Hey Ya’ll! It’s a Blizzard Blog Hop

Blizzard Bloghop 2010 hosted by Household 6 DivaOkay – what in the world is a Blizzard Blog Hop?

Basically it’s a way for other bloggers to get to know each other – like a meet and greet.

We all write a post introducing ourselves and link them altogether – so we can make new friends virtually.

So…from my little corner of the world…welcome!

I’m Melinda.

I’ve been married for almost 20 years to an amazing man and we have 5 great kids.

I adore chocolate – so much so that I started a separate Chocolate Blog.

I despise the taste of coffee – but could smell it all day!

I used to be a classroom teacher – but now my classroom is at home and filled with my own five kids (ages 17 down to 9).

We live in the middle of the nowhere among the hills in southern Iowa. Our nearest neighbors are Amish.

This is the view from my window – but not today. Today it is an ugly brown with patches of dirty snow with frozen mud and dreary dark skies.

You don’t want to see it – trust me – enjoy this view from June when everything is green and lush and beautiful.

Hay Bales

My husband and I moved from theย  city to our homestead 11 years ago. We lived in a dreary old farmhouse (the hovel) that was already here while we worked to renovate a big beautiful farmhouse (the mansion) that we moved on to the property. It took us 9 years.

We moved in a year ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

In my spare time I want to learn how to restore the patches of native prairie we have on the property.

Oh – and I want to learn how to take great pictures – well, at least better pictures.

I love fiction books, old quilts, and Hallmark movies.

I don’t like rye bread, politics, and science fiction.

I’m a big gardener – which means I have a big garden and grow really big weeds! ๐Ÿ™‚

I love cooking and baking.

I shop thrift stores.

I lost almost 40 pounds in the last year.

I’ve been blogging now for almost 3 years.

I blog because I love words. I love to play with words and move them around.ย  But mostly I blog because I feel a need to create something that doesn’t immediate get eaten! ๐Ÿ™‚

I blog about my life, my faith, and my family. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Sometimes I’m just silly.

Thanks for stopping by!

27 thoughts on “Hey Ya’ll! It’s a Blizzard Blog Hop

  1. Hello! It seems like you and I have a lot in common. Except my nearest neighbors are bears, not Amish. Although I guess they could be Amish bears. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m glad I got introduced to your blog today! Happy Bloghopping!


  2. Hi. I found you through the bloghop! I loved your post about your girls “dressing” you. Isn’t it funny when you lose weight and want to wear something more fashionable and just can’t get it together. Wait, that’s just me. Looks like you pulled it together just great.

    Congrats on the weightloss and happy bloghop.


  3. Howdy! Just hopped over from the BlogHop and had to say that I TOTALLY relate to growing big weeds. HAHHAH That made me smile. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t have a big garden though so I guess I’ve got ya beat with a small space in that area? Heheh…

    Take care!


  4. Someone who understands my relationship with coffee!! Love the smell, but could never drink it – which suits my husband just fine as he gets the whole pot to himself! Great info in your post; so glad to meet you!


  5. It’s so nice to meet you!! Thank you for your comments on my blog. You have a beautiful family!! It reminds me of my family (I’m 1 of 6 kids). Hope to come back and browse through your blog soon.


  6. I love chocolate too!
    And I would love to live in the middle of nowhere someday, in a beautiful farmhouse. One day… For now, we’re stuck in military housing in Germany- and I love it… ๐Ÿ™‚
    Nice to meet you!


  7. Hi there,

    I am blog hopping and was very excited to meet a fellow Iowan today. We live close to Cedar Rapids. I am looking forward to reading your posts. I am off to be a follower. I love meeting bloggers in my state! Have a blessed day!



  8. Hi, it’s great to meet you! I’m here via the blog hop! I also love chocolate and dislike coffee (but I do not like the smell of it!). I’m an Army wife, stationed in Germany, preg. with baby #5! I also homeschool! I look forward to getting to know you better.


  9. stopping from the blog hop! it is nice to meet you!
    your family is beautiful!
    congratulations on the weight loss!
    many blessings


  10. Stopping by from the Bloghop. It’s nice to meet you! I have my share of mountains here in WV, too! You have a beautiful family – 5 kids? – you go, girl! I love chocolate am not a big fan of coffee – but love smelling it, too! I’m headed to see your big farmhouse now! Blessings, Julie


  11. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. When I found your comment I hopped on over. I love your blog. I laughed out loud at the post about the banana smoothies! I can also identify with the daughter helping coordinate your clothes–been there, done that! LOL I will definately be back to visit. Have a great weekend:) Kathy


  12. I’m visiting from the Blizzard Bloghop!

    I grew up in Iowa and I’ve passed through various parts of Southern Iowa on many, many occasions. It really is a beautiful area (in beautiful weather).

    We have a lot of similar interests – especially chocolate!


  13. Nice to meet you! You have a beautiful family – and I love your June view! I grew up in the country with beautiful views, but now live in town. I really miss the scenery! Have a great weekend.


  14. Hi, nice to meet you. I really enjoyed reading about you. Your view is beautiful and I am with you on wanting to be able to take better pictures. I have feeling I will be back to read more :]


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