UBP 12!!

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

It’s that time of year. . .  Blog Party! 
Not that I’ll have time to do a lot of blog hopping,
but I am going to try doing some when possible. 
I love to meet new blogger friends
and am so happy to be a part of this,
 even if it’s just a tiny part.  🙂 
This is me.
Hello and welcome!
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog.
It’s mostly a rambling blog about my family and things we do or don’t do.
I also love taking pictures, so there’s a lot of those on here.
I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 kiddos and it’s a learning process for me, too.
We’ve been trying new things for the past couple years and it’s been
a lot of fun most of the time. 
They are also growing up way too fast!
Any other mom’s find this true of their children?
Just thought I’d ask. 🙂   
This is the love of my life, Eric. 
I really ❤ him! 🙂
We’ve been married for 14 years now.
The time sure flies! 
(He’s holding my sweet little nephew here)
We have a small flock of chickens – 18 total.
I love to write about them.
They are fascinating, fun creatures.
You can learn so many life lessons from them.
I’m so thankful for my salvation through Jesus Christ!
Without Him, I am nothing.

PS.  My most popular posts are to the bottom left. 🙂 

Top 10

Here are the top 10 posts viewed this December:

1.  http://strobelshappenings.blogspot.com/2011/12/ode-to-my-husband.html (49 views)

2.  http://strobelshappenings.blogspot.com/2010/12/pioneer-womans-photography-assignment.html (45 views)

3.  http://strobelshappenings.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-wreath.html (25 views)

4. http://strobelshappenings.blogspot.com/2011/12/coffee-love.html  (18 views and I did send it back)

5.  http://strobelshappenings.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-happenings.html (17 views)

6.   http://strobelshappenings.blogspot.com/2011/12/whats-goin-on.html (13 views)

7.  http://strobelshappenings.blogspot.com/2011/12/what-i-made-today-cinnamon-roll-pulls.html (12 views)

8. http://strobelshappenings.blogspot.com/2011/12/philly-cheesesteak-sloppy-joes.html (11 views)

9.  http://strobelshappenings.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinterest-projects-iwe-have-done-pt2.html (11 views)

10.  http://strobelshappenings.blogspot.com/2011/12/two-bite-peanut-butter-smores-our.html (9 views)

The post with the all time high views is the Pioneer Woman’s Photography Assignment of December 20, 2010.  I don’t know why this has SO many views, but how neat anyway!  This post has had 337 views total.
Crazy, isn’t it? 🙂

Have a blessed and Happy New Year!


Today I’m using NaBloPoMo writing prompt because my net book has all my pictures on it and I am no where near it at the moment and today is almost over.  Yikes!

The prompt is “If you knew that whatever you ate next would be your last meal, what would you want it to be? “

I would love to eat a huge T-bone steak (20oz), cooked medium rare, a pile of delicious french fries – lightly seasoned, but not overly salty, and a huge dessert of ice cream – chunky cookies n cream.  Nothing healthy, I mean who would care, it’s the last meal? 🙂

Not having to worry about calories, of course.

NaBloPoMo 2011

Blog Template

I changed my blog template today – Liz inspired me. 🙂 
She and her husband did a real nice job on her blog!  
Check it out – click on Liz’s name!
(they are neighbors to us)
So today I shopped around for a nice, 
freebie template and found this one.
I LOVE it!  
What do you think?

I need to do something with the header, but I’m not sure what.
Or HOW to change stuff up there! 🙂


Ugh, I had to change my comment format to where I approve the comment before publishing.  I don’t mind the occasional spam – IF it’s nothing awful.  What I do mind is some sick pervert commenting on something.  I posted my baby chick picture and some sick person wrote the most vulgar comment.    I hope no one else saw it. I removed it right away.  That just disgusts me so much.  Why people think it’s ok to do that, I have no idea.   Anyway, my lesson has been learned!  I LOVE comments, so please comment, folks! 🙂  I just have to approve it first!

I could rant on and on, but I think you other bloggers know what I am talking about, so I won’t belabor the point!

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011
Last year I joined the Ultimate Blog Party and met some really wonderful women and enjoy reading their blogs and getting to know them virtually.  A lot of them are homeschooling moms and some of them have some really interesting lives that I enjoy reading about! 🙂
I’m a:
Wife of one man
Mom of 3 children
I’m interested in:
Growing in the Lord through prayer and Bible Study
My husband
Spending quality time with my children – we’ve started to love taking walks together when the weather is warmer (we are admittedly couch potatoes).
Homeschooling – so many choices out there . . . 🙂
Photography (recently purchased my dream camera and am learning how to use it!)
Writing (I keep a written journal as well as a little rambling on my blog)
Chicken Farming
Selling stuff on eBay
I have a Guitar I would love to be able to play
Tons of Scrapbooking stuff I should be doing
This blog is about what happens around our home and I do put a lot of photos on here.  
Kind of a photo diary of our life.  Every once in a while I feel inspired to actually write more than a few words.  Most of the time I make no sense and ramble pointlessly. Ok, maybe not that bad, but close. 🙂   

Buying a Domain Question . . .

HELP!  Calling all bloggy friends that would know this information . . .

Ok, I am considering buying my own domain, BUT my main question is about photos.  I LOVE putting photos on my blog and didn’t know if owning a domain would help increase the space. (i’ve been so discouraged with this blogger thing and resizing pictures – ugh – I have so many left!)

So, if any of my bloggy friends out there know this information, could you let me know!  I have googled it and can’t seem to find anything about it.

Thanks in advance!!

Blog Post Titles

I’ve been quite busy lately and I’ve been itching to sit down and really write something. My time is just either really taken up or I’m wasting it doing absolutely nothing. It’s always one or the other. I do waste an obscene about of time.

Each day I have a blog title or two and think out what I’d like to write. Here are some examples of titles:
1. Gleanings From Chickens

2. Marriage and Why So Many Are Failing (in my opinion, of course)

3. R.I.P. Popeye (our chick we lost)

4. Wisdom From Children

5. Where is My Time??

6. Oh Chicken Coop, How Weary I Am of You!

7. Exercise, What is That? (yeah I’ve not been doing anything lately)

8. My Spiritual Struggles (which are directly related to my wasting time)

9. The Chickens That Live Under the Porch (OR) The Bush Living Chickens

10. What A Week!

11. Book Review (AFTER I finish reading it – I’m almost done)!
12. What Happened to My Brain? (I can’t string coherent thoughts together anymore)
13. Why We’re Not At AWANA This Year

14. Chicken Coop Madness (can you tell it’s getting to me??)!

15. I REALLY Need a Haircut!

16. Laundry Pile That Doesn’t Fold and Put Itself Away
Those are just some titles and blogs written in my mind. I’m off to wake the children and get this party started! Friday. Woo Hoo! After a mostly frustrating school week (which I will blog about in our homeschool blog), I am thinking today will be MUCH better!
Happy Friday!