March 14, 2008

The Ultimate Blog Party!!

*this post is a sticky note, scroll down for more recent posts and if you want to join the 5M4M party click on the pink banner!*
Ultimate Blog Party 2008

Welcome to Just Another Day in Paradise!

This is where the PARTY is at in this corner of bloggyland...y'all come on in and make yourself comfortable, I'm so glad you could join me! :) A gerber daisy for each of my special blog-party-guests...since it's my FAV flower and you can never receive too many flowers!

What's a party without some goodies?! Y'all help yourself to a soda of your choice and of course a yummy chocolate chip cookie while you browse around my little blog!

A little bit about ME (Kate is a nickname)...I am a 29 year old daughter of the King, who is also a happily married mother of 2 cherubs! I've been privileged to walk with Jesus for 19 years and grow more in love with Him each passing year. My husband and I have been married for 9 years this July and they have been the happiest and most exciting years of my life! We have a son (Alex) who will be 7 in June and a daughter (Chloe) who will be 5 in July. They are truly the bright spots in our day and the apple of our eyes.

For the first 7 years of our married lives, we were missionaries with New Tribes Mission. We were blessed to live and work in Madang, Papua New Guinea for 1 1/2 years. Our time spent in Madang was extraordinary and we have many fond memories of great friends and great experiences there! Through a variety of circumstances, God brought us home and we resigned from NTM. From that point, we have begun our lives as a family anew and afresh. Our journey the past 2 years has not been easy, however we have been knit closely together as a family and our relationship with our heavenly Father has become more real and more intimate. I have rediscovered the truth that Christ is my life and He loves me unconditionally!

BTW ~ Things I love (just for fun) ~

I love JESUS!

I love my family and friends (love to meet NEW friends!)

I love to talk (can talk the hind leg off a donkey)

I love the beach, sunshine and flip flops'

I love to curl up with a good book and get lost for a while

I love to go to the movies (chick flicks rule but will be up for an ape tape with hubby!)

I love the smell of spring, fresh cut grass and clean sheets

I love to go could call my decor style "antique country"

I would love to live in the south

I LOVE jewelry!!

I love Target, NY & Co, Starbucks, and Olive Garden

About my Blog Name...Just Another Day in a song by Phil Vassar and YES, it's a country song!! :) I may live in a state that is northern in culture but I am a southerner by heart! I heard this song and thought it was a perfect fit for my title. It's a story about a family who in the daily circumstances of life they find that they are living in paradise because they are living and loving together. I think we take so much for granted ~ our lives, our loved ones, our freedom, our health, our country. We don't know how many days God has granted us so instead of complaining I'm choosing to be thankful for each new day I get to live and love on this earth!

So that's it for now...enjoy browsing around! I have lots of neat stuff on my sidebar you might want to check out if you have time. Most importantly is Chloe's story of how God is turning tradegy into triumph day by day in our family.

Bye for now...see you around bloggyland!! Thanks for coming! :)

At the 5M4M Blog Party, there are TONS of prizes being offered...

My choices would be:

#7 ~ the elemental memories necklace

#32 ~ the living the dream mom t-shirt

#147 ~ the triple metal earrings

or these #48, #24, #116, #129, #107 if the above are taken! :) Or anything jewelry, books or gift cards to Starbucks/Amazon. Thanks!!


Anonymous said...

Hi. I am traveling the party blogs. Stopping by for a rest. Thanks so much for the coca-cola - I have been craving one! It was great reading and meeting you. Enjoy!

It's All Good! said...

Hi! Glad to meet you! Thanks for inviting me to you blog party. Have a great week.

Melanie said...

Hi, so nice to meet you! I've enjoyed reading several of your posts and will be back soon for another visit.

Enjoy the party!

Shana said...

What a great party! Enjoy this fun week of blog hopping. :o)

cltgrace said...

What a lovely family! Welcome to the blog party! Now that you're here, let's get this party started! There are so many blogs to visit & friends to meet. What a pleasure!

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.

Love your cluster map!

GraceFULL blessing to you & yours~


Megan said...

so fun to "meet" you as well! thanks for stopping by my party! good luck with the apron giveaways!

Crazy Daisy said...

thank you for the gerber daisy and snacks! :-) WOW Papua New Guinea! That is amazing work!

I look for to 'visiting' you again soon!

Erin said...

Thanks for stopping by my place to party with me! Hope you are having a fabulous time!

Name: Jenni said...

I found you through the blog party. My husband & I attended New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, graduating in 2004. However, we did not continue on in the training, as God had other plans for us. It's nice to meet another "New Triber"!

We also have a daughter named Chloe, who is 6 well as two older girls. I'll be visiting your blog again! It was nice to "meet" you!

Anonymous said...

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!

The Cabrelli's said...

Hi! Thanks to coming to my blog party in the Bahamas. It sounds as though you have lived a very interesting life. Enjoy the rest of teh blog party!

Gillian Gauthier said...

Nice to meet you too! Wow, so many Christian moms in this blog party! Too fun!
Thanks for the flowers ... hee hee! AND the cookie!

Anonymous said...

well the sign sure made it easy to get here! and those flowers are just lovely! I think I'll have a cookie!
I noticed you're doing breaking free! I loved that book, and actually am plannin gto do it again!
God Bless!

Darlene said...

Like your blog. This is so much fun. I will visit again. When you have time check out my blog:

Darlene said...

Yes, I am a "at risk teachers aide".
What I do is help students that are at risk of failing a subject or failing the grade level they are in. I give them extra attention and encourage them to do their homework and help them with their work when they don't understand. I also help them study for tests that are coming up. I also work with ELL students and I have In-School-Suspension. This is to keep students in school instead of out-of- school suspension. They can still receive out of school suspension depending on what they did and the punishment that is required for that. Hope this helps. If you have more questions let me know.

Karla said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you'll come again soon!

Anonymous said...

Wow- love your blog party, especially the music! Thanks for stopping by my UBP. I really enjoyed looking around your blog and reading about your sweet little girl.
The Happy Housewife

Mama Kat said...

what a cute party! thanks for the refreshments - how did you know my favorites? here's my plug for Dave Ramsey - once you start, your life will totally change. It even brought my husband back to God! good luck!

Sarah said...

What a great party! I love gerber daisies (can you tell from my blog design?) and diet coke! Your blog seems really fun, but meaningful. I'm going to subscribe!

Kimberly LaBombard said...

HI Kari,
Stopping by for a cookie - thanks. I have enjoyed visiting your little corner of paradise. It would seem as though we are kindred spirits of sorts. I look forward to visiting again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for having me!
Happy partying :D

The Other Huse said...

YAY! It was so great "meeting you" at the party. Thanks for stopping by my place too. Your blog looks like fun.

Your daughter Chloe sounds like what I think my daughter Lorelai will in a little while.

Happy Panda said...

Great post! I will take a cookie please. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you have a great time meeting everyone. Good Luck in the drawing.

Anonymous said...

Oh my this blog party is addicting as you said!! I enjoyed visiting your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine! Now that we have done coffee and coke and cookies together, we will have to get together again! LOL! :)

Enjoyed the lovely picture of your family.....your daughter is beautiful. God is good, even in the tough times as evidenced by your daughter's tragedy.

I'll be back for a visit again.
Sandy @ Jesus and Dark Chocolate

BeachMama said...

Thanks for stopping by my beach. And I love your banner and blog name too. It warms my heart on such a cool Winter day. Tell your Hubby he is missing the record breaking Winter.

Anonymous said...


Lisa Lou Hoo said...

Hi there,
Thanks for stopping by Sweet Home Alabama and for sharing an expression from your neck of the woods! You have a lovely family and it sounds like you have had quite an incredible journey thus far! Thanks for sharing and happy partying!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my party! I love your blog. It's in my favs now!! Have a fantastic day!

jbubolz-miller said...

I love that song and could defnitely use cookies today! Thanks

Michelle in Mx said...

Good to meet you and thanks for stopping by my party.
I noticed the book your reading and its on my "really want to read" list . . . it has some of her testimony doens't it?
I'm going to see BM in April when she comes to San Diego - I just apriciate her insight.
Anyway - the diet coke was appriciated, and the cookies delisious - and I'm off to nurse my little guy!
It was super meeting yoU!

Jenni at talking hairdryer said...

I hope you had a great time at the blog party and that you won something. I'm just getting around to visiting everyone that stopped by my place. Thanks for visiting Talking Hairdryer.

If you aren't too partied out, I'd like to invite you to drop back by tonight around 9 pm CST. I'm having a little open house complete with cookies. You can bring your own drink. I'll show you around our newly remodeled office. See you then.

Storm said...

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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