Ultimate Blog Party 2011 (+ Giveaways!)

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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.

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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. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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 🙂

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


  9. 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! 🙂

  10. 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*

  11. 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!!!

  12. 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!

  13. 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

  14. 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.

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

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

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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

  21. 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!! 😉

  22. 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,

  23. 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)

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

  25. 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!

  26. 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

  27. 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 🙂

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

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

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

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

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

  36. 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!

  37. 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!!

  38. 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! 🙂


  39. 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.

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

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

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