Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ultimate Blog Party 2014!

I have been trying out several new things with my blog this year. Since I graduated in December, I've had more time to play around with design and formatting, and I'm finally getting some of my scrambled thoughts converted to text. One new thing I'm trying is getting involved with blog link-ups. My blogging mentor has suggested this to me many times, and I just have never gotten around to it. :-) The Ultimate Blog Party, hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom, is just one of these blog parties I am getting into.

So...allow me to introduce myself, the squirrel in heretofore-stated diary.

Hi! I'm Joanna, or, depending on well the kid speaks, Jee-anna, Jo-janna, Jo-nanna...yeah, you get it. 
I am a Christian, first and foremost, and Jesus is the only--and I do mean only--Reason I have for living.

I am the second-child, only-daughter from a very loud, but quite happy family of six. 7, if you count my sister-in-law, 8, if you count the three-legged dog, or 9, if you count the one-eyed cat.

My age--well, that depends on how much coffee I've had. Legally, I'm supposed to be 21. ;-)

My passions consist of words (written or spoken), music (especially a cappella), and yarn (can anybody say CLEARANCE?!).

I pride myself on the fact that I read all of Jane Austen's books in 5 months and Gone with the Wind in 11 days. I'm not sure that I don't sing in my sleep, because I sing all of the rest of the time I breathe. And a month ago, I crocheted an elephant. Really, I did. 

I work for a children's publishing company, but I just finished my Bachelor's, and my end goal is compassion ministries in the dental field. Yes, I am single and, for the most part, content. (Again, this depends on the level of caffeine in my bloodstream and/or the number of engagement announcements I have seen on Facebook that particular day.)

I started this blog in 2012 to recount my adventures as a graduating 4-H member cavorting around the East Coast. I keep the blog because the older I get, the more often I am struck by something that makes me think for 5 seconds longer than my usual attention span. Then I get the irresistible urge to share that with my peers, my role models, the neighbor's Pekingese--whoever will listen. :-)

Thank you, Janice and Susan, for hosting this, and thank you for reading. Hope y'all enjoy!!


  1. It is nice to meet you Joanna,
    I enjoyed reading about you. I think it is awesome that you are a children's publisher and you have an awesome end goal. Put your mind to it and it will happen is what my mom always said. I love your dedication to Jesus. Thank you for stopping at my blog!

    1. Thank you for stopping by! BTW, I'm not actually the publisher; I just do customer service for the publisher. ;-) And good words from your mom!

  2. That's awesome! :) Reading GWTW in eleven days? Haha, I think that I did about the same thing... it just couldn't be put down! :) Anyway. I love your photo! Such a pretty outfit! God bless! Peregrin

    1. Well, I had motivation...we were visiting Atlanta in 11 days, I had a chance to visit THE Gone with the Wind museum, and I knew I better take advantage of my opportunity! I liked it more than I expected, because I have a love/hate relationship with Scarlett. I really liked a "civilians's" (even though it was fictional) perspective of the Civil War. And's not a complicated set. :-)