Let’s Get This Party Started! #UBP10

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 9, 2010

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WELCOME TO MY CORNER OF THE 5 MINUTES FOR MOM ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY
Grab yourself a cupcake!!


I plan to party all week, and even have some special surprises in store for you, but in case you are here for the first time, I would like to tell you about my family ::

young family

Ray and I have been best friends for thirteen years. Last August we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary and look forward to growing old together. We are Bible-believing followers of Christ, who have responded to the call to teach and train our kiddos at home. Our kiddos keep us busy, and we are far from perfect parents, as you’ll see as you get to know us.

Ethan and Zach are our mischievous twin boys. I’m sure you’ve heard about the special bond that twins have, right? Well, as their Mom I could swear that they share a brain. They will finish each other’s sentences, they compliment each other like bread and butter, and very seldom will you see them apart.

Julia is our only daughter, sandwiched between a gaggle of brothers. She is the only one who has yet had a broken bone and a gash deep enough to require stitches. She’s a tough little princess, though, so don’t you dare feel sorry for her! {Maybe in a few years when her brothers are screening her dates, you can feel sorry for her. I know I will!}

Next in our brood do we have Josh, who will be six years old tomorrow. {Will you help me wish him a Happy Birthday?} Josh looks up to his older brothers, but is the one in charge when it comes to his younger brothers. He loves math, is a great listener, and loves my tacos!

Our only blondie, Ben, is generally quiet and loves to just observe. Every night Ben asks me to pray for his hands. I have a feeling his hands were created to do some amazing things, even if he remains somewhat reserved.

Then comes Noah, who is the life of the party. At almost three years old he is everyone’s best friend and quite the clown. His facial expressions and body language always has us laughing. He is also our little trouble-maker… You can’t take your eyes off that kid, even for a second!

And, last but not least, is the little baby I have dancing in my womb. Next week we’ll know more about him {or her, or them}, so stay tuned.

Whew, I’m tired! So… I’m going to do some party hopping and meet some of YOU. Feel free to make yourself at home, join us on some of our adventures, enter my latest giveaway, or read the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

Throughout the next week I will be giving some Twitter shout-outs to some of my new #UPB10 friends, so be sure you leave me a comment with your Twitter handle.

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Susan Stahley April 9, 2010 at 2:40 am

My mother raised 6 children. When people say something to the fact of “Why did you have so many children” she always tells them she wanted one more, which is the truth.

Thanks for telling us about your family and children. You have a beautiful family!
.-= Susan Stahley´s last blog ..Glimpses into an overweight woman’s (me) life =-.

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Cindi @ Moomette's Magnificents April 9, 2010 at 2:53 am

Visiting from 5M4M but I’m familiar with your blog! What a lovely family, and I’m sure they keep you busy!
.-= Cindi @ Moomette’s Magnificents´s last blog ..Welcome to the 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party =-.

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Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) April 9, 2010 at 9:14 am

I love that photo of all of you!!! THANKS for partying girlfriend! :)
.-= Janice (5 Minutes for Mom)´s last blog ..The Ultimate Blog Party LIVE Events =-.

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Melissa Multitasking Mama April 9, 2010 at 9:29 am

I already love your blog but enjoyed the little intro to each of your sweet kiddos. And we already follow each other on Twitter (and had our facials at Blissdom at the same time ;) I am @multitaskingme.

Did you go with the pin cake with cupcakes decorated as bowling balls?
.-= Melissa Multitasking Mama´s last blog ..Numbers don’t count =-.

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Secret Mom Thoughts April 9, 2010 at 10:39 am

I’m here for the UBP but I’ve stopped by before. It was nice to learn more about you. The family portrait is great.
.-= Secret Mom Thoughts´s last blog ..The Transformation =-.

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Shanda April 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Christine, Congrats on the new baby or babies!!! Shanda

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Cynthia Aguilar April 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I already follow your blog all the time, just wanted to stop by and say hello! Your children are adorable and can not wait to hear about the new baby and if it is a him, her, or them!! Happy UBP10!!
.-= Cynthia Aguilar´s last blog ..Blog Party 2010, Join in with our Adventure! =-.

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Louise April 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I never did wish you congratulations on your pregnancy. So congrats!!! I already keep up with you and admire you!
.-= Louise´s last blog ..The Final Monday Moment Sponsored by Starbucks #giveaway =-.

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Kaye Swain April 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Hi, Just popped over from SandwichINK for the Ultimate Blog Party to say hello! :) Love the photo of your family. VERY cute! :) :) :)
.-= Kaye Swain´s last blog ..SandwichINK Welcomes You To The 2010 Ultimate Blog Party =-.

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Suzanne Jeanette April 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Wow, you are amazing! That’s all I can say. I find it hard to patient with two boys, I can’t imagine five, plus a girl! Kudos to you.

I’m a new follower, hope you can stop by my blog as well!

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Kristine McGuire April 9, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Hi! I’m here from the UBP and so glad I found your site. You have a really beautiful family. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Have a great weekend!
.-= Kristine McGuire´s last blog ..Clothes Do Make The Woman =-.

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Fiona April 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm

CONGRATS ON THE BABY!!! What a beautiful family. I’ll watch to see what the baby (ies)! I love babies.

Your newest follower from UBP10. Hope you have a great weekend!

Misadventures Of Mom of 3

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Amanda April 10, 2010 at 2:05 am

Hey Christine! I am loving all youre pregnancy posts and cravings! your so cute!
.-= Amanda´s last blog ..GE’s “Healthymagination” Initiative *Giveaway* =-.

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tinycandi April 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I’ve been following along for awhile but thought I’d stop by and say hi again! Enjoy the party!! :)
.-= tinycandi´s last blog ..Wonderful Weekends! =-.

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Shop with Me Mama April 10, 2010 at 9:46 pm

You have a beautiful family! I come from a large family too (6 other siblings) and it was so much fun growing up! Never a dull moment that is for sure :) Happy party week!

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Kristen April 11, 2010 at 12:03 am

Congrats on the little one(s)!! I’d hate to be the only girl in that bunch…she will need someone to feel sorry for her (or her dating life!)

Stopping in from the UBP of course!! Hope to see you at ‘my place’!
.-= Kristen´s last blog ..This Little Prayer of Mine Book Review (and Giveaway) =-.

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Brittany April 11, 2010 at 12:24 am

Hi, I’m Brittany stopping by from the UBP. I am following you too. Your family is cute. I have 2 boys and a girl and I am pregnant with my 3rd boy! So when reading about your boys and daughter it made me think of my own family, although you are ahead of me in the count. I hope your daughter get’s a sister. :) come visit me at http://hiptips4u.blogspot.com
.-= Brittany´s last blog ..5 minutes for mom Blog Party, Win Prizes =-.

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Joelle {Island Homemaker} April 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Hi! It’s nice to meet you. I love the pic of your family. Looks like you have your hands full! :) Our anniversary is in August, too!
.-= Joelle {Island Homemaker}´s last blog ..Join the PARTY! =-.

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Erin @ Closing Time April 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I’m stopping by your blog for the first time, and I’ll be subscribing. I’m so glad I found you! I’m a home-educating mom as well (but I only have 2 girls, ages 6 and 4).

Congrats on the new baby on the way! :)
.-= Erin @ Closing Time´s last blog ..Grace =-.

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Susan (5 Minutes for Mom) April 12, 2010 at 3:01 am

As you know I’m always in awe of your beautiful family. I can’t wait to meet all your children one day… I think it would be awesome to see you with them all. I still can’t even imagine having that many… I think I need to see them all in real life to believe it. LOL

Thanks for partying with us girl!
.-= Susan (5 Minutes for Mom)´s last blog ..Chris Mann — LIVE at the Ultimate Blog Party 2010 =-.

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Julia April 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Looking forward to reading more on your blog! I love finding blogs of larger families that homeschool. That’s where I think my life might end up in the next few years, and it scares me. Hopefully I can get unscared reading your blog…right? Found you from UBP 10

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Julie {Angry Julie Monday} April 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Hello there! Just stopping in to wave hi from down here in So. Cal! I hope everything is good, and you know you always crack me up with your late night pregnancy cravings on Twitter. They make me smile, since I’m usually at work.
.-= Julie {Angry Julie Monday}´s last blog ..Legoland and Clutch Powers 4-D =-.

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Erin M. April 12, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Twitter follower here – love your tweets, love your blog!

I also have a Joshua :) Only two boys here – can’t imagine your life! Need some tips from you on raising boys!!!

Be blessed!

P.S. My post is http://homewiththeboys.net/ultimate-blog-party-2010/
.-= Erin M.´s last blog ..Not Me! Monday =-.

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Tara McClenahan April 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Oh my goodness how I love your site and your story!! I, too, have such a passion to teach and train my son and help other mommies do the same! If you haven’t already, check out my site (http://www.taramcclenahan.com) and my UBP10 post http://bit.ly/9ZGDZt.

Blessings to you!
Tara
.-= Tara McClenahan´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party – Arriving Late But Didn’t Forget the Gift! =-.

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Liz April 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Beautiful family! I met you last year at blogher and saw you
again at Blissdom this year, not sure if you had a clue who I was though, lol. Congrats on your new little one, and have fun with the UBP!
.-= Liz´s last blog ..It’s Time to Party!! =-.

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Pepper April 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Hey Christine! Wow such a great family!! I loved reading about them. I’m very excited to start following you and getting to know you better! I will def be back!!
.-= Pepper´s last blog ..Not really a vlog =-.

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Rachel Boldman April 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm

*waving hello!!*

Hi Christine! I am subscribing to your blog now…I’m ashamed to say I am not a regular reader, but I feel like I am because I follow you on Twitter. That’s so weird! I love reading about your family. It’s great that #7 is on his/her/their way…do you have a feeling about gender? Have you ever predicted your babies’ genders correctly?

I hope to read more fun stuff soon!

Rachel
@BoldRach4X
.-= Rachel Boldman´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party Like It’s 1999 =-.

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Evonne April 12, 2010 at 8:59 pm

1 girl surrounded by boys – must be rough for her. But I’m sure she’s well protected! Congrats on the new one(s)!

Thanks for stopping by my place for the party!

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Mandy April 12, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Hey there! I have visited your blog several times before, and I so enjoy your posts! I am a subscriber now and I also follow you on Twitter now. Can I just say that it is totally unfair that you look that beautiful after 6 children?! ;) Love the family pic you posted! Congrats on the new little one as well! Can’t wait to hear more from you and yours in the future! (@PennyBlessings)
.-= Mandy´s last blog ..The Ultimate Blog Party =-.

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Tina @ Life Without Pink April 12, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Wow 6 children, how do you do it? I would love to have a big family but for now my two boys keep me very busy. Congrats on your new baby…and good luck with everything! I will be following your journey :)

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Alicia April 12, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Stopping by to say hi! I love your family picture and I love, love, love you all wearing white shirts with jeans (check out my party post to see why…) lol. I’m @aliciamarie112 on twitter (oh and by the way congrats on being featured in last weeks walmart ad!)
.-= Alicia´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party- Welcome Friends! =-.

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Kelly April 12, 2010 at 9:35 pm

You have a beautiful family!!! Congrats on your new baby!!

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SuZ April 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Hey! Happy UBP10!! :)

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Paola Noel April 12, 2010 at 9:39 pm

That is such a nice family!
I can not tell you how blessed you are to be able to share your love for God with your husband and kids.
Keep up your love, faith, and respect that you radiate to others :)

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Mimi April 12, 2010 at 9:41 pm

What a beautiful family! God has really blessed your quiver. Sigh…wish it was part of the Lord’s plan to have another one, but being on my own is not the way to have that happen. LOL That’s ok. I will have grandbabies in the future to love on! How awesome that Ben wants you to pray for his hands! So fun to meet you on Twitter tonight!

~Mimi @ Woven by Words
.-= Mimi´s last blog ..Sworn To Protect by DiAnn Mills ~ FIRST Wild Card =-.

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stacy April 12, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Hi! Just popping in from the UBP. You have a beautiful family. I think I must have seen your blog before because you look familiar. I’ll have to look around.
.-= stacy´s last blog ..Proverbs 9~Wisdom and Understanding =-.

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Brandy April 12, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Wow…all those wonderful blessings and more to come! How exciting and busy it must be at your house. I am your newest follower!
I am a follower of Christ too!
Come visit me at http://spottedsmiles.blogspot.com
.-= Brandy´s last blog ..Time to PARTY! =-.

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stephanie April 13, 2010 at 12:11 am

What a lovely family. I have five children that I teach at home. I get all the usual questions you get I am sure! I am so blessed! Our God is so good!

It’s great to meet you and I’ll be subscribing so I can follow along…

blessings,
Stephanie

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sarah April 13, 2010 at 12:29 am

Hi, i found your blog through UBP. I love the picture of everyone in your family. Someday I will get organized enough to make a professional photo happen of our family happen.

I have 2 kids. We didn’t find out he or she until their arrival and I was wrong on both! It was the best fellng to finally meet them though.

Please check out my new blog at http://www.littlecitizensoftheworld.blogspot.com and my etsy shoppe at http://www.melondot.etsy.com Perhaps one of your littles is in need of some handmade goodness.
warmly, sarah
.-= sarah´s last blog ..summertime ava…..girl blowing bubbles onesie or tee =-.

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Stephanie April 13, 2010 at 9:28 am

Hi! I’m Stephanie from “And Twins make 5! – A Mommy Blog”. Just making the rounds via the UBP 2010, hope to see you around my blog too!

I’ve popped by your blog in the past here and there, but I don’t know if I’ve ever taken the time to officially comment.

I have 4 boys and a girl with my daughter in the middle. 15,11,9,and 21 month old twins. Don’t you love the sweet moments wedged between the general chaos of a large family? Never a dull moment around our home and rarely a crumb free floor.

http://andtwinsmake5.com

Have a great day!
.-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Smart Trike Deluxe Tricycle {Review & Giveaway} =-.

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Brandi April 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Nice to meet you! You have an adorable family. We also homeschoo land I am now following.

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Tammi @ My Organized Chaos April 13, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Hi Christine!!
I love your posts, always a good read! And, that is why yours was one of the 1st blogs I ever read – ever!
You have an amazing family and a strong heart – and that’s why I keep coming back. I have Twins too, though they are considerable younger {almost 2}, I look to you for inspiration and glimpses on what my life will be like down the road.
Happy UBP, here’s mine:
http://www.myorganizedchaos.net/2010/04/who-doesnt-like-a-party-utilmate-blog-party-2010/

Twitter: @MyChaos

Take care and many blessings to you!!

Tammi
.-= Tammi @ My Organized Chaos´s last blog ..Spoiled Sweet =-.

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nan lara April 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

stopped by from ubp, what a great family you have

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Cascia @ Healthy Moms April 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

I think I’ve been here before, but it has been a while. Your site and family has really grown!

Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. I can’t believe it is the last day! You have a great site. I would love it if you visited my blog and left me a comment! I’m looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

Cascia
The Healthy Moms
http://www.thehealthymoms.net/2010/04/welcome-to-healthy-moms-blog-party.html
.-= Cascia @ Healthy Moms´s last blog ..Natural Colic Relief =-.

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Heather @ One Take On Life April 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Stopping by from the UBP. Glad I did, I love the title of your blog. What a fun family:) I know I will be back.

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Sheri H April 16, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Hi, stopping by on the way thru the UBP tour. We homeschool too-nice to meet you! Looks like you have your hands full! How wonderful. Blessings!
.-= Sheri H´s last blog ..How do you instill the love of learning in your child? =-.

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Ashley April 16, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Nice to meet you! I’m going to take a look around!

-Ashley

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