02 October 2012

let's get to know each other

I just recently connected with Leslie from top of the page and I totally love her.
She did a post last week asking her readers to introduce themselves,
and I told her I was going to do the same.

Over the last year, I've gotten so many encouraging comments and sweet emails
and I can't tell you enough how much they mean to me.
I thought it'd be fun for some of you that I haven't had a chance to "meet" 
to introduce yourselves.
Who are you? Do you blog? What's your favorite way to spend the day?
Kids? And the big taboo question to ask: how old are you?
Tell me about yourself and let's be friends!

I'll start! 
I'm a 34 year old (ack, I still feel like I'm 22) mama to three boys (5, 3, 2) and I spend my days playing hide and seek tag, 
making food, drinking coffee (a lot of it), driving to and from school and soccer practice, 
making more food, sweeping,doing laundry, drinking more coffee 
and snuggling three little rascals.
I am too invested in too many tv shows (most recently addicted to Breaking Bad),
I spend my evenings making little pretties for my shop, chatting with my husband,
and staying up way too late. 
Favorite things to do when I'm on my own: thrifting, Target and (shocking) sipping coffee.
I blog because I want to remember these moments in life,
and because it keeps me focused on being grateful for the big and the little.

Okay, you're turn.
Can't wait to hear from you!


  1. I enjoyed this post. I'm turning 27 next month & I feel like I"m 21 most days. Weird feeling for sure. 2 of my things to do when alone are thrifting & coffee for sure. :)

  2. Hi! I'm Beth! I'm 23 and have been married a little over a year. I'm an accounts payable coordinator by day and a wife by night. We don't have any kids. We're in the "settling phase" of life right now, after living in 3 cities our first year of marriage. Hopefully the kids will come farther down the road.
    I love to blog about what God's teaching me as well as remember the memories I'm currently making. You can find me over at www.bethbranstetter.blogspot.com.
    Some things I love but don't get to do much of: thrifting, planning parties and events, and hanging out with my momma!
    I love reading your blog. I love that you're so transparent. You've encouraged me as a reader to strive to be more like Christ. Thank you!

    1. you're so sweet, beth! thank you :) and three cities in a year sounds crazy and awesome all at once. congratulations, newlywed!

  3. i'm erica. i blog at style of a songbird. (www.songbirdstyle.blogspot.com). i'm married to my hunk of a husband, jeremy (aka babe). i am an artist. i love thrifting. i sing. i have a slight addiction to instagram. i'm grateful. i'm twenty six (and mostly act my age). i like to cuddle. i'm finding my freedom to be ME one day at a time. <3 LOVE your blog. so thrilled to have connected here.

    1. i love your blog, too - you're cute as can be! thanks for being here :) i love that you're an artist.

  4. LOVE this idea!

    I'm Heidi, 31 years old and have two boys 5 and 2. I work outside of the home but love spending time with my littles and the hubby. I blog because it is such a cool way of meeting new people and learning new things! Also, I have been so encouraged in my walk with the Lord by many wonderful bloggers out there who are letting His light shine through their writing.
    I love to scrapbook and create things although between working full-time, being a Mama and Wife and blogging I don't have too much spare time! I currently teach a class of 16 preschoolers in our church's kids club and although I'm exhausted when I get home it's been a lot of fun (love little kids!)

    1. you are a busy lady!! bless you for being a preschool teacher. we LOVE our teachers - it's such a special gift to have a heart for littles like that. (and yay for boy mamas!)

  5. HI! I'm Ruthy, I'm 34, a brand new mama to a sweet little girl named Parker Penny. I've been blogging for just over 3 years about life. My life revolves around my Lord and my family. I love, love the blogging world.

    1. ruthy ann, you're always so sweet. congratulations on your gorgeous girl! and could her name be any cuter?!

  6. Hi, I'm Chantal! I blog at Scattered Seashells (www.scatteredseashells.com). I'm mom to Penny, 9.5 months, and wife to Brandon. We live in Alabama for the time being, until the military sticks us somewhere else. I'm 25 and we're originally from Colorado.

    I love blogging, it pretty much consumes my life haha. I also love Instagram (username CShels). We spend our days playing, exercising, going on walks, and sometimes watching Netflix. I feel like I don't have much else to say!

    1. glad you're here, chantal! i love colorado. following you on insta now! xo

  7. Oh, hey, this is real fun!
    I'm Cory. I'm 26. I'm married to an amazing man & we have a 2.5 year old little boy & a sweet 9 month old little lady. I spend my days chasing those 2 crazies around. We lead Young Life at the same high school that we both graduated from & have a huge heart for high school students. I blog over at corymargrave.blogspot.com. I spend my super late nights stitching up fun things for my shop: eclecticjoyshop.etsy.com. I love anything mustard yellow & I hate ketchup.

    1. you're fun! :) cory, you're always such an encouragement - so happy we've "met"! plus, young life buddies forever. i am so excited that you are leading together and so cool that it's at your high school! emailing you soon!

  8. Hello! I am Lindsy! I am a wife to a traveling rockstar, a photographer and I have a blog at "Dontknowhowtorelax.com" because, I really dont know how to relax. I am the queen of multi-tasking. I am 29. We have a foster-child (who just turned one!) that we are PROBABLY, HOPEFULLY going to adopt very soon! I love your blog and your sweet adoption necklaces.

    1. love that you're fostering. hoping and praying that your adoption goes through very soon! xoxo

  9. oh hiiiiiiii carina. i think you are super pretty.
    hahaha. (please dont think i'm creepy).

    i feel like you kinda already know me but whatevs.
    ready. i'm 31. i have no kids. just a cute dog (who i dont pretend is my kid, but she is my baby!) who is 7.
    i like jesus and hot dogs.
    i dont like cats.
    i like gadgety internet things. and blogging. and coffee mugs.

    in the day time i work. blah. in the evenings i am usually out with friends or at the gym or doing something for church. actually i'm doing stuff for church a lot. hahaha.

    weekends are for adventures. both in town and out of town.

    anyway. this is kinda fun ;)

    1. oh hey. you're cute and funny and i don't think you're even a little bit creepy.
      i do think you need to go on the next girls trip.
      i also love dogs, not cats (sorry, people.). And we'd totally have a dog if my husband wasn't anti.
      i'll be manipulating him through my children later in life.

      coffee together in real life eventually, i am almost sure of it.

  10. Hi! I'm Jeannie. I work during the day (ugh) and I finish my degree by night (super ugh). I am married to a wonderful man who has made me so very happy. I am an army wife, and proud of it! I'm 22, no kids or pets. I like to run, enjoy the mountains and eat! Reading is a passion, not just a hobby.

    I write a blog on loving and accepting ourselves, reaching goals and not letting our inhibitions stop us from getting where we want to be. I am open and honest about body image issues, the effect of the media and the struggles that I have had with eating disorders, depression and low self-esteem. I want to help others love who they are. You can find my blog at http://jeannieleigh.blogspot.com/

    1. i love your heart! can't wait to read more on your blog. thanks for being open so that others can be encouraged! xo

  11. Hello! I'm Jamie. I'm job searching by day, and making pretty things for my Etsy shop in the meantime! I recently got married to an amazing bearded man and moved to a new city just south of San Jose, California. I'm 22, no kids or pets yet! I like to read, create, blog, and collect vintage things! I blog to document the musings of my wannabe housewife life!

    Also, me and my hubs love Breaking Bad!

  12. I am Amanda. I am mother to two little boys (9mo and 4yrs). I am military and so is my husband (Air Force). I am 26 but I feel 58 before I have had my coffee for the day. I write a blog (themotherhoodadventures.blogspot.com) about being mom, recipes, and currently I am writing about my self improvment 80 day challenge.

  13. Hi!! I'm Sarah. I'm 28 and I'm a momma to one cat who will be 10 in two weeks. My husband and I own a video game store, Sunken Treasures Games (www.sunkentreasuresgames.com). Surprisingly enough, I don't spent all my time playing video games. In fact, I don't often have time to play them anymore since I'm running the store. In addition to being my own boss, I dream of being a knitwear designer and a particle physicist. I have 10 knitting patterns available for free on my blog. Twitter and Instagram are my two favorite social sites. Other than blogging you will always find me there.


  14. Hi, I'm Samara and I blog over at www.thesecretlifeofsamara.com. I am 24 years old, have been married for 2.5 years, Christia and live in Australia. I am a high school teacher who loves to craft in my spare time and go on holidays. I have a pet rabbit Nibbles who I love to spend time with too :)

  15. I'm a 29 year old (with a few more months until the big 3-0) mother to 3 unbelievably crazy and loving children (Ella 6, Lincoln 5 & Liam 2). I spend my days as a referee to ninja turtles, a tickle monster, a drawing decipher, snack maker, and boo boo healer to my little monsters that I love to pieces.
    I also love tv. New Girl, Once Upon a Time and Go On are some of my favorite shows at the moment.
    I spend my evenings snuggled up on the couch with my husband, knitting, talking about our day and trying to keep my hands away from the computer (which usually proves harder than it should).
    Favorite things to do when I'm on my own: reading a good book, shopping, walking with good music on my ipod.
    I blog because I love sharing some of my family's fun moments, things that make me happy and all that I am grateful for in this crazy journey that is our life.

  16. Hello! I'm Jordan.. I'm (soon to be) 26, a lover of Jesus, my husband (7 years!) and our 2 sweetie boys (2 and 5 years old).. I work during the day but bring my guys with me (huge blessing!), and I own a tiny antique furniture refinishing business for fun. I also have been dabbling in photography and have been taking photos for friends/family as I learn my camera. I used to blog - I shut'er down about a year ago after I lost interest in my blog, but I hope to start up another one as soon as I can think of a good name for it. ;) I have a healthy crush on lattes (of all varieties), home decorating, and instagram, and blogs.. and I scrapbook too, when I have time! :)

  17. Hello :) I'm Megan. I'm 26 and live in VA. I blog at http://giraldohouseofpink.blogspot.com

    I have 3 girls: An almost 6 year old, 2 1/2 and 10 month old. I'm a sahm who loves photography. I spend my days reading (childrens) books, playing baby dolls, cooking, and sometimes the laundry and cleaning.

    I am addicted to coke (the drink) grey's anatomy, and revenage. I love reading blogs and finding new ones I can relate too. Oh, and I may have a slight obbession with instagram. :)

  18. Hi Carina! This is a great idea :) I'm Kat, I'm 28, and I blog at www.refeathered.com. I am a special ed teacher turned stay at home mom to a 2 and a half year old girl and a 5 month old baby girl.

    I love, love me some coffee. AND my hubby and I just became addicted to Breaking Bad. So I think we could be friends ;) I would love to say I go to Target when I'm by myself but WE DON'T HAVE ONE in my small town. The closest one is 45 minutes away. {It's okay to shed a tear here in sympathy for me} So when I'm by myself, I love to thrift also, love to read {currently reading The Shack Revisited - so good!}, and I like to write.

    And I might be a little late on the bandwagon, but I like the new name/look on the blog!

  19. Hi, I'm Laura and I'm 43. Wow I feel old in this crowd, but my 2 year old is keeping me young. I have 16, 14, 12 and 8 year old homegrown kids and a new little sweetie from China.

    Coffee keeps me going, and I love homeschooling my three middle boys. I keep up (on Hulu) with SYTYCD and America's Next Top Model, and I'm catching up with Modern Family. I blog sometimes at www.CompassionMama.blogspot.com

  20. Hey there Carina! I'm Heather, a 25 year old wife to a recently former Marine and mom to twin toddlers Emily and Morgan. I'm a midwestern girl from Missouri currently living in San Diego, CA. We also have a dog named Penny and a cat named Swarley. I am a stay at home mom currently, but a hopeful future photographer. I love to crochet, take pictures, craft all kinds of things, coffee is my obsession, and I am a sucker for a good sunset :) I also am borderline obsessed with TV shows and honestly don't know how I keep up with them all. I blog at heather-lifeunexpected.blogspot.com

  21. Wahoo! I love this idea! :)

    Well, I'm Hannah! I blog over at handrewrod.blogspot.com I'm 22, and married to my highschool sweetheart. We have a 2-year-old son and 2 dogs. I'm a stay-at-home-mama, but I went back to school last year and got my certification in lactation education counseling. I love spending time with family, cooking with my husband, making crafty things, enjoying the outdoors and making new friends! :)

    Oh, and I never start my day without a cup of coffee!! ;)

  22. okay?? the meet and greet is the best idea ever, huh? i'm so glad i did it. I was considering making a math lesson for the kids (bar graphs or finding averages or something) with the data. :) I love how women had a chance to talk back, about themselves.

    some other tidbits you may not know about me are that i love making things, i wish i could sew better, i am not a sweets person, and i'm a little ashamed that i still watch grey's anatomy. and like you, i often stay up way too late. it's gotten to where God and i have had to make deals about it. i try to obey what He says is best for me. :)

  23. I love getting to know other mama's this way. I'm 34 too but I just claim my husbands age which is 29. Yes I totally robbed the cradle:))) I have three little ones similar in age to yours!! It's a good life huh? Raising my coffee mug to you friend!

  24. Hi Carina,
    I'm Sandi and I'm 41. I almost typed 43 because I can NEVER remember how old I am for some reason! LOL! I am married to Greg (who actually is 43) and we have 3 daughters, Amanda (14), Lindsey (12) and Leah (10). I am a stay at home mom who freelance designs quilt patterns and a has a book of quilt designs. I have had about 5 quilt patterns published in magazines. I also have a quilting podcast. I met your mom through Twitter and I think she is so lovely. I enjoy reading your blog and your mom's tweets. You are blessed to have such a wonderful and close family.

    I also love scrapbooking, photography, cookies, coffee - lots of coffee, crocheting and any type of crafts. I like to shop for quilty notions and books.

    I guess that's it. You can follow my blog at www.quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog and you can also link to my regular website to see some of my patterns.
    Thanks for keeping up such a nice, fun and loving blog. I look forward to reading your posts.

  25. Hi Carina!!
    I'm Amber! I am 22 almost 23.
    Got married this summer and now have a bebe on the way. I like to crochet, blog, spend time with my hubby, drink chai tea in the fall.
    i like dogs not cats.
    Jesus is my favorite.
    I blog at amberenns.blogspo.ca (which has an apron swap currently happening if you want to sign up!)

    i've been following your blog and on twitter for a few months now.

    have a happy day!

  26. Hi Carina! I'm Krista and I am a 35 year old mother to 2 boys ages 6 and 3. Also wife to an extremely hard working man that loves us. I work as a buyer during the day but my real passion is jewelry design as evidenced in my Etsy shop. I blog as a way to share all the creative things I love, document my business adventure, and grow in my relationship with God.

    I love all forms of crafting and creative expression, just wish I had more time to indulge in them! I'm also an avid fan of being outdoors, love me some nature!!

    Glad to know you ;)


  27. so fun...i love doing this. hi...i'm amy. i'm 33, but usually feel 23. i've been married to steve for 8 years and we have a daughter, claire who's 4. we're trying for one or two more, but it's been a challenge....i blog about that a lot. i work full-time in children's ministry at our church. i love my job. when i'm home, i'm usually playing with my girl, going to the beach, target, looking for cute little coffee shops (the ones by the beach are the best), and instagramming. we LOVE camping...going to yosemite in a few weeks, beach bike riding, and eating pancakes. i blog at caudillclan.blogspot.com

  28. hiiiii Carina :)

    I'm a momma to a 2 year old boy. I actually really don't like coffee at all usually (I know *gasp*) but I am totally a hot tea kind of girl. I'm 25 years old which essentially means I am in the prime of my life. :D I do blog over at www.mishmashedmama.blogspot.com I blog about a little bit of everything & I blog about it...just because. I work a typical 9-5 during the day & spend my other time with my little one, reading, crafting, & remodeling our home over and over. I like to visit thrift stores in my spare time & attempt a social life. I really love Jesus & elephants.

    I enjoy reading your blog & following your adoption hopes. (I have always wanted to adopt myself.) Your faith in God is an inspiration. :) And if I don't stop now; you will see that I like to talk. A lot.

    O, and I think your name is really cool. :p

  29. Hi! My name is Alisha. I'm a 34 year old momma to a 4 year old daughter. I blog at lvsweetie182.blogspot.com, which has been on hiatus since we are in the process of cross country move. I will be restarting it up documenting my adventures of a stay at home mom. I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter.

  30. Hi! My name is Amanda. I am 32 years old. I blog and you can find it at www.amanda-uganda.blogspot.com. I am a missionary to Uganda. When in the US, I love spending my day drinking coffee and reading. When I am in Uganda at the beach or zoo with the kids. So glad to finally "meet" you!

  31. I know this is a bit late but I wanted to do this! :)
    I love the whole actually "getting to know" each other thing!

    I'm Jasanna from MunchTalk (munchtalk.net). I adore exploring the local area
    which right now, is Iowa. I just moved here with my husband and the countryside
    right now is *gorgeous!* I love taking photos, capturing the moment, doing DIY
    projects, and trying to live healthier! I'm 24, and no kids yet. :) I adore
    cheese, dressing up, and cooking, and I can't stand salad dressing. :)

    Nice to meet ya!

  32. Hi, I am Ashley. I blog at http://ashleylangtryinmylife.blogspot.com. My blog is my little virtual scrapbook, place to stay connected to people far away from the family. I am a 29 year old Mama, a Milspouse, a Photographer, and a runner. I love coffee and pizza, but never together. I have been reading your blog for about a year now, and love hearing about someone else going through the same things I do while raising crazies.

  33. Very cool. Nice to meet you!

    I'm Sarah K., I'm 29, and I've been married to my high school sweetie for 4 years now. We have an almost 3 year old boy, 4 cats, and a tiny dog. I love reading and go through a book every day or two, usually free downloads on my Kindle which goes with me everywhere.
    I love thrift stores, red wine, and gardening. I hate to cook and dislike monkeys. I blog little bits of our lives and use blogging to meet others. I really enjoy readIng and learning about other people through blogs. I can be found at themamapirate.com.

  34. Hi Carina (love your name)!

    My name is Jyndia and I am a 27 year old and I... sounds so AA! I love blogging too and have found it is the best way to document memories. I have just recently gotten more into reading other people's blog and find this whole community so wonderful! Its amazing to me how someone is always going through what you are currently or have gone through in the past. Anyways, I am a physical therapist in the field of neurology, living in Portland Oregon and truly loving life. I am also a lover of coffee, live music and spending time with people I love! This is such a great idea for a post!!!