It’s Party Time!


Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! To my little corner of the Internet!  For those of you who are already readers of my blog, today I am participating in the 2013 Ultimate Blog Party thrown by 5 Minutes for Mom.

For those of you who are stopping by for the first time, let me introduce myself! 

My name is Dusty. Yep, totally my real, birth given name.  I’m a Yankee that found herself married to a Southern gentlemen and is now living the southern life despite her decidedly city girl ways.

I’ve been married for nearly 8 years to my Southern guy.  Even though it seems to be his life’s mission to convince me that eating livermush is normal and saying “young’un” is proper grammar, I love that big lug of mine! 

We have three children.   And we have one more on the way! (that’s a baby bump up there!) We have three little blessings, ages 7, 5, and 2 and we are expecting our fourth addition at the end of summer!

I’m a homeschooler.   I never expected to be educating my children at home, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.  We’re having fun and learning together as a family.

I blog about many things.  I use this space to share homeschooling adventures, crafts, recipes, musings about my faith, marriage, motherhood and other things, books for women and children, reviews, giveaways and more.  I like to just share snippets of our life and to write about things that I think will be helpful to others.

If you want to know some more about me and this space, you can read my ABOUT ME page, or you should check out these posts which are some of my most popular:

How to Make a Tutu
Rub a Dub Dub, Some Fun in the Tub
Skirts Mostly, A Family’s Transition
Yes, Indeed I Have My Hands Full
In Which Ordinary Circumstances Humble Me

I hope that you’ll stick around and also tell me a little about yourself!  Please feel free to leave a link to your own blog in the comments and I’ll mosey on over yonder (see, the Southern is starting to stick!) and say hello!

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  1. Congratulations on your coming baby!

  2. Nice to “meet” you Dusty!

  3. Your kids are so precious! Nice to meet you! Coming from the UBP. I’m over at

  4. Following you through feed reader and pinterest now! Found you through the blog party!

  5. I am popping over from UBP13. I enjoyed my visit.

    (link #59)

    ps. a new baby … what a delight.

  6. Nice to meet you. You have a beautiful blog and even sweeter family! Congratulations on your latest addition.

    I’m visiting from UBP and now following via Pinterest and Twitter!

  7. Hi Dusty! I’m a Southern (Georgia) girl married 21+ years to a certifiable Yankee living in a burb of Chicago. Fast paced life where everyone doesn’t ask about your grandma and cousins before doing business is still a shock to my system. But I love it! I enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to spending more time visiting. Hope you enjoy the party! Amy

    • I had the exact opposite shock! lol It made me so nervous to have strangers waving at me and shouting, “Hey, how are ya?” when I first moved here. We often run into someone who without ever meeting my husband, say, “You’re one of the X family, aren’t you?” It’s definitely different, but I’m growing to love it!

  8. I’m stopping by to say, “Hey!” to my friend! Have a GREAT Weekend and enjoy the blog party!

  9. Congratulations on your little one coming soon, Dusty! You look terrific! So glad to get to know a little more about you. I don’t have a baby bump but would love one, and homeschooling was a surprise to us as well, although we wouldn’t change it now for anything. You’ve been by before, but here’s my link —

  10. Having fun checking out everyone’s posts! Over from the Crew as well as the party 🙂

  11. What a cute family. Congrats on your future new one…
    I’m born & raised in the south and I do not like livermush nor do I call my kids “younguns”. Looking forward to getting to know you…

  12. Congrats on your baby. You have a beautiful family. Stopping by from UBP13.

  13. Hi! I’m also on the Schoolhouse Crew and I’m following your blog with GFC now. I thought I already was! =0)

    The UBP is a lot of fun and a great way to meet new bloggy friends.

  14. So excited to meet you Dusty….hopping over from UBP13. I’m hate livermush and I’m southern.

  15. Hi Dusty, stopping by from UBP. So Yankee + Southern Gentlemen = They lived happily every after

  16. What a fun visit for the Ultimate Blog Party! I’m a grandma who homeschooled my kids for several years – and now is helping with the homeschooling program my grandkids are in. 🙂 Have a blessed week- and mega congrats on a lovely and growing family! 😉

  17. What a great post and thanks for sharing!… I’m Elizabeth and I found you on the UBP13 and so glad I did! I’m following you now and I am a new blogger. I hope you can come by and follow me at http:mybutterflyhaus,!

  18. Dusty – I enjoyed reading your party post and getting to know you a little better! I didn’t realize you were from NY!


  19. Congratulations on the new addition! I’m just catching up on the party so excuse my late comment. Can’t wait to dig into your blog a bit more, but I just wanted to stop in and say “Hi!”

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