Ultimate Blog Party 2010!

Welcome! I am so glad you decided to stop by and join me in 5 Minutes for Mom’s Ultimate Blog Party! I have enjoyed “meeting” so many of you over the past few years due to this party. I’d love to hear if you’re one of the “original” readers from when I first participated in 2008! (And if you’re here for the first time, of course, I’d love to meet you, too.)

I would love to share a cup of herbal tea or French-pressed coffee with you. Grab some fruit from the basket on my counter (we currently have seasonal pears and apples in our home), and let’s chat!

I blog about a variety of topics: Natural Health, Biblical Encouragement, Gluten-Free Recipes, Living Frugally & Creatively, Sustainable Living & Natural Parenting, and Simple Living (view my index of favorite resource posts here). I’d love to hear what topic you’re interested in and what you’re passionate about in life! Make sure to subscribe to Frugal Granola, so you don’t miss a post in all your party-hopping!

Here is a little bit about me, and I’d love to hear your story, too.

I am Michele, a Christ-follower and the blessed wife of Calvin (a former EMT, now currently employed at a local lumber mill to allow time for family and ministry). We are the parents of two precious children. Our daughter Gen (born 12/06) joined our family through the miracle of adoption, and Enoch (born 8/09) entered our arms through an incredible home waterbirth. We believe that children are a blessing from the Lord.

I love spending my days blessing my family and walking in discipleship with women. I especially appreciate opportunities to speak truth to women’s lives as they journey through difficult seasons (such as infertility, marriage struggles, grief, etc.).

After years of materialism, we took a leap of faith and embarked upon a journey of “Simple Living” in 2007. God has amazed us in His gracious provision (physically and relationally). As we have desired to walk with Christ in our daily lives, He has made Himself known to us in incredible ways.

In living simply, I have desired to be a good steward of all that God has given us, and to glorify Him with our bodies as a vessel for the Holy Spirit. I seek to live a frugal and sustainable lifestyle (hence the title “Frugal Granola”), and enjoy inspiring others with similar aspirations. Personally, I have pursued learning about living biblically in my God-given role as a woman.

I adore creativity, and seek opportunities to encourage this in my children as well as myself. We typically have art & craft supplies spread throughout our home, as well as stacks of books from the library. We love reading together! We also enjoy thrift store shopping, sharing tea time together, hiking on the local mountain trails, seasonally delving into organic gardening, and opening up our home for hospitality around a natural foods-filled dinner table as we encourage our guests in the love of Christ.

The majority of any profits from this blog (as well as my Etsy shop) are donated to Advent Conspiracy efforts to provide clean water internationally through Living Water International, as well as blessing local women with ministry materials and healing resources (such as Bible study books) as I walk with them in discipleship. I thank my sponsors and their customers for partnering with me in these ministries!

I am currently hoping to attend The Relevant Conference, for further equipping in ministry and blogging, as well as fellowship. If you’re interested in helping sponsor me, I’d love to talk with you about details.

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

There are always amazing prizes at the Ultimate Blog Party. My top three picks would be:

The Nest Egg by The Blessed Nest,

Eco-Friendly Mimi the Sardine Bag by Frugal Plus, or

One Bible in 90 Days Thinline NIV Bible and one Bible in 90 Days Participants Guide by Amy @ Mom’sToolbox.com.

And if my top three picks are already chosen, I’d love any of the following (in order of preference):

75, 64, 51, 28, 25, or 10 or anything related to green living or parenting, since I have two small children.

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