The Blessings of Blogging

When I started blogging over 4 years ago little did I know that so many wonderful gals would come into my life!
Hubby and I were in Arizona last week visiting my son, dil and grand-baby.  And one of the blessings of blogging is that I also get to meet up with these wonderful gals!  They have become my friends, first through blogging and now in real person life as well!  We always meet for lunch and sometimes for shopping too.  
From left to right...Marty @ A Stroll thru Life, Jamie @ Mimi's Corner, Ceekay @ Thinking of Home, Laura @ Decor to Adore, Me, and Linda @ Reminisce and This and That.
Linda and I have know each other since we were 4-H gals in high school.  We grew up in the same little county in Wisconsin and competed at the same little county fair.  She even went to high school with my hubby!  Years later, Linda had moved to Arizona....  married, raised her children and had become a Grandma.  One day as Linda was reading blogs she came across mine.  And she knew, just knew, that it was written by the same girl that she knew back in 4-H many years ago.  Well the rest is history and I am so glad to have Linda back in my life!!

While in Arizona, I got to spend a lot of time bonding and cuddling with this little gal!
Calista is such a low key, easy baby.  And hubby and I got to have her all to ourselves one day while her Mommy and Daddy were working.
After some initial crying, she settled right in with us and even let me rock her to sleep!  Oh bliss, I was so happy to get this special time with her!
Little Addison dressed up as Dorothy for Halloween!
We headed to a lunch at McD's and of course she was a hit with all the older folks dining there.

And one more blessing of blogging is that once in a blue moon I still win a give-away!
And this is one of my fave's!
An LL Bean bag that I got to pick out and design myself.
A big thanks to Linda @ More fun, less laundry for this!!

Happy Weekend all!   And don't forget to count your blessings and keep those who have suffered so much in the wake of this hurricane in your thoughts, prayer's and donations to Red Cross.


  1. You are so blessed. I would love to be able to hook up in real life with my favorite bloggers - all the ones that have been my blogging friends for so many years.

  2. So much fun meeting up with fellow bloggers. Great group of ladies.
    Your granddaughters are adorable. I was with my Colorado babies a week ago. I miss them so much already.

  3. How wonderful to meet up with those special ladies in AZ. Look how cute that sweet baby is and Addison, of course, is adorable as Dorothy. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend- xo Diana

  4. What an awesome get away! Your babies are so cute!

  5. You have so much fun in Arizona! I'd love to meet all of these ladies. They are the best. It's really a coincidence that you hooked back up with Linda! Wow!

    I love seeing pictures of Calista and Addison...such cute little tots! I know you are so proud and should be. I want one!!


  6. Your granddaughters are absolutely adorable! Loved seeing your blogging friends, too. Sounds like you had a really fun week. I like Addison's costume for Halloween!


  7. So glad you got to see your bloggy buds in Arizona. And of course glad you got to spend time with Miss Calista.

    Addison is adorable as Dorothy.

    And now, I'm really glad you are back "home" not to far away from me!!!

  8. What adorable grands! How fun to meet up with so many bloggers....I know y'all had a blast. Linda

  9. Oh Cindy, I am so thankful to have you in my life after many years apart. Blogging is truly the best for bringing friends together, old and new.
    Your granddaughters are simply adorable. You & Dan are blessed.

  10. Oh love the pic of Calista, she is such a cutie and I am sure you loved every minute with her. Addison is adorable in her Dorothy outfit. I am so glad we all got to go to lunch, it was so good to see everyone. Hope all is well when you got home. Hugs, Marty

  11. What sweet little girlies...Calista and Addison. I'm happy for you that you were able to spend precious time with these little darlings.
    What a thrill it must have been connecting in person with other blogging pals...hearts in one accord.
    Have a wonderful week, my friend,

  12. Oh my goodness glory girl, I know it had to be harder than pullin' hen's teeth to leave that precious little Calista face behind. I fear I'd be tempted to pack her up and bring her home!!! What a doll. She takes after her precious cousin and beautiful Grandma for sure!

    Congratulations on the wonderful win...'gotta love those bags! (great for smugglin' babes, heeehhehee!)

    I'm turnin' and ugly shade of envy green here...what a thrill spendin' time with the gorgeous gang! Great picture!!!!

    God bless ya and have yourself one fantastic week my friend! :o)

  13. Cindy, both of your granddaughters are absolutely precious! Love Addison dressed as Dorothy. What a beautiful photo of all of you bloggers together. Lucky them and lucky you for the opportunity to get together in real life. laurie

  14. Oh my goodness, Addison looks adorable as Dorothy. Calista is so sweet; you are blessed having such wonderful granddaughters.
    It must be great fun meeting blogging friends. I met some Facebook friends from Canada and Australia, as well as the UK, recently, and we had a fabulous time together.

  15. What fun to get to see those girls and your cute little grand Calista, too! And doesn't Addison look adorable as Dorothy!

    Some day I am determined we are going to be able to meet, and I look forward to that day, Cindy.



  16. Hi Cindy...you certainly have two beautiful grandbabies.....love the ruby red slippers on Addison....and nothing better then getting together with blog friends....they are the best....loved that you took a picture of Katie Rose voting the other day.....

  17. How wonderful that you all got to meet again, Cindy. You all look fanstastic! Your granddaughters are so pretty...Christine

  18. How fun to meet blog friends, I have never done that. A few of those faces I have seen around blogland. Love the sweet grands, Calista is getting so big andI loved the Dorthy costume idea! Have a wonderful month, love the holidays coming! ;)

  19. HI Cindy! What a beautiful bunch of blogging ladies. How wonderful to meet so many friends! You know I love seeing your little grands - what darling little girls. You're blessed.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)


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