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Here are the final business cards (I think) that I have from Blogher. If I met you and forgot to mention it, please feel free to mention it to me and I will add you.

Malena is a freelance reporter and also has a personal blog at African.Dance.Drum.Life. I had a great time chatting with her. She was especially interested in the ways that y’all have banded together with me to make a difference at least for a small village in Ethiopia.

Rlee has a website that features her art.

MJ Tam is the editor of www.momviews.net, a parenting and shopping advice website.

Ann Glamore of My Tiny Kingdom was another of the first people I met at the conference. She is elegant and delightful in person.

misspriss.org was one of several moms juggling a baby at a conference. Her little guy is just adorable!

Whitney and Heather (rookiemoms.com) are two young moms who wrote The Rookie Mom’s Handbook, which is a book full of activities and information for moms bogged down in the early days of motherhood.

Apronstringsflutter.com and Metropolitan Mama were two of the bloggers I hung out with over dinner on Saturday evening. We had a lot of fun!

Georgia of iambossy.com has some good pictures of the Saturday evening Blogher party. Think progressive dinner/cattle drive/day-after-Thanksgiving-shopping-crowd. Yeah, that about covers it.

Bonggamom and I were both fortunate enough to go on Saturday’s photo walk through CHinatown with Karen of Chookoloonks. (You can see all the photowalk pictures here and mine here)

If you’d like a lot of details about the Blogher weekend, be sure to check out coolmomsrule.blogspot.com. She has written a bunch of posts about it all.

Jessica at bernthis.com and I (along with Shannon) had a good discussion over lunch on Friday about the extreme difficulty of parenting. (Can I have an Amen?)

Jean from stimeyland.blogspot.com is another blogger I got to meet. She gave away a fun version of her business card– it was a luggage tag with her blog name on it. Very fun.

I met Debra of Messy Life at the very crowded Typepad party on Saturday. She is actually a psychologist and we had a good talk about adoption and the issues families sometimes face when getting kids settled into their new families.

Bobita of bloomingyaya.com wrote a sweet post about the emotions surrounding mom taking off for the weekend

I can’t forget to mention Tara of lijit.com. Lijit is a new search tool that sorts google results by how useful they have been to other people, instead of just by the number of keywords a webpage is (sometimes misleadingly) stuffed with. lijit bases its listings on things like how long viewers remain on a searched page, how much they click within that website, and how many recent hits that website has gotten. I plan to investigate this site more soon. Tara was really nice to talk with. She also blogs at I Quit For Lijit

Dawn of becauseisaidso.com was a speaker on one of the panels I attended, but at this moment I cannot remember which one. (Can’t be because I am writing this post at 2am, can it?


Headless Mom
has been faithfully commenting here for quite awhile and I am glad to have finally met her in person!

Biggie of Lunch In A Box writes a blog about the fun bento-style lunches she packs for her child each day. This one is sooooo fun!

I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to meet Karen of chookooloonks in person. She was one of the first ‘celebrities’ who commented on my blog in the early days, and even though I hadn’t commented on her blog in a few months (silly me, I thought she shut it down, actually) she remembered about my family which made me feel all warm and fuzzy towards her. Besides, that girl can take pictures! Oh, my!

A site that she also blogs on is shuttersisters.com. It is a gorgeous, informative photography blog. Check it out. Also from shutter sisters is Tracey who also writes Mother May I . She is a lovely warm-hearted person, who was very quick to hook me up with a soul sister of mine, Jen Lemen.

Jen went to Africa awhile back, and came back home with a new perspective on the world. Jen understood when I talked passionately about the needs there, and she was thrilled to hear what all my readers had contributed to getting food to people who need it. I was able to meet her friend, Odette, as well. Check out her blog for all that backstory.

Now I am utterly exhausted, but if I did forget to mention meeting anyone or if any of the links are bad, let me know! This was a great weekend and one I hope to be able to do again next year!

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I'm Geeking Out at BlogHer 08

I’m scurrying around like a crazy woman this week trying to get everything pulled together for my Blogher weekend. I am so excited! I’m looking forward to meeting my roomies, esp Shannon who has been an email friend for a couple years now. We have much in common, including our ‘baby’ girls who were born the same month, so I can’t wait to make her a real life friend.

Thankfully my daughter is doing better on her meds now, which makes me feel easier about going. But the stress of last weekend has gotten to me. I swear, my brain will not engage! My air-headed attempts are being made even more futile by the able assistance of my kiddos. Most of them were disgusted today to learn that I am packing tomorrow instead of taking them roller-skating. Never mind that they spent hours this afternoon splashing in the pool with good friends –more, more, more is their mantra. They’re not especially thrilled at the thought of doing without me this weekend either. It is nice to feel needed, but also a mite exhausting.

This afternoon I decided to try on a few outfits so I could figure out what on earth to pack. I had the audacity to begin this endeavor without an audience. My 6 and 3 year old daughters have locked-door-sensing powers, and immediately camped outside the door, knocking and calling soulfully to me approximately every 2.5 seconds. Meanwhile I am on the other side of the door trying to find some miraculous item of clothing that will make me look sleek instead of –ahem– like a sweet potato. Sadly, I was not successful. 36 hours unfortunately does not allow enough time for even the crashiest of crash diets. Ah well. I yam what I yam.

Once the least objectionable items of clothing were heaped on top of my suitcase for further weeding out (a 3 day trip probably does not require 7 outfits, after all) it was on to shoes. Will these cute heels leave blisters? But these comfy flat sandals– are they ugly? I still have not satisfactorily resolved that dilemma, but thankfully I don’t leave home til 4 am Friday. I’ve got lots of time, right?

I did finally get my new computer bag done today. I wanted something that looked more like a purse than a plain black computer bag, and found some fun fabric a few weeks ago. I’ll try to get the pictures up for you before I leave. I also have a letter or two from my sister to share with you, and I’m looking forward to telling you all about my conference experience when I get back.

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Need a blog card?

Karen from Simply Amusing Designs did such a great job on my card that I just had to show it to you!

Here's my card

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Alltop

Was just delighted to get an email from someone at alltop.com telling me I’d been added to their Mom Blog list. There are all sorts of interesting blogs there, including some I hadn’t yet run across.   You might like to check it out.

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moving on

I’ve decided to stop blogging over at my Ethiopia blog. It was a tough decision– in some ways I’m really going to miss it. But I’ve said what I want to say there and I am needing the time for other writing. As far as I know, they are planning to leave my archives up, so those of you who’ve visited there should still be able to get adoption-related information there. Thanks to those of you who’ve visited there! (And in case you’re wondering, I’m not planning on quitting here anytime soon!)

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Not.

One of the things I love about blogging is the way it encourages me to look for the blessings in my life. I love sharing the beautiful bits, and hope that reading about them encourages you as well. I choose not to dwell on challenges here, but that doesn’t mean my life is all sunshine and laughter.

I feel overwhelmed some days too, especially lately going from 8 to 10 children. My kids fight. I get grumpy. The kitchen floor gets so sticky sometimes you could lose a flip-flop. I make time to blog by ignoring bed-making and dusting and hanging up my clothes. I do think I get the essentials done most days, especially when it comes to what my children need. But I also am very conscious of the many things I don’t do, or don’t do well, anyway.

I don’t often blog about the negative things in my life, because that’s not the kind of blog I want to have. But I would never want my readers to feel discouraged about their own lives after reading only about the good bits of mine.

Just so you know.

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What a neat award

I was given the Mathetes award by PatJrsMom. Read about it here. I was very touched to get this, because pointing back to Jesus is one of the things I strive to do on this blog. I am supposed to pass this award on to several other bloggers. Here are my winners.

1. Carrien, for her honest, heart-felt, faith-filled posts.

2. Heather, for inspiring me even from the dark valley that she is in.

3. Jenni, for both her verse and her prose.

Thanks, gals, for being inspirational, and for using your writing to point back to Jesus.

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