Ultimate Blog Party 2011 (+ Giveaways!)

Apple Pie Apple Pie Filling Recipe

Spring is one of my favorite times of year, rivaled only by fall. I’m in the middle of spring cleaning after discovering my vision and inspiration! I also know that spring brings around the Ultimate Blog Party; what fun!

What is a Beautiful Calling?

When I chose the name for my blog, I was mostly thinking of my calling to be wife, mother and keeper of my home. A wonderful, fulfilling calling to be sure! Upon further reflection though, Beautiful Calling has another application. Any woman, of any age in any season, who is in the Will of God is fulfilling her Beautiful Calling.

A Cardboard Crown Cardboard Crowns

Who Am I?

I’m a princess; daughter of the King. I desire to serve and honor Him in all things.

I’m a wife; blessed to have married DH 6 years ago in May.

I’m a mother to Chloe (2007) and John (2008); precious gifts from the Lord. I’m also expecting another little blessing in May 2011.

I’m a homemaker. I strive to make my home a haven; a place of welcome, comfort and rest. I desire to fill it with laughter, fun and love that my family and others may be blessed.

The best place to read about me is my About page. There is also 31 Things About Me (on my 31st Birthday), and All About Me from A-Z.

2010 Peg Play Our first day of “school”

About My Blog:

I was domestically challenged when I first got married in 2005! This is a bit of an understatement!:)

Since then, with the Lord’s help, my desire is to answer my beautiful calling – which is not all about housework! I am learning to be the helper my husband needs; an example and a teacher to my children so that they will come to know, love and serve God. I want to Wait on the Lord with my life! With His help, I want to be keeper of my home and to be a good steward of the time, talents and resources that the Lord has entrusted me with.

This blog is an honest record of my successes, failures and lessons learned (and the ones I am learning!). I write because I enjoy it; not because I have talent.  I pray that here you will find something helpful, encouraging or motivating! Read more here at Why Blog?

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What I Write About:

UBP Shabby

Easy Entry Giveaways

Stunning SHABBY APPLE Dress – Easy Entry! RV $92 Winner Choice Open to US Only. These dresses are amazing. They carry women’s dresses and little girls dresses. Ends 4/10/11.

BecoPotty Review & GiveawayOpen to Canada & US Friends. Made of bamboo by-products you can plant this biodegradable potty when you’re done! Ends 4/10/11.

UBP Giveaway:

Samantha, you’re the winner of the Ultimate Blog Party Amazon Gift Card! Whoo Hoo! Thanks to all who came by for a visit, I’m still working my way around!

What’s a party without a prize? Enter to win a $20 e-gift certificate to Amazon.com.  Open Worldwide. Ends 04/08/11.

  • Just leave a comment here! (Your blog link, something about yourself etc.)
  • Follow Beautiful Calling via Google Friend Connect

The Ultimate Blog Party is something I look forward to every spring. How about you? Is this your first or are you a veteran partier?

  • Winner chosen via random.org. Winners have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen based on interesting comments.
  • Portions of this post reposted from previous UBP posts.


  1. I love that purple twirling picture. Purple is my favorite.

  2. I’m new to your blog! I’m enjoying it so far! Thank you!

  3. Hi! Nice to “meet” you. I’m excited about the Ultimate Blog Party. I just googled to see who had their post up already and found you. I really need to finish my post so it’s ready for midnight!

    I blog at:

    Thrifty Jinxy
    Jinxy Knows Best
    Beauty by Jinxy
    Thrifty Minnesota

    Enjoy the party!

  4. Love the blog and the giveaways!!!

  5. I LOVE the name of your blog and I subscribed via RSS feed.
    I blog at http://themommaven.com and http://themommaventravels.com stop by if you get a chance.

  6. Nice to meet you. I would love a slice of that apple pie right about now. It is so nice to run across other Christian mommies online!

  7. Hi! Its great to meet you! I am now following via gfc. I hope you will visit me soon! I am loving this party! I look forward to reading more from you! ~Heather http://www.livingonloveandcent.com

  8. It is nice to meet you! Enjoy the party.

  9. Hello! I’m Carole and I live about 45 km east of Vancouver BC. I’ve been married for 10+ years now and have 2 beautiful children. Nice to meet you!

  10. I follow you via GFC. Carole

  11. Love the pics of your children… especially the purple twirling skirt. I am your newest GFC follower (andrea kruse)
    Happy hopping!

  12. Loved finding your blog…so happy the party has started

    will be back to read more soon….

  13. I have recently found the Shabby Apple dress shop and LOVE it. I can’t wait to head over to that link. I am a Christian homeschooling mom married 11+ years to a minister who I love. Stop by and say hi anytime!

    Here is my party post:

  14. Hello! Lovely Blog!! It is very nice to meet you and I’m very excited to be part of the UBP for the first Time…


  15. Congrats on your newest baby on the way! 🙂 I’m visiting from the blog hop… love the look of your blog! I’m following you via GFC now.

  16. New follower from the ultimate blog party!!

  17. Hi,

    Blog hop from UBP 2011. My name is Juliana and I hope you return my visit to my Personal blog or Shopping blog. Nice to meet you and see you around.

  18. I love that you said you are a “princess” first! Haha!

    Let’s get the party started 🙂 I had a ton of fun last year as well and am sure this year will be no different (maybe only better! Haha!)

  19. Love your blog…from one mommy blogger to another!

  20. Stopping by from the UPB11. I love the name of your blog! I am a new GFC follower. Thanks for the chance to win the Amazon GC.

    This is my 3rd year at the party. It’s so much fun!

    I hope you’ll drop by my blog:


    You can find out how to win a $25 gift certificate to my eBay store to spruce up your spring/summer wardrobe (details on my post)!

    Have a great weekend!

  21. I am also expecting our 3rd child this year – in July!

    Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011!

    I am also your newest google friend follower!

    Hope you’ll visit my party: http://momandmore.com/2011/04/2011-ultimate-blog-party-welcome-to-mom-and-more.html

  22. Hi nice to meet you….Love your site. I am also a believer. and a mom to 4 kiddos!

  23. Hello from UBP! Nice to meet you & I’m looking forward to browsing your site!

  24. Isn’t this ultimate party fun, I like it hope we all win
    something and gain new followers.

  25. I am your newest fan from the Ultimate Blog Party 2011. I would really appreciate it if you follow me back through Google Connect Friend. I have a lot of contest going on Madame Deals. $25 amazon gift card, Vera Bradley purse, $100 in jewelry, 200 cut coupons, bare minerals gift pack, $30 for an organic outfit, $75 P&G products, and the chance to win $1000. Thank you Amee

  26. I’m new to the party! Would love to meet you! I’m a daughter of the King too! Homeschooling mom of 2, and pro athlete trying to change my habits for a fit family.
    my blog is htp://www.fitmomsfitkidsclub.com
    God Bless You!

  27. Here on the UBP! Your site and your objectives in life are beautiful! And I’d love to win an Amazon gift card!

  28. Here for the party! Glad to meet you! Check out my website, it’s a marketing resource for mom business owners!

  29. Great to meet another Christian mom! Can’t wait to see your future posts!

  30. you’ve got a fine blog. I like that you’ve been able to overcome your domestic challenges.

    I’m learning to hula hoop <– something about me

    new follower via GFC

  31. I love your blog! Have since I first found it a couple months ago!!

  32. Hey girl! Dropping by from UBP! Love the pictures of your kiddies 🙂 You’re truly an inspiration…

    I am already a member via Google friend connect, and your button is on my blog 🙂

    For a chance to win a great giveaway on my blog, please drop by and leave a comment! http://addaspoonfulofsugar.com. This is my very first giveaway, and my 2nd UBP experience…I’m loving it!

  33. Found you on the ultimate blog parties list. I am a new follower, love the blog.. stop in at My Big Blue World and say Hi!


  34. Love the name and explanation of your blog!!!

    Stopping by from UBP11. Hope you’ll stop by mine when you get a chance. Looking forward to read more from you in the future.


  35. well this is certainly not my first time here but I loved your party post! I think this is my 4th year of UBP- so fun 🙂 Oh, and I already follow you on GFC 🙂

  36. GFC!

    Stopping in from UBP! Please come and visit my post too! We have a big $208 Giveaway. Love for you to enter and to get to know our blog!

    The Chief Blonde
    Still Blonde after all these YEARS

  37. This is my 1st ultimate blog party:)

    I am Joey and I have a blog:


    I have an Easter giveaway coming up soon..Thank you for the chance to win!!


  38. I am a new follower of your blog via GFC as JoeyfromSC


  39. Stopping by to party! Already a follower 🙂
    ~Darcy @ Tales From the Nursery~

  40. new follower here and glad I am not the only one with overflowing toilets…lol found you on the blog party!!

  41. Hey Chole! I’m hopping over from the UBP to say hi 🙂

  42. Here for the UBP! Thanks for having me. =) Now following you on GFC. Have a good party!

  43. Hi! I see you feature Reviews and Giveaways. I would like to invite you to add your blog to my “Review and Giveaway Blog Directory” if you haven’t already . Hope you’re having a Sweet Week!

    A Mommy’s Sweet Blog Design
    Custom Blog Design, Free Blog Tutorials, Buttons, & Template

  44. This is my second year doing the UBP, but I started late last year! Thanks for the giveaway.

  45. I follow you via GFC.

  46. Hi, stopping in from UBP! I love your focus on homemaking as a calling. I see it that way too, and have found so much more joy in it since I began viewing it as such. I’m looking forward to reading your blog on a regular basis! I’m now following on GFC 🙂


  47. Great blog! I would love to win this! karasceviour at hotmail dot com

  48. You don’t know what you did to me right now with that apple pie photo! So fun to get to know more about bloggers through the UBP11.

  49. You were the next stop on the UPB hop!!! So happy I found your blog!!! Please visit my party too! http://ow.ly/4rsvr

  50. what a fab giveaway. thanks so much. Feel free to check out my blog. I do a mix of entertainment posts. 🙂


  51. Stopping by from the party! Would you like to do a blog roll link exchange? If so, add me to your blog roll & then leave a comment on (any) post on my blog along with your link & i’ll add yours in ASAP as well! 🙂

  52. Wow, can’t believe you’re already due next month!! Goes so fast. Dropping by from the #ubp11. Already follow you and all that jazz. I think it’s been a long time now. *grin*

  53. I follow via GFC

  54. I love amazon!!! And I love this blog!!!

  55. I follow you on GFC

  56. I am already a follower but I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your site! I love the picture of your son and his Honey nut cheerios crown! Awesome!!!

  57. enjoyed reading about you and your blog I am now your newest follower and heading over to enter the becopotty giveaway you can find my blog at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  58. Hi there! I am popping by from the UBP11, and am SUPER glad I did! I am your newest follower. I am loving what you write about and look forward to getting to know you more!

    Have a blessed weekend!

  59. I am a new follower from UBP11. I love your blog! It has a really good feel to it and very pretty!

  60. I am a sahm of 4 girls ages 1-16 yo and love entering giveaways, clipping coupons and just started back finding great crockpot recipes
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  61. google follower
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  62. Visiting from the UBP11…my daughter would love the picture of your daughter twirling in her dress! Beautiful princess.

  63. Stopping by from the party! 🙂 Do you want to come over to my house and do some spring cleaning for me. It has been so rainy and dreary here that I haven’t found my motivation for it.

    Stop by sometime soon. I am now your newest follower.

  64. Great to “get to know you” through UBP! You can find out more about me at http://www.myownlittlecornerblog.blogspot.com

  65. I’de love to win the giftcard! Love this blog too! 🙂

  66. aww cute kids 😀

  67. Blog Follower via GFC!
    I’m new to the blog party this year, new to the blogging thing in general as well!

  68. I’m domestically challenged too. I try to be a good “homemaker”…I fail!!

    I’m one of your newest followers! Visiting from the UBP11! Hopefully you can stop by our blog and follow back! Party on!

    Krissy @ Mommy Misc

  69. This is my first UBP! It’s great to meet you.

    Come see me at OutnumberedMom.com — for inspiration and encouagement.

  70. Jeanette Jackson
    Jeanette Jackson

    I am a follower-jlindahlj. I have been to the blog party before and look forward to it every year

  71. I love reading all these wonderful blogs

  72. I am a GFC follower

  73. Hi! I like your blog and those a very pretty pictures! I am new this year to the UBP but I am already excited to be a part of it every year! My head is spinning with all the new people I am meeting I LOVE IT! 😀
    I followed you via Twitter! Have a great week!

  74. Google follower!

  75. Stopping from the UBP! I love that you had things to learn when you got married about housekeeping. I did too.

  76. Oh what a sweet blog (and calling) you have!

  77. I’m a new follower via GFC

  78. Stopping by from the party! I, too, was domestically challenged when I first got married, but it gets better and better as I go along.

  79. I love your spirit and attitude about being a mom, and I share your faith! What a lovely blog. I’m visiting as part of the Ultimate Blog Party…stop by and visit me! Blessings!

  80. Hello! Pleased to meet a fellow princess and another daughter of the King. I hope you find time during this busy blog party to visit Homemaker Honey.


    Homemaker Honey
    homemakerhoney @ gmail . com

  81. Hi. Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party. I love the title of your blog. 🙂

  82. I love your blog name, and your explanation of it!! So very true! It is our highest calling for sure – to be wife, mom, and daughter of God! So great to *meet* you via UBP!! 😉

  83. Signing up now as a new subscriber as well! Blessings!

  84. Hello! I’m stopping by from the Party! I’m having a blast and I hope you are too! http://www.midgetmomma.com

  85. Thanks for the chance! I am already a GFC follower 🙂

  86. Stopping by from UBP11! I’m a new GFC follower ~ Lisa Blogs.

  87. I just read both of your birth stories, how beautiful. You make me want to have another and have the baby at home. My husband would kill me.LOL. I love your blog and all that is stands for. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Found you from the UBP.
    God Bless,

  88. Stopped by from the UBP – you have a lovely blog. It’s nice to ‘meet’ you.

  89. Just found you via UBP. Love how you share things. And love that you gave birth at home! My 5 1/2 mo. old son was born breech at home (birth story on my blog) and my 2 year old daughter was born natural at a birth center. So incredibly amazing! :o)

  90. I’m new to your site – love it!
    Thank you.
    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

  91. Follow you – Google Friend Connect (Barbara Montag)
    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

  92. This is my first UBP…and I’m having so much fun, but staying up way too late every night! 🙂 My blog is: http://www.morethanmundane.com
    Stop by and say hi if you have a chance!

  93. I’m following via Goggle Friends Connect.

  94. I don’t think I can say that I look forward to the Ultimate Blog Party every spring, only because I keep forgetting about it, but I have been partying for four years in a row now and I realize why I really love this party over and over again every year.

    I really love the fall season as well. It’s my favorite season, in fact. You just can’t beat that rush of cool air after months of verging-on-disgusting heat and the beautiful colors everywhere you look!

  95. I love those pictures!

    I am following you (suelee1998) from the blog hop party, you have a great site. Would you like to follow me back? http://susansdisneyfamily.blogspot.com/
    thank you 🙂

  96. What a lovely introduction!! You have some cuties! I’m Melissa a SAHM who also loves her “calling” although I never thoughtpf it like that!! Love it!! I am following you on GFC and liked on FB (I will follow on Twitter once my limit is upped- I need more followers 🙁 ) Thanks for hosting a giveaway!!

  97. I found you through UBP. Newest follower!

  98. Hello! Stopping by from the Blog Party! Would love to have to stop by mine as well. http://www.CouponsCraftsandCauses.com and http://IndianaInker.blogspot.com.

    I’m a mother of 3, grandmother of 2, wife of 25 years, and a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

    I’m now following you through google.

  99. Found you through Ultimate Blog Party and Boost your Buzz. Great site!!

  100. Thanks for the giveaway! I am a gfc follower

  101. […] right now the ultimate blog party is happening. Thanks to all who popped in for a visit. I haven’t started partying yet (see above) […]

  102. I am also a wife, mother, homemaker and teacher. (no princess though)

  103. I follow via gfc
    pamfreecycle at gmail dot com

  104. I am a public follower of yours on Google Friends Connect (Carolsue). I’ve been reading blogs for over a year, but this is the first time I have seen this particular Blog Party — I’m sure glad I found it!
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

  105. Just dropping in from the UBP11! Nice to “meet you.” Stop by my blog when you have a chance Making Our Family Complete. I blog about my family’s journey to adopt an infant domestically.

    P.S. We are giving away a Dunkin Donut GC as added incentive to visit 🙂

  106. Following via google reader 😀 , hope you can follow back!

  107. I am a new follower.. I really like your color scheme. 🙂


  108. I am an email subscriber and enjoy reading your blog! Thanks!
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  109. I follow via google friend connect
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  110. Hello my new friend! VIsiting from the Ulitmate blog party. Here’s my link: http://celebratewomantoday.blogspot.com/2011/04/ultimate-blog-party-2011-celebrate-with.html

  111. Visiting from UBP, its great to “meet you!” You have a beautiful family. Im now following you via GFC and look forward to reading many more great posts from you. Feel free to stop by and check out my blog at http://www.flipflopmama.com, I’d love to have you join us over there! I’ve also posted your button on my Blogs I LOVE page!

  112. I have been following your blog for a while now via RSS feed. Today I became your newest GFC follower! I enjoy your blog and Canadian content.

  113. New follower from Give it to Me Monday Blog Hop – hope you’ll stop by TheCaffeineCoquette.com

  114. I am a new follower.

    This is my first year being able to participate in UBP due to working at a school. This year it fell on Spring Break week! 🙂

    I would love for you to stop by and visit! Looking forward to making new friends!

  115. Hey! I am visiting from the Ultimate Blog Party! Please head over to either or both of my blogs (and become a follower if you aren’t one already):

    So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at http://sostylilized.blogspot.com

    Jessicas Lil Corner is where I blog about family and life at http://jessicaslilcorner.blogspot.com

    Have a very blessed week! :0)

  116. Nice to meet you, I am now following.

    Hope you will stop by and follow back. I have a giveaway going for the party as well.

    Amy @ Missional Mama

  117. I am a new follower on GFC, nice to meet you!

    Hope you will stop by and follow back. I am also offering a giveaway with the party @ http://missionalmamassoul.blogspot.com/

    Amy @ Missional Mama

  118. New to your blog! Love the name of it and what it means!

  119. Hi! I just found you through UBP11. This is my first time to participate. I am always glad to find another mommy blogger of faith!

    I am a homeschooling, quilting, work at home mommy! I joined your site through Google Friend Connect also.

  120. new gfc follower and I LOVE your blog! tracietrump@yahoo.com

  121. gfc follower! love your blog!!! tracietrump@yahoo.com

  122. What a great giveaway! This is my first time here.

  123. I LOVE your blog title. What a beautiful way to describe motherhood.

    I’d love to have you stop by our party – http://busymommymedia.com/2011/03/ultimate-blog-party-2011/

  124. Katherine Eisenback
    Katherine Eisenback

    Hmm… I’m pretty boring, but I will be moving to Boston soon. Heyo!

  125. I love your description of your Beautiful Calling!

  126. Love the name of your blog! New followers from the ultimate blog party. We have our 1st giveaway up! hope you can stop by


  127. I huge blogging fan and love hopping around finding new blogs during the parrty each year!

  128. Hey, I’m a new follower!

    Check out my blog at http://cleanromancereviews.blogspot.com

  129. What an absolutely wonderful post!

  130. Thanks, I love entering giveaways and have 4 little ones.

  131. What a great blog – I’m so glad I found it!

  132. What a sweet thing to do for the UBP!

  133. I am a follower via GFC.

  134. Stopping by from UPB11. Great to meet you! There are so many fun blogs to visit! You rblog is great and I can’t wait to read more! Following you on , GFC, FB and twitter now.


  135. Hey 🙂 Great giveaways! Stopping by from UBP11. Would love to win the gift certificate 🙂 Following via GFC xoxo

  136. Just dropping in and following (on GFC) from the UBP11. What a great giveaway!!! If you have a minute please check out my blog 🙂


  137. Hi I am Sarah single mom and trying to figure life out as I go. I have to say being a mom is my greatest joy! I look forward to reading more at A beautiful calling!

  138. I was INSTANTLY drawn to your blog by the name – Love it!!! beautiful for sure, girl! I subscribed via google reader and look forward to reading more!!

  139. Love the blog!! Just coming to be your newest followers! Come visit us at
    trulie-scrumptious.blogspot.com! Thanks

  140. Hi there! I am visiting from the UBP11 and so excited to read more of what you have to say! I hope you can stop by http://ahappygirl.com and read a little about my life. I hope my story can inspire you to believe in the impossible! 🙂


  141. Stopping by to say ‘Hi’ from my 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party 2011 link-up! What a great blog you have and I will be following! Stop by and say ‘Hi’ back! I have blog parties on Tuesday and Wednesday’s that may interest you. Tuesday is Tutorial & Thrifty Treasures Tuesday. Wednesday is What’s Cookin’ Wednesday. I am also looking for guest posts on home décor and crafts if you are interested.

    Extreme Personal Measures

  142. Hi there! I’m stopping by from the party! Ive been bligging for a year now and love meeting people! I’m loving your blog. 🙂 Im now following you via GFC.

  143. I LOVE SHABBY APPLE! Nice to meet you. Come visit me at Ordinary Inspirations.


  144. Thanks for this giveaway! It was fun “meeting” you as I read your post. 🙂

    God bless!

  145. Hi Jennifer! Heading over from the UBP. It’s nice to meet you! I’m a new follower : )
    I have two blogs I’d love for you to visit when you have the time:

    http://giveawaycorner.blogspot.com/ (Daily Giveaways)
    http://anne-somekindofwonderful.blogspot.com/ (Family Blog)

  146. I just found your blog and became a follower! 🙂 Love your blog! 🙂 Erin


  147. Cute blog!! laura_licious101(at)hotmail*com

  148. I love the Ultimate Blog Party! Thanks for the giveaway.

  149. I follow you on Google Friend Connect – Lydia A.

  150. Stopping by from UBP11. What a lovely blog you have here! Hope you’ll stop by and visit my blogs sometime :).
    http://bornagainandblessed.blogspot.com/ (my main blog)
    http://fivesavedbygrace.blogspot.com/ (my homeschool-related blog)
    http://wondersbeyondwords.blogspot.com/ (my photo/creation-themed blog)

  151. I follow you on GFC, and would love a follow back 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    aeris321 at gmail dot com

  152. Following you from Ultimate Blog Party!! Great to join your blog. Would love for you to stop by at my home: http://dinosaurs-and-dandelions.com

  153. What a great blog! Going to read more! T/hanks for visiting my second blog Sunshine and Lollipops! Happy UBP11!

  154. HI! Thanks for visiting me. I like your blog, I love the name you chose for it! I look forward to reading and getting to know you.

  155. I follow you!
    Enjoyed reading your post.

  156. Found your blog from UBP11 — it has been a fun party in between kids home sick with a stomach bug — I am now a follower. you can find my blog at http://www.violethare.blogspot.com

  157. I’m a GFC follower. Congrats on baby #3!

  158. I’m hitting the tail end of the UBP11! I’m your newest follower. Thanks for the giveaway and have a great weekend!

    Thrifty Jinxy

  159. I’m still visiting blogs…not giving up on the party yet;) I liked your about me. You write from the heart. That’s what I like to do and like to read. Nice blog.

  160. Thanks for joining the party! Love your blog.

  161. Howdy! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be
    ok. I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

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