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4/2/12

THE Party of PARties



I'm completely and utterly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and openness that you are about to see.
Beautiful girls from literally around the world have chosen to let all of us peek into their hearts and lives.
I am honored beyond words.


Thank you for being you. For sharing. For loving.
Thank you thank you thank you.


Now here are my only two requests.  If you participated in this massive girl party {aka your picture is down below} will you grab the party button on that sidebar --> and post it somewhere on your blog/post today?!  Let's spread all the love we can.


Second.  There are a whole lotta amazing girls here.
Pour yourself a cuppa tea, get comfy on the couch and please take sometime to really look into these girls' hearts.  Visit their blogs.  Give them some love.  I know you will bless and be blessed.


All the love in the universe is being sent your way today, lovelies.
xo
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My name is Natalie and over the past 23 years I've lost both of my mothers unexpectedly, about 18 years apart. However, I don't like to have that loss define me, instead I turn to the hope that we will meet again with joy and find strength and peace remembering the years we did have. I've lived in four states during the past three years and love the adventure and chance to start fresh that each move has brought me. I have trouble conquering self doubt and fear of rejection in group settings but once I make friends, I'm honest, true, and love each of them from the deepest corner of my heart. Speaking of my heart - it's kind of big, and sloppy at times, and definitely worn on my sleeve, but I've come to embrace that and when things start wearing me down I bake a few cupcakes and my heart goes right back to the way it belongs - happy. 



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 Hi! So nice to 'meet' you. The best parts of my day, you ask? Jocelyn's sloppy good-morning kisses, quiet time with God (which doesn't happen often enough), cartwheels in my tummy from Baby Sister, and when Daddy comes home from work.  Things that keep me busy? Oh...writing, photography, fashion, decor and all the lovely aspects of housecleaning, cooking and laundry.  Pretty much what every stay-at-home-mom does, so I don't get many points for originality there.:)  I also love to travel, and escape this rainy Northwest weather any chance I get for some sand and sunshine.  Hop on over to my blog, Frame of Mind if you get the chance, for more of a glimpse into our lives. Would love to see you there!


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I'm Sarah Grace and love to laugh! (alot!)  When I was four, the doctors told mom that my ankles were weak, so she put me in ballet to strengthen them and I fell in love with dancing!  God has used my journey in dance to mold my heart so much!  I had a rough time in the dance world as I got older and decided I wanted to teach ballet to give girls a place to be encouraged and feel beautiful while they dance as God's daughters and to worship Him!  I now teach ballet to some of the cutest little girls!  So many baby ballerina quotes to giggle over but I will share this baby ballerina prayer to end:  "Dear Father of the whooole universe!  I love you SO much and please help me to listen to my mom and dad and to not be naughty, amen!"    Wish you all could come and dance with me and see these adorable little ballerinas worship God!  So precious!

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Hello ladies, my name's Jenna and I'm an American ex-pat living abroad in South Africa.  South Africa started out as a semester study abroad experience for me, but after I met and fell in love with a local my life was forever changed and I still find myself here today {four years later}!  I've recently come to the conclusion that I feel most alive when I'm travelling {as terrible as that may sound}, and am at my very happiest when sitting in the departures section of an airport waiting to catch a plane to some new and far away place.  Still, I'll always be somewhat of a California girl at heart and drool over the thought of in-n-out burgers, mexican food, and panda express.  Hope you'll stop by and say hello, can't wait to get to know all of you!


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You know that verse in the Bible that says “love your neighbor as you love yourself”? Implied in that is loving yourself. As pathetic as it might seem, I have never liked myself, let alone loved myself, but that’s changing. My online friends have been a catalyst to this new journey. I’m learning about Jesus too, who he was, what he is, and what he thinks about me. And yes I feel as though I should already know these things at almost 29 years old and having grown up in church. - Melissa

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Mostly, I’m just another twenty-something trying to figure this life stuff out, and I consider my blog to be the receptacle that catches my thoughts as they vomit somewhat unfiltered out of my brain. The real me is a nerdy grad student who loves the smell of old books and early mornings in the library. She's an artist wanabee, Jesus-feminist, a liberal to the conservative and conservative to the liberal, a guilty social justice groupie, and a recovering Bible know-it-all with the unreal ability to put her foot in her mouth an astonishing number of times each day. The real me is a pinterest-aholic, drinks far too much coffee, and might have an addiction to thrift stores. The real me preaches passionately and writes poetry and prayers (and loves the alliteration of it all).

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I'm Amy and I'm the luckiest girl because I've been married nearly two years to the love of my life, Noah. I'm an RN and love working with mama's and babies, while hubs is an environmental engineer. I'm trying to become a doctor so I can be more skilled at what I do. Our heart and purpose is to help change the world by getting people cleaner water (hubby) and help women have safer and healthier pregnancies, deliveries and babies (me!). We are excited we can pursue this dream together, working as a team - hopefully with some of our own little ones too! Our eyes are set on the foothills of the Himalayas (Nepal) and the busy streets of India. I'm a terrible blogger but you can find me (once a month) here or amy.skip@yahoo.com

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I am Cori Lavagnino and I feel things very deeply! This has been somewhat of a frustration in my life, but God has shown me how to use my sensitive heart to love others the way He loves me. Who I am today is a creation of God, and those I love have been a part of shaping me along the way. There have been plenty of ups and downs in my life, yet each step has been a step into the face of God’s love. I am so grateful to be able to peek into such inspiring lives and be able to share a little part of my story as well, and I’m looking forward to reading some of your story!

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I make a mean fondue and hula-hoop like it's going out of style.  I prefer board games over bars, late-night karaoke over early-morning yoga, Murder Mysteries over Teen Paranormal Romance, Sunday School over sleeping in, sarcasm over slapstick.  I went through a phase where I wanted to be an anthropologist and teach sign language to Orangutans. Now I’m a Research Analyst for a local non-profit by day, and a painter/writer/dog-walker by night.  My closest friends would tell you that I live my life with intention; that I am happiest when I act according to my highest values, regardless of circumstance (and when I'm eating chocolate-covered cashews). - Katie


I'm really no good at these explaining about me "things", but, I want to try and explain ME. I, Elisha, am a life-loving person. Really. I think we all, mostly meaning, ME...I need to appreciate life, and the things it brings to me more often. I need to be more generous! This is deep to me.. because I used to spend all my money on me... not anymore. So, I encourage you to, give that extra dollar to the charity, pay for someone's meal, or make someone laugh. :)


"Sharing something deep can be a soul-searching experience! I'm a 25 year old daughter of God who just loves to meet other 'cherished mistake-makers.' Most of my life, I'm re-learning how God loves me with all of my faults, not only if I conquer them. The journey life has me on is taking a little longer than I expected, but I believe that the Lord is delaying my engagement with my true love for a holy reason. Discovering how to wait with purity and purpose can be a full time job! My passion is organizing and decluttering. And I'm so grateful I was able to leave my full time job to pursue a career in it." -Cassie


Irish born artist Helen Tilston loves her family. Her second love is painting en plein air and  spiritual paintings. Helen is a founder of the 3 Member Plein Aire Cottage Artists. In winter you will find her painting in Florida and in summer  Europe and Canada.

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I've lived all over the United States, but the beach and ocean feel most like home.  As a teenager, I had a thing for cows.  And guess what happened?  I married a dairy farmer's son!  My husband is my best friend.  We have one ham of a happy little boy and another baby on the way.  I love music, photography, running for miles (when I'm not pregnant), but mostly, I love my little family.  I try to find the joy and happiness in being a wife and mother that comes in tidbits every single day. - Jessie

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I'm Bonnie.  I've been married a year and despite my best efforts, still haven't learned to cook or craft.  My dad passed away two years ago and I suppose I am still reeling from the shock of it, trying to learn how to accommodate death and live in this world without one of my favorite men ever.  Above all, I believe in the power of the relationships that we have, both in this life and after this life.  I don't think there's anything that requires so much work, but gives back so much in return than a strong relationship, whether it be with spouses, friends, siblings, parents, etc, it's the most important thing we've got!


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My name is Ariel. I believe in the magic of dreams and am motivated by passion. I love spending time with friends and family, and believe that music can cure all ills. I hope to travel, see the world, and hear as many people's stories as I can. I long for nights of dim lighting, clanking glasses, and loads and loads of laughter. 


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Hi! I'm Abby. I love fashion, photography, writing, blogging, and OH MY GOSH I love this idea. Anyways, I feel like we're living in an atheist world. Everyone has a different opinion, and nobody will budge. I feel like everyone's against each other and nothing is truly FOR god. I wish I could turn on the tv and see shows about god doing great things, yet I see Sex and the City. I wish I could go to school after bible study, but my school doesn't even have one. I wish this was a more god world, not such an atheist one.
























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My name is Brooke AND....
I used to work at Disneyland! I lived in Norway for a year (somewhere above the Arctic Circle, a cow named Brooke roams the pastures. It was named after me). I married my first and only man I ever kissed, who used to be in my seventh grade math class. We played foosball together at our graduation party because neither of us could dance. Still can't. We have a teeny tiny itsy bitsy apartment, and somehow we share it with a blue heeler, a long-haired cat, two rats, and a leopard gecko. I love Judge Judy, carving pumpkins, and spaghetti. 

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Hi there! My name is Eliza. I am a Sister to seven of the coolest people you'll ever meet and {very recently} a Wife to one truly stellar guy. I'm also a Nanny, Blogger, and College-Grad. You'll steal my heart with Gilmore Girls and Peanut Butter, and I'd absolutely love to meet you. 

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My name is Hannah, and I blog at .heart to heart.  I'm engaged to a handsome mountaineer/grad student and mother to the cutest snaggletoothed boxer you've ever seen. I teach middle school reading by day and try to become domesticated by night. It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it. I love writing, my church, climbing mountains with my fiancee (and overcoming my fear of heights in the process), hearts, waffles, China, photography, and general shenanigans. And that's all I've got:) 





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Hi, nice to meet you. My name is Danica and I love having that name because I'm usually the only Danica in a room, ever. My heart and soul goes into my sweet baby girl, my sweet husband, and my sweet "food" boards on Pinterest. Did you know that also know American Sign Language? And that I use cloth diapers? Does anyone else feel like they are speed dating a bunch of other women right now?

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I'm Sarah and I live in Australia with a sister, two parents, and a rather annoying dog. I'm 15 going on 16, and live in a rural, outback town in Western Australia. I don't have a pet giraffe but I do have a turtle lamp. I like all things vintage, owl printed, and Hunger Games, but I rather dislike cheese. I blog over at Keep On Keeping On, and I blog about anything and everything.

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I’m married to the only boy I ever kissed, my high school sweetheart, and he’s a firefighter. 
I love to make things by sewing, cooking, baking, building, sweating, reading, and laughing.
I grew up riding horses, since I was 3, but it’s been a long time and I miss it real bad.
I’m in a PhD program right now, trying to figure out what the heck to do with my life when the program ends (if it ever does).
I love God with my whole heart, and I’m trying desperately to honor him with my time, talents, and treasures.
<3 Mariah




















I’m Tara, I’m learning how to be married,  loving an adorable bulldog, trying to lose weight, working on becoming a full time photographer and healthier version of me, I am  a Jesus lover, I am hoping to become pregnant by the miracle of God any day now.J



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After 20-something years of trying to figure life out on my own and trying to help God out, He gently took back the reigns and pointed me in the direction that has brought me to my life today.  Meeting my husband on a dirt road in Mexico, moving to the great state of Alabama, getting married, miscarrying, and trying for a year to get pregnant again only to find out that we can't have kids of our own (medically speaking) are all things that make me who I am right now. I am at a fork in the road, a million potential directions to take.  And instead of going back to my old ways of planning ahead, I've finally learned to trust God and let Him lead me.  My blog is all about that.  I hope you will come by and join us on our journey to live our lives for Him - whatever that may look like!  


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1.  I am an Army Wife (it's not like the Lifetime Television series, guys).  It's a life I never imagined I would be living, but it has been such a wonderful adventure, and I'm thankful for the experience.
2.  My husband and I were born in the same hospital, four months apart, but never met until we were 27.
3.  I speak three languages and am learning a fourth.  I'm terrible at math, but I can't pick up a language in no time. :)
4.  A year ago, I left my corporate job to pursue my life-long dream of doing "something creative" for a living.  I now design and silversmith jewelry.  You can find me here:  www.charitypooledesign.com.
5. I spent four years in LA trying to become a comedic actress.  I wanted to be the next Jennifer Aniston, but Hollywood was way too tough of a place for me!   - Charity


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I'm Erin, I blog at sweetnessitself.blogspot.com - my heart is to encourage women in living their lives for God and knowing how much He loves them. My biggest passion is to share about purity and for encouraging young people to save sex for marraige, and to wait and pray for God to bring the right person into their life. I love chai tea lattes, all things pink, and all things pretty! I want to embrace life and really live it - I wear red lipstick on ordinary days, love to dance, and long chats over coffee with good friends is my favorite. I'm a writer, a hopeless romantic, a dreamer of the incredible and a believer of the impossible.

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Hi girls!
Let's see...where to start umm, well, my name is Kari, I live in Denver, CO with my husband Brian, our dog Baxter and our 18 pound cat Birney. I am 41 years old, I am almost finished with my 4th year of teaching middle school and I have a fair amount of new gray hair because of it...
 I love my life. I know that many of us could say this, but I feel like my journey in getting here was one that I didn't expect or plan so what I have means the world to me.
 I lost my first husband in a car accident when I was 32. This caused me to reevaluate who I am and how I approach life. I found myself learning to take more risks, be more vulnerable and set myself up to be truly aware of what’s around me.
 I now have an amazing husband, ridiculously awesome friends, a crazy job, and a life I am truly grateful for. I blog about such things here:  
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My name is Meagan, call me megs.










I live in the lovely state called Utah.
I am one of six kids but we include all the spouses and offspring I am one of 11!
There is only one lucky boy in my life right now... his name is Zach. He is two.
I am studying to be an architect. I'm excited.
second picture: this is me, my mom and my two sisters. I am on the far right.


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Hello lovely ladies, I send you my greetings from the beautiful country of Costa Rica where my hott man is from and where we have been "workationing" this winter. I have felt "different" most of my life (being home schooled before it was cool or barely legal, among other things, can do that to you =), and I ended up with a lot of my creativity bottled inside for far too long because of my insecurity - feeling like I had to somehow do something great and gain outside validation before I could believe in myself. I finally decided to be vulnerable and start doing what I was made to do, even if it wasn't perfect yet, because I believe in who God made me to be and the purposes he has for our family. Our motto has become "You can't dream bigger than God. You should be more concerned about holding God back with your small dreams." We'd love for you to join us at TicoTina in our journey of self-employment and encouraging others to dream big, too!

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Hi, I’m Julie from juliekobe.blogspot.com. I’m a silly, passionate, loving, and outgoing 18 year old college girl! I have been saved so deeply by Christ. Just a mere few years ago, I was on a downward spiral and had no consideration for consequences of my actions or sins. I knew deep down that this wasn’t me, and I now know that this was God calling me to be his daughter. After turning to God, I’m shocked at how much more sunshine and happiness is in my life. I’m dating a boy with the most beautiful and patient soul, and I truly believe he is going to be the man I marry. God has been so good to me! I look forward to meeting all you ladies and sharing experiences!

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I've lived in the Midwest for 26 1/2 of my 28 years and spent the other year and a half in northern China.  Homeschooled through 12 grades, I hated math all my school years and now love my job as a financial secretary. I'm loving my first year of married life, with all its unique challenges and joys. I thrive on God, family, travel, classic movies, and the outdoors - and meeting new friends!









- Beth Ann Eveland

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I, Alesha, am newly wed to Travis, the most awesome husband ever.
I do all sorts of crafts: sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking...
My passions are teaching and writing (or teaching writing): anytime, anywhere, anyone, anything.
My NUMBER ONE passion is Jesus, helping others to know Him, and making my life about Him instead of me.
I work with youth at my church and would not exchange it for anything.

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Hi there, I'm Alyx and I'm currently living in Germany working as a slave (known to some as an English teacher). My husband and I live in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, which sometimes drives us insane, but it has brought us closer together, and I couldn't be happier that he's here sharing this experience with me. I don't have a cute blog full of recipes, or mushy gushy love stories, or fashion, or crafts. I do, however, share lots of funny stories, random anecdotes, and travels as I try to live by the motto "Every Day is a New Adventure."


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My name is Emily and I blog over at Pursuit of Healthfulness! If you asked me a few years ago what I wanted to do with life, I would have rambled on with dreams of becoming a network news anchor and spending all my time traveling around the world. Now, I'm married to the most wonderful husband and have the world's best dog. I should mention that I'm also 21 and one month short of graduating college! Although my dreams have changed, this life is better than anything I could have imagined. (I also post really delicious recipes on my blog!)

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Hi ladies! My name is Margaret and I'm a Christian college girl who blogs about life, style, and everything lovely. I have a heart for women. In addition to blogging about life and love, I use my blog to write about my faith- the good, bad, beautiful, and ugly. I hope to encourage other women by being open, honest, and real. I feel that modesty is a virtue that has been lost on the younger generation, which is why I like to dress stylishly in order to be an example to other young women that you can have great style while staying covered up. I am hoping to redefine womanly beauty, and encourage women to start viewing themselves the way that God views them. Grab a cup of coffee and hop over to my blog floral and frayed, let's get to know each other! :)

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Hi everyone! I’m Anna.
I’m a sister, a daughter, a girlfriend, a teacher, a fun-loving blogger, and a faithful friend. 
I enjoy traveling and dinners out, walking around my city with my camera around my neck, and Friday nights in on the couch with a glass of milk and a plate of cookies.
My sister is my best friend and the most wonderful person I know-- she is lovely and beautiful and humble, and she’s the kind of person you’re glad to meet and she’s the kind of person I want to be. Plus, she has killer thick red hair. Locks for days, friends.
I teach first grade. My biggest goal as a teacher is to help kids fall in LOVE with reading, so I read to my class every single day and talk to them about books and about characters and about imagination and dreams.
I am friendly and happy and kind and loving, and most of all, I am thankful to be living this incredibly amazing life.






Hey there! I am Olivia--most frequently referred to as Liv.
Here's the lowdown. 


1. I have come to adore pigs.

2. Small children make me happy and I am a full time nanny.

3. I am striving on becoming a true servant and loving people with a pure love [without selfish motives].

4. Our county is home to Annie Oakley and has one of the most amazing county fairs--and I am only slightly biased {http://darkecountyfair.com/}

5. Sometimes I start to wonder why in the world I have a blog anymore, but then I remember how amazing it is to connect and meet people I would have no other way of connecting too. I have met some of my favorite people vi
a blogging. 




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21 comments:

  1. i'm sad that i'm late to the party! my husband and i moved to korea a few months ago, and with my lack of korean, and hugely pregnant belly, i'm stuck inside reading blogs most of the time. ha! thanks for sharing your hearts, ladies! i'm looking forward to reading your blogs :)

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  2. Congratulations on such an amazing party Nicole! I'm already making my way through the list of blogs :)

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  3. WOW! This is amazing! What a great idea; and so nice to meet everyone!
    Also, a special shout out to Anna from Dear Friend, 'cause she rocks!

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  4. love this idea! i am now bffs with all of the above. :)

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  5. aaah wish i had gotten in on this!! i blame the procrastinator in me. and is it really april 2nd already?! anyways. can't wait to spend some time getting to know these lovely ladies. :)

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  6. I LOVE this! Love it so so much! Somehow I missed it and I'm bummed I didn't get in on it too, but I am so excited to meet everyone!!

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  7. I think I shall be looking at these blogs for hours... ;)

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  8. So fun! Thanks for hosting this :) I can't seem to get the first blog page to load - it goes to a weird page of ads for me..? xox, eliza

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    1. ahh! got it fixed. thanks so much for the heads up.

      xo

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  9. Nicole, this is going great! It's been a lot of fun dropping in on all these ladies! Thanks for putting this all together!

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  10. This has been awesome - thanks for hosting!

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  11. YAY! I just got done with my Monday and I'm ready to get to business reading all these blogs! Thanks for bringing us together Nicole!

    So much fun. :)

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  12. Love this so much! Quite alright, not sure where my email got lost at, but I sent it again a minute ago so hopefully you will receive it. =)

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  13. Thank you sooo much for hsting this, sweet Nicole! :) You are amazing for doing this :) Thank you!!!

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  14. This is incredible Nicole - so many amazing ladies I can't wait to get to know :) We just hooked up internet at our new apartment {and it's 11:30pm} but I can't wait to link up tomorrow - and spend more time read through all of these inspiring bios!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  15. Thank you again for this! I had a lovely time getting to know all these ladies today :)

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  16. This is AWESOME!!!
    How did I miss you asking for people to participate.
    Oh well, bookmarked and ready to check out all these lovely blogs.
    Much Love,
    L

    allglorious-within.blogspot.com

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  17. what an incredible post. so much inspiration and happy thoughts! love it!

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  18. I cannot express how much I love this idea and how awesome it was to get to know so many wonderful girls through this post. Thank you so much for such a fabulous idea and following through with it. I would love to see a Part 2 and would love to host it with you if you want!

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