Come On In!

Blizzard Bloghop 2010 hosted by Household 6 DivaTo my regular readers – I’m interrupting my regular scheduled postings to participate in a  Blog Hop today. So what’s a Blog Hop? Well – it’s kind of like an open house, or a meet and greet. Other bloggers stop by to meet me – and I hop over to other blogs to meet them. I’ve found the sweetest people on past blog hops! It’s a great way to get “out of the house” on a cold and dreary January day!

Hey everybody! Come on in – just shake the snow off! My name is Melinda and I live here with Jan, my husband of 20 years and our five kiddos ranging from 18 years down to 10.

“Here” is our homestead in the middle of nowhere in the rolling hills of southern Iowa (yes – Iowa does have hills!).

Our nearest neighbors are Amish.

We moved here from the big city 12 years ago and have been slowly making it home ever since.

We’re still renovating the big old 1920 farmhouse that we moved on to the land. It’s my “dream-come-true” home!

I love old wood furniture, thrift stores and a good book.

And I love chocolate – I mean really love chocolate – like obsessed with chocolate.

I don’t like poison ivy, laundry on the floor and slow internet.

I’ve discovered that living with teens is not for the faint of heart and that my husband gets more wonderful every year. 🙂

We like adventures, making memories, and laughing.

And food. We really like food.

We have lots of company – some for a day, some for an overnight, some for a week. 🙂

We especially love cousins!

Someday I hope to learn to take really cool pictures and find a knob that fits my bathroom door.

I collect recipes, Christmas movies, and old books.

And did I mention that I like chocolate? 🙂

I blog about spelled out with sparklers

My life.

Sometimes it’s serious.

Sometimes it’s funny.

Sometimes it’s just plain silly.

But it’s always full of love.

Thanks for stopping by and come back soon!

I love company!

There’s always something cooking in the kitchen, some deep thought to ponder, or a funny story to share!

I’ve linked this post up with the Blizzard Blog Hop hosted by Household6 Diva.

Blog Hop ’10

Once again Pensive Robin is hosting a Blog Hop – which is kind of like a Open House for bloggers. I’ve met some of the sweetest people on previous Blog Hops and I’m so excited to meet some more!

So – hey everybody- come on in and make yourself at home!

Let me introduce myself!

I’m Melinda – a 40 something country gal living with my amazing husband and five kids on our land in the beautiful hills of southern Iowa. Our nearest neighbors are Amish.

My husband and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage next week!

I have a huge gardens, an orchard, lots of chickens, crazy hormones, 3-1/2 teenagers, 1 1/2 pre-teens, and a big old farmhouse that we are renovating.

And I’m a chocoholic.


I ate the head of a caramel Santa Claus for breakfast. I found him in the freezer when I went looking for cheese. He just looked at me and said, “Eat me already – I’ve been in here since December!”   🙂

My other addictions include Food Network, Christian fiction, cooking, baking, and thrift store shopping.

Both my husband and I have large – slightly crazy families – so I have massive amounts of company – sometimes for a week at a time. I love feeding the multitudes!

Balloon Faces

I write about raising teens, growing old, country living and the craziness of life.

Sometimes I’m silly. Sometimes I’m serious. But I try to always stay real.

Thanks for stopping by!

Come back soon!