blog hopping. I like your take that money doesn't make happy! Now, if only I could teach my hubby that :)

  4. If they come up with a sarcasm font, please let me know! Great blog, party on! How do I follow you? I didn't see a button

  5. Thanks all!

    CoffeeLovinMom-I haven't added a follow button, because I thought only my Mommy read this! I'll get right on it.

  6. What a fun family you have! It is so nice to meet you =)

  7. Hello, I'm stoppin' over from the Ultimate Blog Party!

    I'm your new follower from UBP10!

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  8. You all sound so fun! I love your descriptions of your kids, they sound like kids I would want mine to be friends with (if mine were old enough!)

  9. Stopping In From UBP#10 Great Party Post:) Love Cheesecake

  10. Stopping by from UBP10 to say Hi! Great blog! I am your newest follower!

  11. Just cruising on in from the UBP to say hi :)

  12. Yeah for not needing a sitter!! :)

    I’m a homeschooling SAHM of two littles (3 and 1.5). I’m a born-again Christian, and I’m currently getting my MA in Ministry! I'm not your typical "Mommy Blogger", but I love reading them just the same. Just stopping by during the UBP! Happy Partying! :)

  13. What a smart idea. I can't wait to dig around in your blog and learn more.

  14. Coming over for the party! Sounds like you have a great family!

  15. Stopping by on the UBP10 party tour...loved meeting your family! Sounds like you have a fun one... :)

  16. See, we just have one kid so far, and she's (knock on wood) been a close to perfect baby. So I'd like to have another one, but I'm afraid of what the universe would throw at me the second time around...

    Nice to meet you!

  17. Love your blog and really enjoyed my visit.
    I think this is my 3rd year. Not sure but really enjoy meeting new bloggers.
    Great prizes this year! I hope you win one..or two.
    I was late too but fashionable late for the UBP 2010.

  18. Sounds like you've got quite the party going on already! I love your positive attitude - 'cause life is always going to throw us curveballs and we have to change our stance sometimes.

    Blessings and happy UBP!

  19. Christina - xristya@rock.com - I loved your opening post about your "wacky" people - we all have them! I myself am a poet, artist, journalist, did a local TV series on the arts, and am now reviewing for http://www.musicroomreviews.com and http://www.movieroomreviews.com, the ones with Written by Christina at the top and the bottom of the reviews! You can also read me more about me in About Us on those sites!

  20. Love this post! You sound like a lot of fun. I can't wait to read more. :)

  21. Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. I love your site and am subscribing to your RSS feed. I would appreciate it if you visited my blog and did the same! I'm looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

    The Healthy Moms

  22. Stopping by from UBP! So nice to meet you and your cast! Um, my hubby does the same thing with all the dang toys in the store! Haha!


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