I think the first strangers blog that I visited was PN's. When I first happened upon her blog, I felt for her. She was going through some struggles at the time. She has come a long way since then--just a few short months really. She's awesome.
LaDawn was my next victim. LaDawn is the sweet mom of three adorable boys (one of whom is in heaven), and a baby on the way. She's an awesome cake decorator too. She's an inspiration to me.
Somewhere along the way I came across Gwennaelle's blog-backandthen. She has been documenting her return to the church. I'm inspired by her courage and honesty. She's from France, and recently sent me some fabulous chocolate. Is it any wonder I love her?
I think I came across Rebecca's blog through Gwennaelle's. Rebecca is another beautiful young woman. She lives with her hubby and two kitties in Califoria. She is passionate about the causes she believes in. I think she's also courageous and valiant. Truly a Warrior in these latter days.
I came across Spencers blog through MormonBlogs or some such blog search apparatus. I left a commet on his blog, and his wonderful sweet wife Merrianne responded. Merrianne is sweet, kind, funny and oh so full of life and love for her wonderful family. I can't link her blog here, because she recently had to shut it down after too many weirdos began bugging her--the cost of fame! I'm happy to say she has become a great blogging buddy. Hers is the first blog I visit each day.
I don't remember how I came across Mrs. Mordecai's blog, but I have truly enjoyed reading her posts. Her blog is pretty, and so full of wonderful and helpful information on the art of homemaking. Other home-making blogs I have truly enjoyed include Our Red House--Kate lives in Australia and shares wonderful recipes, and pictures of her beautiful home.
Ok, I think I remember how I came across her blog, probably the same way I stumbled across a lot of blogs, through MormonBlogs. That's how I found Jenn Lee's blog too. She's a beautiful young woman documenting her family's life. She has three ADORABLE little girls. I love reading her posts. They're all so gracious and she dwells only on the beautiful things in life. I could surely take a lesson or two from her.
Through Jenn Lee's blog, I came across Alyssa's at Resolved to Worship. Here is a gorgeous Christian woman with six gorgeous children (and one on the way) and a gorgeous husband. She has had her fair share of ups and downs, but always turns it over to the Lord. She writes some beautiful and long posts that always leave me feeling inspired to study the scriptures more.
There are several that I read just to absorb the creativity of the blog keeper. Sometimes I comment on these, and sometimes I don't. Theres: Grace Violet and Gingham World. Lemon Annie has a great blog about home decor and design. There's also Robin over at the Robins Nest, she too has great decorating and crafting ideas. She hostd a Christmas stocking swap a while back, and through that I met up with Amy J. She has a beautiful family too. They've endured their fair share of trials already. She is a great photographer. I love her posts, and I can't wait to send her stocking off to her.
Laura commented on my last giveaway, and I've been visiting her ever since. She's another creative lady. She lives in Kentucky with her handsome hubby and several cute kitties. She has an Etsy shop where she sells cute little pet beds. She has some great girls nights out with her buddies the Red Hots.
Jeri from In the Gutter is a wonderful writer. Her posts really just brighten my day. She's an American transplanted in England while her husband serves in the military. Really, I should say their whole family is serving. I can't think of much greater sacrifice than the ones our wonderful service-men and their families make on our behalf every day (aside from the greatest sacrifice wrought on our behalf by the Saviour).
In the witty category there's:
Kristen P. -- her posts crack me up. Several other blogs that keep me in stitches are Mindi's , she posts some of the funniest stuff.; and Mother Goose's I'm still getting to know the Goose, but so far I like what I've learned.
Tammy alternates between keeping me laughing, inspired and in a stupor of thought with her posts.
Sher and Mush are a couple of awesome marathon moms. If I ever take up running it will be due to their inspiration. They both have beautiful families on top of great blogs. Sher is a wonderful pianist, and will soon have a cd of her music coming out. I couldn't be more excited for her.
I found Dolly through Merriannes blog. She's a super sweetheart who has a son on a mission in Switzerland. Through Dolly's blog, I came across Mary's. Now, this is one funny lady. And she holds the key to my thankful thought for today. To understand what I'm talking about, go visit this post. My thankful item?---diapers.
Ok, this is going to have to be part one to a two part post. Because, there's still more. Until then, I hope you check out some of these wonderful ladies and get to know them. I'm sure enjoying them.
Have a great Saturday.