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In orderโ€ฆI am a Christ follower, wife and mother. I am a devoted friend and will come to your defense in a heartbeat. I have questions, I have lots of questions. About life, children, relationships, faith, God, people who do dumb things (including myself). I am on a journey. A journey not meant to be traveled alone. So, Welcome!

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  1. August 22, 2007 9:57 am

    sweet! I might change over too! I like that it seems roomier (is that a word?). I love orange too.

  2. November 13, 2007 3:46 pm

    OK, I just tagged you. Someone made me do it.

  3. November 16, 2007 9:13 am

    Tam, I’m having a girls only Wii and wine party on Sunday at 4:30. I don’t know what time your open house goes to, but you should come!!

  4. November 16, 2007 9:24 am

    That sounds so fun Kristen! Thanks for thinking of me! Did you say wine? ๐Ÿ˜€

    The open house goes to 5 and we’re hoping it’ll go longer actually!

    Will I see you this weekend at church? I can get directions and info. then and if i can come I would absolutely love too!

  5. November 16, 2007 10:04 am

    We’ll be here for most of the evening I would imagine, so even if you came a little later it would still be fun. Yes, wine, Wiitinis, food, chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I will be at church Sunday…probably the 9am service. I’ll hunt you down.

  6. November 16, 2007 10:05 am

    Cool! I’ll be at church all weekend.

    AND Chocolate?!!!

  7. November 22, 2007 5:14 am

    Happy thanksgiving!! Love you so much and keeping you and Brent in my prayers…I am so thankful to the LORD for bringing you in my life and encouraging me! You Rock…Pumpkin pie..yum!!!! get out the stretchy pants for me too! LOL

  8. November 26, 2007 8:28 am

    So no bites on the house yet? Do you have an ad in the paper still? Just curious how big the house is, bedrooms etc?

  9. November 26, 2007 1:42 pm

    Tam, what are you asking, and where abouts is your house?

  10. December 14, 2007 3:31 pm

    Hey Tam, what did you guys think about Million Dollar Body?

  11. December 24, 2007 7:00 am

    Enough talk about your million dollar body. Costs that much in prescriptions just to keep me alive today. And my wife wants to cut the budget!

    Anyways, MERRY CHRISTMAS! There, I’ve said it. Now, go out and play. But don’t keep coming back in every 5 minutes just because your cold.

  12. December 28, 2007 11:32 am

    By the way are you located in Oregon?
    My hubby and I moved from Southern Oregon and I saw some blogs from there.

  13. January 12, 2008 8:11 pm

    I keep coming back to your site because I like it… would it be alright with you if I add it to my blogroll?

  14. January 12, 2008 10:00 pm

    Well Of course Lady Carmen – that would be such a great compliment. And please allow to return the nice gesture! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great weekend!
    Love ~ Tam

  15. January 22, 2008 9:01 am

    “My answer is usually that when they continue to not recognize God in their lives and Him working around them they get more dependent on themselves or the world, luck, coincidenceโ€ฆmeanwhile God is proving Himself to them day after dayโ€ฆ I believe He works all the time – and the ones who reject Him all their lives will have no excuse when askedโ€ฆโ€Did you know me?โ€

    What do you think?”

    To answer you: I couldn’t have said it better myself! Great response.

  16. January 22, 2008 11:13 am

    I need to send you a link…can you email me…lost your address. It’s one that links to one of my blogs with some pretty hateful stuff. I thought it was interesting. Do you ever get any of that?

  17. January 22, 2008 11:39 am

    Thanks…just sent it. I thought you’ve been at this longer…you’re doing so well. I thought you’d been at it for a while. I love your blog.

  18. January 25, 2008 2:01 pm

    Why thank you!
    I hope you are doing wonderful as well!

  19. February 1, 2008 7:30 am

    Thanks to you Tam. Just a little stressed between somethings with my job and my husband’s. Not sure how we’re going to make ends meet for a while…but we’ve all been there. And there’s some harassment going on at my husband’s work that is coincidentally caused by a ‘Christian’ boss of my husbands. He’s kinda stuck between a rock and a hard place. So please keep praying for us.

  20. February 1, 2008 9:36 am

    Thanks…I will if I absolutely need to. I appreciate you.

  21. February 5, 2008 7:54 pm

    I love your realness! How’s the book thing going? I can’t wait to share with you how God is using thanfulness in my life. It’s going to somehow tie in with my book!

    Grace and peace,

  22. February 17, 2008 9:06 pm

    love your new little avatar pic. It’s almost like you’re looking into my soul with patience and understanding! I need that today.

  23. February 18, 2008 3:21 pm

    FYI…my son is sooooo much better! Thank you for all your prayers. Work still has a lot to go….but I’m praying by the end of the month it will all come together.

  24. February 18, 2008 5:15 pm

    i from indonesia… yogya city

  25. February 18, 2008 5:17 pm

    i mother Alfin….. from Indonesia… web nice ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. February 23, 2008 7:42 am

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment. He’s better today and so am I. Apparently the second medication we gave him (after his initial allergic reaction) should have been refridgerated, and we didn’t know. So I was medicating him with who knows what for 7 days with no refridgeration. The day I stopped giving him that stuff (Thur night) he stopped his abnormal behavior.

    Call me and Ill tell you about the new business.

  27. February 23, 2008 7:58 am

    Ok…went to email you something and I didn’t save your email. Terri, from Terri Terri, and I have something we want to ask you.

  28. February 28, 2008 8:39 pm

    Back is stiff…going to bed. Read up at wornoutwoman. Have a great night!

  29. thecandles permalink
    February 28, 2008 11:30 pm

    Wonderful and Honest BLOG…Great work…
    I really like the statement you made saying..”This is the land of my my thoughts…enter at your own risk… to read more…” That was funny. But its the truth as it is diffcult for people to accept the real TRUTH (Jesus)…Amen..
    Do visit my site too…Thanks

  30. thecandles permalink
    February 28, 2008 11:31 pm

    I am impressed by the amount of comments you are getting…Good Feedbacks

  31. March 16, 2008 6:38 am

    hey ! I just did church with you last week today! I really enjoyed it!

  32. March 18, 2008 6:59 pm

    OR? is this Oregon? I peeled it from your beauty blog.
    I was sent here by Bob (Perth), a friend of the family.
    Based on you being in Oregon, I just want to say I’d love to see the place. Portland being in some way responsible for Sleater-Kinney, Dandy Warhols, Quasi, and the Out Crowd sounds like a place I need to see at least once. Post me.

  33. March 19, 2008 12:56 am

    We have double digits! 99 more to go! Everyone is so excited…and my T is excited for your daughter to hang out with her! ๐Ÿ™‚ God is soooo good!

  34. March 28, 2008 8:20 pm

    journey-schmourney! this things a dadgum footrace and the last one to the pearly gates is a rotten egg! didn’t you read your AUTHORIZED KING JAMES?!?!?!! yer either IN or yer OUT sister!

    sorry, couldn’t help myself

  35. March 29, 2008 1:53 pm

    We have double double digits!!! 88 days til Oregon from PA..hahaha me and derek just counted them! can I get a W00T!

  36. trinalove permalink
    March 29, 2008 2:33 pm

    Finally got my own blog! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ visit me when you can

  37. March 29, 2008 3:22 pm

    i am guessing because I just entered the information that it will take a little before all is processable with the URL…Scott said his took a few hours at least..her pic is just now starting to show…so go to the about link… she is way too happy and frustrated all at once ๐Ÿ˜† awwwwwwwwwww man!

  38. March 29, 2008 4:12 pm

    Hey can you do me a fav and plug our blog pretty quickly as it’s almost April 1? And don’t forget to add it on Cre8buzz as one of your blogs. Thanks sweetie!

  39. March 29, 2008 5:08 pm

    haha thats ok i think there crazy tooo oooh mann i guess that mean i am tooo ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  40. April 10, 2008 1:57 pm

    PS….your turn. When you’re able too….our blog misses the third of the trio. Blog on.

  41. April 10, 2008 2:03 pm

    77 days looks like a God number to me! today I am so ready to get on a plane and land in Oregon..patience is a virtue, but I am still learning it! love ya Princess!

  42. April 24, 2008 4:03 pm

    haha i have no doubt about that one miss tam…i dont think it will hard not tooo lol ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
    haha i mean i think some times i pick on my self and then r.o.l (roll over laughing) …haha you can ask my mom that i am sure she will agree! ๐Ÿ™‚
    but its the good kind of picking on hahaha………….. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    love ya much!

  43. April 24, 2008 4:04 pm

    hey trina girl! have i told you yet how excited i am to meet you???!!!! I can’t wait!!!! The calendar is a cruel thing i tell ya! Hurry up June!!!!

  44. April 24, 2008 4:36 pm

    Trina sais she can’t wait to meat you…do you think she will use a fork…LOL I do love me some Trinalove!

  45. April 24, 2008 4:36 pm

    sais=said…she comes by it honestly ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  46. April 24, 2008 5:25 pm

    teeheee….hmmmm is it meet…..hmm maybe thats the right one! ha yepperzzz i do believe it is……….. ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. April 24, 2008 8:09 pm

    HAHAHAHA!!!! Thu apell duzint fal farr frum thu treeeee

  48. Rishat Muhametshin permalink
    April 25, 2008 9:41 am

    Have you ever got questions about Russians?

  49. April 25, 2008 9:44 am

    no. not really.

  50. May 10, 2008 6:32 pm

    when i grow up, i want to be like tam.

  51. May 12, 2008 8:56 pm

    Just visited your site and love it. I’m a new dad enjoying this whole new world of parenthood. Thanks for writing. Keep it up.

  52. May 12, 2008 9:16 pm

    Thanks CJ! Just visited your place. Love the your blog design!

  53. May 16, 2008 3:34 pm

    YO Tam! Did you change your email address? Cuz I’ve been tryin’ to communicate with you and now I feel like the world’s biggest pest leaving you a comment about it. But I just have to know!!

  54. May 20, 2008 2:38 pm

    14 tons of spilled Oreo cookies snarl Ill. traffic

    Mon May 19, 9:00 AM ET

    MORRIS, Ill. – Police say a trailer loaded with 14 tons of double-stuffed Oreos has overturned, spilling the cookies still in their plastic sleeves into the median and roadway.

    llinois State Police Sgt. Brian Mahoney says the truck’s driver was traveling from Chicago to Morris on Interstate 80 around 4 a.m. Monday when he fell asleep at the wheel and slammed into the median.

    “The boxes came out of the trailer and boxes were ripped open,” he said.

    The crash about 50 miles southwest of Chicago remains under investigation.

    Mahoney says no charges have been filed but both lanes of traffic remain closed while authorities remove the cookies.


  55. June 4, 2008 9:02 pm

    OK…which blog was I supposed to check out? I can’t find the name on your blogroll? I think my brain is fried today.

  56. June 4, 2008 9:11 pm

    haha! its Alece at Grit and Glory. Read at least her last 2 posts.

    i am so proud of you by the way!!!

  57. Birgit permalink
    June 6, 2008 2:06 am

    Hi! I just started visiting your blog recently, and I think your site is great! Thanks for your writing and God bless, Birgit ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. June 6, 2008 5:48 am

    I just saw your post on Joel’s site … you are a Mac person, too? AWESOME. mac’s rule.


  59. trfcommunityoutreach permalink
    June 18, 2008 2:29 pm

    So here I am, checking out a totally new to me blog that I just got the address to in an email from the author of a book we going to be using to train our intercessors. (Long enough sentence?) I decide to check out her blog and get a little more info about her. I go to the About page and after reading it I scroll down to read some comments. Still not sure what there is to comment on in an About page, but oh well, that’s just me. A ways down the list I see “tam”, I quickly look at the avatar and Yup, its the tam I know. Dang girl, you are everywhere. I’ll save you looking at your stats, it was cbgrace’s blog.

  60. July 10, 2008 3:41 pm

    I guess you decided not to do the friday posts?? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  61. July 10, 2008 3:46 pm

    dang it! no! i didnt. shoot. i forgot. you KNOW me…shoot!

    dont be sad. you just need to kick me in the butt. like, a lot!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    love you!

  62. July 11, 2008 8:42 am

    K, do it today and prompt your hubby too. He said he wanted to beat you and kick you in the butt!

  63. tahazaidi permalink
    July 24, 2008 2:28 pm

    i thought thats why u get married … so that u don’t travel alone !! why welcome others than .?? (i suspect)

    PS: don’t be too considerate when describing yourself, it only gives a false impression dear!!

  64. July 24, 2008 2:34 pm


  65. July 24, 2008 6:50 pm


    it wouldn’t be nice of me to say idiots are people too I guess, would it?? Okay, I won’t.

  66. July 24, 2008 7:06 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜ฏ I dont get it…it is so not according to the prophesy! mmmmmm did I ever tell you my favorite bumper sticker??

    Jesus loves you and I am still trying! ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. July 25, 2008 7:43 am

    beautimous new look, my love! Beautimous!!!!!!!

  68. July 30, 2008 2:41 pm

    I love your new layout – beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. July 30, 2008 9:39 pm

    Okay how cool is it that you’ve left comments about each person in your blogroll, so that when the mouse moves over it….pop ups come up with sweet words from you? TOO COOL!

  70. August 3, 2008 6:17 am

    will check in with you later today! missing you, love you, hope you are having a good weekend!

  71. August 4, 2008 3:23 pm

    hi tam, fairly new reader and i โค your site! in re to ‘i found my happy card’ , was wondering if you’ve shared your ‘story’ on your site? i would love to read it~could you give me links to it if you have? sincerely ๐Ÿ˜‰ , wanita

  72. August 22, 2008 8:28 pm

    Can you come to Reality C’s today??

  73. August 26, 2008 8:04 pm

    OK.. Harrrummpphh.. No archive listing… I can’t find with this blog began, which is part of my mission this week…

    I guess I will have to use my sources…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Love ya sister,

  74. August 26, 2008 8:11 pm

    Oh…. Can you link me to Brent’s first post? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  75. August 27, 2008 7:13 am

    new to your blog – got linked here through Kim’s site. I loved your post on “grace bandage” – what an interesting perspective on your life and on life in general. What do most of us make of our canvas? I shudder at the thought of mine ๐Ÿ™‚ lol

  76. August 31, 2008 4:19 pm

    Please pray for my son. He suddenly got sick today without warning and has had a high grade fever for 3 hours. It’s now down to 101.5 but I’ve been fighting off 103 for him.

  77. September 9, 2008 3:41 pm

    I found your blog while browsing another one. Thanks for what you write – there’s lots of good posts to read through. I would like to add you to my blogroll, if that’s okay with you.

  78. September 10, 2008 9:20 am

    thanks preacherpen! please feel free to add me. i will gladly add you as well! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  79. Dwight permalink
    September 12, 2008 4:31 pm


    I came across your blog through Jenna….and discovered it to be precious. I find you to be “a woman after God’s own heart….”

    With great respect,

  80. Dwight permalink
    September 12, 2008 4:48 pm

    (I’m sorry Tam, I misspelled the name, it is Jenni)

    Thanks so much,

  81. October 9, 2008 7:53 pm

    LOVE THE AVATAR!!!!!!!!

  82. October 9, 2008 8:12 pm

    thanks girl! its a “flaughter” photo.

    makes me laugh ๐Ÿ˜†

  83. October 9, 2008 8:15 pm

    everyone don’t make those kind cute.. yours is cute!!!!!!!

  84. October 9, 2008 8:33 pm

    aawww – gee thanks darla :blush:

    i need to post the whole pic! cathi stegall and mandy are in it. adorable.

    next time you come out ๐Ÿ˜‰ we’ll have to do one of our own!!!

  85. October 10, 2008 1:04 pm

    Blog get together at Tam’s everyone…get your plane tickets…Sorry, I guess that was a dream..oh well:)

    Saw you updated my address:) Yay:) Now you don’t need to mapquest me through blogworld:) love ya crazy woman!

  86. October 30, 2008 10:17 pm

    Hey Tam!! Just stopped over on your about. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hey, I forgot to say thank you for being so kind as to send people over to my humble blog! Travis is a great guy – it’s been nice getting to know him and talk/encourage/pray. You’re a great friend, Tam! My blog roll is getting BIGGER and BIGGER by the day – still trying to figure out how to manage. I am always reading yours – don’t always get to comment nowadays or I don’t get stuff done. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I love you! Oh and hey – your latest rant (“not perfect”) …. I’m really asking … (Annie to TammyJo) … will you tell me if I come off that way? I think I have a weakness there and … I don’t want to. Your honest candor and help would be … well, VERY much appreciated. Like the friend who tells you when your skirt is jammed in your underwear and you’ve got toilet paper trailing from your shoe. ๐Ÿ™‚ I value you. Love ya.

  87. December 4, 2008 2:00 pm

    k, so….i’m kinda a stalker. or at least i feel like one! but i like-a your site. so i just keep on a-comin’ back for more. hope you don’t mind!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  88. Gabriel permalink
    December 13, 2008 5:29 pm

    Did your family stop making youtube videos?!?

    I want more :D!

  89. Gabriel permalink
    December 13, 2008 6:34 pm

    And I just wanted to know, why doesnt my name link to my blog?

  90. Gabriel permalink
    December 13, 2008 6:35 pm

    Oh wait I think it works now .. ( this is a test )

  91. January 10, 2009 9:29 am

    Hope you are well. And may all of Gods blessings fill your cup until it runs over.

  92. January 10, 2009 6:44 pm

    Hi, what was the song your son played for his talent show? I look everywhere for it but I can’t find it.

  93. March 15, 2009 8:22 pm

    love the new look!!!! and you, of course. may can’t come soon enough!

  94. March 23, 2009 7:44 pm

    It’s been great check-in and traveling this journey with you even if it is for only a short time and across the country!

    It’s been fun!!

    Thanks for your honest writing, when I read it I feel like I am sitting there with you and we’re having a conversation…

    love our visits ;o)

    • March 23, 2009 8:19 pm

      demara, what a nice compliment. thank you so very much! its been great getting to know you as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  95. May 14, 2009 4:56 pm

    Hey Tam….what part of Oregon are you in?

    Wife and I are heading to Portland in a couple of weeks and to the coast (cannon beach) for a night..any ideas on things that must be done while we are there?

  96. September 14, 2009 12:43 pm

    i know your family pic from @joshuawhite ‘s pics.(i totally wanna be him when i grow up- he has mad ninja photog skills-seriously) i’ve heard about you thru the twiterverse. found your blog via @bradruggles. LOVE it:). another sweet, authentic, real, “Christ following mom, sister, wife, and friend” like me. (k…so the wife part is complicated…) anywhoo…i’m gonna add yo to my blog roll and keep following ya. peace, love & His LOVE. p

  97. thecandles permalink
    September 16, 2009 3:40 am

    Hello, Good to see a Christ follower impacting in the web-world. I got your link from ‘Blessed1’. She is a friend of mine. Anyway, your website is too good. I am going through slowly and steadily all your posts. And yes! Enjoying the read. Do visit my site and and also see my newly created website ‘’

  98. December 3, 2009 9:35 am

    Hi Tam,

    A friend of mine (Chad Estes, I’m not sure if you know him) recommended I talk with you while I’m in Eugene this week. I run a website called Recycle Your Faith and my wife and I are currently on a 8-month road trip capturing stories for the website. Probably be best to talk details via e-mail, but I couldn’t find your address on the site, could you respond via e-mail? Hope we can work something out!

  99. December 7, 2009 1:05 pm

    I enjoyed a little peep into your blog world. I love your “about me” paragraph. It speaks out too me.

  100. December 22, 2009 9:28 am

    I love your description of yourself. It’s great to meet you.


  101. January 1, 2010 4:36 am

    Hey Tam…for some reason I lost your email but know you have pledged on “Pledging for Weight Loss’ with donations heading to Mo. Can you jump on my site and shoot me an email and I will drop you the link for Mo? Thanks..

    Sorry to leave this in your about section..

    Happy New Year!

  102. October 18, 2011 7:19 pm

    Hi Tam-

    I ran across your blog from a Leading and Loving It post. Would love to connect!


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