Friday, March 07, 2008

Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party

Hello and welcome to my blog. Come in and look around. I hope you enjoy your stay whether you are here for the first time or a regular. Last year I participated in the blog party and had a blast visiting new blogs. I discovered some that I visit still today.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I’ve been married to Tom for more than twenty six years. We were high school sweethearts and he’s still the love of my life. You can read about how we met here and here. We have two wonderful grown children. The female child (24) has gone back to school to study psychology. The male child (22) is pursuing his dream in LA. You can read about them in these previous posts here and here.

My husband is a pastor. I 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 downtown. Our church has couches, tables, chairs and a coffee bar. We serve lattes, coffee, tea, bagels and donuts on Sundays mornings. You can read about more about it here.

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

I’ve written a book that I’m in the process of self publishing. I’ve been working with an editor and I’m enjoying the process. I’m learning so much. If you’re curious, it’s about a woman, a mobster, a cop, a prophet, murder, betrayal, secrets and choices. I’ve created a book blog posting the first two chapters.

So make yourself at home and take a look around. I hope you like what you see. I look forward to visiting you too.

Don't forget to visit The Ultimate Blog Party Prize Page (click here) and follow the instructions to win some cool prizes. My top three are:

o No. 33 - Porcelain Easter Egg offered by Such Time as Now

0 No. 100 - 3 books from Who Could Ask For Anything More

o No. 55 - A $25 gift card for Amazon.com from Welcome to My World of Dreams

If my top three are taken I would also love any of the following 122, 124, 94, 59, 70,102, 21 or 112.

© Nadine Z. 2007

87 comments:

kailani said...

That's so wonderful that you're still happily married after all these years! You two make such a cute couple! Thank you for hosting this party!

BrineS said...

Hi! Happy to meet you! I was a preacher's kid turned missionary teacher. Now, I'm married to an Aussie living in Australia. We just celebrated our first anniversary this week. I am originally from Michigan. This month at my A Cup of Joy blog I am hosting Missions Month. Please stop by for a visit:
http://acupofjoy.wordpress.com/

And, I am participating in The Ultimate Blog Party 2008!

Win a handmade pocket place mat here:
http://comfortjoydesigns.blogspot.com/2008/03/ultimate-blog-party-2008.html

Win CHOCOLATES here:
http://thechocolistas.blogspot.com/2008/03/ultimate-blog-party-2008.html

Enjoy the party!

Debz said...

Hey Nadine, It has been a year since we met and I have to say I am so glad we did. You have shown me a new way to gain perspective and in an illistrative way that I can totally understand.
Enjoy the blog party, hope you meet lots of new friends. I'm sure they will bless you as much as you are a blessing to all of us.

KarenW said...

Your church sounds like fun!

Liz@thisfullhouse.com said...

Hello! Very nice to meet you. You sound very blessed and, just so you know, I would so attend your church.

Lattes on a Sunday morning...YUM!

Thanks for having us and enjoy the rest of your week!

KarenW said...

I haven't been able to get on 5 Minutes for Mom. I tried last night after midnight and several times this morning.

Jean @ Penny Lane said...

Many blessings to you and your family. Your post is lovely!

Your quaint church sounds like the one described in the book Winn Dixie.

Michelle Potter said...

Happy Blog Party! How cool that you wrote a book and are self-publishing it! Gotta check that out!

Your church sounds awesome, too.

Lisa said...

Hi, nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog too!

Bluestocking said...

Hi Nadine,

I love Star Trek too! In fact I posted book reviews on a Star Trek book just a couple of days ago at my blog. Please stop by.

the160acrewoods said...

Our church does coffee in the morning and donuts, I wish capicinno though!!! lol
I love your site as always!!
God Bless!

Natalie Dickey said...

wow, nice to meet you! can't wait to take the time to read some of your book! maybe one night after the kiddos are in bed! stop by our little world for a visit when you get a chance! i could probably learn a lot from you...sounds like you have a great marriage and have done well with your kids!

Art said...

Hi Nadine, pleased to meet you ;)

Valarie said...

Hello, nice to met you. This is my first time to do the party thing, but I didn't find you there I found you over at Jennifer aka Dust Bunnies place.

Anonymous said...

Love your blog, and you! hope your party goes well, I have only missed a couple of posts after all this time! Love hb

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Happy Blog Party! I didn't realize it started today (!!) so I need to get my post up. I'm giving away a prize - another Book Bag - and I can't wait to meet some new bloggers. Have a good weekend, friend!

Kristin said...

Hello nice to meet you! Your book looks wonderful! You are a very smart woman!Happy partying!

A Juggling Mum said...

Hi,

Thanks for inviting me to your party, It was lovely to meet you :)

Rachel xxx
A Juggling Mum

it's me, Val said...

love your blog!! my hubby and i are hs sweethearts also :) have a great time at the party!

Karolee said...

Hey Nadine! I have some time to kill and thought I'd come over for a bloggy visit! I was surprised to see the Ulitimate Blog party going on! That's where we met last year!

Storm said...

Nice to meet you. I found you via the Ultimate Blog Party at 5 Minutes for Mom.

Scarlet said...

You are an inspiration and you I will read the first chapters of your book now that I know where to find them.

Thanks for being such a wonderful hostess at this year's blog party! :)

God bless...
Scarlet

Ann(ie) said...

I'm a regular around these parts. But, I just wanted to say I LOVE that your church serves lattes. That's my kinda church!!!

Brunette said...

The is great that you and your husband have such a long and wonderful marriage. Thank you for posting!

Dannie - Party Hoppin

A Woman Who is: said...

I knew you would be having a great party going on here. Thanks for the help this morning, I though it was me last night, not getting this party thing.

I love out of the box!

CC said...

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm a NW gal too ;) and married to a perpetual seminary student....

Madison said...

Party Hardy Nadine!

You're awesome, your book is awesome and your blog is awesome!

Thanks for helping me step into the river!

LL said...

Nadine,

I'm so glad we're blogging buddies! It's been wonderful watching you grow as a writer and as a woman of God!

Kat Olivares said...

Hi, Nadine! I'm so happy you guys are so happy :-)

I read your love story, and as with anything I read that's to be continued, I went "GAAAAAAAACCCCKKK!" out loud, even if I'm alone now. Sigh... Sweet sweet love...

Please drop over my site if you like and let's party there too!

-kat

elizabeth embracing life said...

I want to come to your church on Sunday I mean really...bagels too? Congrats on your book too.

Tammy said...

You know I always enjoy coming here, dear Nadine! :)
Your marriage is such an inspiration...and I love it when your husband occasionally makes comments to your posts...they are always so sweet!
I was just trying to remember when I first found your blog...I can't quite remember, but I'm sure glad I did!

eastcoastlife said...

Hi Nadine,
Nice to meet you. Greetings from Singapore, Asia. Just drop in to say hello!

I'm married for 17 years and have a 16 year-old son.

Shauna said...

Hi! Nice to meet you! Thanks for visiting me! Have a great weekend!

Alene said...

Nadine - you are a women with my heart. Thanks for popping by my blog party.I love it that you love you Lord, I love it that you love your church and that you write. Definitely all passions of mine. Not to mention an incredible husband and kids. Love your site - I'll be popping back.

Kimbrah said...

Nadine-

Thanks for stopping by my blog party. How exciting that you are going to publish a book! I hope that all goes well for you.

Thanks for being such a gracious hostess, it was so nice "meeting" you! :)

Toby Parsons said...

Hi Nadine! It is really nice to meet you. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. YES, the blog party is fun! I do believe I'll be stopping by yours in the future. :)
Many blessings!!!

Melanie said...

Thanks for stopping by my party!

I'm so glad to be here and to meet you!

Audra Marie said...

My hubby and I were high school sweethearts, too. :) I'm working on my first novel - inspirational romantic suspense. Are you a member of ACFW? Great group of Christian authors. I've learned so much from them. :)

I enjoyed your party post. Thanks for visiting a dash of sassitude. :)

Island Girl said...

Great blog! I love meeting new people!

Eleisia said...

Hi Nadine!

Good luck with your writing aspirations and your new book!

Thanks for visitng my blog party.

palmtreefanatic said...

Nadine, you are an inspiration to us all!

Just another crazy family said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. We do have a lot of the same interests, except for Star Trek, but I won't hold that against you. I'd love to visit your church. It sounds awesome!

Rebekah said...

Hi Nadine! I love the sound of your church, and I'd come for more than just the refreshments :)

Katrin said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your book looks great so far! Keep on going.

Jan said...

HI! Thanks for stopping by my blog for the party! How wonderful that you're married to your high school sweetheart... and for so long.

Have a great week!

Marie said...

I liked your party, your church definitely sounds unique!! I am learning fast how to take one day at a time, as a major support for someone with cancer, they aren't allowed to plan for anything, things are thrown at you on a regular basis! I think I'll head on over and check out your book now!

Meshellyn said...

It's great to meet you! Thanks for stopping by, come again anytime :)

I look forward to reading more here. Enjoy the party!

~Meshellyn

Misty said...

thanks for coming by my blog! It's so great to "meet" you! your church sounds really awesome!

Lisa Brown - Vintage Sweet Peas said...

Hi Nadine, I'm having fun while at your party! My daughter turned 24 in January, and just like you I baked the cake, wrapped presents, put all in the car and off I went....Well, I feel that no matter how old they get the love is hugh and the pleasure is never ending.....Thanks for sharing about your lovely family! It has been a treat.....

Cherrye said...

Hey there! Hope you are having fun! This year's blog party is busier than ever!!

Kacey said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog. Good to get to know you! Your church sounds cool! Happy Ultimate Blog Party!

Fern said...

Hi! Thanks for the comment! Congrats on your long and happy marriage -- we are about to celebrate our 6th anniversary, but give us 20 years and we hope to be where you are!

JEM Adoption Journey said...

Thanks for coming by my blog party. I look forward to reading more about you on your blog

Sarah said...

Hi, thanks for the introduction. You are into so many things! And writing a book on top of it all. Wow.

Shionge said...

You are so sweet and yes it's wonderful to be here as always :D

Amy Wyatt said...

Thanks for stopping by my party. I have enjoyed yours too and getting to know a little about you. It sounds like we have a lot in common. Your church sounds super cool. I know I will be back to visit. Hope you will come back sometime too.

Farrah said...

Hi Nadine!

I really enjoyed surfing around your blog...
Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. I hope you stop by again sometime.
Blessings!
Farrah

jennifer said...

Well party on Nadine! Look at all of your visitors! Once they get ot know you, they will love you forever!!! Be blessed and I always love hearing from you - Jen

Jthemilker said...

There is just something about coffee and church that goes together! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the lovely compliment! God bless you!

Amber said...

I feel sooooo left out of the party. By the time I checked in, there were already 700 attendees. Maybe I'll remember a bit earlier next year. :-)

Tom Zawacki said...

Hi Nadine, you're cute, my name is Tom... wanna hook up?

valmg said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm here from Ultimate Blog Party. Good luck with your book.

eph2810 said...

I was going to post a party post, but I am already way behind my blog reading *sigh*...

Yeah - I 'met' you last year during the blog party and I am thankful that the Lord crossed out paths :)

Sheila said...

Hi there! It was fun reading about your church.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Yes, I'm told I look much younger, too. :)

Fireball said...

hi nadine - love your blog! thanks for coming to my blog (One Passion... One Devotion). you sound like such a cool chick and i look forward to reading more :o)

Brandie said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
I wish you the best of luck on your book. =)

Amy said...

I'm LOVING the title of your blog. God bless your journey of publishing your book. You've done amazing work!

Blessings!
Amy @ design139.blogspot.com

Darla said...

Cool! Thanks for the invite to the party!

SharonB said...

Hi Nadine! So glad you were able to stop by. It was fun visiting you here!

Sarah said...

Wow, it seems like we have a lot in common! Your church sounds great, and I love most of the books in your profile. The Ted Dekker series is my favorite series of all time. I can't wait to check out your book. Thanks for stopping by my party!

godisincontrol said...

Wow, 26 years! That really is an accomplishment in this day and age!
I love how informal your church sounds, I'm sure you guys have allot of fun there!
Thanks for stopping by my party!
Blessings

Jill said...

Hi there,
It is good to meet you, thanks for stopping by...I see you are in Pasco. My in-laws live in Moses Lake and I am from Whidbey Island.
Have a great day, I will stop by again.

Cindy Swanson said...

Hi Nadine...what a terrific blog...we have a lot in common! You really look way too youthful to have been married as long as you have. I'll have to check out your book blog! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Nice "meeting" you!

JujuBoo said...

SO nice to meet you. I plan on heading over to read the first to chapters of your book today. Have fun blog partying! :)

Debbie said...

You came and visited me now it's my turn to visit you. Thanks for stopping by. I love your blog.

TheChinaPainter said...

Thanks for coming to my blog party and for your nice compliment. I recognize your name and picture from Karen's blog.
I am still posting pictures of the eggs I have painted this year so come back sometime. I will also be posting other things I have painted.

Kelly said...

I love this blog. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Enjoy the party. I know I am!

Dawn said...

So nice to meet you! Congrats on your book! It's right up my alley! :)

Dawn

littlemisscrochet said...

Thanks for popping by my blog party!! I am off to read more about your family and your other posts!

Cindi ~ Moomette's Gram said...

Hi Nadine ~ thanks for sharing the terrific story of how you & hubbie met! I'm also married to my HS sweetie ~ we were in home room together for 3 years before we started dating senior year! I'll be back to read "the rest of the story"!
Cindi ~ moomettesgram
http://moomettesmagnificents.com

Joanne said...

Wow! Good luck with your book. I imagine it's a HUGE learning process. Thanks for stopping by my place.

lil ole' me..... said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
I think I've seen you commenting at Fully Alive, Ready to Smile! :)

Kate said...

Hello from a fellow Washingtonian and book lover! How exciting that you've written a book! It's something I've always wanted to do. Maybe someday I will, who knows?

I'll be back later to read more! Thanks for coming to my party too!

Rebecca said...

happy blog party!!! thanks for leavin me a comment earlier :-)

check back again sometime

Tonya said...

High School sweethearts are so cool. I met my hubby in HS but we didn't go to the same one :) Does that still count? Great party.

Shellie said...

Sounds like a real happy life and the book sounds good, I will check the other blog later, for now I have to go get kids in beds and clean!

Amber said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. My hedgehog is two years old!

I hope you enjoyed the blog party!