Wednesday, March 6, 2013

An Influential Woman

or at least I like to think so...

 Hey guys...gals...beauties of all kind. I'm Julie. I'm saying that, assuming that I am not yet so influential that you
already know who I am, but that you want to learn who I am, because you are here thanks to the AMAZING 
Influence Network! I attended the Influence Conference last year and was blown away by the Jesus portrayed in
so many different avenues by so many creative minds and desperate hearts for Jesus.
I am forever thankful to these amazing ladies heading this network up and  they have so inspired me to be
INTENTIONAL with my blog and my life for that matter. I still write my style, my life, my thoughts...
but those moments when I want to shrink
away from blog world or from life in general, I remember, it's not always about what I want. It's not always a choice.
My life, my gifts, my words were given for a purpose. It's not mine to say what and when and why.
But it's up to the one who created them and created me.
And as far as the network goes, honestly  I have yet to make a lot of use of the resources available online, but that
word "intentional" will stick with me as long as I live. Thanks to the first ever Influence Conference!
I am not 100% I am going in 2013, but I am hoping to. There are a few circumstances and decisions in my life being
processed so we will see how it all plays out over the next 3-4 months. But I DO hope to see you there.

A few other random things about me:

I think in poetry form. Seriously. When a topic of discussion that I have had or want to have or write about is heavy on
my mind, my brain starts forming poems. Not the deep rants of a forlorn artist, but more like that childish rhyming wisdom
of a Dr.  Suess Book. I'm weird (and cool) like that.

I currently run 7 facebook accounts. My personal one, which comes and goes as I get annoyed with people or myself.
My blog fb. Our Church fb. Our Youth Ministry fb. Our Womens Ministry fb. Our Youth Conference fb.
And I also oversee my son's facebook.

I also have SEVEN kids between the ages of two and nine come in and out of my house every week, sometimes all at the same time. 
My own three kids. Two of them are in school. My four year old stays home with me. 
We have another five yr old & eight yr old that come over before and after school on select days. And I have another four year old that comes over after school one day a week. And a two year old that I watch two full days a week. 
 During the summer, this of course multiplies as none of the school kids are IN school, but AT MY HOUSE!
So, yes there are days when I have SEVEN kids at a time. This does not include when my kids just want to have friends over just for fun.
Like they did last Sunday.
This explains why my house is never clean.
This (the SEVEN  facebooks and SEVEN kids) also explains why I haven't made much use of the Influence Network.
 Blogging in itself is about all the online time I can manage...and even that's been a little sketchy lately.

So, enough about me. What's your story?


Annie said...

Seven facebook accounts?! I would die. My personal facebook account is annoying enough! haha

I hope you can come to Influence this year! I would love to see you again!

Kristin Cho said...

haha i'm with Annie... i would never keep up! that is pretty impressive. bless your heart for using your skills to help out your church's social media exposure.

i hope you can get on and take a class soon! i've loved them so far :)

hoping to meet you in September!

Ginger said...

I love that you think in poetry. I think in pictures, so I totally get it. Though poetry is still pretty foreign to my brain!

I'm in awe of having seven kids running through your house. I thought my house was crazy with triplets!

So good to get to know you!

katie_shannon said...

This is the first time visiting your blog and I have to say I love it. You come across very real! Your family is adorable. I love that you think in Dr Suess poem-y-ness, love it!

courtney {splendid actually} said...

seven kids! wow, that's a lot to care for at a time.
that photo of you is darling. i love your belt!

Anonymous said...

@Ginger - I was going to say the same thing.

Poetry is foreign to me, so I am fascinated by that, Julie. Sounds really cool!

Lindsay @ Hello Hue said...

How cute are you?! Sheesh woman, you've got a lot on your plate! I bet you handle it all with grace. So thankful for TIN and getting to find sweet 'new to me' blogs like you!

Hannah @ Simply Add Coffee said...

Wow! All those kids hanging around, that's awesome! I'm one of 8 kids - four biological and four adopted - and we ALWAYS had more friends at our house. My mom always said "Just let me know how many people are sleeping here at the end of the case there's a fire" lol. Nice to meet you!

Leah said...

wow Julie, seven facebook accounts! i love though that the majority of them are for the ministry. that's awesome of you to take on that responsibility!
and i love that you compared your poetic talent to dr.seuss because we all know Dr Seuss rocks!

Lori said...

SEVEN fb acts? Yikes! I thought the three that I oversee was a lot. And I love the heart I see in you for the next generation...there is nothing better than raising them up!
So nice to meet you! I too am up in the air about the conference, but I'm hoping to be there!

Ashley Beaudin said...

Love your heart! Also, love that dress. SO cute. And seven kids? Girl. You're my hero.

Bri @ Mod Memento said...

7!!!!??? God bless your beautiful heart and for opening your home. You and your blog are so lovely. I am so glad I got to learn more about you today!

Chrissy Boerman said...

girl you and 7 facebooks.. yikes. i hope you go to the conference and bring all the clothes you no longer want because i covet all things in your closet. oh and i would love to hug you this time too!

Amanda said...

Seriously? I have 3 FB pages to manage and can barely keep on track! LOVE YOU and huggy huggy huggy. 'Cause I know how much you love hugs. ;)

Nadine said...

GIRL! You are busy. Wow. You remind me of my sister, not for your online use, but for the kids! She has 6 of her own, and often had tons of cousins over. She loves it. It sounds like you love the crazy! I can't wait for a season (whenever that is) for you to be able to share your lovely voice on the forums.

Kerrie Williams said...

At least 7 is God's number??? haha I seriously think about you and girls (influence roomies) often and how it was such a God thing for me -- who he put together for me. Yall were so right for me. LOVE YOU!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, seven Facebook accounts! Love your website! :)

Kerry Todd said...

Wow! Seven kids and seven facebook accounts. You may just be my hero.

Brooke said...

You are a busy woman!! So nice to meet you!

Jessi said...

Hi, I'm Jessi :) First off, I LOVE your style. Rock it, lady. Secondly, HATS OFF to you for seven FB accounts! And seven kids?! I have zero kiddos at this stage of my life, just me and the husband, and I'm barely managing my measly one blog, one FB, one twitter, one Pinterest... Hang in there!
Can't wait to explore more of your blog, and maybe we'll get to meet in September :)
xoxo J

Moriah said...

Wow! You are busy and blessed! I love that you think in poetry form - my husband and I have full conversations like a musical - that's just as weird, right?

Sandra said...

Wow! You definitely have your hands full! That is amazing! Through all the hustle & bustle don't forget to take care of yourself and take some time for you!
(That is a wonderful picture too!)

Courtney Dignam said...

whew! seven facebook accounts? I don't have facebook, but I can't imagine that being the least bit fun. seven kids, on the other hand, that sounds like almost too much fun! :)

Mary Sauer said...

Beautiful picture. You are one busy mama. Looking forward to getting to know you more.

Rebecca @ Better Life Bags said...

Ahhhh I hope you can come! Will be praying for those life events to work themselves out in my favor ;)

Katie @ A Place to Dwell said...

I'm joining the link-up a few days late, but I'm so happy to connect with you! :) I love that you think in poetry form. That's just awesome. :) Love your style, too! That red belt is so fun!

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