Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Happy 568!!

Yup. Blogging Beth consists of 568 posts!

Three years ago I first began posting...and though much has changed since I first started blogging, there is much still the same!

To celebrate -- (and there is no way I can top lasts years birthday post with the whole toothbrush thing. You all so totally blew me away with two hundred and nineteen comments!! Thanks for coming out of your corners, lurkers; can you do it again?!)

I would love to hear from you, my readers!

So if you would, at least leave your name! And if you have more time and would care to share ideas or input of what you'd like to continue seeing more of at my little home on the web, know that I'd enjoy reading each and every comment. [smile]

And from Blogging Beth to each and everyone of you -- thanks for a wonderful experience through all 568 posts!!

161 comments:

Rhonda said...

I guess I get to be first!
My name is Rhonda Cosby. I can't remember how I found your blog. I am sure we have mutual friends some where. But at the moment I can't think of who they are!

Kasie said...

Has it really been a year since I first commented with my toothbrush color? :-) Wow. Time flies!

So anyways, I'm still here as you can see. :-) My name is Kasie (short for Kassandra); you can find out more about me at our family blog (blog.thewilli.com) or music site (thewilli.com).

I love reading your blog. I especially enjoy the pictures - you're a great photographer! I say keep doing what you're doing. God bless!

Brent and Kaity said...

I think I may have commented before, once or twice, maybe as Kaity McDonnell (I was married in August and am now Kaity Gellos!)

Anyway, I do keep up with your blog regularly and enjoy it much!

Kaity G.

Jade said...

Hey Bethany! Happy 568 post!!
You have a beautiful blog and I always enjoy your posts=)
Oh yeah and before I forget, my name is Jade=)

In Christ,
Jade

Pam said...

I'm a new blog reader. =) Hi!
We met you and your family in Branson. I am a new fan of your photography, Bethany. You are very talented and your inspiration is beautiful, it gives me reason to look toward the Father! Thank you.

Ruth Ann said...

Hi Bethany!

Wow - three years. I haven't been following you all that time, but as soon as I found you I've been a faithful attendant. I love your blog and the pictures and things you share - your posts always encourage me and I love it! Thank you for your friendship, encouragement and help (you know!) which I have been so overwhelmingly blessed by, and enjoyed getting to know you a bit!

So, I really don't care what you post as long as you do post, and share your wonderful pictures and great thoughts. Just keep up the good work! I enjoy it all.

And btw, my name is Ruth Ann, and I've been blessed to come across your little spot on the web.

Love ya!
Ruth Ann

Ruth Ann said...

Oh, and I ought not to forget: From the first I saw your blog and your photography I have been inspired. I love photography and you have been an encouragement to me all along, and you have by example encouraged me to glorify God with my talent. I thank you for your example. :) I thank God that He allowed our 'lives to cross' even over the Internet.

Love ya' again!

Anonymous said...

I love looking at your blog, Bethany! I would love to see more of your pictures! Especially of weddings! Lord bless!

Kourtney

Marie said...

Hi, I found your blog a few months ago. I love all the beautiful pictures and posts. Keep it up!

Becky said...

My name is Becky Ketcherside. My blog is http://pugwisher.blogspot.com. I love reading your blog and your family's as well. Your pictures are just amazing! You truly have a wonderful talent and blessing. Happy posting anniversary to you!!

Sue said...

i'm pretty sure i found your blog through your family's.

Ashley said...

Happy blog birthday Bethany! I love your pictures and quotes, they are always so good!

Naomi said...

Hi! I've been reading about your family for the past several years, but just began following your blog. I really enjoy reading about your activities and looking at all the pictures. You have a talent... thanks for using it for the glory of the Lord.

Blessings!

Allison said...

Hi Bethany,
I'm a faithful reader of your blog, and LOVE to see your pictures, which are amazing! I love photography, but am a novice.
In Christ Alone,
Allison

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy reading your blog, Bethany!!! God's blessing to you as you continue to serve Him! ~Rachel Horst

Victoria said...

I found your blog from your family's blog. The posts I love most are the ones that share everyday life with us. The pictures of your family on the road, or around the house doing everyday things. Those are what I love. :-) I am also greatly encouraged by the scripture and quotes you post. Love those too. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey Bethany!

Just wanted to let you know that I still follow your blog! I really enjoy it!

-Crystal Vaillancourt( In Arizona)

Beckman Family said...

Hello Bethany!
I enjoy checking out all your fun posts! Keep up the good work!
~Elizabeth

CGNarnia said...

I just found your blog. I am really loveing it so far. I would love to see a list of your siblings names. I haven't found one on your blog yet. (I probable haven't looked very hard.) I am the oldest of 7 soon to be 8 kids.

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Gem said...

Oh, I'm so glad there is another "Happy..." =)
So anyway, my name is Anna, though around here I'm mostly known as Gem, and I REALLY enjoy the flower pictures you post!
Keep your work on your blog up, it's a breath of fresh air! :D

Rhonda said...

When I said we had mutual friends I had no idea who I would run across on here. Crystal Vaillancourt - I have known her for quite a while. Her sister is married to my cousin. What a surprise to see!

Rhonda

Anonymous said...

I too enjoy reading your and your family's blogs. I've been following them for a year now - since I met your nice family when you sang at our church. It's encouraging for me to see a family that is so dedicated to the Lord. And your messages(brief though they may be) are so inspiring. I also enjoy the fun and interesting photos. A picture is truly worth a thousand words!

May God richly bless you & your family, Julie Zoschke(in OK)

Anonymous said...

Hey cool blog I can't read very well so I really injoy the pictures. Maybe someday I will get to meet you but for now just injoying your blog

TanyaBeth S said...

--Tanya Swartzentruber's the name, piano's my game! Okay, that's silly, but I was trying to be creative. :-) My family used to go to Red Oak Mennonite down in FL, til we moved here to Missouri. I really love your photography--it's an inspiration to this amateur!

Amy said...

I LOVE your blog Bethany! Congrats on all your 568 posts.:) The toothbrush thing from last year was the best...:)Keep it up.

Bethany said...

Thanks for all the great blogging. When I started reading your blog 18 months ago it inspired me to try some photography and I haven't stopped. Now I am saving for a Canon DSLR. So I'd love to see more photography tips. But if you don't want to, I still love your blog the way it is.

Anonymous said...

Hey
great blogging!
I love your pics and
I started liking taking pictures =)

Anonymous said...

Happy blog birthday, Bethany! :)
I love reading your blog, and am always inspired and blessed. I would say keep up the good work. :) I wouldn't change much of anything- although more of everything would be nice. :D The photos, family updates, quotes, Bibles verse, song verses... it's all great! May God bless you with another wonderful year of blogging(and life :)
In Christ,
~DB
Sorry, I can't put my real name on the internet(parents' preference), but our family met you when you sang in Indiana 2 and 4 years ago(or so). We love hearing you all sing, and hope that sometime, we can hear you again(and see you again!) God bless! :)

~Amy~ said...

I have enjoyed your blog for about ten months. I love photography and find you pictures fascinating. I found your blog through the Maidens of Worth.

Marian Heart said...

Hey Bethany! Happy 568!
I admit it, I'm a sorry lurker. I've been reading your blog for a little more than a year now (I think?) and I've never posted one solitary comment. Yes, I am ashamed.

Meanwhile, I think it fair to tell you that reading your blog was what first got me interested (read:obsessed) in (with) photography. Thanks for the many wonderfully inspiring, faith-filled posts you have written, and for using your talents to glorify our Dear Lord.

In Christ (Lurker no more!),
Marian

Matt said...

Bethany,

My name is Matt Berge and you might not remember me. I think I am beating you pretty bad right now at Scrabble? :P Anyway, can't wait until the festival (www.familybluegrass.com) this summer! Should be fun! Ideas for your blog? Just keep doing what your doing.

Lacey said...

I haven't even hit my first 100! :-) Congratulations!

Lacey

Nicole said...

I'm a frequent reader too!!

I'm pretty sure we've met somewhere or another... Once or twice!!

Love you 'tousin! ;o)

Josh Champagne said...

One of my many blog subscriptions in Google Reader. I enjoy the photography mostly. I have an older sister that enjoy your blog as well.

Josh Champagne said...

One of my many blog subscriptions in Google Reader. I enjoy the photography mostly. I have an older sister that enjoys your blog as well.

Yvonne said...

Hi Bethany! My name is Yvonne and I live in Maryland. I started to reading your blog when I found out about your family blog, which was a few months ago. I'm an only child, but I've always been fascinated with big families, and I really enjoy the photos you post! Your posts always make me feel as if I am part of your family when I read them, and I really appreciate it :) God bless!

Christina said...

I've been reading your blog for year and half at least. I don't know how long. I'm Christina. I'm Canadian. You know who I am. :)

daughterofvision said...

Oh Bethany.....I love your blog and have been so encouraged by all your beautiful posts!! And of course.....it is such a blessing to be friends with the beautiful YOU!! :)
Love ya!
Chels

daughterofvision said...

....and I love all your posts but esp. the wedding pictures.....its so fun to get new ideas!! (and yes, to all those wondering, I am also a photographer.....and I see a theme here....:))

Nicole said...

Doesn't that little gathering around the log school playing 'annie annie over'?!

It's been a fun journey...

(ps. let's try to connect. i was brushing up today. ha.)

Nicole said...

whoops. so much for my poetic comment. DUGHH!

i meant it all seem so long ago.



--you know what i mean.
ugrrh.

Erica said...

Hello, Bethany!
My name is Erica. I've been a "lurker" for quite a while.
I really enjoy your photos. Your wedding posts are great fun to read.

Rebekah said...

Hi, I am Rebekah Lara, Not exactly sure how I found your blog, but I really enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your beautiful photography- especially family pictures! Your family is a blessing!

Kris

missnonaeleanor said...

Hello Bethany!

I'm a lurker. I'm not quite sure how I found you blog, but I really enjoy your photography!

~Nona from Washington State

http://missnonaeleanor.wordpress.com/

abbie said...

Hello Bethany - I hail from Australia and stumbled across your blog quite a few years ago. I admit, I've never made a comment, but I have really enjoyed your photography and also learning more about you and your family. Thanks for all the work you put into this blog - it's always fun to read! In Christ, Abbie

Olivia Howard said...

Hi Bethany!

I love your blog, as everyone else does! I found it through Maidens of Worth, and I did comment with my toothbrush color last year. ;-D (pure genius, by the way!)
I would love to read more "how to" photo posts! And more pictures of your family.... thanks for blogging!

Josiah and Abi Wissmann said...

Let's see...how do I know you?! Oh ya, that's right! I found your blog because I've known YOU--longer than you blog has existed! LOL! Thank you for the blessing and encouragement you are, dear sister!;) We love you!

Happy Blog Birthday, and Happy
568th Post!!!

Amber said...

My name is Amber, and I think I started reading your blog right about when you wrote that post asking for toothbrush colors. :)

I like you photos a bunch - and the quotes you often post with them - but my favorite posts are the ones talking about your home life, and showing pictures of your recent activities.

Keep up the nice work, Bethany!

~Desiree~ said...

Neat! I hope for many more!!

Elisabeth said...

I came here through LizzyKristine, and find your blog such a refreshing stop, both words and pictures.

AJ said...

Hi Bethany!

I am really glad I came across your blog a year or two ago! Thank you for posting all the things you post! They encourage me in the right way to go. :D

Well, basically, keep posting what you are posting! I don't know what could make your blog more interesting... Maybe you could post about how much laundry you have to do since your the laundry girl. LOL! No, I don't know... that was just an idea I had.

May God bless you!

Oh, my name is -- Andrea. Only it's pronounced like Ondrea.

Amy said...

Happy blogging birthday. I appreciate how you use your photography to glorify God.

emily mcdonnell said...

Hello,
I have loved looking at your blog! You take such awesome pictures! I wish I could do the same. Keep it up! :)
-Emily McD.

Jack McDonnell said...

I like the creative ideas and pro. pics...I am always looking for ideas to make my pictures better.

It's great to see a good photographer use their talent to glorify our wonderful Lord!

Jack McDonnell

Jack McDonnell said...

BTW Bethany, if you really want to find out how many "lurkers" there are watching your blog, you should install Google's free analytics tool.

I don't know if you already use that or not, but it is pretty cool to see how many countries/states visit your blog!

Ellie said...

I have always loved your blog and pictures. Looks like everyone else does too! You do a great job!

~*~Amy's musings~*~ said...

hey bethany.... wow. 589 posts. so that's amazing!
well you know me pretty well. :D
Amy Ficke

Anonymous said...

Bethany, thank you so much for your blog and the spirit with which you post! I trust the Lord will give you clear direction and rich blessings for years to come! Keep living and posting for Him!
With prayers, JConner Job 31:4

Nature Lover said...

Hi! I'm Marcelina Thiessen from Belize, CA. I think I've commented before, but yea ran across your site a while ago while browsing around. I really enjoy your posts + pictures and enjoying photography myself!!
Keep it up!
~Marcy

Mecia said...

Well, I have been following your blog for quit a while but never have posted a comment. I heard you and your family sing about two years ago in Oklahoma City,and I've been looking at your blog off and on since then. You are wonderful at photography,and I love seeing pictures of the weddings you have done.:-)
Mecia

The Krahns said...

Happy Blog Birthday! It's so encouraging to me, and I think to everyone, to see other girls living for God...my name is Naomi Krahn and I've heard your family sing a couple times, once in MN and once in TX. Love all wedding pictures and pictures of everyday life with your family and pretty much everything you post!

Anonymous said...

Bethany, I also enjoy your blog. I enjoy the quotes you so creatively display (with some of them I wish you'd say which book you took it from!) as well as updates about your family. Your photography adds so much to your posts!

I found your blog through your family's blog, but have no idea how I came across theirs. If your family ever heads down south (as in south of Mexico City), I might get to hear you.

Thanks for plugging along and keeping your blog updated. It's appreciated!

Janelle

Danae said...

Hi there! I'm Danae Borntrager... I love keeping up with your blog and really enjoy all the pictures! Keep it up! :)

hannah said...

I found your blog through Katelin Rebsch who your brother Andrew know from being in the Ukraine last summer. I also love take pitures and I love looking at others pictures. It is also neat to hear your family sing.

Hannah said...

We met at the ND Homeschool Convention and I've really enjoyed keeping up with you and your family's blogs!! I am inspired by your excellent photography and your godly lifestyle. I think my favorite thing to see on your blog is your pictures! Thanks!!

Ashley Sebo said...

Hi Bethany!

Do you remember when your family came to our church, ate breakfast and sang for us???( about 2 yrs. ago, Huntington Beach, CA) That was so fun!

Anyways, I emailed Rachel for awhile and visited your site often but it gets busy and I usually don't get to comment.

princessesindisguise said...

My name is Kayla and I'm a 17 year old Christian girl. I'm the oldest of 10 children and we all absolutely love our Wissmann CDs! :) I first heard about your singing family from a friend who loaned us one of your CDs. I love reading both your blog and your family's blog. Your love for the Lord and one another greatly encourages me. Happy Blog Birthday, Bethany! Keep up the great work!

hannah said...

I enjoy the glimpses of a godly family, the quotes you put with your beautiful photography, and of late, the wedding photography. Thanks for your blog!

sarah m said...

Hey Bethany!

My name is Sarah and I'm from Colorado (good friend of Leah Cross!). I heard about your blog from Leah, and from the Tillotson family, who we know really well, from Kearney. And, I started reading your blog last May when the Tillotsons pointed you all out to us... are we ever grateful! :)

It has been so nice to see another large (I have 6 siblings) homeschooling family who glorifies God with everything they do, from clothing to just how your attitudes are. I really appreciate it and it's really been an encouragement to me - keep it up!

I love photography, as does my older brother Michael (his website: hphotography.org, it may be down right now, he is working on it). He uses the Canon, I like the Nikon...lol. :) I am saving up for a D80 or 90, Lord willing! Oh what a day that will be!! :) Anyhoo, I love your great photography! It would be great if you post some photography tips every once in a while for all of us amateurs (hoping to be pros someday)!

We ordered your "Going Home" CD for my mom for Christmas - and we ALL LOVE it!! :) You all are so great! We love to sing together as a family, so, ya know...! :D

Anyway, I really hope to meet your family sometime!! We'll probably be up in Kearney sometime this year, maybe we could arrange a meeting... :) or even have you all come out here to sing! Rachel said you hadn't performed in Colorado yet... but I tell you, it's a wonderful place to perform! With a mountain backdrop, especially! :) Let us know if you all are around and we'll arrange something for sure!!

Keep following Jesus!

Your sister in Christ,

Sarah M. (age 14)

P.S. Happy 568!!!! :) God bless you!

sarah m said...

Oh dear! I didn't know it would be that long! :-\

Bethany(really) said...

My name is Bethany too. :) I have really loved reading your blog over the past year. The photos are fantastic, and I really like hearing what you're up to. Keep up the good work!

Merry Jane said...

I am the definition of a lurker :) I've been lurking for probably about a year now, and I've really enjoyed reading! Your pictures are amazing!
And while I still have the courage to leave a comment, I was wondering if you had any beginner photography class that you recommended. I like to take pictures, but I don't know very much... :)
My blog has been pretty slow and rather dry lately, but you're welcome to check it out :)
Your family does a wonderful job sharing the gospel through bluegrass music! Thank you!

Dan "the man" Beasley said...

I guess I get to be lucky number 75, unless of course someone publishes a comment before I finish typing.

I do offer you my sincere congratulations on three years of blogging, and more importantly 568 posts.

Just FYI. Three years of blogging means you've had a blog for 1092 days. Considering this is your 568th post you average a new post every 1.9278 days. You're really turning some pretty good numbers.

As a comment you might try to drop that average post per day number to around 1.75 since 75 is such a grand number these days.

I do have one question. How many pictures have you posted??

Thanks for all the encouragement. Keep up the good work! Since out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, just keep your heart in the right place and I'm sure the blog will be just fine.

One more comment, since I'm already rambling and probably the 76th post...nevermind...I want 75.

Dan

Kay said...

what would I like to see? More photos of Mom & Dad and of the new house.

Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary blogging, Bethany.

In case I don't get to "tell" you all... Safe Travels on your trip South. We'll all miss you while you are gone.
The Fickens

Strickland Family said...

Howdy Bethany! I have no idea how I came upon your blog but I have been following it for a lil over a year now. Your posts have been a real blessing! May God bless ya'll!
-Isabel

dak-juneau said...

Hellooooooooo (can you hear me?),

Waves from far away Alaska (where the porcupines sit in spruce trees and chew on the branches and avalanches take out electric lines too often).

Five Hundred and Sixty Eight Posts.
WOW.

Thank you for each and every one of those Five Hundred and Sixty Eight posts Bethany. I like the mix of posts that you have.

You've brightened my day many times . :-)

David Kent
Juneau, AK

P.S. One year later my toothbrush is an aqua green color.

Hols said...

Your blog is so encouraging and inspiring. I can't think of any way to improve except to maybe blog a little more often. But I do understand how other things in life tend to be more of a priority at times so as long as you are doing God's best I say keep doing what you are doing!

Blessings to you and Happy 568 post birthday!!

Holly H.

Jenna said...

Bethany~
Your blog is lovely! I check it every day to see if there is a new post:) You do a Beautiful job with your photography...so inspiring!!

I found your blog through your family's blog...

Keep up the great work!
Jenna

www.my-strength-and-song.blogspot.com

Amanda Wiebe said...

My name is Amanda Wiebe, and I love reading your blog so much. It is a constant encouragement to me and I also love the pictures. It gives me great ideas, for I am a photographer wanna-be.

Anonymous said...

I guess, I will leave a comment as well, yes, I was also a lurker but truly enjoyed looking at all the pictures you put up. My name is Melissa Barkman and I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I really enjoy seeing the pictures of life on the road. I kind of know what it's like after traveling with Gospel Echoes Team for a few weeks serving as nanny.

Lisa said...

Hi! I am Lisa, from Onario and I love your blog. Your pictures are great! I have commented before:) I check your blog daily for updates:)

~Lisa

Anonymous said...

hi Bethany,
I've enjoyed your blog for a little over a year, I think.
I come here because I love your photography! Keep up the great work.
~Susan

Becky said...

My name is Becky. I have read your blog for a while, but I guess not a year yet, as I don't remember the toothbrush post.

Lesley said...

Happy Blogging Birthday Bethany! I always enjoy reading your blog....it adds a smile to my day!:)

989cookie said...

Bethany,
I enjoy visiting your blog from way up here in Michigan.

thanks.
J. Cook

Katie said...

My name is Katie and first heard about your family from the Mallys. I live in Orlando and met you last February. I really enjoy your blog, especially the pictures you take! You have an amazing family. God bless!

Ruth said...

Hi Bethany and congrats on post number 568!! I've enjoyed reading your blog for over a year but have never posted a comment before (another one of those lurkers i guess:) I found your blog through your family's blog and enjoy looking at that and also your brother and his wife's blog!!:) You all look like a fun family and i hope i can meet you and hear you sing sometime!

As for what kinds of posts i like, mostly anything especially with pics.!! Your a great photographer! Keep up the good work!

Ruth WI

P.S.
Since i didn't post last year with the toothbrush thing my color right now is orange!:)

Anonymous said...

I found this blog about a year ago, and I love it. I love reading from a person who Believes in God wears skirts and has Curly hair. Which I am also. I also love all the Pics. It has made me interested in Photography. Keep on blogin!

Linda N. said...

Hello from Linda. I especially enjoy the creativity in your posts. :)

the W. family said...

Hello!
I think I found out about your blog from your family's blog. I love what you post on your blog and your attitude about life and home that shows through in your postings!
God bless!

Do you have plans to sing in Minnesota this year?

Rejoicing in Christ's love,
Amy

tante Bou said...

Hello Bethany!

We first met your family in October 2007 and have been following your blog ever since. It has always blest me, and 568 posts? Not enough! =)
I love seeing how you view life through your lens and it motivates me to take more pictures!

May God abundantly bless you!

Megan said...

Hi Bethany! I'm one of those lurkers who has quietly stayed in the shadows while enjoying your blog and all the beautiful photos. You're an inspiration!

Blessings (and happy blogaversary)!
Megan

Kori said...

HIIIIII!!!!!!!

elizabeyta said...

I never post here but you asked. I love your pictures! They are inspiring.

blessings,

elizabeyta

Anonymous said...

hey, happy 568!! i love your blog --carrie

Kari said...

Your blog is one of my favorites. Your pictures are amazing!

Kari

Anonymous said...

I am a frequent lurker and leave infrequent comments! Thanks for the 568 posts! Each one has been a blessing to me. Often the Lord will use the quotes or Scripture verses to speak to me in a special way. Keep up the faithful encouragement. :)
~Katelin Rebsch (Houston, TX)

Anna B. said...

Whoa I get tho be the hundredth person to comment: )
My name is Anna Beasley...I just was at your house for a few days...
I love your blog..you are so amazing!
It has been such fun to actually be your friend instead of just adoring spectator: ) Love ya Bethany
lol

tiff said...

ok so where have i been? i didn't know there was a party at your blog! lol! but better late then never right!

love your blog Bethany! pictures are great. but most of all some of the bible verses and quotes have been God sent on days when i've needed them most! your a blessing and for that i give God ALL the glory!

Love you dear!

tiff

Katie said...

Hi I'm Katie and I've been visiting your blog for a while now. I found you from my sister Allison.
~Katie

princessesindisguise said...

Hi Bethany! I'm Stephanie and I'm from South Florida. I've been reading your blog for a few months now -- I first heard of it from a friend of mine at church who loaned us "Going Home". As an aspiring photographer, I love all the photos you post here! Keep up the great work! :)
~Stephanie

Anonymous said...

And I am so glad that you did start your blog, Bethany! Happy 568th! :D

Just the little quotes and corresponding pictures have made me think about different aspects of life that would not have normally been visible to me. And of course, I love seeing your beautiful photography work...ie weddings, baby, family, etc. May God grant you and your family a prosperous year...with many more blog posts for us! ;-)

Dianna
Tennessee

ROGER TRUCKER said...

Hey, not bad, eh!
Nice to check your blog, always looking forward to checking for updates. Makes life on the road a lot more fun!
Cheers,
RT

On my way Home... said...

Hi my name is Elissa... I found your website from your families website which I found from the Circle B website (I know the Katie (Horn) Lawson from college- and therefore know the Circle B).
I was drawn to your beautiful pictures and scripture with it. It was so refreshing for me. Thank you for blogging and sharing what God is doing in your life!

Martin Neufeld said...

I really like all the pictures you put on your blog. Great job with the camera.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bethany!

I'm from Ontario, and I have posted some comments! I've been reading your blog for about two years now (I think)! I am the oldest of thirteen children, but my family is way younger than yours, since I'm only 19. :) I love candid posts about your family and just anything about your family!

Michelle

Guntzel Girls said...

Hey Bethany!
My name is Amy G. and I'm from northern Minnesota. I am always encouraged by your blog! Keep standing strong for the Lord! May God bless you and keep you this year.

Janel said...

I suppose I found your blog after my brother-in-law went to IPS with you. Like everyone else, I enjoy all your beautiful photography...especially of people and the homey events of your home life.
Cheers!
Janel H.
(my toothbrush is blue and white ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi, My name is Ashley Johnston and I found your blog about a year ago. I really enjoy reading your blog and I absolutely love the pictures! May God bless you.

Jess said...

Hi! My name is Jess, and I've been following your blog for maybe over a year. I found your blog through your family's blog, and who knows how I found their blog! I really don't remember.

Anyways, your photography is gorgeous! Please keep up the good work!

Kate said...

Yep! I'm poking my around your blog yet! :) Enjoying it thoroughly.

I can't believe its been a year since the toothbrush quiz...

Tricia said...

I first heard your family sing at the '07 Old Threshers and have been following both of your blogs ever since. It's such an encouragement to see your love for the Lord and the way you share it with others. But I have to admit, my favorite posts are the ones that give a glimpse into the daily life of your special family. Keep up the great blogging!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bethany,
Congratulations on your 568th post. That is approximately 189 posts in a year! Amazing. I hope we can make the number of comments this year go above and beyond.

Rachel
Canada

Anonymous said...

Happy Blog Birthday,
I have been reading since one month after the begainning.

Marissa Bingham,

Patricia said...

Hey Bethany!
I just love seeing what you've been up to! It's so encouraging to see/read what God is doing in your life, thanks for sharing it with us!!!

I'm praying for y'all as you go to the prison crusades...Just so you know who I am, Cristi Glick is my sister.

Tricia~

Missy said...

Hello Bethany!

I love reading your blog...it is so encouraging and inspiring! Thank you for your faithful testimony of the Lord's love and goodness! He is SO worthy!

Lots of love in our Lord,
Missy

P.S. You can visit our family's blog at www.throughhispower.blogspot.com. One disclaimer: it is sore need of updating right now!

Megan said...

Oh dear I haven't commented in forever it seems! :( So happy 568! :)

Wedding and engagement pictures are so fun (as well as senior pictures). But whatever happened to Fhoto Fridays?!... (but my favorite is when you are in FRONT of the camera :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Bethany!

I have enjoyed reading your blog over the past year-plus (I posted my toothbrush color last year :-). I always enjoy your pictures, quotes and encouragement, as well as following your family's adventures! Keep up the good work!

May the Lord bless you and your family in this year ahead.

Cristina D.

Hannah said...

Hi Bethany! I think I commented on your toothbrush post last year, but don't think I've commented since. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing the beautiful pictures you take.

Amy said...

I found your blog by bloghopping and I've enjoyed it ever since!! I especially love your wedding and engagment pictures...they're beautiful!!

The Longs said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY::: Keep up the excellent work love your thoughts and pictures and captions that go wit your pictures.... see you in the fall at OLD THRESHERs

Melanie said...

Hey Bethany! It's me...Melanie! Congrats on another anniversary of a lovely blog. You are such a blessing to so many!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bethany,
I'm one of your "Secret admirers" who decided to let you know that I too really enjoy reading your blog! We met your family at the Lehr campground (North Dakota) about 5 years ago and I've always admired you. :) My mom and brother got to hear you perform at the ND homeschool convention also, and really were blessed.
Anyway, keep up the good work!
God bless,
Cora from COLD ND~

Svetlana said...

I found your blog through a friend. I really like the pictures. Someday i hope to be good. That is my favorate thing to do. my name is Svetlana Dunlap.

Ancient Greek Philosopher said...

Wow!!!! That's quite a few posts!!
And quite a few commentss!!! I've
never seen so many in my life!!
However, I'm fairly new to
blogging, so I'm still getting
around. This is my first time here,
but I know Rachel from my piano
lessons with her. I'm not one to
leave my name on the internet, so
you'll have to take my word for
it. :-) Unfortunately, I haven't
been to many of your concerts
recently, but I used to go quite
frequently.

Happy to have found you!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your blog Birthday! (and on how many comments you`ve gotten!)

I`m a friend of Lacey and Abby. I found your blog through them! And I enjoy coming back from time to time. I love looking at your engagement and wedding pictures, and really appreciate the verses you sometimes put up with beautiful nature photos! You are a great inspiration to my photography! :) I also learn from you.
You have a lovely family.
Bye!
Ps. I have left comments on your blog before.

Under Southern Skies said...

Congratulations, Bethany! That is a lot of posts! My name is Amy and I really enjoy reading your blog, and I like it just the way it is. :)

Stephanie said...

My name is Stephanie Wiebe. Wow! I must say that sure is a lot of posts. Keep up the great pictures. :D

esther said...

Hi, Bethany! It has been so long since I've talked to you! I have been busy with all sorts of things... the most recent- I am going to SC to photograph a wedding this April, the largest I've done yet... with a total of 36 in the bridal party! (13 maids, 13 men, and 8 kids) It's exciting, but you can imagine the pressure getting 36 people into a shot!
Happy blog birthday!
-Esther

Oh, and to you photographers, if you are wondering, I use Nikon. :)

~Tori~ said...

Wow - that is a lot of posts!! =)

I so enjoy reading your blog (and your family's too!!)...we are constantly checking back to see if you've posted! =) I love all of your posts, but I especially enjoy the ones with pictures of your everyday life.

Tori =)

Ranelle Del Belle said...

Well, I guess I have to agree totally with what Tori said, so I won't just re-say it!

Ever since I first read your bog, I have enjoyed your photography and other inspirational posts... I don't really know what you should change! God bless, Ranelle

Anonymous said...

Hi! I love reading your posts..your photography is wonderful, & all the inspirational thoughts are such a blessing to me! By the way, my name is Dorcas, & I'm Chelsy & Allison's 1st cousin!!=)

Ana Marie said...

Hello Bethany! I've been reading your blog for some time, and especially enjoy your excellent photos and the way you document your family's experiences. I've seen you in some pictures from the IPS course in Dallas last April, as my brother also was there.

Ruth Ann said...

it seems that there should be more comments by now. I mean, I wouldn't think that someone would lose blog comments in a year's time. All the fans of Bethany's Blog need to come out of the woodwork and say hello!

Bethany, it's just me, Ruth Ann, again... :) It'd be really neat one day if the number of comments matched the number of posts you'd done so far! Wow, wouldn't that be neat. :) It was just a random thought.

Hope you're having a great day! I supposed it is very cold up there. :)

Love you!

Alisha said...

Hi Bethany!
I am not sure how I found your blog, but I love your pictures!

Anonymous said...

Well, you know me Bethany, but I thought I would let you know that I still read and enjoy your blog! Keep it up, I love it, and definitely appreciate... you do a great job. God bless! -Sara Zetterberg

Johan said...

I'm Johan. I like the pictures and quotes and stories, etc.
I have 1 toothbrush (vs. 3 last year.) :-)
Have you ever answered the question of why you now use [smile] instead of [grin]? :-)

Laura said...

Well, I'm Laura-- you took my senior pictures. I just love looking at all your gorgeous pictures!! :)

FiveGreers said...

Bethany,
Yours is one of our most favorite blogs to read! Thanks for all of the posts!
We love you folks!

Noelle said...

Happy blirthday, Bethany! Sorry I'm so late!

I have loved your blog very much ever since I found it almost 2 years ago, March 22nd, 2007. Wow. 2 years?! Yes, I guess so! :)

And by the way -- the only thing I'd like to see more of on your blog is more FAMILY PICTURES! :) Everything else -- keep it the same. :)

Love you!
Noelle

Anonymous said...

I'm from Middleport, NY.

I love your photography and appreciate your ministry to others through it.

Stand fast in the Lord.

A sister in Christ,
Amy

C.W.Holeman III said...

Hello. I'm C.W.Holeman III. I've been reading for a little over a year.

More of the same please.

Rachel said...

Your blog is lovely and your pictures are always fun to scroll through!

Rachel Leake

Psalm 136

Sarah said...

Bethany~
Happy blog birthday! I love your pictures and quotes, they are always so good!
Blessings,
Sarah

Katherine said...

I love your blog and your family and their togetherness.. God bless you, Katie

Heidi said...

Hi, my name is Heidi and I've been following your blog pretty much ever since the year you came and sang with the Atnips in Guthrie, OK in 2006 (exact year?). I absolutely love your photography! The balance of light and color in your photos is exceptional! We have the exact same camera as you (Nikon D70), but I have a hard time achieving the same results! Keep up the good work!
Heidi

BSBT said...

Hey, Bethany Townsend is the name, I've been following your blog and your family blog for some where around a year now.
Great pix, and the words have much worth to one in much need of their rich meaning. Keep it up!

Wow, talk about mutual friends Rhonda! :) I go to comment and what do I see but one of my best friends right at the top as the first one to comment! =]

I thought I'd also point out all the Bethany's around! I guess that may be why I first came to your blog was for the name. :)
I didn't think Bethany a very common name, shows me wrong now that we have two other Bethany's in our Church now other then me. :)

Alright, I'll stop this going on...
just thought I'd help you out with those comments! :)

Doogie J. said...

Hey Bethany, it has been a little while since I posted. I still love to check in on your blog and follow your family news.

Doug
Orlando

Anonymous said...

Hello, Bethany!

I just love your blog! I found your beautiful blog through some friends a little over a year ago. And I have been captivated since then! I delight myself in your exquisite and heart warming writing, and your most stunning photographs! - you are amazing!

~Morgan

P.S. Just as an idea...I think it would be wonderful if you gave us readers maybe ( I know it would be hard ) some photography tips...such as, what all settings you change in your camera to take an outstanding photo. - besides just the iso, what lens you have and/or recommend, and maybe a step-by-step of what you did to take a certain picture. ( hope this makes since!)

Heb 12:2 ~ Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Stephanie said...

I love reading and seeing your pictures on your blog!

God Bless you!
-Stephanie

Anonymous said...

Thank you for using your talents to glorify God! He has truly given you an amazing gift. Keep up the good work!
~ Katie

The Parish Clan said...

Hello Bethany,

I was so blessed to discover your blog! Your beautiful photography and evident love for Christ has been such an encouragement.

Love,
Sally Parish

Anonymous said...

Hi Bethany!

My name is Hannah and I LOVE photography. When I found you're blog I was so excited because I just LOVE looking at other people's pictures! Although I have never met YOU, I have met Ben & Mindy Caron and I know Mindy helped with your family's web-site and CD. Do you know about Freedoms Call Band? Mindy also knows those girls and Amy and I are very close friends. If you read this would you please just reply with a comment?! Thanks so much! God bless!

Hannah

Bethany said...

Hey Hannah!

Yes -- I've heard of Freedom's Call; we have a CD of their's that we've enjoyed listening to! And isn't photography so much fun?! There seems to be no limit of the fun/creative things to do... :)
Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bethany!
We are Elisia and Hannah from Canada, found your blog through Lady Felicity's Diary, and have loved looking at your beautiful photographs! Thank you for your stunning art, and your uplifting focus on God throughout even the little things of life!

Gem said...

Oh wow! :)
I guess you already know me, but I'll tell you once more! :D Just in case you forgot who I was... ;)
My name is Anna, and I'm from Spain... congratulations for your blog!
I really enjoy seeing the wedding pictures and baby pictures... although the daily life pics are great, and when you post a quote, it's really inspiring... so I guess I could say I enjoy your blog wholly!
Keep it up!^^

Anonymous said...

It has skipped my mind how I stumbled on your blog, but I've been enjoying it for the around a year or two. You've been blessed with a talent for photography. Keep up the picture posts! Some time ago there was something about a Foto Friday? It would be great to see how exactly you capture your stunning images.
The qoutes, verses, and family news are welcome reads also.
Jared

Beth said...

Great photography! My name is Bethany, and I just came across your blog. Happy 568!

Shannah said...

I guess it's not too late to comment!!! =) I have been a very faithful lurker for some time now. I just love your posts, especially the pictures! =)