Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Welcome to the Party

I admit I’m a little late, but in my world I’m making a grand entrance. Welcome to my blog. I am the first to confess that I was very unsure of the whole blog thing. I was worried about my ability to come up with anything interesting to say. In fact my darling husband started blogging before me (check him out here). I did a guest post on his (click here). I referred to myself as a “blog widow” until he got his laptop. Now I’m afraid he might be able to call himself that.

I’ve been married to Tom for more than twenty five years. We were high school sweethearts and he moves me more today than ever. Read about how we met here and here (I was sixteen and he was eighteen in that prom picture). We have two beautiful grown children Lisa and Tommy. You can read about them here and here.

My husband is a pastor and I just love our church and the people in it. Most people might say we are a bit out of the box. We meet in an old JC Penney building. Our church has a coffee bar, couches, tables and chairs. We serve lattes, coffee, tea, bagels and donuts on Sundays. You can read about why here.

I love the Lord with all my heart. I’m so grateful for the life He’s given me and those He placed in it - Tom, Lisa, Tommy, family, friends. I enjoy doing many things. I love writing, reading, dancing, playing games, entertaining, scrap booking, watching movies and the ballet. I’m sure I’ve left something out.

I’ve written a book that’s not published yet. If you’re curious it’s about a mobster’s wife, a cop, murder, deception, and God. I know what you’re thinking - a pastor’s wife who writes about life in the mob. Did I mention I grew up in New York City? Really that has nothing to do with writing the book.

I’ve had so much fun checking out all the different blogs on the party circuit. I’ve met some very interesting people. So make yourself at home, have a latte or a nice glass of wine (I love Merlot) and take a look around. I hope you like it. Come back and see me sometime.

© Nadine Z. 2007

41 comments:

A Woman Who is: said...

Hey, I am here! Great party! Thanks for the welcome. Thanks for getting me hooked on this blogging stuff. I am having a very good time. So...who's party's should I check out next?

Art said...

Interesting stuff... I love reading your blog by the way. Keep it up!

Kim said...

Great post, Nadine. Now I need to follow all those links and read more from your history. I love it when you write about Tom. It's easy to see that you are crazy about him.

Amanda said...

Hey I just thought I'd stop by your party too. Congrats on being happily married for over 25 years! Tell us your secrets to maintaining a happy marriage. Also, I love scrapbooking, it is my peace time. I got into it after I had my first child, Kayla.
Gotta go mingle...

Dedee said...

Nice to know more about you. I also love reading, writing, playing games. . .just about everything on your list. I'm not much of a scrapbooker though. (pauses to listen to the stifled gasps that echo through the bloggisphere!) Congrats also on the 25 year mark. I'd love to hear a blog about your successes!

Julie-Anne said...

Hi Nadine! Thanks for visiting my blog! What a lovely blog you have. I'm relatively new at blogging too and was skeptical at first. My husband has always encouraged me to write and believes I will be published one day... what a sweety! I only say that because you mentioned writing. I guess blogging is a way for me to perfect my writing skills and write almost daily!

I'll definitely be back to visit. I was blessed by your "coffee house" vision for your church!

Julie-Anne

Trina said...

The blog party is such a great idea.
You serve lattes and coffee at church? I may need you to save me a seat...lol.

Erin said...

thanks for stopping by my blog! I also love scrapbooking and ballet. Great blog!

Karen said...

Hey there! Just wanted to say thank you for dropping by my blog. I really like reading your blog! I am going to have to go back and read your archives. LOL

Take Care and God Bless~
Karen

Amy Parris said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's so encouraging to know that there are so many Christian bloggers out there.

I love scrapbooking but it has been the bane of my existance since I went to my first class. After that class I had baby #1, and within four years had #2 and #3. They are now 6,3,and 2. Maybe one day I'll get back to scrapbooking.

If you have any tips as to how to fit it in a busy schedule please share.

Elle*Bee said...

Hi Nadine! I've been following your blog for several weeks now and love it. I didn't realize you were into scrapbooking. You'll have to give me pointers. I bought a ton of supplies, but I just can't make take that first step!

Cherie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Thought I'd also stop by and say hi! It's great to learn more about you! I also LOVE scrapbooking, just wish I had more time!!!

marykathryn said...

Although I have been following your blog for a couple of months now, I still learned some new things in this post. Thanks for sharing!!

Julie Arduini said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

I married a Tom as well, they are simply the best, aren't they?

Your story sounds very intriguing. I'm an unpublished writer as well. You should check out Faithwriters.com. The weekly challenges are something else!

Have a great week!

Shionge said...

I'm glad I 'found' you in blogland and through you I've learned so much about you, your family, your friends & your culture :D

I'm here to stay for sure Nadine :)

Praying for your Prodigal said...

Isn't this a great party! So nice to "meet" you.

I enjoyed reading your blog--what a blessed life you have!

Diane

Shan said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have enjoyed checking out yours as well.

My brother is a pastor at a church that sounds very similar to yours. He and some friends planted it just a couple of years ago.

Drama Div@ said...

Congratulations for being happily married for 25years. hope for many more years to come.. What a testimony to God's faithfulness.

Theresa said...

Hi Nadine, thanks for visiting my blog. Great party, great conversation going on.

It's so refreshing that you are so crazy in love with your husband after over 25 years.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Your book sounds SO intriguing! How cool!!!

Steph

The Martin's said...

I have been reading your sweet blog for a couple of months and you never cease to surprise me Nadine. I seen the Pic of your church and it looks so interesting and well, coffee house city chic. And now that I know you serve food and lattes there, it is all coming full circle for me. I would be interested in your book and more about you, so keep blogging. This was fun.

karen said...

hi nadine!
thanks for visiting my blog at the party. I just finished reading a bunch of your entries, and I feel warm and toasty like the sun has been shining on me. What a delightful spirit you have! I'll be sending folks your way for inspiration. Thanks for sharing your blessings so freely.
warmly,
karen
www.karenalonge.com

Chappyswife said...

Hi, Nadine. I love the prom picture. I sure wish I would have known my husband when we were in school so we could have gone to the prom together.

I LOVE the idea of a coffee bar at church. You are right about hospitality. They do make coffee at our church, but your way sounds like so much more fun!

Thanks for coming to visit me. I hope to see you again and to hear more about your scrapbooking.

Merci said...

Hi Nadine! Thanks for stopping by my blog party and inviting me to yours! I'm a little late, thanks for keeping the lights on. My dh and I were high school sweethearts too, and we met when I was 13. I relate to your story and I love the coffee and muffins and the hospitality of your church. I think that's vital too! Great party, and you have a beautiful family. (Oh, and I had 19 hours of labor with my first - I can relate to that too!) :)

Lyndy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

I felt the same way as you did when I started my blog but then it gets addicting.

Can't wait to read all about your family and how you met your hubby.

I will be back soon.

Lyndy

Cherrye said...

Oooh, I wanna hear about that Mob Story...I, too, have written things, but am still unpublished...we can go through it together..Good luck.

Becky said...

Hey, Nadine, welcome to the blogsphere. Looks like you're right at home!

Thanks for stopping by A Christian Worldview of Fiction and leaving a comment on my rant (*embarrassed grin*). Really, that's not the usual. Anyway, I wanted to let you know I've entered your name in the book door-prize drawing.

Becky

Melissa R. Garrett said...

Latte AND Merlot - how did you know those were two of my most favorite indulgences??

Thanks for visiting Little Woolgatherings! In response to your question about whether or not I would be interested in ideas and opinions from a stranger - YES!! To me, you are not a stranger. You are a mother, and we are all related :-)

Deena said...

Popped over from your comment on my blog...btw, thank you!!
I love your blog, and did I mention I'm a pastor's wife as well??
Bookmarking your blog...so I'll be back!

Anna said...

Great party! A late party is better than no party, right??

Lala's world said...

oh merlot is my favorite too! you serve all those things at your church? sounds wonderful! wish I was closer!

Jodi said...

Thanks for stopping by Jodifur!

Melissa R. Garrett said...

Hi Nadine!

You can contact me at igarrett@twcny.rr.com .

I appreciate any "wishes" you can spare!

Louise said...

GREAT BLOG!!! I'll be back...
Thanks for posting on my blog!
Sounds like our churches are similar this is mine www.springschurch.org .
I look forward to coming to your blog again..
You are a fantastic writer!!

Butrfly4404 said...

Hi Nadine! Thanks for stopping by! I really wanted to get through all the blogs on the list this week, but alas, this "JOB" thing has kept me quite busy!

I'm glad you found me first!

Have a great weekend!!

Sara said...

Halloo!! Just dropping in for the party. Stop on over to The Estrogen Files sometime.

Michelle said...

welcome to the party! Thanks for stopping by and for your comment about my daughter! :)

I think it's so wonderful that you and your husband are high school sweethearts and still married all these years later! Your church sounds very warm and inviting!

eph2810 said...

Well, I am glad that I stopped by (thank you for your kind visit)...

I think that being a church 'outside the box' is a good thing. As long as the name of Jesus is preached, we can meet anywhere.

I have to come back and read more in the future. Truly enjoyed my visit with you.

Blessings to you and yours.

Brandie said...

Hello! It's so nice to stop by and meet you .. I'll have to pass on that blog widow comment to my husband ;-)
I hope your book is published for you, it sounds very interesting!

Donna said...

Hi - so nice to meet you! I'm working through my emails and I wanted to stop by and say hello!

Your church sounds lovely! =) I enjoyed reading about you and your family!

Thank you for stopping by my place!

Gina said...

Thanks for your comments on Writer...Interrupted. I grew up on Long Island and I'm writing a suspense that takes place in NYC with kidnapping, drugs, murder and God. We seem to have a lot in common!

Hope to see you at Writer...Interrupted more often!