Category Archives: Bloggy Fun

My kind of bloggy gathering…

As many of you no doubt know, BlogHer is going on rightthisminute.

There are WAY more people in the blogosphere NOT going to the conference than going. So some folks decided to have an alternative to BlogHer, which they’re calling “BlogHop ’08.”

I don’t like REAL LIFE parties (one reason I decided not to go to BlogHer — too many people), but I love virtual ones. 🙂

I participated in the Ultimate Blog Party in March. I threw a little giveaway in April (and another one is coming the last week of this month). I’ve hosted three different blog carnivals and participated in a few myself… some big, some small.

So yes. I like reading blogs and “meeting” new people. Blog carnivals, no matter the context, are GREAT ways to do this.

So I’m IN. What about you? For more information, go visit Robin. The party starts at 10 p.m. eastern on Friday, July 18. How long it lasts is pretty much up to us. 🙂

Why I blog (my blogoversary and a giveaway)

So today is my blogoversary.

I created my blog, called Random Ramblings, on a whim last July. On July 13, we trapped a young female cat, and I blogged about it. That ended sadly, but I was hooked. (Or hooked again… I had another blog for a few months in 2003, but that one won’t see the light of day. Just sayin’.)

In the last year, I’ve published more than 630 posts.

(I’ve also taken over 36,000 photographs. No kidding.)

So why do I DO this, you may ask…

There are LOTS of reasons.

I blog to share my heart.

I blog to be silly.

I blog to be serious.

I blog to show people the cool things my husband finds when he’s cleaning out the garage.

I blog to meet people.

I blog to ask questions.

I blog because of obligation (at least I used to).

But mostly I blog because it’s fun. Because I like it. And all of you.

Thank you for reading. For commenting. For critiquing my photos. For teaching me.

And as a way to thank you in a more concrete way, I’m giving away a matted 5×7 print of one of my photos and a $10 gift certificate to one of you. All you have to do is indicate in the comments that you’d like to be included. I’ve pulled together some of your favorites below, but if there’s something you’d rather have let me know. With VERY few exceptions, if I’ve put it on the blog, it’s eligible to be won.

Blogoversary giveaway

I’ll leave the drawing open until 9 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. Have fun!

And if you’ve shared on YOUR blog the reasons you blog, put the link in the Mister Linky. I look forward to reading your posts.

Working, working, working…

I’m busy working on my Why I blog post. Are you?

I’m having fun looking through old posts and photographs and look forward to sharing on Sunday the reasons why I blog. It may be a slightly circuitous route, but this IS called Ramblings by Reba after all. 🙂

And even if you aren’t going to participate in the carnival, come back on Sunday to enter my blogoversary giveaway! 🙂 It will run from 12:01 a.m. EDT Sunday until 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday.

Y’all come!

The eternal question…

“Rebecca, are you blogging?”

This is a question my husband asks me a lot. (No, the answer is NOT always “yes,” thankyouverymuch.)

In less than a month, he will have been asking me that question for a full year. July 13 is my first blogoversary.

To mark the day, I’m going to write about why I blog. And I hope you’ll do the same. Just answer the question “Why I blog” on YOUR blog and leave a link to your post in the Mister Linky that I’ll put up at 12:01 EDT on July 13.

I’m going to “come clean” and tell you that I will be out of town on July 13. (A Sunday in the middle of July. Go figure.) I’ll be auto posting this and returning later in the day to see what you have to say.

What? You’re going to be out of town or otherwise unavailable that day, too? No problem! Post your link when you’re ready… hopefully some time that week… but I’ll read it whenever. 🙂

AND I’m going to have a giveaway. You don’t have to participate in the blog carnival to enter. Because photography is a big part of my blog and something I love to do, I thought it fitting to give away a print or two. I’m also giving away a $10 gift certificate. I’m still working out the details of both. Do you have suggestions?

I look forward to seeing you then. I think it’s going to be fun. What’s summer without a carnival, after all?

After many initial mishaps…

Spring Bloggy Giveaway

Remember when I gave away some photos?

After many initial mishaps (taking forever to get the prints made, ordering the matting supplies, LOSING the prints, having to get the prints made AGAIN), I am pleased to tell you that the photos are in the mail to the winners.


Our friends at Bloggy Giveaways are going to do it all again in late July, and I’ll be giving away more photos.


This time there won’t be the delay. Now that I know how to mat photos (Ed showed me how to do the first one and served as my model), it won’t take long. I promise…

“I Do” — Wedding Stories

About three weeks ago, on our second anniversary, I told you How I Met My Honey. So many people participated, and I had a lot of fun. I hope you did, too. 🙂 (And it’s not too late to link in. Have I mentioned I love these stories?)

Today, we’re sharing wedding stories. You don’t have to tell a story about YOUR wedding. You can tell the story about any wedding you’ve been to, been in — or worn a butt bow in. 🙂

After you’ve written your stories, don’t forget to sign the Mister Linky and link to your actual post, not to the main page of your blog. (If you’re not sure how to do that, click here.)

Enough of the details. Now to the stories.

In the words of Sophia Petrillo, picture it, northern Georgia, April 2006.

My friend Leslie, my matron of honor, spent the night before the wedding with me, at my parent’s house. Her husband stayed at the hotel with their three kids. My husband-to-be stayed at the same hotel with his sister, brother-in-law, mother, and our dogs.

The morning of the wedding, I snuck out of bed about 7:30 a.m. and left Leslie to catch a bit more sleep. I visited with my family for awhile, ate a little breakfast, took a shower and shaved my legs, etc. At the hotel, Ed ate breakfast with his mother and Bryan and the kids and then they walked the dogs. Ed enjoyed the morning, and I was glad he got to spend some time with them. 🙂

Meanwhile, my friends Mike and Christie had arrived at my parent’s house. Christie had graciously volunteered to do my hair. When they arrived, I asked Mike and Christie if they could give us a ride the short distance from the church to the reception. Mike ended up WASHING HIS CAR in my parent’s driveway. I’m sure it wasn’t dirty, but it was so sweet of him to wash it.

Christie worked on my hair, my sister and Leslie worked on getting ready, Mike came in and out. My dad came in and out to see how we were doing and kept reminding us of stuff we needed to do and our time line for doing it. 🙂

We finally got to the church — and more or less on time — around noon. The wedding was scheduled for 2 p.m.

Now the real fun began.

I put on my dress.

Put on my lipstick.

Had Christie help me with my veil. (From here on, you can click on the image and go to my Flickr page.)

Had some photos taken (Ed, too).


Finally, it was time for the wedding. Or, it was past time, actually. (See the clock?)


By the way, the little person at the bottom of the photo is Sarah, Leslie’s daughter. It was past her nap time. She wanted no part of sitting with Daddy after she walked down the aisle with Leslie and her brothers, so Leslie held her. It was all good. 🙂

My dad, a pastor, walked me down the aisle.


Then he performed the wedding ceremony.


Scriptures were read.

A hymn, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” was sung.


Vows were said.


Rings were finally exchanged after Dad dropped them. Twice.

I sang “How Beautiful,” by Twila Paris.

My friend Bryan said an awesome prayer for us. Many of our friends came and lay hands on us. Ben, Bryan and Leslie’s second oldest, rubbed my arm through out the prayer (so sweet!).

Dad pronounced us man and wife.

We kissed. (Swoon…)


A million pictures were taken.







We went to the reception.

Cut the cake.


Drank a toast of sparkling grape juice. Visited with friends and family.

Left to a shower of rose petals.


Walked our dogs to the park. (You may remember we met because of the dogs.)

We swung.



We went down the slide.


We walked through town.


We sat in the gazebo.


We continued walking to the bed and breakfast where we were going to spend the first two nights of our marriage.

Happily ever after...

Our photographer took this final photo.

At the Tumlin House

And we lived happily ever after. Or at least most of the time. 🙂


Phew! That was quite a story. And that was the short version. Please, if you have time, click on the links, especially those that link to photos. And if you want to see LOTS MORE wedding photos, click here. They’re not in order, for some reason, but you’ll get the idea. And I love them all. And I wish I could have shared them all. Sigh… All photos are courtesy PKE Photo Group.

Now I want to hear your story. Bring it on! 🙂