Thursday, March 31, 2011

UBP 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

I remember reading a suggestion that said we should write the party-post ahead of time.  I really did think about it, really I did, but each time I sat down to do it, the baby needed to be fed, the toddler was ready to play instead of nap, or the toddler and baby were both napping so I took one, too!
That's my wordy way of saying I'm winging it here.
If you are new to my blog, welcome!  I'm Amanda a.k.a. wanderingonpurpose, and I try to keep my writing from wandering, but I don't always succeed.  I'd blame it on mommyhood, but I was like that pre-kids. Want the "non-wandering" intro? click here :)

Why wandering on purpose? It seems like at this phase of life I am not quite sure what I am doing, where I am going, or how I will get there, but I have faith that all things work together for good, so I cling to that during the ups and downs.
Why the 81?  Well, when I switched from another blog host, plain ol' wanderingonpurpose was already taken, so I added part of my birth year.  (Yes, that makes me thirty.)
A couple of things about me you may want to know:
  • I met my husband online. June 2004. He was in England at the time. We met in person Oct. 2004 and got engaged. We eloped in January 2005 when he finally moved back to the States for good.  I refer to him as The Hubs on here.
  • I have two sweet boys.  I do not use their real names on here, which makes me a little sad because I think they have pretty cool names.  I call then Bubby (22 months) and Bugaboo(almost 4 months) on the blog (but in real life I use these nicknames interchangeably)
  • I am a NICU-mommy-veteran.  Both my boys were preemies, so there are lots of archived entries about our NICU days.
  • My faith is very important to me.  I write about it on here not to be pushy but because it is as much a part of me as my husband and kids. 
  • I will never get tired of going to Disneyland.
  •  At least once a year I watch the A&E (very long) version of Pride and Prejudice.
  • I cannot go on a road trip without hearing at least one Rod Stewart song. He always finds me somehow, someway in my car when I am driving out of town. It became a sort of inside joke with my college roommate.  I do not own any of his music. :)
  •  I asked for a sewing machine for Christmas 2009. I have yet to finish my first project.
first family of four picture - taken Dec. 23, 2010


  1. i love rod stewart! wish he would find me more often-lol.

    visiting from the UBP-nice to meet you! my son was in NICU for a week too-not premature, breathing complications and infection-he's fine thankfully. love your first family picture and your boys are adorable!

  2. LOL! I asked for a sewing machine nearly 6 years ago....It's still back there collecting dust. Oops!

    Nice to meet ya : )

  3. Nice to meet you! I bought a sewing machine on Black Friday a few years ago and have never even opened the box!

  4. Nice to meet you, I'm visitng from UBP11! I totally agree with the sewing machine story, I borrowed my mom's a year ago, and it still sits unopened!

  5. hello there - im here to party with you through UBP11! Your family is beautiful & i love the nicknames you have for them (i dont share my kids names either). Following via GFC xxo

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have all the links and info you need to get started off the couch, if you are seriously interested! You wn't regret it!

    Definitely going to stick around! Can't wait to hear more!

  7. We have a LOT in common -- you have two boys, I have of Pride and Prejudice!

    Thanks for coming by. Hope I can inspire and encourage. Motherhood is often hard, but what a blessing!!! Grace, grace.

  8. Adorable blog and little boys! I love the story of you and your husband, what a cool story! I also love my boys names, but dont use them on my blog, I'm just waiting to slip up though. I look forward to looking around some more and getting to know you!

  9. Howdy!

    I also love Disney!!

    I am so happy to have found your blog. I am stopping in from the Ultimate Blog Party and this is my very first year participating and this is SO VERY exciting!! LOL

    Anyhow...please stop by my blogs and follow whenever you get the opportunity:

    So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at

    And...Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at

    I welcome your visit at either or both of my blogs and hope to have you stop by and follow really soon!!

    Have a very blessed day!! :0)


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