Friday, April 1, 2011

Joy in the Journey -- Ultimate Blog Party 2011!!!

Hi!  I'm Chelsey -- an elementary teacher turned stay at home mom who loves all things childish.  I love playing and imagining -- and encouraging my kids to do the same.  I dislike housework and would rather play a board game or watch an animated movie with my family than scrub my house spotless.  Incidentally, I love incidental learning.


Ernie and I, have been married for nearly 14 years.  Ernie had a stroke for unexplained reasons five years ago.  His stroke (and the resulting brain damage) is often overwhelming so I don't blog about it much.  

We don't know why things in life happen as they do, but we trust and love God despite (or because?) of it all.  

We look for the joy in the journey...

Desiree (7) & Elijah (5) love drawing, crafting, climbing trees and pretending.

Desiree is a budding author -- she writes books in bed at night when other children in our time zone are fast asleep.

Elijah is an actor in the making -- he answers to names such as Spiderman or Woody and likes to wear fedoras and superhero capes (but never at the same time).  

I love taking pictures, but get stressed out when it comes to uploading them.  We have more recent family pictures, but that one from 2008 was right there on my computer.  See how the kids have grown?  Yes, that was my goal all along...

I'm all about finding balance these days -- I don't want to waste time trying to make things "perfect".  I want to spend time with my family -- having fun and making memories and maybe blogging a little about it along the way...    


Ultimate Blog Party 2011

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~


  1. Hi! Coming over from UBP. It's great to "meet" you--Now following! Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

  2. Meeting you thru UBP! Love your positive outlook! Enjoy the site!

  3. Stopping by from the Ultimate Party! So nice to meet you and your family. Enjoy the fun!
    Debbie :-)

  4. Hey, Chelsey!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm so excited about meeting and getting to know other Christian mommies out in the Blogosphere! I can't wait to read more of your blog. I hope you have a geat time with UBP!
    Many blessings,

  5. Nice to meet you through the UBP..sounds like you and your hubby have been through a lot. I will be praying for your family!

  6. Hi! Thanks for being the first comment on my Ultimate Blog Party post at!

    I was briefly a teacher too...7th grade English for 5 weeks (and a year of subbing before that). I am not an organized person and discovered how impossible that made managing things in the classroom. So, I didn't last.

    Sorry to hear about your husband...I can imagine how hard that would be.

    I love your blog name. I like dandelions...they are so fun for the kids, and so useful (leaves in salads and such), that they're really not a weed to me. I was even writing about that on my other blog this week ( :-)


  7. Thanks for coming by my blog today for the UBP11!

    It's nice to meet you, I too dislike housework and love Jesus! :) I'm now following you on Twitter @shasherslife

    Shasher's Life

  8. What a joy to read about your family. Your children are precious! I cannot imagine the difficulties of the stroke, yet have just prayed that God will continue to give you strength & joy!
    Stopping by from the Blog Party!

  9. I'm following you now, visiting for the party!

  10. I'm with you on the housekeeping. Nice to meet you and your family. I have two kids as well. Happy partying!

  11. Following you from UBP. I look forward to reading some more of your blog.

  12. Hi! Stopping in from the UBP! It was nice meeting you. Your children are adorable.

  13. Hi! I'm stopping in from the UBP - I'm #73 (Being Made New - on the Christian list. Very nice getting to know a bit about you - and I'd be honored if you stopped by my place this week, too. :^)

  14. Lovely to meet you, Chelsey, through UBP. Thanks for sharing some of your joys and burdens. I am sorry to read about your husbands stroke. That would be overwhelming at times. You have a lovely family.


    Gg - Notes on the Journey #269

  15. Hi! Nice to meet you, fellow partier :) I appreciate your comment about not trying to make life perfect, but rather being with your family. I want that too, and would love to journey with you.


  16. So fun to see your pictures and learn a little more about you! :)

  17. Hi Chelsey! What a great post. Incidentally, I feel the same way you do about kids and learning. :)

  18. My boys, well 2 of them, have been known to do some serious pretend play. My youngest is 3 and very much in this stage, where he will remind you that he's a certain character if you dare forget and call him but his real name! :)

  19. Always nice meeting other elementary teachers! :) I'm here from UBP11 - good to meet you!

  20. Hi! Came to you through UBP. Very cute blog and beautiful family that you have! :o)

  21. Just stopping in from the UBP to say Hello!
    We have the same blog design! :)

  22. Howdy!

    What great insight you offer in your postings!!

    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

    And...Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at

    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)

  23. I'm stopping by from the UBP. I'd much rather play a game or watch a movie with my family, too, though I am trying to be a bit more disciplined with myself... ;) Nice to "meet" you!

  24. Found your blog through the UBP, and I am so glad I did! I will be checking back--I am your newest follower!

  25. Thank you to everyone for visiting from the Ultimate Blog Party!!!


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