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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ladies of the Net

I thought I'd do something different today.  I like different, sometimes.  

The following is a (short) list of a few of my favorite blogs and what the ladies there have taught me.

If by some chance, you have never visited any of these lovely ladies, you'll be doing yourself a great favor to take a few minutes and do just that!

Now, grab a cup of coffee, tea or Dr. Pepper and enjoy a mini vacation to 

Here we are at the beach. 
Sorry, just kidding!

Believe it or not, I've known Parsley longer than I've been blogging!
Parsley is a little gal with a BIG Heart, not only a heart for people, but she loves animals!  This girl should have been a zoo keeper.  I believe she has yet to meet an animal she does not like….well, maybe she wasn’t too crazy about the black widow spider encounter.  Just saying!

From Parsley I’ve learned so much about kindness toward others (even when it is difficult).  She is always able to see the silver lining in cloudy situations.  I believe being able to do this is a gift from God and I see it reflected in her Christian walk.

And Ms. Parsley writes with a style that will make you smile! 

Parsley is tremendous Teacher!

Because she teaches by example.

Beth was one of the first bloggers I felt a kinship to.  We started blogging about the same time, we are both Oklahomans (even though Beth is a “northern transplant, we love her anyway), we both have issues with grown kids, both have kids entering *or in* ministry ~ the list goes on and on.

Beth has been a wonderful example of how a person can “grow in grace”Beth used to be “bashful” and have difficulty expressing her thoughts and opinions to others.  But over the last few years, her self-confidence has soared.  And it has soared because she decided to trust God.  I’ve seen both personal growth and spiritual growth as Beth has emerged from the self-imposed prison she was once locked in. 

We all make our own personal prisons.  You might be afraid to trust your own judgment in some ways, you may feel inferior because of a physical handicap, you may feel you don’t speak eloquently enough to make yourself heard ~ But you are the person God made you to be.  You just have to step out and TRUST the Creator.   

It’s a step of FAITH.
Beth has taught me, that’s it is okay to be myself, even if I make a mistake or two along the way. 

Beth  is an awesome "Over-comer"!

She also has two other blogs:

And she writes for a new blog (along with other Oklahoma ladies) called Testify:  (I don’t know when she sleeps, either.)

Linda has more energy and creativity than three people!  She has a beautiful, happy life ~ not because she has been “handed” a perfect life, but because she chooses to cultivate beauty and happiness.

From Linda I’ve learned to “make do” and do it now.   
Let me explain.   

Often, I have good intentions ~ sometimes, I even have great intentions.   

But I tend to want to wait ~ wait until we have the money, wait until the house is clean/cleaner/at least a path through it, wait until the weather is right ~ you name it, I put things off, thinking there will be a more "perfect" time.  
(Which makes me a little delusional like most of the population.)

 Here's the deal, we need to make the most out of the time we have!  

This is what Linda inspires me to do!

And I believe Linda encourages the rest of us, without even knowing what an awesome job she is doing!

The ability to cherish each God given moment ~

~ It is an awesome thing!~  

Linda is an awesome Encourager!

P.S.  Be sure and check out some of Linda’s recipes!  They are so good….yummy!  And you can visit Linda's store!

Amy finds the coolest stuff!  (Definition:  the term “coolest” – it is a term from the 60’s and means: the greatest, neatest, “bestest” ~ which isn’t even a word…yet of stuff!  You get the idea.)   

Amy features some great products made by other bloggers on her blog and she always finds lots of “pretties” to share.  Still, she is down to earth “farmgirl” practical!

I’ve learned a number of life's lessons from Amy. 

One of which is how to make many of my own household cleaners.   
They are fun to make, inexpensive, and we feel better because we are no longer being smothered with chemicals as we clean.

* Disclaimer ~ Amy has a large following and does not know me from the other twelve hundred or so people who follow her blog.   

That said, her blog will make you feel at home!

Amy has the gift of Hospitality!

The above blogs are listed in no particular order, other than distance from my house to theirs and the length of time I have *known* about their blogs!

Again, if you do not follow these ladies or have never visited their blogs, you are missing a great deal.  Don’t believe me?  Pay them a visit!

Blessings and hugs,

P.S. I plan to do this again *and again* from time to time.  If you are not on the list this time, you may be in the future!


  1. You don't know how much this blessed me! Thank you so much Cheryl! You are such a dear, precious friend.

  2. Funny, I was just getting ready to send you an email and let you know I was "talkin' 'bout you today".

    I am glad you are blessed! It is all true, though.


  3. sweet pea!!!!!! What a fun thing to come HOME and read about what someone thinks of you! Thank you for the kind words........I read between the lines and the best that you truly love me and I am one major blessed lady.......the other we will spend eternity together. What a gift from the Lord. Thank you so much for the encouragement.You are a KEEPER! to go sell some wares to bring our V HOME!
    Hugs and may the Lord bless you sweet lady!

  4. Awww.... Prairiemaid, you're too kind! Thank you for encouraging me today and for the mention on your blog! Have a blessed Easter!

  5. Almost made me cry here, sweet Cheryl! Thank you so much for saying such beautiful things about me! I'm not sure I see as much growth in me as you do but I guess that's pretty normal! It's a blessing to me to know that others DO see the things that God is doing in me! Thanks again! And I'll have to check those other blogs ... between naps! ;)

  6. I love your list! I will have to come back and visit when it isn't time for me to go to bed.
    Beth is a sweetheart.


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