Let’s par-tay, like a bunch of moms

(fightin’ the frump post is below)

Hi! Welcome to my party!

Not much has changed since my last party: Once again, I’m not properly dressed or decorated up for this shin-dig… but we’ll make do. (thankfully, I’m not still pregnant with #4… otherwise that would mean I was something like 17 months pregnant. Even though it felt like that at times, I think if that were the case, I’d have bigger concerns than the decor at my party…)

I did design this though:…that counts for something, right?

If you are new here, be sure to take a look over there, in the left column for my Classic Karla and “100 Things About Me” list. This is a great way to get to know me. And that search widget in the right column is perfect for searching my blog topics.

A bit about me:

~ I am an over-user of the ellipse… see! I can’t help myself…

~ … seriously, I use them all.of.the.time. and I say seriously a lot. A LOT.

~ I didn’t learn that a lot was two words until 12th grade. I was too busy wearing white lipstick and stretching the muscles in my neck to prepare for a day of walking around with an asymmetrical plum hairdo to worry about things like that.

~ Let me know if you are going to SheSpeaks. I am.

~ I host a silly little contest here every Tuesday, called What The?!. It’s fun and I give away cool stuff like free blog headers, books and jewelry. However, some people have come to hate me for the amount of time they end up with their noses pressed up to their monitors trying to figure out what I’ve posted.

~ Along with Mrs. Fussypants (who is the founder), I just launched a new site called Blissfuly Domestic. It’s an online magazine with the purpose of Making Family Life Easier.

~ I am a designer of Mommy Cards and Birth Announcements and own an online shop, Fruition Designs

~ I am unashamed about my love for the Lord. And, though He doesn’t need me to, I brag up on Him all of the time.

~ I still write about a variety of topics, though my humor has begun to creep back into my posts. For awhile, I was too sick to do much of anything. And before that, I had such a time of deep reflection after some crazy times in our home.

~ You’ll find that I’m pretty much an open book. I’ve told most of my secrets, and I’m okay with that.

~ Thinking of raggin’ on me? I’m the mama of four kids. I can handle it.

I hope that you enjoy. And if you do, please feel free (please please please) to subscribe (click on the little feedburner icon over there in the left hand column (next to the word subscribe).

I’ll head over to your party as soon as the kids go down for a nap, ‘k?


  1. Kat's Krackerbox says

    You sound like one amazing momma! I have a total of five kids (3 of my own and 2 step). Now, we’re working on grandchildren (total of 7 1/2 – one due in August)! I enjoyed learning more about you. Hope you have a great weekend.

    BTW, I tagged you in a meme. Come by and check it out


  2. I enjoyed your party. I am going to She Speaks – very excited. I love the humor in your posts. I did recently subscribe to your blog, although I lurk more than I comment. :) Have a great weekend!

  3. Liz@thisfullhouse.com says

    I just visited Blissfully Domestic, this week. Great site. As is your blog. One of my blogging pals also hangs out at BD. Phat Mommy. She’s really great in person, too!

    Thanks so much for having us and enjoy your week!

  4. Michelle Potter says

    W00t! The Blog Party is on! So YOU’RE the super-cool mom who designed that button in my sidebar!! Happy Blog Party!

    Visit my party at http://usr-bin-mom.com. I’m celebrating my 8th blogging anniversary and having a giveaway.

  5. oh amanda says

    Karla! I always love your blog…why am I never subscribed. I’m doing it now. I promise!

    Happy UBP!

  6. wondermommy says

    Great Party!!! Your party made me smile. It is great to find another that loves the Lord! Have a happy party!

  7. devildogwife says

    You’re posts always make me smile. :) Great party!

  8. Nikki Angels of Heart says

    Hi. Nice to meet you. I am mommy to 6 children. I am so enjoying the blog party and have a post up on my blog as well. I definately will stop back to check out that meme.


  9. Happy Mama says

    Very cute!

  10. You sound like one busy mama!! I look forward to “meeting” you.

  11. I added you to my google reader….so I can find you later. BTW…I love (and over use) the elipses too. (As well as parenthesis.) Or so my grammar guru hubby tells me. Please join me at http://mom2ways.blogspot.com/2008/03/party-time.html.

  12. You sounds like one busy lady!!! I also use the ellipse way, way, way too often! I’m glad I’m not the only one…seriously! ;) I just bookmarked your site so I can come back and check out some of the fun you talked about.

    Visit my party post if you get a chance, I’m #9 on the 5MM linky. :)

  13. Beth/Mom2TwoVikings says

    Nice to “meet” you. I’ll be back for the contest!

  14. party hopper on the prowl here. xD

    Nice to meet you! I’m Jenny. :)

    Happy Party Day!

  15. Bluestocking says

    Nice to meet you. Hope to see you at my party.

  16. It was nice to learn a bit more about you. (I’ve seen you for a few other blog carnivals… maybe Photo Hunt? I can’t remember.)

  17. happy to hear you’re feeling better and your humor has returned! Happy partying and I’m not ashamed of honoring my King either! Blessings.

  18. I love the button. Nice work!

    We’re helping my in-laws watch my sister-in-law‘s four kids this weekend. The oldest three are 10, 8 and 6. Which means there’s no nap. Which means …

    Let’s just say that I believe you are a very strong lady. :)

  19. “Thinking of raggin’ on me? I’m the mama of four kids. I can handle it.”

    That was hilarious. Love it. Thanks for partying with us! I believe you will now be added to my daily reads. :) have a great one!

  20. MrsMomma says

    Stopping by to say Hi! Nice to meet you.


  21. Hey there! Nice to get to know you a little…And such a fun way! Party on!

  22. Elaine A. says

    Karla, you certainly are talented! I put your blog party button on my blog ‘cuz I thought it was SO cute!

    I also LOVE your mommy card designs, they are adorable.

    Glad to get to know you a little better!

  23. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says

    Hi, Karla, it’s nice to meet you at your blog. I’m also over at Blissfully domestic & looking forward to getting to know some of you girls.

    You sound like a great (and busy!) mama! Enjoy the blog party.


  24. Hi there:) Here for the party! Nice to meet you. You use the ellipse a lot and I am always told that I use exclamation points too much.

  25. My writing would make a grammar teacher crazy. Oh well, I’m not trying to get a grade. Just having fun and jotting down memories.

    I’ll try and come back here for your contest. Sounds like fun. Stop by my party when you can!

  26. The Downtown Boutique says

    Great job on the banner for the blog party! I have it on my blog.

    Come on over to the party at The Downtown Boutique when you get a chance. We’re giving away 9 items!


  27. Hi Karli,

    So nice to met you! (I think I may have stopped by before, you never forget someone talented!)

    The blog design was GREAT! Thanks so much~

  28. Love your blog button that you created! Love it. I have it on my blog.

    …love the … ellipses… seriously, i do…

    Love your banner, too.

    Love it…

    Come by my blog, k?

  29. I love your blog ! Or should I say, I love this post. It’s the only one here that I’ve read so far. But I’ve opened a bunch of your links in new windows and am off to read them now ! And, uh, I’m thinkin’ I’m going to have to add you to my google reader !

    My party is happening HERE

  30. I just wanted you to know that I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I just love it. You are so refreshing. I’m enjoying Blissfully Domestic, too.

    I picked up Charla Krupp’s book after reading your posts, and my sister and I poured over it to make sure we’re not doing anything wrong! ;-)

  31. Great button design, it is the one I chose for my sidebar. I have visited in the past and am happy to return!

  32. I love your blog and the button you designed. I will definetly be back to check out all the other things you have going on. Have a great weekend.

  33. Your badge for the party has been on my blog for weeks. Nice work!

  34. Hey there. Found you through the big blog party going on..I see you are from Nashville. I am from Clinton, TN which is about 2 hours from there..
    and I also had voted for your blog party button as my favorite!!!
    Good job. Stop by and say hi.

  35. Karla, I enjoy reading your blog. I visit every day. You put a smile on my face.

    Please, party with me!

    Win a handmade pocket place mat:

    Win Chocolates:

    Visit me this month at A Cup of Joy for Missions Month:

  36. You have beautiful designs! The one you made for the party has been in my blog for weeks:) Congrats! and nice blog! Stop by mine too if you get a chance;)

  37. Hey Karla,
    I added you to my Google reader when you and I both entered the she speaks contest for the scholarship which you won right?
    Lucky for me God provided the $$ and my registration to She Speaks is now paid, so yes ma’am I’ll be there.
    Glad you are partying too, so am I!

  38. I’ve visited before… and in fact a sweet picture of my kids is on your entrecard display RIGHT NOW! But I just wanted to tell you I enjoy your site and I have your cool blog party button up on my site!

  39. Hello – so very nice to meet you! Your site looks like alot of fun. I will be back soon!

    Party on!

  40. Karen Erickson says

    You do so much and I’m so impressed! I enjoy reading your blog and I love Blissfully Domestic too! :)

  41. Crunchy Domestic Goddess says

    it’s so nice to learn some more about you, karla. :)
    love the button you made. :)
    hope you have a great weekend.

  42. I won your amazing mommy cards last year and just loved them! Now we’ve moved and I need new ones. I use…… them a lot too. Too funny! I’ve also looked at at a few of your “what the” pictures but didn’t bother to guess. They’re hard. Take care and party on. :)

  43. Yeah….I do that too. I also say *seriously* WAY too much. Love your blog so far and look forward to reading more, seeing as how I am going to subscribe and all. :)

  44. Great post, Karla! It was very nice to meet you, and I am sure I’ll be back! Loved the 5M4M Button!!

  45. Nice to meet you! Party on~

  46. Heidi @ GGIP says

    Great party post. I’m going to bookmark you for your fun-sounding contests. I know I have seen you commenting at some of my favorite blogs too.

    have a good party.

  47. nicetameetcha! i’m jayedee from the sunshine state! party hardy!

  48. Boutique Flair says

    It’s nice to meet you. I love your blog button design. I’m sporting it on my blog! You are such a great artist!

    I’m also a lover of “~” and “…”!

    I adore your blog!

  49. Cher & Gene Klosner says

    You’re crackin’ me up – I LOVE this blog! And your Blog button design too! And the overuse of elipse. Seriously. :)

    I’m an open book too – it’s nice to meet you!!!

    Come visit me at my Party – Music, Cartoons, Games and Party Favors! We’re giving away an Award-winning Stardust lullaby CD! http://stardustlullaby.blogspot.com/2008/03/welcome-gals-to-ultimate-blog-party-at.html

    Sign up on our mailing list for a chance at our monthly giveaway! http://www.StardustLullaby.com
    Happy Partying Karla!! Cher :)

  50. Hi Karla!

    Nice to meet you!!!
    I’m a fussy reader and I love the new blog Blissfully Domestic!

    Party on!

  51. What a lovely party. I love your blog, especially the title!!

    Thanks for inviting me. Enjoy!!

    I’m gonna go subscribe now. :)

  52. penguinsandladybugs says

    Hi there!! I’m enjoying the party!! I’m coming back to Tuesday to find out more about “What the…?” Good to meetcha!

  53. Happy Panda says

    WOW you are one busy momma! Thank you for stopping by to say thank you. I’m carrying baby #4. This should be fun. Happy Party Hopping!

  54. The Single Mom says

    Don’t worry about the decor – I wasn’t prepared either, but I am having a terrific time and meeting some great gals. You seem like a lot of fun and Gosh! I totally admire anyone that can keep up with four kids! It’s been great meeting you – enjoy the party! :)

  55. deko and posh says

    gr8 blog…have a nice weekend.


  56. BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) says

    I LOVE your button you designed.

    I am looking forward to working with you over at Blissfully Domestic.

    Great party! ;)

  57. Not only are we from the same town, but now I find out you, too, are an…overuser of the ellipsis?


  58. Hi. So nice to e-meet you. Happy bloggin!

  59. I am an overuser of parentheses (and I’m not really sure how to spell it). It was great partying at your place!

  60. I like the button you designed & you sound like another marvelous mom – I’ll be checking you out again! Oh and ellipsis…, yea I overuse them too…

  61. Thanks for having a party! Love the banner you made. Too cute. I really enjoy your blog! See you in the party circuit!

  62. Anonymous says

    Hey Karla,
    I do not have a blog but I certainly have enjoyed yours the last few weeks. I found my way to your blog when you won the contest that Lysa gave to go to She Speaks. I will be there and hope to meet you. Blessings, Margaret

  63. Paul and Christy says

    Great Party. Just wanted to say hey. Have fun partying!

  64. Carol Van Rooy says

    That’s cool… I didn’t know they were called eclipes. I too use them all the time.

    Have a great party.

  65. Nice to meet you! What is up with that reeeeeeally purple box down there? I tried to read it, but my retinas are burned. Typing blindly… ahhhhhh! ag;viauaw9ir;alskj.

    :) No, realy – it was nice to meet you and I’m a Jesus Freak, too!

    Neat that you can design. I love artsy-fartsy stuff. I also love photos and scrappishness. Although, I haven’t scrapped in many years (for reasons that would take too long to put in your comment box)… so I’m considering learning digital scrapping… right after I buy that Canon 40D… the one I’m drooling over. The people at Best Buy really don’t want me in the store any more. LOL

  66. bella*tessa says

    Hi! Just popped by for the party and truly enjoyed “getting to know you.”

  67. Holding It Together says

    Great party! The mommy cards are a cute idea, and the birth announcements are beautiful. God bless!

  68. Hi new to all of this but meeting so many fantastic and talented ladies.
    My name is Fiona mummy of 2 married and working from home. Check out my blog to hear about my work with premmie babies, pre eclampsia, HELLP Syndrome and more.
    take care

  69. It’s not a party unless you’re in your PJ’s.

    dolls123 (at) gmail (dot) com

  70. Stacey @Real World Mom says

    Hi Karla! Nice to meet you! I also have four children, and what a wonderful experience it’s been! :-)

  71. HI, thanks for the invite…. am have been know to overuse the … also. NOt sure why just that the thoughts aren’t always done and … well that seems to tie everthing together. Great party! Come join in the fun over at my house if you get a chance.

  72. Kelley at Aroma of Joy says

    I am so impressed! You have a great blog and what a fun button you designed for this party. I am learning about how to do things on the computer but actually designing things is way beyond me! I have finally worked through all the fear and am going on the adventure of She Speaks. I remember that you won the scholarship for your awesome and heartfelt post. Maybe we will meet up there! Meanwhile feel free to stop by anytime.


  73. Goodies for Mom says

    Just stopping by. I’ve been before and I’m sure I’ll be back again :)

    Partying along at Goodies for Mom.

  74. You did the button? It’s sooo fabulous!! Go, you!

  75. Like the button you designed.

    Stop by my blog party if you get a chance. Thanks

    Be Thrifty Like Us

  76. The Surrendered Scribe says

    Great blog and button! It sounds….like we have…seriously…a lot in common!

    Thanks for having a great party for me to stop and visit.

    If you have time, check me out at http://thesurrenderedscribe.blogspot.com/

  77. jenuinejen says

    Thanks for having me to your party. I have been to your blog before and really enjoy it. I will be back often. I really like the way your site looks. The blue is very soft and easy on the eyes. Also, I just subscribed to Blissfully Domestic. It is a great site!

    Hopefully, you will be able to stop by my blog party.

  78. hola!! cute blog and LOVE what you did with the banner button for the party!! NICE!! i will have to stop in and check on ya!! i use the….lots and lots too! and say LOTS TOO TOO!! :) i think my think is the !! i use them ALL THE TIME TOO!! if you go to my blog they are EVERYWHERE!! and there i go…

    take care and GOD BLESS,

  79. thanks for the compliment! i enjoyed stopping by your party. oh and, i find myself using the … all the time too!

  80. Diana Evans says

    wonderful party here…nice to meet you and learn more about you…

    Have a wonderful week…


  81. You did a fabulous job on the banner, I’ve been using it on my blog and I love it!

  82. First, I am so glad you are not 17 months pregnant! Because, yeah, at 8 months I felt 17 months, so I can only imagine at 17 months it must feel like it’s been 4 years LOL
    I hope you have a really lovely time at She Speaks. I will not be there, but it sounds like it could be a life changing weekend.
    Blissfully Domestic looks like a great site. Admittedly I just skimmed it, but I will be back to look around more!
    Have a great week =)

  83. Go blog party!!

  84. Stopping by from the blog party!

  85. Peapodsquadmom says

    Oh, seriously…I use a lot of ellipses, too. ;-) Enjoyed the party. I partied in my jammies! Underdressed?

  86. Nice Blog. I like the button you created!! This is my first blog party and I am having a blast meeting new people and checking out their blogs. FUN!!!

  87. You crack me up.

    I like your design for the blog party better than the other one. I only used the other one for my party blog because it came in a banner format.

    Have fun!

  88. Hi Karla!
    I stopped over here from the party and think that your blog is awesome. What a love you have for our Lord! Stop over my place sometime :)

  89. Nice blog. Just passing threw the party saying hi to a few people before I pack it in for the night. I still spell alot as one word! I like it better!

  90. You are a crack up! I will need to check out your Tuesday contest. Sounds fun!

  91. Die Hausfrau says

    what a lovely personalety you have.

    happy blogparty! greetings from austria!

  92. You did a lovely job on the banner. I chose the pink one because my blog is in blues, but seriously, I love your banner, too.

    I over use elipses, too! Aren’t they fantastic? When I edit my writing, I make myself circle each one, then ask myself if it HAS to be there…

    This is a lovely blog. Pleasure to meet you.

  93. Hi it is nice to meet you!! I love your site. I am subscribing to your site:)

  94. mommiedaze says

    Love your UBP banner design. Very cute. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

  95. Nice to meet you. I do have your button my blog – cool design by the way.

    Have fun at all the parties. Do stop by and say hello if you get the chance.

  96. Fliss and Mike Adventures says

    Hi… hope you’re enjoying the party… you looking chic in your party attire… love your site… take care…

  97. Karla! Great to see you, girl! I haven’t been by in a while – waaay too busy for my own good. Stop by Flyover when you get a chance AND my brand new fiction blog just went up Monday, so check that out too while you’re there. Have a fun week party hoppin’ :)

  98. Thanks for the invitation to the party! I actually came here for WFMW and enjoyed your tip this week. I think I’ll have to poke around some more. :)

  99. Cindy Swanson says

    Hi Karla! Of course, I’m already a fan of yours, so I don’t need persuading. Just thought I’d stop by your party for a bit. Love ya!

  100. Great to meet you! I love the design of your blog so I may need to enter some of your contests! :)

  101. Great job on the button!

  102. Hello and nice to meet you! :) I love the button and your digs are nice!

  103. What A Party Thank you This Is Great

  104. Jennifer Fosberry says

    You are too funny. I will have to bring my own asymetrical high-school hairstyle back here for more giggles later. And I LOVE fussy. You girls are so creative. I love your dancing queens. How did you design it? seriously. with what programs? I am really curious how you two crank out such great graphics….

    Come see me too,

  105. Happy Blog Party!

  106. i love your blog, your humor, your unashamed love for Jesus…and ellipses :-)

    I found you awhile back and didn’t save your link to my bloglines and now I’m so glad I found you again…I’ll go hook you up to my bloglines right now!

    K! You’re on! I don’t about the feedburner stuff…not sure how to use it on my end, but happy blog partying to you. enjoy mothering!

    peace to you in Jesus!
    (come visit me sometime at timothymoms.blogpspot.com)

  107. Just wanted to say hi. I found your blog during the bloggy giveaways I believe. I have visited several times since then. Keep up the great blogging!

  108. I’m going to be a first time mommy soon. I’m glad to see the parties will keep on going!

  109. Butterbean says

    Great site! I really like the mystery pix on your giveaway page…although I have no idea regarding this week’s pic. Come visit!

  110. I’m showing up a little late for your party. Sorry! How kind of you to still let me visit. :)

    Have a great week.


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