Saturday, March 03, 2007
Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party!

5 Minutes for Mom is hosting a fantastic party! I'm always up for a party, so let the festivities begin! :)

So, for those of you who are here for the first time, let me tell you just a few things about myself.

1. I'm the proud adoptive mom of the most wonderful 2 year old boy, my little Snuggle Bug. You can read all about our first adoption journey in my 10 part series called "It wasn't supposed to work this way...". If you want to learn more about our private, domestic adoption, start with Part 1. The entire series can be found on my sidebar. We'll be adopting a second time, hopefully in the near future, so stay tuned for news on our next adoption journey.

2. I'm the proud wife of Oronzo. We've been married for almost 4 years. We had a fairytale wedding in Ireland. Oronzo even wore a kilt!

3. I'm the hostess of a weekly recipe exchange called Favorite Ingredients Friday. It's a great way to help with weekly menu planning! Next Friday I'll be doing a St. Patrick's Day themed recipe exchange. I hope you can join in the fun!

4. I love doing crafty things like decorating cookies, card stamping, scrapbooking, and I'm even dabbling a little bit in jewelry making.

Okay, enough about me. If you've stopped by, please share a tidbit of information about yourself in my comments section!

Now, I'm off to meet those of you that left links over at Janice and Susan's party central blog! If you haven't joined the party, please do so. You're invited!

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At 9:43 PM, Blogger Chappyswife said...

HI! Just thought I'd pop in & say "hi" for the party! Thanks for having me!

At 9:52 PM, Blogger Blazer1234 said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! Sounds like we have a lot in common! I'm gonna have to check out that recipe exchange, I could always use some good recipes since my cooking skills lack.

I'll be back for sure!

At 10:11 PM, Blogger Blessed Assurances said...

So glad to see a familar face in the crowd, have fun at the party!

At 11:01 PM, Anonymous chelle said...

What Party Animals!

At 11:31 PM, Anonymous martha said...

loving your pictures!!! definately will check out the recipe exchange to. thanks for having me, if you can come on over to my party.

At 11:41 PM, Blogger An Ordinary Mom said...

This is one good party we have going on. Glad to see you join in on the fun!

At 3:49 AM, Anonymous Jeanette said...

Hi, you have a beautiful blog - I love the pictures and your wedding dress looked awesome. Feel free to visit me at my place when you get the chance.


At 5:29 AM, Blogger devildogwife said...

Just wanted to pop in and say hi. I'll try to make it over for Favorite Ingredients Friday this week!

At 6:04 AM, Blogger Praying for your Prodigal said...

Glad you joined the party! I always enjoy visiting your blog--it is beautiful!


At 6:13 AM, Blogger Mikki said...

WOW! What a beautiful blog!!! I love it. I even took a peek at the wedding pictures. How amazing was that!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great time at the party!!


At 6:18 AM, Blogger Dana said...

What a beautiful site! I love all the yummy cookies....killer for my diet though :) Nice to meet you.

At 8:51 AM, Blogger Barb said...

I'm certainly not a new visitor, but I dropped in to see if you were attending the party. Very nice introduction to Overwhelmed With Joy. I'm sure some socks will be knocked off when new people drop in and see how beautiful it is over here. :-)

At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Leslie said...

Definitely a blog I will come back to!
I enjoyed reading about your cookie making and your wedding!
Nice to meet you!

At 11:19 AM, Blogger Laura Christianson said...

Found you via one of your comments on Jenna's adoption blog, and then realized you're attending the party, too!

Exploring Adoption blog

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Debs said...

Hiya, I came over here from 5 minutes for Mum. I'm having such fun visiting blogs and finding out more about people. Thanks for inviting me :-)

At 11:52 AM, Blogger Laurel Wreath said...

I always love visiting you. But I don't think I ever saw the pictures from your wedding. Now I am green with jealousy!!

At 6:17 PM, Blogger Katherine@Raising Five said...

Hey there - so glad to see you again. This party is putting us all back in touch with each other. I love your adoption story and now to hear your wedding story. So beautiful!

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Jodi said...

Saying hi from the party. I'm party hopping.

I'm going to come back and read your adoption story. i work in foster care and domestic adoption is very important to me.

At 8:46 PM, Blogger Shash said...

Did you just get married there or do you live there now? My sister LOVES Ireland, she went there on a missions trip decades ago. The pictures look very inviting... maybe I'll have to add it to my list.

Enjoy the partying!!

At 12:50 AM, Blogger UKZoe said...

Dropping by the party! It's 7:45am here, GOOD MORNING Party head!

At 2:20 AM, Anonymous kailani said...

Those cookies look too pretty to eat! They're so perfect!

Just wanted to stop by the party and say Hi. It's nice to meet you!

When you get a chance, please stop by and check out my photo contest and daily book giveaway.


At 9:01 AM, Anonymous T with Honey said...

So glad you found some time between mommy-ing and packing to join the party! You must have some mean time management skills.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Blessed Beyond Measure said...

I didnt join the party myself, with Sarah and family visiting, but wanted you to know I stopped by and enjoyed the visit. I'm longing to get back to stamping and scrapbooking this summer. I'm so far behind it's a desperate mess.

At 11:14 AM, Anonymous J said...

1st time commenting but i have reading for awhile. Just read about your fairytale wedding and oh my how beautiful was that!! My dream is to go to Ireland one day and this has made the heartache even more LOL.

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Ribbon Rock Star said...

I can't believe I have not been here already!!!

Hope you are having fun with this PARTY! It has been a blast.

I am adding your blog to my blogroll today since I visit often.


At 2:27 PM, Blogger Crystal said...

Your templete is amazing....just stopping in to join in the party...
happy blogging

At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Sarah Hodsdon said...

STUNNING pictures! I was hopping from blog to blog for the party and well, I just love the scenery here! Thank you so much for putting yourself on the list- it totally made my day!

At 5:43 PM, Blogger Carey said...

Stopping in on the party trail. Ive been by your site quite a few times. I enjoy reading your blog.
I really enjoyed reading your wedding story, its beautiful...and what an experience to be married in Ireland? My Uncle was married in Ireland, he married a girl that was from Ireland. I was not able to attend, but i would love to. I think they got married in Dublin...not 100% sure.
As for me, Im Carey, mom to 4 wonderful kids, married to my best friend, and daughter to the Lord. I like to decorate cakes(still working on the rose, havent quite figured it out), not so much cookies, and i would love to try jewelry making.
I hope you get the chance to stop by my blog sometime.

At 6:33 PM, Blogger cityfarmer said...

Trying to arrange a real blogger girl weekend in the in?

At 6:41 PM, Blogger Monkey Giggles said...

Swinging in for the party. Nice to meet ya.

My 3rd party favor give away has started.

Come on over when ya get a chance.


At 10:46 PM, Blogger Larae said...

I enjoyed getting to know more about you! Even though I'm starting to be a frequent visitor to your wonderful blog (every Friday of course!) I haven't gotten around to reading up too much on you personally. I had a great time, hope you do at all the parties you stop by as well! :)

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Amydeanne said...

what a fun blog you have! Thanks for joining the party! And stop by mine for some digital scrapbooking kits, chocolate bar wrappers & photo cards for printing!!

Following the Party Trail

At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Write From Karen said...

Your husband wore a kilt at your wedding?? How cool is that!

And congrats on your successful adoption and good luck on the next one! I think it's great that you're blogging about your journey! I'm sure it'll be an inspiration for other adoptive parents out there.

Thanks for the welcome and party on!

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Beautiful blog. We are adopting domestically too ;o)

At 2:28 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I'm glad that in the midst of packing boxes you were able to find time to throw a party!!

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Shalee said...

Nice to see a familiar face, if it's few and far between. (I dread the day my work does the same thing about blocking out sites. I'll be crying for sure!)

I'm off to mingle again, but you know I'll be back to get more recipes later...

At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you find more time to party with us!

At 7:54 PM, Blogger Julie-Anne said...

Beautiful blog. I might try and follow your Favourite Ingredients Friday. Stopped in for the party. I'm glad I did!


At 11:21 AM, Blogger crissybug said...

As always I love reading your blog. I am back from my cruise and trying to get life back to normal. Looking forward to catching up on my blog reading!

At 9:43 PM, Blogger amelia said...

Thanks for stopping by my party! I love the photography on your site. Sounds like it was a fairytale wedding!!

At 11:41 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I loved the link to your fairytale wedding! It was like a trip out there . . LOVED IT! I enjoyed scrolling around.
Thanks for stopping by my party!

At 9:02 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

I found you through a Favorite Ingredients Friday link. I'm so glad I did as I'm never going to be able to get through the whole party list. I'm not a great cook but I love to collect recipes so I'll be perusing your FIF meme on a weekly basis:)

I hope you had fun at the party!


At 10:14 PM, Blogger Brandie said...

Hello! It's so nice to stop by and meet you. Your blog is gorgeous. I could look at your pictures all day! Hope you enjoyed the party

At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just glanced at your post about your wedding in Ireland. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

My hubby and I are both of Irish descent and it is our dream to visit Ireland one day to trace down our ancestory.

Love your blog and am planning to start participating in your Favorite Ingredients Fridays.


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It wasn't supposed to work this way...Parts 1 through 10

(the story of the private, domestic adoption of our son)

(Part 1)
(Part 2)
(Part 3)
(Part 4)
(Part 5)
(Part 6)
(Part 7)
(Part 8)
(Part 9)
(Part 10- Adoption Finalization)

Fostering isn't for the faint of heart!

(our journey to adopt again through foster-to-adopt, the good, the bad, & everything in between)

Adoption #2- considering the State
More Adoption #2 thoughts
Adoption #2- Back to considering the State
Adoption #2- The Paperwork (Round 1)
Adoption #2- The Paperwork (Round 2)
Family Foster Home Licensing Prep Checklist
Adoption #2- Long overdue update
PS-MAPP class homework assignment
Our preliminary home inspection went well!
Adoption #2: Licensing update
Adoption #2- Foster Facts
Adoption #2: I love it when things go my way!
Adoption #2- The home inspection
Adoption #2- We failed our home inspection!
Adoption #2- We passed the follow-up home inspection!
Adoption #2- Still waiting
Adoption #2- We're getting closer
Adoption #2- An update & a lead
Adoption #2- The lead that didn't pan out.
Adoption #2- We're licensed!
Adoption #2- We have a tiny baby here!
Adoption #2- Update on this precious little girl.
Adoption #2- Quick update on Baby Bug
Adoption #2- Baby Bug is staying longer!
Adoption #2- Baby Bug is growing!
Adoption #2- Overdue update on Baby Bug
Adoption #2- The latest on Baby Bug
Adoption #2- Shopping spree for Baby Bug
Being a Foster Parent Does Not Make Me A Saint
Adoption #2- Another Placement Call!
Adoption #2- Placement Meeting- UPDATED!
Adoption #2- We have Boo at our home!
Adoption #2- Meeting Boo
Adoption #2- I'm angry on Boo's behalf!
Adoption #2- A Birthday Party for Boo
Adjusting to three 3 and under!
Stressful moments in fostering.
Adoption #2- Update on our foster daughters
CPS Workers Jerking Our Chain!
It's getting much worse!
Fostering: Update on Baby Bug
Fostering: Update on Boo
The effects of fostering on Snuggle Bug
The time is drawing near to let go of Baby Bug.
Good conversation with Baby Bug's dad.
Boo has a Permanency hearing coming soon!
My heart is breaking!
Bittersweet news about Baby Bug.
Next Friday is going to be tough.
Packing up Baby Bug's belongings
It's done- Baby Bug is gone.
Working on finding peace, one day at a time.
Referral to the Early Intervention Program
Baby Bug update
Home Inspection for re-licensing
Parole granted for Boo's bio mom
Baby Bug is turning 1 year old soon.
Day 2 of Boo's permanency hearing
A prayer answered today!
Attending Baby Bug's 1st birthday party
Foster news
Good news for Boo's case
Boo's bio family visits
Termination Trial date set!
A new caseworker for Boo
I've been asked to testify in court.
Court hearing for "John Doe"
Contested termination trial begins tomorrow afternoon
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