Thursday, February 4

Missing the bliss

No, I'm not at BlissDom, and yes, I'm a little sad to be missing out on all the fun. Mostly I'm sad to be missing out on the fellowship. Getting to meet fellow bloggers must be great! I hope to go next year.

For now, I'm joining a party hosted by one of my blogging friends, Amanda at Serenity Now. Amanda had the wonderful idea of hosting an online party for those of us who would love to be at BlissDom but weren't able to make it this year. Isn't she smart?

Amanda is asking her party guests to come up with a list of five reasons why their blogs rock. As she put it, how would we "sell" our blogs to a potential sponsor? What makes us special?

This kind of assignment is hard for me, but here goes.

1. Imparting Grace is a place of honesty. I love to share my ideas and thoughts about things, and sometimes I have some good ones. But I've messed up an awful lot in my time, too, and I'll tell you the truth. I take delight in sharing my faith here, and the Lord of my life is very much interested in truth-telling. It's not always pretty, but it is real.

2. Imparting Grace is a place of beauty. I can't take credit for my pretty blog design--Darcy at Graphically Designing gets the credit for that. But I will say that I share some nice photos and some fun decorating ideas. I enjoy things like decorating my home for holidays,

copying great ideas,

and coming up with some of my own.

In short, I like working to make my home beautiful, and I like to share my ideas with you.

3. Imparting Grace is a place of friendship. Honestly, I think the greatest blessing of blogging is the friendships that can be developed here. I love being part of this blogging community, and I'd love to get to know you!

4. Imparting Grace is a place of good grammar. I'm an English teacher by training, so I take pleasure in writing. I won't guarantee that the writing will be award-winning, but it'll be punctuated correctly! How's that for a selling point? :)

5. Imparting Grace is a place of encouragement. I guess that, if I were going to try to pinpoint one thing that sets me apart as a blogger, it's that I've lived through a LOT of life experiences. I've enjoyed many blessings and struggled through many challenges, some of them life-altering. I know how it feels to be in need of encouragement, because I've been there so many times myself. And so I try to make this blog a place where you can find a little bit of inspiration, a little bit of humor, a little bit of fun--and a whole lot of grace.

So there you go! I hope that's enough to make you want to take a look around--I love welcoming new friends. Amanda, thank you for getting us together!


  1. Stopping by from Amanda's party . . . great site! Keep blogging and rockin'!

  2. I'm stopping by from Amanda's party. I always enjoy reading your blog and think that you have great posts.

  3. I think your blog rocks too :) Beautiful design and it feels peaceful over here. Great list...

  4. "It's not always pretty, but it is real." I love that!

    Stopping by from Amanda's party!

  5. I love No 4! I am soooo tired of seeing apostrophes being used to create plurals. (Or should that be 'apostrophe's being used to create plural's'?! lol)
    Donna from Australia

  6. Thanks for stopping by! Love your ideas!

  7. I did not know you are/were trained as an English teacher!! :) How cool is that?! My writing probably drives you nuts--I tend to write exactly as I think it. Lots of ellipses and dashes. I don't think they would have given me my degree if they knew I was going to do that. ;)

    You did a FABULOUS job of articulating some wonderful aspects of your blog. :) I loved your list, and I love your blog. :)

  8. Uh, oh, I am busted for too many ellipses and incorrect grammar....but it's a great thing we are already friends!!! ;D
    No doubt about it your blog rocks in my world. I feel right at home here!

    love ya!

  9. Well said!! Love that holiday photo.

    I'm hosting my first giveaway on my blog, and I wanted to invite you to stop by for a chance to win fine art print(s):

  10. Hi Richella! I really appreciate your honesty- your lovely soul seems to shine through in every word you write! And your porch looks like a little slice of heaven!

  11. That picture of your home over the holidays looks like a picture straight out of Southern Living (my FAV magazine!). I'm off to check out the rest of your blog for more pics to ooh and ahhh over!

    Thanks for the blog love today! It's great having a super-tall hubby, huh??

    Confessions From A Working Mom

  12. I love your blog Richella and I've been following it for a while. I'm at Blissdom with my sister Traci but I don't have a ticket. She says I'm her "personal assistant" HaHa. Have a great weekend. I wish you were here I'd love to meet ya.

  13. Always enjoy my visits here! Glad I found you. = )

  14. Oh English teacher? You must seriously cringe when you read my blog. Happy Birthday to your husband! Did you tell him that we're going to Blissdom together next year? ;) I love how your keys turned out and I think that's actually an amazing price coming from PB! I love the different finished on them. Have a wonderful weekend~

  15. Hey, I'm an English teacher, too! SITs sent me by, and I'm glad they did...

    Pink Sugar Cookies and Snow Angels

  16. Your blog looks lovely! I'll have to take a peek around some more :)

    Visiting from Amanda's party!

  17. Oh Richella! All five things are Oh So True! And may I especially thank you for being grammatically correct? My little pet peeve in blogland is terrible spelling and grammar. If I see one more "loose" instead of "lose" (as in "I hate it when I loose my car keys") I am going to scream!


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