Welcome To The 2014 Ultimate Blog Party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2014

If you are visiting from the 2014 Ultimate Blog Party hosted by 5 Minutes for Moms, welcome! I’ve brewed a fresh pot of coffee just for you.  Feel feel to pour yourself a cup, have a seat and hang out with me for a bit.  Before I tell you a little bit about me and the blog, I wanted to let you know that I am giving away a copy of my book, Coffee Talk With Jesus: Intimate Chats With The Savior during the party.  All you have to do to enter to win is visit here and scroll down to “book prizes”. Good luck!

A little bit about me.


My beautiful children and son-in-love!

I’m a full-time working mom (outside the home) of four children, ages 23, 20, 13 and 10.  I’ve been married to my amazing man for 25+years.  I work at a house of prayer in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I support our lead pastor and children’s pastor, and am also involved in children’s ministries, worship team and pray ministries.  My children have all grown up in the house of prayer and are all involved leading worship and ministering before the Lord in prayer.  I love coffee and chocolate (they go together so nicely, don’t you think?).  I also love to paint and am grateful that I get to do this during worship services.  You can view some of the art I’ve created here.

My blogging journey.

I began blogging in July of 2008.  I cannot believe it’s almost been 6 years!  I blog mostly about issues of faith, sharing what I am learning on my journey with the Lord. My Freshly Brewed Life is a place for you to come and savor the aroma of God’s love and a place for your soul to wake up to the promise of a new day, where His truth and love abounds, and where you will be constantly reminded of who you are, and whose you are.  I believe that each day is a freshly brewed gift from the Lord and that He has hidden treasures for us to find!  I trust that as I share my life with you, you will find rest and peace in knowing that a loving God holds you in the palm of His hand. He adores you!

Here are a few of my favorite posts on the blog.  I hope that they will encourage your heart.

When the Path of Trust Meets the Road of Disappointment

At The Edge Of the Cliff

The Weekend Brew: Living In The Tension

I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit and your coffee, and I hope you will visit again soon!


Seeking beauty in the ordinary and embracing life to the fullest. Thank you for stopping by and come again soon!

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28 Responses

  1. Barbie, love the new looks of the site! Beautiful! See you at the party!!
    Maria @ The Good Life recently posted..135 | welcome to the good life! 2014 ultimate blog party

  2. Andrea says:

    Hello! So glad to be visiting from the blog party! You have a lovely site. Can’t wait to read more!
    Andrea recently posted..Ultimate Blog Party! Welcome!!

  3. Hi Barbie,
    I’ve visited your nice great blog a number of times before, but I’m trying to visit some of the UBP links. And it was great to see these photos of your family and see your UBP post.
    God bless,
    Gail (Bible Love Notes)
    Gail @ BibleLoveNotes.com recently posted..Listen and Answer Carefully

  4. Hi, Barbie- We’re “neighbors” on the UBP14 link up. So nice to meet you. I’ll take you up on that coffee since I stayed up so late waiting for the linky to go live. 😉 I look forward to reading more of your posts. Blessings!
    Heidi McCahan recently posted..Ultimate Blog Party 2014: Welcome

  5. dawn says:

    The site is looking beautiful as always- I love all the little changes you make, all the time! Oh my friend, so grateful for you and our sweet friendship. Well, currently at Starbucks having some me time with peppermint tea for now, stomach a little wound up but looking forward to jumping in to the party! Have fun, Love you! Love your book! Whoever gets it will blessed!
    dawn recently posted..The Ultimate Blog Party 2014 is On!

    • Barbie says:

      Thank you so much Dawn. I haven’t even had time to join in the fun yet, with work and all. It’s about 1AM here and I’m just now returning comments. Let’s see how many blogs I can visit before I fall asleep!

  6. Hi Barbie,
    Just popped by to say “Hi,”….lovely photo of your kids and son-in-love 🙂
    Dolly@Soulstops recently posted..A Prayer of Hope (& a song)

  7. Mary Geisen says:

    The blog looks great! You’ve been working hard!
    Mary Geisen recently posted..When Your Heart is Burdened

    • Barbie says:

      Well, not really. I love themes that make it easy. This one is just as it comes, except I’d like to change the logo, we’ll see. Thanks for stopping over Mary!

  8. Wynter says:

    Hi! So nice to see you participating in the UBP14! I love your weekly brew weekend linkup and try to always join in each week. God bless,

    Wynter (Made to Mother)

    • Barbie says:

      Wynter, I love how you spell your name. Thanks for stopping by and for linking up with The Weekend Brew!

  9. Great post, Barbie. Love this pic of your beautiful kids! Hope you get lots of visitors & followers to your uplifting blog. Blessings!
    Renee@Doorkeeper recently posted..Ultimate Blog Party 2014

  10. Hi. I found you through the Ultimate Blog Party 2014. You have a lovely site. I look forward to browing through and reading your posts. 😀
    Kristine McGuire recently posted..Welcome to the 2014 Ultimate Blog Party!

  11. Lea says:

    I’m not a part of the Blog Party but just wandered by and thoroughly enjoyed this entry. I loved seeing your beautiful family and learning more about you. Happy weekend and a beautiful Lord’s Day tomorrow. Hugs!
    Lea recently posted..Lea’s Daybook – Friday, April 4th

  12. Lauren says:

    Barbie! Thank you for sharing your blog- it’s absolutely beautiful! I think the look and feel ushers a reader into an open heart to read your faith stories. Excited to read and learn more!
    Lauren recently posted..A Ruffled Heart: Ultimate Blog Party

  13. Beautiful family picture 🙂
    Lyli @ 3-D Lessons for Life recently posted..Me in 3-D (Ultimate Blog Party 2014)

  14. Dana says:

    “son-in-love” I LOVE THAT!!! I truly am glad I stopped but your blog from the #UBP14, I will def be back soon. I can’t wait to know more about you!!
    Dana recently posted..Be Our Guest

  15. Always love your bloodiness. Loved checking out your artwork. So Amazing! I think I finally got the kinks worked out on getting connected to the #ubp2014. What a concept. Blessings sweet friend!
    Ginger Harrington recently posted..It’s Time for the 2014 Ultimate Blog Party!

  16. Stopping by from the UBP14! So glad to meet a fellow Christian. What an awesome artist you are! How cool you get to paint for Jesus! Love it!

    Looking forward to connecting with you more. Come by my blog, Mom 4 a Difference, if you have time.

    Denise @ Mom 4 a Difference recently posted..The Ultimate Blog Party 2014 #UBP14

  17. Jen Welton says:

    What a refreshing blog! I’ll enjoy visiting often! Thanks for stopping by 867-5309 earlier. It’s good to “meet” you. 😉

    Jen Welton recently posted..Raising Gentlemen — Part I

  18. Hi Barbie, stopping by from the party. 🙂 That’s a great pic of all your kids, and son-in-law (love that you call him son-in-love). I’m not an artistic, creative person so think it’s awesome that you’re inspired to paint and create artwork. Was already a fan on most of your social networks but just started following you on Google+ and Instagram also. 🙂
    Susie B. Homemaker recently posted..Ultimate Blog Party 2014 #UBP14

  19. I’m glad to stop by and learn about your blog! 🙂
    Ashley – Embracing Grace recently posted..Dressed and Draped

  20. Dionna says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Barbie! It’s always great to see your cheerful face around on the ‘net! Your family is beautiful – you are blessed.
    Dionna recently posted..The 2014 Ultimate Blog Party

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