Friday, April 1

Still figuring it out

Today, I am joining up with 5 Minutes for Mom's Ultimate Blog Party!  It's an "introduce yourself, get to know other bloggers, put your name or business out there" kind of party ... as far as I can tell!

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

So anyway, I have a blog... but I am not sure that makes me a blogger! :)  I started blogging back in 2004 on Xanga with the blog name Parresia. this is why... "Parresia - Is Bible Greek for "confidence." It can be found in 1 John 5:14. I am learning and yearning to be confident in His strength for my daily life."  I feel like that is still where I am.
Last year I made the switch to Blogger in an attempt to connect with more bloggers out there. I also wanted to use it for exposure to my Artfire stationery store (more on that in a minute) so I chose the name "Whimsical Words" only the URL was taken so I went with ... are you confused yet?   I am!! and the problem is I haven't figured out what I want my blog to be about!

So here are some things you will find here...

I am counting my 1000gifts with Ann from A Holy Experience every Monday (or Tuesday, when I get sidetracked)
I make handmade notecards... and I love it! so I often show my most recent creations!  I would like to make it profitable financially, but it is mostly a hobby!  My family LOVES my cards, and I just made 2 sales from friends this week, so I won't complain!  You can see my shop here... or "Like" my facebook page here.
I love to take pictures and am attempting Project365 this year, so you will see lots of AMATEUR photos on this site.
I would like to be a better wife and mom, so occasionally there are posts reflecting that.
I am memorizing Scripture and share that here, too.
and when I can't think of anything else, or when I only have 5 minutes I join The Gypsy Mama on Fridays!!

Just a little more about me! I am a wife to a ruggedly handsome, hard working man!  I am mama to four kids (ages 3-7 1/2), I am a papercrafter, I like to take pictures, I sometimes think the grass is greener (although right now my grass is still buried under snow!) on the other side of the fence, but I know that God has plans for me here... I am still figuring it out! ... and I drink coffee!

So thanks for stopping by... I love affirmation, so feel free to say HI! :)
I would also love for you to follow my blog
follow me on twitter,
and "Like" my Whimsical Words facebook page

PS... should I do a giveaway of my handmade cards???


  1. Yay!! Isn't it fun to join in on a big blogging party like this? It's nice to "meet you"! Heheehe... Keep it up on the photos! It's such a benefit to the hobby to take lots and LOTS of pix. I lack in that area so my photos aren't what they could be.

    Take care!

  2. I'm party-hopping via UBP. :) Beautiful stationery!!

  3. I'm party-hopping from UBP too! Lovely blog and I love the notecards. They are super cute!

  4. Stopping by from UBP - Love the pic of all the kids reading!

  5. Hi, Julie Anne!
    Popping in from the UBP – it’s my first time joining and I’m excited about getting to know other Christian mommies in the blogging world! I am looking forward to reading more of your blog - I think we have so much in common - We have four kiddos and I love handmade cards, too! I’d love to have you come visit me at

    Many blessings,

    P.S. Giveaways are always fun, especially when they are of super-cute useable things like your cards! ;)

  6. Oooooo!!! A handmade card giveaway would be GREAT!

    I think you wrote a fine introductory post. :)

  7. it's so great to find another blogger who loves to make cards. I do too. I saw you on UBP and thought I'd stop by and say hello. I look forward to following your blog..

  8. Stoppin from the UBP'11! It sounds like you get a lot of snow! Your cards are so pretty. I liked you on Facebook!

  9. I am a party hopper here too and I am so glad to meet you! Love your work!

    joy & blessings,

  10. Aww, love the picture of your sweet kiddos! I think I want 4 but the thought is still a little frightening ...

  11. Hi! I'm stopping by from the UBP - #73 (Being Made New) on the Christian list. I definitely think you're a real blogger if you've been at it for 6+ years. :^) I hope you might be able to stop by my place this week, too:

  12. The hand made note cards you made look amazing!!

  13. Love the coffeeness of your post! Happy UBP! I hope you win my prize!!

  14. So glad to find your blog through UBP11.
    It's always nice to find other bloggers would who love Jesus!
    Love your creativity.

  15. Lovely to meet another coffee lover . . . through ubp. Your family is adorable. Loved seeing the Sally Clarkston book . . . I read her as a young wife . . . ages ago.


    Gg - Notes on the Journey #269

  16. Hi Julie. Hopped here from UBP11. It's so great to meet fellow Christian coffee loving moms. :)

  17. Hey your blog caught my attention because of your name...My name is Julie-Anne too :) Hopped over from UBP. Blessings!

  18. Hi Julie-Anne! Hopping over from the party just to say hello.

  19. I’m a new follower from UBP11. I just wanted to say hello. Please stop by to visit my blog and check out my giveaways while you’re there.


  20. I am embarassed to admit that I found your blog exactly 3 minutes after #UBP ended! LOL!

    I saw you on Twitter and came to check it out. I am now a follower. Love seeing the photos and would totally love a giveaway of your beautiful stationary!

    I am almost at 700 posts on my blog and I plan to do some sort of giveaway there to commemorate that. If you would like to check out my blog:


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