Dishin' with Amanda at Serenity Now

Those of you who know me well, 
(and now those of you that will meet me: "Hello!") 
know I LOVE a PARTaY!
So, I am linking up with Amanda over at Serenity Now
who planned a party, and I showed up on the doorstep!

She planned this party as a way for bloggers 
to not only share a little bit about themselves, 
but to also make an effort to get to know 
some of the other wonderful people out there in Blogland.


I will be answering some questions,
so let's pretend we are chatting and sitting 

enjoying a cup of coffee (or tea) in my cafe'.
(I like pretending).

~How long have you been blogging?
A little more than a month. 
I meant to get started years ago, 
but was busy being a Home Maker/wife/homeschooler, etc...

~Why did you start blogging?
Friends and family encouraged me to blog for now 
and write a book later *wink.
I have always loved to write. 
I have always loved to decorate. 
I have always wanted to be the best mom, wife and friend that I can be. 
I believe we all can learn so much more 
from one another than we can ever know on our own.
I LOVE reading other's blogs, and getting ideas. 
I thought, perhaps, I might even have some ideas to share, too.

~Tell me about your blog's title. Why did you choose it?
To become a home, a house needs to reflect 
the personalities of those who dwell within;
 place filled with treasured items; fond memories; steadfast faith;
little joys and powerful passions of the individuals living inside its walls.
A house needs to tell a story (a thousand stories!) 
in order to become a home.
I like to think of a home as a work-in-progress ~ ever evolving ~
changing as the occupants change and grow.
A place of comfort; beauty and, most of all, love.
So, I say farewell to the keeping of a house
and welcome the making of a home!

~What do you blog about?

Anything and everything- just give me time! 
Cooking, hospitality, marriage, child-raising, sewing, 
crafting, clean eating, debt-free living.
But mostly matters related to making a home 
more functional and beautiful, like:
home staging, redesign, and Organizing-- 
(I did this for 10 years, 
and stopped to finish homeschooling my daughters- 
one is in college now). 
When my other daughter is in college 
then I can go back to my other "real" job.
This is my plan, anyway--
To me, what truly matters is not the furniture, the wall colors, 
the flooring or the accessories within the house
--or even the house itself--
but the heart that I put into the making of a home.
The "why" of home-making is more important to me 
than the "how" of house-keeping.

~What is your favorite thing about blogging?
All of the wonderful bloggers and readers 
that I meet and get to share life and thoughts with!
Also, expressing what's in my heart and (what's left of) my mind.

~If you had to choose one famous person 
to become your blog's next devoted reader, 
who would you pick?
I'd want Jesus to become my Follower.
He's the one who specializes in INTERIOR decorating, really. 
And transforms my messes into methods, clutter into calmness. 
He transforms the places in my heart to reflect His likeness: 
love, redemption, grace, peace and holiness, 
and He wants to live in and be welcome in my little heart. 

~What's the funniest comment you've ever received 
on a blog post?
This one, left by Doda's Creative Wanderings was funny to me 
since I don't know if I'll ever get out of the states for a trip somewhere:
Lovely job! Want to come over to Scotland and organise my home for me? I wish!

--and this one after a post on Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Week 1 
(I intend to cook 1 recipe a week, for a year's worth of weeks) 
out of Julia Child's book.
The recipe was:
Choux de Bruxelles a' la Milanaise
or: Brussels Sprouts Browned with Cheese

The comment, by It's a Wonderful Life was:
Looks delish! I must say, the name of the recipe sure looks better in French! :-) 
Maybe I'll start telling my husband what's for dinner in another language; 
I wonder how you say "hamburger helper" in French?!

The answer: Aide d'Hamburger!


Are you still awake?
If so, thank you for visiting!
So nice to meet you!
I'm going out now, to visit some of you!
Come back any time!


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  1. Hi, Leslie! I love the thought behind your blog's title. :) You have quite a few Followers for blogging for such a short time. Good for you!! :) Thanks so much for stopping by to link up to the party. I hope you're having a good time "mingling." :)

  2. Well hello! Thank you so much for coming to visit me! It so nice to meet you! I love blog parties like this! I also love your famous person answer!
    I just "rented" Baking with Julia from the library! Interesting!
    Nice visiting with you!

  3. Thanks for sharing. Love the funny comments. You are very adventurous with trying new recipes. Not something I am very comfortable with but I love reading about your adventures. I stopped by because I have your blog in my sidebar and see all your new posts, but I will have to stop by the party too.

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me the sweet comment on my blog! It's nice to "meet" you. :) A 4 mile mud run sounds like long as you leave him in the backyard and hose him off! I can 100% relate with "waking up earlier" as one of your three (or 5!) changes. I almost used that as one of my own. I am queen of the snooze button during the week, yet have no problem pulling myself out of bed early on a Saturday morning to have some "me" time! Strange, no? Have a good night and keep in touch!

  5. I'm laughing and agreeing with Sarah's comment (above) about hitting snooze during the week and being up at the crack of dawn on weekends for 'me' time. That is so me.

    Yes, I do occasionally drive him crazy, especially when he has just helped move a larger piece from one room or floor to another and I change my mind. But generally hubby is a 'do whatever you like' kind of guy. He is often amazed at how I can find something for our home for a really good price (I just bought a $169 duvet cover and shams, marked down to 79 and then 75% off to $19.99)

  6. I LOVE your answer to the "famous person" question. So true.

    I completely agree that homemaking is much more important than housekeeping. My goal is to create a space where my family is comfortable, happy, and loved.

  7. Good morning...stopping by from Amanda's party. So glad I did 'cause I really enjoyed reading about you. I love the name of your blog and the reasoning behind it. I feel much the same way but you articulate it much better than I do :)
    And I love what you wrote about your famous follower. How true...
    Anxious to read more on your blog and start following!

  8. thanks for the invitation & cup of coffee!!
    I am going to poke around your blog now!
    xoxo's nancy

  9. Hopped over to say Hello from the Par-T-y! I loved your funniest comments. Wishing the best of luck in bloggy world.

  10. You know you always crack me up...whether it's on your blog or your comments on my blog. I had to tell you that I SNORTED OUT LOUD when I read what you wrote about the Nine West bag! Need to mention here that I am on lunch and reading my comments, catching up on blogs...etc. My co-worker asked "WHAT was THAT sound???" I didn't elaborate.

    Funny you say that because I usually rummage on my own or with my kids. On this trip out, my friend Kat was with me and she knew the lady having the sale. So she was chatting her up about the happenings at the Karaoke bar and I was grabbing items like my life depended on it.

    I can't help that she talks more than I do and I have a black belt in shopping. Though I am possitive my black belt would not matter next to your Ninja Yard Sale moves!

  11. Audra! You funny chick!
    (Sorry to get you in trouble at work!)
    Also, you are smart to go yard saling with someone who loves to chat with others!
    I probably would be the chatter,too!

  12. Hi, visiting from the party. Saw your garden post. We have four raised beds and I am loving gardening! From the photo above it looks like you smock. I used to smock until they wouldn't wear it anymore. Waiting on grandkids to pick it back up.

  13. I didn't realise that would be so funny ! Thanks for the mention! You are welcome here anytime you're passing ! Seriously! God bless you!

  14. I just left you a comment under your Cafe post but wanted to say hi again.:) I LOVE your answer to which famous person would you most want to follow your blog. Seriously. perfectly put. I love the name of your blog and your reasoning behind it too. I have never owned a house before. My hubby and I have been in Apartments since we got married. For the first few years I made my apt. a home, then something happened and it just didn't feel like home to me. It didn't feel like me. I kept waiting for a house to make things like home. Now I am in a new apt. across the country from where I have lived most my life and have finally started to make it really feel like home, no matter how small. It makes the biggest difference for not just me but my hubby and kids as well. :)
    nice to meet you! Thanks for linking up and commenting on my blog so I could meet ya. :)

    sorry this was so long. :)

  15. I keep telling myself I am not going to follow any more blogs and then I find a great blog like yours. So I am following you. But I am a bit creeped out by the term "following". Makes us sound like we don't have a direction of our own. I wish they would change it to "friends".


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