Friday, March 02, 2007

Welcome Post for the Ultimate Blog Party

Hi, and welcome to 2nd Cup of Coffee, especially if you're visiting for the first time via The Ultimate Blog Party at 5 Minutes for Mom. And now I will introduce myself.

I'm on staff at my church in the youth ministry. Tonight we had a big shin-dig to honor all of our volunteers who help in any capacity. Volunteers are important--understatement of the year. At Oneighty, we have about 150 volunteers who work once a month on average to make Sunday nights the best night of the week for kids. We love kids; we accept kids, and through different means every week, we tell them Jesus loves them, too. Even if they forgot to bring home homework or bring the trash cans up from the curb. But mainly I register them for things and send out huge mailings. Woo-hoo!

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I'm a wife, mom of three, and own the cutest dog in the world:

I was the world's worst high school cheerleader, completely unathletic and big, so I was always the base of the pyramid while the cute girls got to put their shoes in my face and neck.

I can drive a stick shift. I am very proud of this fact and work it into almost every conversation I have with someone.

I was a spelling bee champ several times over, but never got past fourth in the regionals.

I think blogging is a little narcisississsstic (did I spell that wrong???) but I admit I'm hooked, and I'll be dropping to look at you, too, if you leave me a comment. Preferably about how cute my dog is.

Surprise! I don't have any prizes to give away.

I love Jesus. He loves me. He loves you, too, and I'm not even jealous.

I survived Y2K.

I love coffee, too, but not as much as I love Jesus.

I really want to lose 15 pounds, and the pictures at the top severely reinforce that desire. I came to that conclusion while looking at the pictures and eating Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies that I bought for my husband.

I think James Taylor and Chris Rice sound very similar. Do you?

Why is Antonella still with us?

Tomorrow night my kid is going to be in the school musical Cinderella. She has one solo line in a song, "I pray that he will marry me," regarding the prince, who is a very large eighth-grade boy. She is Girl #2, and I know that no one ever has, nor ever will, play Girl #2 with such sheer genius and musical talent.

My favorite old hymn is "Great is Thy Faithfulness." I want it played at my funeral. By the way, I have my funeral all planned. You are invited.

Well, that's all for today. Remember, leave a comment, and I'll come see you. I am from Indiana, and in the olden days, prairie days, people would holler "Hoo--sier?" when they came to visit, which translated means,"Who's here?" Now that I think about that, it's kind of rude, like when someone telephones and says, "WHO IS THIS?" when they called you. Anyway, if you hear "Hoosier!" it's me.

That's all, she wrote!


Melanie said...

Great post!

I love the Hollywood theme to make volunteers feel like the stars! Awesome decorations. (I have done some serious VBS low budget, no budget, even dumpster diving budget backdrops.) Bravo!

Antonella, well, Me thinks it is because of the "photos" As Paula said, "Vote for the one you want to hear sing."

I have actually been to a real hollerin' contest in NC. No one said Hoosier, but I really couldn't tell what they were saying...

Clemntine said...

I stopped by just because I like to every day or so, but I'm happy to be the first to comment on your Blog Party Post. Very nice!

Roxanne said...

FIRST OF ALL, do not ever apologize for the length of comments you leave on my blog. Have you SEEN the length of the comments I leave on yours? It's cause I'm too lazy to e-mail you.

Secondly--yes to James Taylor and Chris Rice, which is why I love Chris Rice so much.

Third--you are beautiful. Go look at the campaign for real beauty at the Dove website.

And last of all. . .that outline of the state of Indiana with the state nickname? FUNNIEST thing I have seen in a very long while. LOVE IT. (And now really, officially, finally last--see how wiley I am sneaking it in parenthetically--THANK YOU for explaining what the hay-hi-ruh "Hoosier" means. I just never knew, and I never would have guessed.)

Sarah said...

I have no idea who Antonella is -- I'm guessing from AI? I do 'LOST' and 'Grey's', but not AI.

Came over from Roxanne's blog -- we grew up together.

I LOVE Great is thy Faithfulness. Let me know when your funeral is. I will be there singing! Also love "Nearer, Still Nearer" and "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less". I know you were curious.

Sarah said...

One more -- that IS the cutest dog in the world!

Martha said...

Love your post!! I'm an ex cheerleader to I was the one that got to climb on the "base" ;)..Great party and that is a seriously cute dog!!!

Linda said...

Martha, I want to visit you, too, but alas, I don't see an address/link. Thank you for visiting me!

Sandy said...

Fun coming back and visiting you! I love your dog. I have a Cairn Terrior. I love "How Great Thou Art" and you are really funny :)
Anto (sp) will go off next week, I think :)

Southern Girl said...

I'm a frequent visitor, but I'm excited to be a guest at your party!

Your dog IS very cute -- my mom fell in love with that kind of dog when she saw one at a little shop. She says if we ever get another dog, that's the breed she wants. ;)

I love "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," too, and like you, I already have my funeral planned. When I was about to be taken to the emergency room a few years ago, I took time to pull up a document on the computer and jot down my funeral notes, 'cause I wasn't at all sure I'd be coming home again! The neat thing is, I had complete peace about that. I knew where I would going was infinitely better. :)

Sandy said...

Hey, you don't have email so I'm back. Reading more through your profile we have a lot of similar tastes. In TV, music, books, HUMOR! HUMOR runs thick in our family. :)
PS We still love Garrison K.

Sheryl said...

I really, really like your blog design! And I enjoyed your introduction, your sense of humor, and your cute dog. Did I mention I like your blog design ;)

Purejoy said...

Hello! Your dog is sooo cute! I've been here before but I don't think I've ever commented! Silly me. By the way did I mention your dog is really cute? Blessings!

Barbara H. said...

I'm here often but wanted to drop in especially for the party. Yes, your dog is cute.

I tried out for cheerleader and didn't make it, so you're ahead of me. :)

I trust your daughter will be the best Girl #2 there ever was!

Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity said...

I don't know why Antonella (or Sanjaya) are still with us...and I'm not jealous that Jesus love you either...

GREAT blog!!! I'll definately be back!!


Susan said...


Great job on your party!! I'm not playing, but am hoping to hop around to some new blogs anyway. I agree about Antonella...that was unbelievable.

I LOVE the Volunteer dinner. You all did a great job..and I'm sure people feel utterly blessed by it.

Have a great weekend.

Carol said...

Your dog is really cute! And I don't even like dogs.


redmaryjanes said...

I'm here from the Blog Party! There are so many Christian Moms on here-it's fantastic. You have a really fun site! Drop by mine if yu have time.

Big Mama said...

Well, you know I think your dog is just cute as can be.

As for Antonella, I think there are a bunch of teenage boys who are keeping her in hoping that some more pics will spring up on the internet.

Good luck to your beautiful girl #2 tonight.

Susanne said...

Hi I'm Susanne and I've never ever been here. Ya right! :v) What a nice intro to yourself and you doggie is just ultra cute! And can I say you look gorgeous in that dress. Your hollywood party looked great and I'm sure was very appreciated by all the volunteers.

Since I met ya I always wondered what Hoosier meant but didn't want to ask in case you thought me not well versed in the things of Indiana. :vD

Great party Linda. Unfortunately I gotta leave to go to a basketball game or two today.

Michelle Potter said...

Coming through with the Ultimate Blog Party, thanks for sharing your site with us! Love the layout!

Hope you are having a great time!

Holly said...

Hi Linda,

So fun to meet you. Don't worry, Antonella doesn't have much time left. It would have been her last week were it not for all the extra media but her time is short. And your pup is adorable. My yorkie is 12 years old this month, *sniff* I hate that she's getting so old. Happy party hopping!

Holly's Corner

Linda said...

Holly, I'd love to see a picture of your Yorkie!

LoriAnne said...

Just for the were NOT the worst cheerleader ever, you were tall, not big, and although I have not planned the singing at my funeral, I would love for at least 5 of my closest friends to stand and tell the funniest story they can about me, the more embarrassing, the better. I want to leave em' laughing..

Great is thy faithfulness, oh God my Father, there is no shadow of turning with thee...(now,here's my favorite part) Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not. As Thou has been, Thou forever will be.

Forever...His compassions will never fail, even when I doubt, or fail, or have a fat day and my hair is gross, or people disappoint and hurt me, His compassions will NEVER fail. Everyone else may change but He never changes! I love that part!

Linda said...

Just for the record, LoriAnne loves me and has the kind of bias a mom has toward her kids or something. I WAS a terrible cheerleader. Lori and I go way back to elementary school together. I listenend to Grease for the first time at her house. And yes, I love that lyric from the hymn. How can I choke up every time I sing it?

Steffie B. said...

Hi, found your blog from the Blog Party. It is a very fun blog to read and "check out". I'm sure I'll be back! Stop by mine if you'd like.

Stephen said...

"Great is Thy Faithfulness" was a song in my wedding -- what my bridesmaids walked in to, I believe. I remember my aunt finishing it up on the organ as I was waiting for MY song to begin. I remember thinking how faithful God had been to bring me that far. :) Good memories, great songs.

Barb the Evil Genius said...

Hi, I'm here enjoying the party. I love your blog design, your dog is adorable, and I'm proud that I can drive stick shift too!

Tammy said...

Oh, thanks for stopping by my place Linda...and it was so good getting to know you here! I can just tell you are a fun and sweet person...and I'll be back! :)
And oh least 15 lbs here, too...but gotta love those Girl Scout cookies! Have you tried the peanut butter ones? ;)


Barb the Evil Genius said...

Linda, before I even started blogging, I took an online quiz that told me: "You are an SEDF--Sober Emotional Destructive Follower. This makes you an evil genius." The whole description in the quiz fit me so well that I started myself The Evil Genius at home, and when I started blogging it seemed like the perfect name! My pastor and several other people just call me Beeteg.
(waving from next door Ohio!)

amanda said...

Fun! I can't wait to look around your blog some more. Just wanted to stop & say my dh & I interned out at Church on the Move in Tulsa w/the original 180! Looks like you guys are doing some cool stuff!

Anonymous said...

I love your mug shots in the sidebar. Your Yorkie is a doll! Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Deven said...

Whoops. Stephen is my alter-ego. Actually, he's my husband. I was using his computer to read my daily blogs, and I forgot that when I was commenting that it would show up as him. :) Snort.

Tammy and Parker said...

We're here for the party! What a great site! Thanks so much for having us!

The Preacher's Wife said...

I am freaking over how cool you are...that looks like the greatest party EVER! Will you come work with our youth? :)

Linda said...

thanks for the invite! I love tje dog, my granny had one like this named chica, she was the cutest.

Nice blog you have! you are welcome to pop by mine anytime! :)

Christine said...

Love your blog title, and your dog is VERY CUTE! My daughter wants a Yorkie, I told her maybe for Christmas! :)
That's how I start my blogging day with my 2nd cup of coffee.
It was a pleasure to meet you,hope to see you around!
Enjoy the party!

Deena said...

I love your blog! I love your sense of humor...and that is a cute little doggie....who's a cute doggie,hmm?

You just ROCK!!

Christy said...

You've created a fun little blog. I'll definitely be back to browse more later.

Anonymous said...

I'm here for the blog party. I love your site. You're so funny. :-) I've bookmarked your site, so I will be back.

P.S. That IS the cutest dog ever!

Linda said...

Angie, i cannot get to your site. Your profile is blocked?

it's me, Val said...

Hi Linda! Just waving hi from Purple Valley!

Brandie said...

Hello Linda! It's very nice to meet you.
I'm in the Chicago area - not too far away!
Anyway, glad your dd was such a great inspiration for the play.