Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Ultimate Blog Party 2009
Welcome to the party! Thanks for stopping by Beautiful Feet. Allow me to introduce myself, and then feel free to click around the room at your leisure. I've uploaded some of my favorite desserts over here. Sugar and calorie-free, of course. I love virtual desserts!
Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

Fresh Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon bubble bread

That's not me. That's my oldest daughter, Sarah.

Coffee and tea are over there.

Drinks are being served in my favorite, environmentally-friendly coffee mugs (most importantly, they don't shatter when dropped on cement floors!)

Here's a quick look at who I am:

I'm Rebecca!

I'm a not-getting-paid-to-work-at-home mom of 6 kids. "Stay-at-home" implies to me that I never get outside, and I don't work. While that is sometimes true, it's a preference thing not an obligation. I like being a home-body, but if it's not work, I don't know what is!

My husband, Doug, and I moved (with our family, of course) from the Pacific Northwest to sunny Sinaloa, Mexico, a little over 3 years ago. We are missionaries working with a Calvary Chapel church in Boca del Rio, which is a small fishing village about a half-mile up the coast from our home. Doug is the youth leader and I...well, I do whatever it is that needs to be done at the time. Sometimes I'm the kitchen crew chief or the pianist or the photographer.
Sometimes I'm the local vet. I've led Bible studies and been the chauffeur for women's retreats. I was even Mama Clown once.

We have homeschooled our kids for almost 16 years. I started out a bit eclectic but pretty structured in my teaching strategies, and I've relaxed some over the years! ;^) You'll see some of our curriculum choices on the right sidebar. Also in the tag cloud (top of the page) you'll see all the lables for the posts at this blog. Click and read to your heart's content.

I participate weekly in Blogger Friend School. It's a great way to force myself to blog regularly and to push me outside of my comfort zone a bit.

I'm just beginning to host the weekly meme "Fun Fact Friday" over at our family blog. It's only been up and running for a couple of weeks, so it's a pretty new thing. I'm hoping it will be a fun thing -- my kids have been looking forward to it, since there aren't a whole lot of kid-appropriate memes out there!

I blog on not-quite-dinosaur-speed dial-up, so you'll never find YouTube videos here, but I enjoy creating little animated gif thingies and playing with I'm finding that the longer I blog, the more fun it becomes...except, of course, when the computer is being difficult, but that's part of the challenge!

Here's our house (it's a work in progress)...

Here's my view (it's really hard to choose a favorite -- we get 365 great sunsets a year)...

Here's our beach, which is about 2 blocks from our house. This photo was taken in December. To us, it's too cold to swim in the ocean in December, but our friends from Oregon thought the 80 degree weather was perfect for bodysurfing and sandcastles...

And that's probably enough info for one post! Be sure you leave a comment so I can come visit your party, too! And again, thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you here again soon!

Dios te bendiga!


Carol @SheLives said...

Yes! A beach party! With dessert!!

So pleased to meet you via the UBP '09!

Me encanta la fiesta!

Kathryn said...

Wow! For a new-to-blogging blog, yours looks wonderful!

God Bless!

Misty said...

i love your little corner of the blogosphere. i'm visiting from UBP and clicked on your name wondering if it had anything to do w/ the "good news" and it looks like it might just be! i'm eager to learn more, so i'm bookmarking to be back!

Julie said...

You touched my heart (we were miss's in Asia) and my sweet tooth (too long since I made cinnamon rolls like those!). It was a joy to read about you and about the life God has given you and your family. My sister goes to a Calvary Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia. Enjoy a beautiful sunset tonight.
- Julie

Sheri said...

hey, are ya trying to kill me with those great looking desserts? How ya doing BFS pal? Glad to see ya here-have a great one deary!

Kirsty said...

Wow what an impressive lady you are! And your desserts look delectable! I love your mom who does not get paid to work at home ;) I always think the SAHM title is pretty inaccurate too!

Nice to meet you and yours. I hope you will stop by my blog-I'm having a pretty fab giveaway! Happy Spring!
PS. Where in the Pacific NW did you live? We spent some time there too!

EllyBean said...

I'm party hopping and wanted to say that it was nice to meet you! Happy blogging, partying, and Happy First Day of Spring!

Those cinnamon buns look to die for, btw!

ellybean (at)

Ashley L said...

Hi! I love your blog! Thank you also for stopping by "Missionary Moms." I added you to the blogroll so hopefully other missionary moms can get to know you! I definitely understand how it can be easy to feel isolated when in a foreign place and being at home with kids. I really hope to create a place of community to meet that specific need for connection that I think most of us are always wanting more of!

I think it is amazing that you so willingly picked up your whole family to faithfully follow God's call to Mexico. I am so glad to hear that it has been such a blessing for your family! We love our life overseas too!

Oh, and we're from Seattle, so I also am a Pacific NW momma! I miss it so much!

God bless!

Hadley said...

Thanks for coming by! (funny thing about those counting bears ~ the classics never grow old!)

It's so neat to meet another homeschool mom, one who has been where I'm at!

Oh, and I love the name of your blog - I hope that I have beautiful feet!

Heather of the EO said...

I can't say how much I want to be on that beach! It just snowed here!

Lovely party :)

Carrie said...

Love virtual dessert. I am doing a virtual food party later on today... come over to visit.

Have a wonderful Saturday.

Michele @ Frugal Granola said...

Wow- what a beautiful view! :) A cup of tea sounds great, too.

Michele :)

Rebekah said...

Hi, Rebecca, great name :)

I've never liked the stay-at-home title, either, I really do like the world out there! I homeschool, too, but wow, 6 kids - you're inspiring me!

Khordaddy said...

What a great blog! I love the photos! Very beautiful where you live for sure...and those food pics are making me forget why I am trying to get back in shape.

Cascia said...

Party hopping and just wanted to say hello!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Bless your of 6 and homeschooling to boot, and a missionary and all the other "stuff."

Thank you for being our Father's light at home and in the world. You are my hero.

blessings and peace to you in your Sabbath rest~elaine

Anonymous said...

Great to meet you! Thanks for inviting us to your home and work!
It's exciting to see what you are up to and how God is working!

Fruitfulvine2 said...

Wow Rebecca! Sarah looks just like you. She's beautiful just like her mama.

Fruitfulvine2 said...

Happy Partying! Let's compare notes for sure. You might get some that I might miss, the list is already so long. I love the way they separated them into family friendly blogs and the like. I'm glad I met you at last year's party.

MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner said...

Hey there! So nice to (virtually) meet you... happy UBP!

Casual Friday Everyday said...

It's nice to meet you! I'm here from the UBP and look forward to getting to know you more this week.


Maria@Conversations with Moms said...

Those desserts look so delicious. I love the view from your house. It's been nice visiting you.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Thanks for the invite. I love the beach. I am participating in UBP 09 too so stop in for a visit. Party on!

StacieinAtlanta said...

Hi Rebecca-

Those cinnamon rolls are making my mouth water.

Coming by from The Ultimate Blog Party to say hi. Make certain to check out my place for your chance to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System. :)

The Divine Miss Mommy

Finamoon said...

I would be swimming in your ocean too...Oregon ocean is cold most places! I used to live in Winchester Bay I should know :)

Please visit my blog party and make yourself at home!

Super Fun Mama said...

Hi there, coming over as a blog hopper taking part in UBP. It is very nice to meet you and your blog. I have a blog at It is a blog about the learning and fun activities I do with my tot. Very nice to meet you!

LivingforGod said...

Beautiful sunset! I came here via the Ultimate Blog Party. So nice to meet you, another sister in Christ and a fellow homeschool mom. Guess what:)? We are in Oregon, we attend a Calvary Chapel church, and we are mission-minded.

Hope you'll come visit my blog when you get a chance :).

LivingforGod said...

I think I typed my blog's address wrong earlier. Here it is again:

Daniele said...

hello & thanks for the virtual goodies! stopping by via the blog party~~love the beach pics, great blog!

Kristen said...

A beautiful beach and yummy desserts! count me in.

Anonymous said...

Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.


carma said...

Stopping by to say "hi" from UBP - party on :-)

Maxine said...

I am new to this party thing, but it is nice visiting new people. I found your blog to be one of the more interesting I've been to. Wonderful getting a peek into the life of a missionary family such as yours. I'm always quite interested in the blogs of home schoolers as we are also home schooling our sixteen year old. She's never been to regular school and my older daughter home schooled from seventh grade on. I'm participating via our home business blog which I invite you to visit. You can find out about the writing activities we have for children at the main website and also about other things. Look through our blog to find out more about us. We've been having comments which we're working on now, so if you can, leave a comment. I hope I can come back for more visits, as I've written your blog down as one I'd like to visit again.
God bless you and your family as you minister for Him.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

what a great post - love all the snacks! Out party hopping! Good to meet your blog

Tonya said...

nice meeting you. and how amazing to bring the 6 kids and go into missions. Praise the Lord for a family like you.