The beauty of catching up on 90 blogs in one evening…

….is the way it points out the diversity and the beauty in the lives of the people I have grown to care about through blogging.

It makes me curious….how many of these blogs can you identify? (All of these posts were written in the past week.)

1. A friend jumping out from the bushes to sunscreen her kid
2. A friend rhapsodizing over ranch men
3. A friend mourning the loss of her mother
4. A friend giving away a really good-lookin’ camera strap
5. A friend arguing that Christians more than atheists tend to embrace life
6. A friend recommending a wonderful watermelon/canteloupe salad with mint
7. A friend accidentally ordering 2 kilos of eggplant
8. A friend talking about the crucial value of women as homemakers
9. A friend pausing on a getaway with her hubby to photograph a chicken
10. _____________________________________


Give me your guesses. For #10, tell me the most memorable blog post you’ve read this week. Just for fun, I’ll send a copy of my book A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family to the person who identifies the most blogs. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday!

I’ve got one or two more Korea posts coming eventually, but this evening I enjoyed catching up on all of you…..thanks for being my blog friends.

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  1. I haven’t the faintest clue who #s 1-9 are but I’m anxious to find out – they all sound like great reads! For me, #10 is easy. The best post I read all week was your post about meeting your son’s birth family in Korea. I know that’s not where you were going when you posted the quiz, but I was literally sobbing by the time I finished the post. All your posts from Korea were wonderful…thanks for giving a glimpse into that wonderful experience!

  2. #9 is Rocks in my Dryer, but that’s all I got. πŸ™‚ You read a lot of blogs – I read around 40. πŸ™‚

    As far as #10, Folding Laundry’s post about wanting a baby made a big impression on me – I am so blessed to be expecting again.

  3. Shannon O says:

    I have been really enjoying your posts lately! But I guess that’s cheating, so I think my favorites this week have been from Meredith at Like Merchant Ships….she really inspires me!

  4. I recognized only #7, Journey Mama! πŸ™‚

    Most memorable this week, this gotcha moment!

  5. Dear Mary,

    I picked up your new book “Family Feasts for $75 a Week” at Book Expo and it is the best cookbook I’ve ever seen! I live outside Manhattan in a predominantly Korean community. I love Korean and Vietnamese food so really appreciate the recipes you’ve included, as well as the American recipes. This is the cookbook I will give my daughter when she gets married.


  6. I only recognize one of them (probably because I’m way behind on my usual blog reading), but I can’t wait to read the answers — they all sound great! I agree, I just love the way blogs bring us all together and give us glimpses into each other’s daily lives.

    As for #10, I would definitely say your post about meeting your son’s birth family. I didn’t have a chance to comment when I read it, but…wow. I’ve been thinking about it ever since you posted it. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve read in a long time.

  7. I’m a new reader and I love your blog!!

    I know I’ve read some really great posts this week. Here are a few:

    Breast and Belly about PPD:
    Adventures in Babywearing about her son’s experience with seizures:
    Navelgazing Widwife Blog about her mishaps while learning Spanish:

  8. Delurking to take a couple guesses. Is number 3 Fussy? And number 4 Balancing Everything?
    I’d like to know who the others are because some sound like ones I’d want to add to my list of places to read if I don’t read them already πŸ™‚

  9. I recognize #5 as the Conversion Diary and #8 as Domestic Felicity. The others don’t ring a bell…

    I’d have to reiterate your fifth one as my favorite blog post of the week. Jennifer’s recent post on life was sooo awesome. I sent the link to my boyfriend and my family, so they could read it too. πŸ™‚

    Welcome back from Korea! It must feel like another world (although a very familiar world), coming back home. I’ve been to Europe 3 or 4 times, but never farther east than Poland. I can’t imagine! It’s been enjoyable to follow your adventures…

  10. Is #9 “From our Front Porch Looking in”? If not, she actually did post a picture of her husband with a chicken on their KC get-away.
    My favorite post this week was your child meeting the birth parents. It made me cry. Don’t think it can ever happen with our child as we were told documents are sealed. We pray for her mom (dad is not living we were told).

  11. #5 Conversion Diary/Jennifer
    #8 Domestic Felicity
    #9 Rocks In My Dryer

    That’s all I got. πŸ˜‰

    Most memorable post: Michelle is SO funny!

  12. #2 Ree, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman
    #5 Jennifer, Conversion Diary
    #7 Rae, Journey Mama (whom I began reading after her fabulous entry into your “I Am/I Am From” contest!)
    #9 Shannon, Rocks in My Dryer
    #4 Jenni, One Thing ??
    #10 probably your post about your son’s meeting with his birth parents– it rates highest on the tissue-meter for sure!

  13. Jeanne A says:

    Nobody reads Planet Nomad? #3

    The only other one I know, as Marion wrote is #2–The Pioneer Woman

    The most moving blog this week is the one about your son meeting his birth parents. I went back to reread it. I also was touched by Taniwa–An American married to a Japanese — who lives in Japan and has lived there for 30 years, jumping on a plane to visit with her mom in California who was ill.

  14. I’ll finish out the list. #1 is Julia from Here be Hippogriffs, One of my all time favorite blogs. As for # 10, as usual, The QC Report was a very good read.

  15. The most memorable blog that I have written is your entry about your son meeting his Korean family. It has haunted me since I read it and I had to pass it on to a childhood friend who has always struggled with her adoption.

  16. ExtraOrdinary Mommy going on tv because of her family’s photo!


  17. Sadly I don’t know who any of the posts are from. But #10 for me would be the following
    It is all about a bbok she has had made with all her blog posts in. Such and awesome idea.
    Glad to have you back and some wonderful stories you have written about. Love reading about your trip.

  18. #2 Pioneer Woman
    #3 Desert Candy?
    #4 Mizbooshay???
    #5 Conversion Diary
    #7 Journey Mama
    #10 wonderfully insightful blog by long time missionary doctors in Uganda…very meaty

  19. can only recognize Pioneer Woman Ree!

    Look forward to your trip updates πŸ™‚

  20. Well, I’ll compile what I’ve got, but it is mostly after all your other adoring fans did most of the legwork.

    #1 Here Be Hippgriffs
    #2 Pioneer Woman
    #3 Planet Nomad
    #4 I don’t think that Jenni from One Thing, or Jessica from Balancing Everything, or Miz Booshay did the camera strap giveaway, but I couldn’t find it…
    #5 Conversion Diary
    #6 ???
    #7 Journey Mama
    #8 Domestic Felicity
    #9 Rocks in My Dryer

    My #10 is from a friend from church, I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing the link,
    It is Part 2 in their adoption story, and a cancer diagnosis along the way.
    Your post on the reunion of your son with his birth parents hit me almost as hard, but since I actually know Emily it was a bit more memorable for me. It has been a beautiful blog week, and I hope my collecting and pouring through your “Blogs I Enjoy” list shows you how interested I am in reading your book!

  21. I’m not a regular “commenter” Mary, but would love to be considered a blogging friend. I so enjoy reading your wonderful posts. This adventure in Korea is just so heart-warming.

  22. #2 I would guess is The Pioneer Woman
    #7 Is Journey Mama
    #10 I enjoyed your post about meeting your sons family.

  23. As you can see, I’m a bit late catching up on blogs. 90 is a lot.
    Have a great day!