Time to Party - in an Ultimate Way!

Hey mom friends out there and 1st time visitors from 5 Minutes For Mom. Nice to have you all here!

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Also on twitter at @5minutesformom  #UBP11 Join in the fun!

I am Melissa,  this is my 1st year participating in The Ultimate Blog Party with 5 Minutes for Mom and I am excited to share my blog with others.

Let me invite you in......

I started my blog originally to have a journal of sorts when my dad was having major heart surgery. Then did not blog for a LONG time.  This blog has morphed into a homeschooling blog with a mix of party planning and crafting. I guess you could say all three are my equal passions!

I am a mother of 4 with children's ages ranging from 22 yrs old all the way to 22 months!  Being a survivor of childhood cancer has made me have a zeal for life and we celebrate every chance we get!  I am also a daughter of God and love to share my thoughts with others.

I have met so many awesome people in blogland and hope to someday meet some of my favorite blogging friends in real life!

Let me show you my blessed family!

This is ME - Hi!

Here is a picture of my best friend, my hubby!  He is a HUGE Vikings fan!

Molly - will be 4 yrs on 4/5

Samantha (aka Sammie) will be 2 May 5th

Zachary - 6 (will be 7 in July)

Here is a picture of my husband (on the left) and my oldest, Jeremy on the right. 

We live about an hour North of New York City in Orange County, NY.  We have a country life with the city down the road, best of both worlds!  

Love my family!  I stay at home and homeschool the younger 3, take care of our home and my husband! 

..need a break for 5 minutes...why not hop on over to the Ultimate Blog Party and join in!  Prizes, Fun, exposure to your blog and did I mention prizes! I can't wait to meet more bloggers and have a great time at the Ultimate Party!

Please link up your blog so I can come visit and say Hi!


Anonymous said…
Sounds like a fun party!
JDaniel4's Mom said…
It is so wonderful to go to party and find that you have friends already there.

It is always great to see you!
I lived in CT until recently. I loved being near NYC.

(My UBP blog post is at my book blog 5 Minutes for Books).

The linky didn't work for me --
I am the mother of 4 as well!

Stopping in from UBP! Please come and visit my post too! We have a big $208 Giveaway. Love for you to enter and to get to know our blog!

The Chief Blonde
Still Blonde after all these YEARS
Hi! I''m Theresa, homeschool mom of 9 blessings- ages 23 to 5. LOVED the pic of your hubby and son- that's how it works around here too lol

I am in the Midwest- never been to NYC but hope to do that some day-
My blog is Stories for the Homeschool Heart Here:


Would love to see you there too- I'm highlighting various blogs- leave a comment there if you want yours 'reviewed'. :)Also have a Facebook page with the same name and 900 members- Great to'meet' you! God bless- T. Ps. your site only allows my Google account blog and the link will take you to my daughters' ballet blog- follow the url I listed if you want to visit me :) sorry-
Tracy said…
HI Melissa!
I just joined in on the UBP! It looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for the Linky! I am your first link up! Do I win a prize! Ha!Ha! I loved reading your UBP post and seeing all the pics of your beautiful family! So glad you are linking up to NOBH again and you're the first link up :) Congrats on being spotlighted this month on NOBH by linking up the most posts in March. It's always fun to visit your blog! Have a blessed weekend and have fun celebrating your daughter's birthday soon!
Anonymous said…
Beautiful family! We're homeschoolers, too, but I've got to say I'm terrible at crafts and party planning, so you've got me beat in those categories. Probably in homeschooling, too. I'm a rookie. LOL

Nice to meet you! I blog at http://getalonghome.com if you'd like to come have a look sometime.
Lynn said…
Love your blog and all your awesome ideas!!
Andrea said…
Following you from the blog party:-) I always love to meet other homeschool families:-)
Magnolia_Mom said…
Nice to meet you! Let's party. :)
TaMara said…
Stopping in from the UBP! I love finding homeschooling blogs.

I'm your newest follower.
My two girls are just about the same ages as yours, give or take a month or two! I'm in the process of home "preschooling" them and knew the moment I saw your blog header I'd love your blog! I can't wait to read more :)

Come by and visit when you get the chance!

Michelle @ FTSN

i'm here via UBP11.
thanks for sharing your JOY.
pax Christi - lena
Susanmeep said…
I am following you (suelee1998) from the blog hop, you have a great site. Would you you like to follow me back? http://susansdisneyfamily.blogspot.com/
thank you :)
Hi! I'm stopping by for the first time today via the UBP! I'm a homeschooling mom of two little girls!

Mama to 4 said…
Hi nice to meet you fellow CHRISTian homeschooler! I am now a follower of your blog! I invite you to come visit my homeschool blog! Nice to meet you! :)
Nicole <><
Hello! I'm visiting from the UBP and I'm a new follower. We have homeschooled for years. It's so great to meet other homeschoolers out there.
Jules said…
Hey there! I was stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 and I am a new follower! I always love meeting fellow homeschoolers!! Feel free to stop by my blog http://www.mommyramblings.com Have a great day!
Sheri said…
Hi, stopping by whilst on the UBP tour. We hs too. Nice to meet ya. Stop by and visit sometime-http://hsingonawingandaprayer.blogspot.com
I will come back after the party and visit ya.
Have fun.
Lena said…
Hello! Love your blog and will Facebook and Twitter you as soon as I hit submit button. Find me at www.way2goodlife.com
P.S. Also if you can find a minute and vote for me as elenka29 here http://www.mamavation.com/2011/03/vote-for-mamavation-mom-3.html
(it's a competition to get into fitness bootcamp for moms. There is no registration - just click and submit). Looking forward to reading more of your posts
Lena said…
Sorry. Me again. Couldn't find Twitter or FB, but follow your blog here
Tiffany said…
Stopping by from the UBP, although I've been here before!

I never knew the story behind the blog, other than the fact that you homeschooled. I'm glad I got to know you a bit better.

The age span of your children reminds me of my family: we've got ages from 30 down to 13. Makes for an interesting family.

Have a great week!
Anonymous said…
Hi, I just love your blog! I found your blog from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 and I am now a follower. This if my first year "partying" and I'm really enjoying meeting new friends and checking out all the blogs!
When you get a chance, please come on over and check out my blog and leave a comment. Thanks
Jennifer said…
Hi, I found your adorable blog on the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 and I'm a new follower. Hop over and say Hi if you get a chance,Jennifer from Just

I'm a homeschooling mom too!
Naomi said…
Just found your blog with #ubp11. We're homeschoolers, too.
Visiting via JDaniel4's Mom. Love all your learning posts! Hope you enjoyed the party!
Jessica said…

I am so happy to have found your blog. I am stopping in from the Ultimate Blog Party and this is my very first year participating and this is SO VERY exciting!! LOL

Anyhow...please stop by my blogs and follow whenever you get the opportunity:

So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at http://sostylilized.blogspot.com/2011/04/ultimate-blog-party.html

And...Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at http://jessicaslilcorner.blogspot.com/2011/04/ultimate-blog-party.html

I welcome your visit at either or both of my blogs and hope to have you stop by and follow really soon!!

Have a very blessed day!! :0)
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