Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dishing with Amanda

My friend Amanda from Serenity Now loves blogging. And she's wonderful at interacting with other bloggers. So she's come up with a wonderful party idea: once a month, she'll host a special time when bloggers can get together at her place and get to know one another better. Today's her very first "Dishing It" party, and I'm excited to join her.

To get the ball rolling, Amanda is asking us to answer some questions about our blogs.

Q: How long have you been blogging? Why did you start blogging?

A: I started blogging in May 2007, mostly out of a desire to connect with people I already knew. I wrote six posts, I think, before I quit. I had no idea that there was a whole world of blogging to be discovered. Then in late 2008 a friend told me about a couple of her favorite blogs (Kimba's and Nester's). I started reading those, and I was hooked on reading blogs. After several months of being blessed by reading other people's blogs, I realized that I wanted to join the conversation myself.

Q: Tell me about your blog's title. Why did you choose it?

A: I've always been very verbal, and in recent years I've realized that many times in my life I've used words in ways that I'm now ashamed of. I've spoken with harshness, with judgment, with meanness. I wanted to change that, and I was inspired by a verse from the Bible: "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good. . . that it may impart grace to the hearers (Ephesians 4:29). I liked the idea of trying to impart grace with my words, so I took Imparting Grace as my title--and my goal.

Q: What do you blog about?

A: I blog about things I'm interested in and have some experience with, mostly all the various aspects of homemaking: marriage, parenting, housekeeping, decorating, cooking, hospitality--you know! I have a husband and three sons, and I write about making a home for them. My college degree is in teaching English grammar, so I've recently started a once-a-week post about grammar. (Really! Grammar can be fun; I promise!) And I love to write about my faith and its impact on my life.

This is the house I'm making into a home.

Q: What is your favorite thing about blogging?

A: Bloggers. I love the kind and generous people I've met through blogging. I like having the chance to interact with people I never would have met if not for blogging.

Q: If you had to choose one famous person to becomes your blog's next devoted reader, who would you pick?

A: Many of the people I most admire have gone on to heaven, where I suspect there's no internet access. So I'll choose a living person: Jan Karon, the author of the Mitford books. She's a heroine of mine. (If you've never read these books, then believe me: you have a treat in store. Run, don't walk, to your local library or bookstore and get started on a journey you'll love. Start with At Home in Mitford. I promise you won't be disappointed!)

Okay, that's a little bit about me. Now it's your turn: tell me about yourself, please! And visit Amanda to dish it with her!


Laura said...

Yes. I love the story of your title. We ALL need be making this same effort! I pray that I will be made more aware of that each day and that my mouth will be overflowing with words of grace.

Nancy said...

Hi, I'm visiting from Amanda's party. It was great reading more about you and your blogging!

Have a great day,


Kenzie said...

I love your title and it's meaning. I also love your weekly grammar lessons! Have an amazing day!

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

Hi Richella, I'm visiting from Amanda's party & I must say that the inspiration to your blog title made me well up. As Christ's followers He's called us to love our brothers & sisters & speak life into their lives. It's so nice to meet another fellow believer. :-) Take care!

Amber said...

Very interesting! Your home is gorgeous, by the way!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

I loved learning more about you. I think your blog name is beautiful and I liked hearing the story behind it...thank you for sharing! This is a great way to get to know each clever that Amanda!! :)

Thanks for sharing your life with all of us...grateful to know you!


Melissa said...

Love the story behind your blog title. Excellent reminder, too.

Like you, I find the interactions the best part of blogging. Thanks for sharing about yourself and your blog!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I'm a little bit ashamed to say that I missed the origins of "imparting grace." Maybe I always skimmed that part of the verse intentionally? :s

I love your take on truly is a conversation when bloggers participate. :) I love your honesty and integrity!

Thanks so much, friend, for linking up with me. :) Hope you've found a cool new blog or two. :)

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

Hi Richella! Great to learn a little more about you! I don't know that I've ever seen the shot of your house from the curb- soooo pretty! Your house is pretty darn close to my dream house. I love Mitford too!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Visiting from Amanda's party -- so glad you posted! Great blog name and how it came to be!!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

So fun to learn more about you! Love the story of your blog name, that's awesome!! Hope you have a wonderful day today!

jenjen said...

Hi! It was great reading your answers. I love your blog's name. Wonderful! Your home is beautiful!


Leslie, the Home Maker said...

GRACE is my favorite word. I love to give it, too, because so much has been given to me!
I will be coming to some of your grammar lessons.
I went to college to become a journalist, and graduated as a mom.
Blessings and grace from my home to yours!

Paula said...

I've enjoyed your blog for a good while now and your answers to Amanda's questions helped me to get to know a little bit more about you.

I love the Mitford series!

Southerner said...

I have had you in my reader for awhile. just saying hi again! love your home and your backstory on the title!

Ashley Allen said...

Hello!! Nice to meet you! Love your page and will continue to follow! :)

Please come visit me sometime!

Misty said...

Thanks for getting me in the door to Amanda's party. I love finding new sites and meeting new gals. I have been enjoying your occasional grammar posts. I decided to head over and check out your recommendation at Serenity Now. What fun!

Erin said...

I absolutely love how you came up with your blog name. And, I am totally going to check out that book you recommended. Nice to meet you!

Amber said...

I need to read your weekly grammar lessons! English was always my worst subject :)

3 boys, whoo! Sometimes I go crazy around here with 1. Fun blog!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Stopping by from the party, love getting out here and talking to others.

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