Thursday, January 13, 2011

My blog's birthday

Five years and 685 posts.

This calls for a party!!

Except...this momentous occasion just happened to fall on a day where I sit and stare at the computer screen, my fingers poised on the keyboard ready to type -- and I can't think of any clever way to ask ya'll to let me know you visit my little place on the web. So I'm posting one of my new favorite pictures and will just say it.

"Leave a comment if you are reading this!"

[grin]

146 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do I get to be the first to comment?! I'm one of your most loyal blog fans...I check it all the time and am so excited whenever you post. I've been reading ever since...well...since you decided to start blogging!! *Smile*

And has anyone ever told you that you're a wonderful sister?!?! <3

ruth said...

happy blog birthday!
I love reading your blog, it's so thoughtful and inspiring and God-centred :D
i'm from australia and came across itt through a link from a friend's blog
from ruth

Allison said...

"Happy Birthday, Bethany's blog"! I love your posts too...and your pictures are delightful...especially the ones with your favorite person in them :)

Here's to the next 5/685!

Mallory said...

Dear Bethany,
Yay! I'm very glad you are asking this question,...I think it will get me to come out of the shadows at last! ;P
I have been following your blog since.....oh boy, its been a few years! Oh wait, I think I remember...it was when you had the accident with your family bus...Feb. of 2007!?! So, almost 4years ago. I have always hoped to meet you all in person; my older brother Jason was in Canada last September, and saw y'all at a church where you were doing a program. So, maybe I'm getting closer :)
I have loved getting to at least feel like I'm part of your lives...watching as you have weddings, a /niece, and just all the other fun elements of your family!

Thank you for sharing your lives, Bethany. Allowing me to join in weeping with you when you have wept, and rejoice when you rejoiced. I have been blessed.

With Joy because of Jesus,
Mallory Devine, OR <3

Hannah said...

I always enjoy reading your blog, Bethany - hearing stories about what you've been doing, or seeing your lovely photography! God bless!

Brooke said...

Thanks for all the great posts Bethany, I enjoy keeping up with your blog. :)

Vickie said...

I have been reading your blog for a number of years - but rarely post on anyones blog! I come to your blog daily (or more) and love it when you have a new post!

Kali said...

I'm reading!

BTW, great picture!

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

I am reading this! Happy Blog Birthday!

Leah said...

I love your blog!! :)

Dana said...

I don't recall how I came across your blog, but I've been reading since you got married. I enjoy your posts and your faith in God is an incredible inspiration to me.
Dana in Germany

Kimberly Ruth said...

Happy Blog Birthday Bethany!! I have loved to read all of your new posts, and I also wish that you were still singing with your family so I could still see you every September. But boo-hoo for me.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bethany, I am a teen heralding from ON Canada. I check your blog every day to see what the Lord is doing in your life. Happy blog birthday! May God bless you as you serve Him through your blog ministry.

Rachel

Susannah said...

We read your blog quite regularly and enjoy it too! :) We came to one of your programs when your family came to Indiana.

Anonymous said...

Happy blog birthday, Bethany!

goatpod2 said...

Happy belated blog birthday!

God bless,

Amy

Sisters of Grace said...

Happy blog birthday, Bethany!!
I always enjoy your reading your posts!

Blessings
Emily

Jennifer said...

very cute picture of you two. Happy 5 year blog-aversary!

Becky said...

Happy Birthday Bethany's Blog!! I love your posts and continually check your blog and your family's blog. I love reading about your life and seeing your wonderful pictures. Here's to more! Faithful reader from Keller, Texas

Anonymous said...

Dear Bethany,
I have been reading your blog for two years now and am always inspired by you! You and Dan are gorgeous!!! :)
Blessings to you sister,
from your European sister in Christ, Dina

Victoria Rose said...

Hi Beth! I've been following your blog for about three - no four years now. I love your pictures and always look forward to them. I feel like I know you even though you have no clue as to who I am! :P

Keep up the blogging!

God bless,
Vicki

Becca said...

Bethany,
I always enjoy reading your blog so much. I love all the pictures and the great quotes you post.

Blessings,
Becca

P.S.
I love this picture!

Kenna said...

Reading it! :)
Love seeing all of your pictures, quotes and just what you've been up to... I think this is your 2nd blog birthday that I've seen. :)
May God bless you and Dan!!!

Shannah said...

Hey! I really enjoy reading your blog! I think I enjoy seeing your pictures even more, though!!! =) Keep up the good work!

BTW, I agree, that is a really good picture!!! =)

Carolyn said...

This is an amazing site! I love it ! = CDW ( guess who?) :)

Lily said...

Aww, happy five years of blogging! The picture of you and Dan is so precious. ;)
Your blog is so inspiring and beautiful; I hope you keep blogging for, like, ever!! Or as long as you live. :D
I've been reading your blog for a year and a half now, I believe. I began following it after we saw your family live in Clear Lake, IA, in 2009.
Ever since I am constantly encouraged and inspired by your lovely posts, Miss...I mean, Mrs....Bethany.
Hugs,
~Lily~

Esther said...

Thank you for the constant encouragement in the last five years of your blog. It is so awesome to see you grow in Christ! Don't lose the love you have for Him. Only let it grow stronger! Love you, Bethany!
-Esther

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog you are a very Godly and encouraging lady!

signedp said...

Hi Bethany,

I love your blog and have been very encouraged by all your posts. Your pictures are also very pretty. :)

I found your blog about a year ago via your family's ministry. I have to say that your honest writing has been a true blessing to me, and I find myself praying for you and your husband sometimes. :)

I hope this next year brings new blessings to you both.

your sister in Him,
Pearl

Anonymous said...

Reading and love your posts, checking it daily too. Always looking forward to seeing new posts.

Although being such a faithful blog follower, I noticed that your posts aren't as frequent as they used to be....how about some updates?

What is life like in your new home and do you miss being with your family?

How is shopping going? Have you found any new deals with sales and coupons?

What do you do in your spare time to keep yourself busy? Any projects, home projects, craft projects, how is your homekeeping going?

Happy Anniversary blog and wish you well for the new year :)

CJ

Anonymous said...

Dear Bethany,

Happy blog-aversary :)))

I found your flog via your family's, via my friends blog :)

I started following it this winter and find it is a true blessing that you share with us. Thank you so much for all your nice and inspiring words and quotes, pictures and family stories.

May God bless you and your wonderful husband and family!

In Christ,

Juliana

Anonymous said...

Happy blog birthday!! :)

Miss Amelia said...

Yes, I love to read your blog!
I really enjoy the photography especially!

Miss Amelia said...

Yes, I love this blog!
I especially like the photography...Thanks Bethany!

Anonymous said...

I think i came here from your family's blog! I really enjoy your blog, especially your photography as that is something I enjoy as well!
Blessings to you! ~Ruth S

Anonymous said...

You inspire me Bethany :o). I need to take some blogging lessons from you! Thank you for the encouragement and love you send out through your posts, and for providing a for me to kinda know how you and your man are doing across the country:o). Love you and God bless!! -Sara from MT

ellie said...

i like how i can always come here and see something new...almost always:) and love the pics too!

Anonymous said...

Happy blog Birthday Bethany!! I love your blog and check it quite often :)
And the new pic is darling!!

Love you sister <3
Eilzabeth

sharon said...

I really enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for sharing a peek into your life with us!

Joshua and Sharia Hale said...

Bethany, I don't normally post comments on blogs, but I thought I would drop you a note this time.

I have been challenged by your coupon posts... I still don't see HOW you get such good deals! :-) I know our prices here in Alaska are a bit higher than other parts of the US... so maybe that makes a difference! :-)

I'm so glad to see you still happy and in love after a year of marriage! Sometimes those first few years can be tough as you work/talk through issues, concerns, etc... However, those are the very things that lay a strong foundation for a good marriage...

In March, my husband and I will have been married for 5 years... and I can truly say that we are closer now and love each other more than we did the day we got married... and that the struggles in our first few years drew us closer to the Lord and to each other.

Keep pressing on in the Lord... and keep Him as the focus of your life.

Sincerely,
Sharia in Alaska

Anonymous said...

I'm reading this!! Cute picture!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the Scriptures, encouragement and fantastic photos over the years!

Stand fast in Christ,
Amy F.
Middleport, NY
Jeremiah 33:3

Tori said...

Great picture! I love reading your blog!! :)

The Marshall Artists said...

Congrats, Bethany!

Pam Marshall from Texas

The Marshall Artists said...

Oops! This doesn't count as a real
comment--just add it to the previous one. My 57th (ahem) and your blog share the same 'birthday'! Also love how you share Scripture and deep thoughts/quotes!

Pam Marshall

Addie said...

Love the picture! :)

Summer said...

Hi Bethany!
That's a great picture! I love reading your blog!
Blessings!
Summer

Martha said...

I found your blog a few years ago but I don't remember how. Possibly through our mutual friend Andrea. I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts. Your encouragment and creativity is inspiring. I also enjoy when you post about your couponing deals...I'm a couponer as well:)

Brittney Chatham said...

I really enjoy reading your blog and looking at all of your pictures!! You do a great job on all of your photography!!

Janel said...

I've been following your blog for some time...ever since my brother-in-law met you at IPS, probably!

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog!!! Thank you for being such an encouragement!!!

Digurl said...

I love all of your pictures!!!!

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed all 685 posts. Please keep them coming. Love you. Aunt D

Joanna said...

Happy Birthday...of sorts. I've been reading your blog for a while, but I can't remember how long. At first I was just interested because you were a christian young lady who took nice pictures, but as I've read more you have become a real encouragement to me in so many more ways. thanks so much, and keep up the good work on the blog!

Kasie said...

Yo! :-) Love your blog.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your blog!!! I always enjoy reading all of your encouraging post =D Keep it up.

-Charity

Rachel said...

Happy blogiversary! :)

Here4areason said...

I'm coming out of hiding... =P

I've been reading your blog for over a year. Your photography is amazing and your testimony is a blessing.

Anonymous said...

I've always enjoyed your photography and this year have appreciated the glimpse into your first year as newlyweds, plus your couponing adventures and travels!

~Katelin Day in Ukraine :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Bethany,
My daughters and I have been enjoying your blog for over a year now! We saw your family perform in Washington, MO and loved them! Our family performs bluegrass and gospel music too! We just moved to Williamsburg, VA and we wonder how close you are to us?!?! Congratulations! The Mulhearn Family

Anonymous said...

Loyal reader....love it!

Anonymous said...

Hey I like the picture :)
And I always enjoy getting to see something new posted.
Keep up the good work!
Leah

Elaine said...

Sure am reading your blog and love it!! Keep up the good work.

Country Sisters said...

I love reading your blog. I especially like picture posts! :P


~Hannah

Ruth said...

Happy 5th blog Birthday!! I've been following you for a few years now and really enjoy it! I especially love the posts that include pictures and what you and your man have been up to!! I've enjoyed seeing your family sing twice now.Looking forward to the next time, but sad it won't include you!:( By the way, the picture of ya'll in Seward for your family's christmas concert is great!! love it!Wish I could of been there!!
Ruth from snowy WI:)
P.S.
You should tell your family they need to make a DVD of their christmas show in Branson!!! The pics. from it just make me want to see it so bad!:)

Anonymous said...

*posts comment*

Laura said...

Hi!! Thanks for blogging-- I love it!! :)

Rebekah said...

Well I might as well come "out of the shadows", too, and say how much I've enjoyed reading your blog over the past year or so. Thank you for sharing such encouraging passages of Scripture and quotes with us, as well as your beautiful pictures! May the LORD richly bless you -and- happy blog-iversary!
With love in Christ,
Rebekah in MS

Hannah said...

I'm reading this post!

I enjoy your quotes with the beautiful photography, as well as your personal family posts!

Desirae Clopper said...

I read your blog a lot, usually whenever I can get on the internet, which is sometimes only once a week, but still, I enjoy reading your blog. :) Congrats on your five year mark, and I like the blog post picture! You make a cute couple!

Kristin said...

Love your pictures... and your sweet spirit and desire to serve Jesus... keep on keeping on!!
-Kristin

Joanna said...

Bethany,

Thank you so much for doing this blog. Over the years (I forget exactly how many...) it's been such a blessing, inspiration, and total encouragement to me in my walk with Jesus. Thanks!

Your sis in Christ,
Joanna
www.definitelyJoanna.wordpress.com

Anna Naomi said...

Happy birthday to your blog! :) Thanks for the photos and posts that are fun, inspiring, and beautiful to see and read. Blessings to your family!

David Kent said...

...and I can't think of any clever way to ask ya'll to let me know you visit...

I seem to remember that's about the same thing you wrote last year. ;-)

Congratulations on 5 years! Lots of people fizzle out in their postings. :-)

Looking forward to more photos and words of wisdom.

David Kent
Southeastern Alaska
8 degrees F

Susan said...

Very cute picture!!... and happy five years of blogging!

Anonymous said...

I am reading:)
Love all the pics!

From Texas

Anonymous said...

Happy Bloggie Birthday! I visit often...even though you don't know me. I also visit your family's site. It's wonderful to see a couple whose priorities are in the right spot. I also put my husband through law school...many moons ago. So been there, done that, etc. May God Bless you in your future endeavors.
Melanie Reynolds, Lafayette, LA
mjhreynolds@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have been so blessed by reading your blog and by your faithfulness to the Lord. Thank you for sharing what the Lord has been teaching you in your life, I have been encouraged and uplifted so many times!
Love in Christ,
Missy

Anonymous said...

Thank you for blogging, and a very happy blog birthday to you! So do appreciate the beautiful photos and encouraging thoughts!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I read your blog and have been so blessed by the inspiring posts!

~Sarah H.

Megan said...

Happy Blogging Birthday Bethany! I found your blog a little over a year ago, when I first started blogging, and have enjoyed all your lovely words and pictures since. Blessings~ Megan

Sarah Logan said...

Congratulations!!

Love the pic!!

I love your blog too.

Keep it up - I get so exited when you post!

Sarah

Elisabeth said...

Waving hello from Jerusalem!

Anonymous said...

hello, i look at your blog. happy blog birthday!!! keep the pics coming!!

Anonymous said...

As always, Bethany, you did a lovely job with the picture! Thank you for being faithful in your blogging method of encouragement!

Blessings,
Dianna F.
Tennessee

Anne-Marie said...

Hi Bethany, congrats on your five years - and I love your new favourite photo!
Anne-Marie from New Zealand.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bethany!
I came across your blog through your family's website last summer, and I have been reading it ever since! I hope to be able to meet you one day. Thanks so much for being a great encouragement to me!
A sister in Christ,
Alyssa (from PA)

Annie said...

Wow...Bethany, you sure have gotten quite a few comments! ;)
I love reading about your life as a happy little homemaker; keep up the great work! And may the Lord bless you tremendously as you serve Him!
Love in Christ,
~Annie~
P.S. You are also an amazing photographer. =)

Daniel said...

Well, I'm not reading it this very instant, but I did a minute ago. :) Congratulations on 5 years of blogging, and very well done at that!

God bless you and Dan!

Daniel Bryson in Michigan

Ginny said...

I found my way over here via the YLCF blog and have so enjoyed reading about your life, looking at your incredible pictures, and just generally being encouraged. God bless!

Ellie D. said...

Blessings!

The Fedewa Family said...

Thanks for blogging! Our family loves reading your blog! Happy Blog Birthday!
Bruce, DeAnna, Haley, Lydia, Grant, Vince, Lance, Noela, Mirae...

Anonymous said...

Yes, I read :) often!! I love your beautiful photos and inspiring words, and your thoughts from the Lord... hello and a hug from Singapore!

Miss Vio

Carolyn said...

I enjoy reading your blog and always look for a new post.

Christina said...

I really enjoy your blog! Your photograph is amazing, and I love the quotes you share.

My mom found your blog a couple years ago, not knowing anything about the Wissmann family. I started following, and now we have 4 of your families CD's and really enjoying them.

Christina

A.J. said...

Wow... Five years! :D Happy Birthday to the blog. =)

Grace said...

Hi Bethany,
I really enjoy reading your posts and looking at the pictures you take. The way your family serves and honors God together is a blessing to read about. I aspire to be as great a homemaker and wife as you.
-Grace

Yvonne said...

Happy blog birthday! I've been reading for 2 years now and your blog is such an encouragement:)
Yvonne

Anonymous said...

Love your blog...and cute pictures!
Melody

Esther said...

Hahahahh! I love checking out your blog, keep it up!!!

Cari said...

I'm reading! I love your blog :)

Mikala H. said...

I read, Bethany! I enjoy keeping up with your life :-D BTW, that pic is really cute!

~Mikala~

Holly said...

Check it every day for inspiration, Bethany! I suppose you could say it's your ministry, in a way. It's a delight to read. Blessings to you and Dan. ~ Holly

thesemperfisisters said...

Some of us read your blog.
Do you read other people's blogs?
Just curious. :)

The Semper Fi Sisters

JoyfulJewels4Jesus said...

Bethany~
Happy {blog} Birthday! Your posts are always very encouraging and it is fun to see updates! Love thta photo, too!

Blessings!
Elizabeth

Guntzel Girls said...

Happy blog birthday! Love your posts.

~Amy~

Lisa said...

aww, cute picture!
happy blog birthday!!!

Sharon said...

Don't have to ask me twice to leave a comment! :D

Happy 5th Blog Birthday!!! :D That is so cool!!! [I'm going to celebrate my 5th bloggiversary in August! :)] I LOVE your blog and can relate to many of your past experiences traveling in a bus packed with kids and instruments and living on the road most of the time because that's what we do too, as missionaries! :D And I love keeping up with your life. ;)

Laura said...

Hi :)

~The Mangos~ said...

I love reading your blog! cute picture!

Anonymous said...

Happy Blog Birthday Bethany!!!

Anonymous said...

I have been enjoying your blog and photos for quite some time. I came across it after seeing Mindy Caron's blog...their family sang at our church many years ago. It's a joy to read. Thanks for sharing! - Cathy from Minnesota

Brooke said...

I love reading your blog! :)

Christina said...

Hi Bethany! I've been reading your blog for a few months, and it's always so encouraging! I saw a link to your blog on your family's page after hearing about your family's ministry through Bright Lights. God bless you!!:-)

Laura Luann said...

hello! I love your photography and your insights. :) In Christ, Laura

Kay said...

I'm reading this. :) I've followed your blog on and off for a about a year, and looove your photographs!

Bethany Joy said...

Hello Bethany!

Five years! Wow! I have really enjoyed reading your blog for about the past two years. It is such an encouragment, and your photography is beautiful! I hope that someday I will be as good as you:)

Many blessings to you!
-Bethany :)

Anonymous said...

I read your blog occasionally.:) I love your photography!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I have been reading your blog since a month after you started! My family went and saw yours in Hiawatha when Charissa was just a little baby.I love reading your new posts...they are always so fun and inspiring!

Hannah

Becky said...

I'm late, and can't think of anything to say other than 'I read your blog' :)

Abbie said...

I love looking at your blog! Thanks so much for the time and effort you put into it,to encourage other fellow believers.

God bless you!
Abbie
www.10burnetts.com

Caley Burwell said...

Happy blog birthday Bethany! I love your blog and your beautiful photography!

Hannah Shields said...

Happy blog anniversary Bethany!!
I have checked your blog nearly everyday since I found it, and oh, I don't remember quite how I found you but it was maybe a month or so before you got married :)
I have so enjoyed all your posts and look forward to lots more.
What a blessing it must be to have so many followers, and you can be sure that we all appreciate you and your inspiring posts!!!
Thanks for being that light for Jesus.
Sincerely,
Hannah from Alaska...beautiful and snowing out today!!!!

WesLea And Company said...

That was a cute way to put it! I'm not sure who showed me your blog, and I don't know if y'all know us, but I enjoy your blog when I get the chance to "blog-hop."
I love to see what other young couples have to say:)

From Calathora Farm in Georgia,
Rachel Morton

Hannah Burnett said...

I read your blog!! Thanks for encouraging me in the Lord. :)

Sarah said...

happy birthday blog! :) Love this blog and it offers such great encouragement to me every time you post! I especially LOVE the story of you and Dan...

blessings, sarah
from south carolina

Ginger said...

I discovered your blog when I first started blogging almost four years ago. I always enjoyed how real you are and all your amazing pictures!
Happy Blog Bday!
Ginger~

Hannah said...

Happy 5th year of blogging your love of God and of life. Your walk testimony are beautiful and have been such a blessing. I love reading your posts, and always look forward to more.
May God bless you and yours now and always...

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog! You're a huge encouragement to teen girls (like me) trying to grow in the Lord. Blessings! :)

Sue said...

I really enjoy checking into your blog from time to time. I appreciate the wholesomeness of what you post and also the inspirational thoughts you give. It's great to see that there are still young ladies who find fulfillment from being a homemaker. I have daughters who are also young homemakers. Keep portraying the good life with Christ. He is worthy of our praise and adoration.

Heidi said...

Just stopping by to let you know that I still keep up with your blog!
Heidi Eck

Anonymous said...

Happy blog birthday!!! I love reading it - thanks for sharing your tips on saving money,your wonderful photography and encouraging words! Doris in IN

Bond's Girlfriend said...

Happy Blog Birthday ;) love reading it

Rebecca said...

Hi Bethany! I've been reading your blog for a while now, but I have no idea how I found it. Maybe we will meet someday...my brother is heading to PHC in the fall and I think we have some mutual friends. :)
Rebecca from KS

Melissa said...

Hi Bethany, :) I love reading your blog, too!! :)

Jireh-Shaddai said...

I love your pictures and your thoughts...I try to understand everything (I'm spanish) but I love English and I thank to the Lord for people who loves Him like you =)

Lulu Maggie said...

I'm reading it! :) I always forget to read your blog! :) Sorry 'bout that.

Brittney said...

*waves*

I still come by!! ;)

Shiloh said...

I love your blog! But I can't remember how I found it... :)

Kristi said...

I'm reading! I've always enjoyed your blog, Bethany. It has always been a blessing.

~Krist

kenton said...

Happy blog birthday!
I enjoy reading your blog and hope to one day find a wife like you! You really encourage me in many ways to not give up and to start my own blog someday to encourage others! I met your family and Dan's mother in Branson last November.

Majeki said...

Hey! I think I found your blog from the link to your courtship story on Young Ladies Christian Fellowship. Just about ever since I've enjoyed reading your blog. I think your wedding dress is about the prettiest ever.

Kimberly

Libby Timmis said...

You don't know me but I love reading your blog! It is wonderful to see how much God has blessed you. Is he not a Wonderful God?!

God bless you!

Libby Timmis

Naomi said...

I didn't see this until now, but I wanted to let you know that I read your blog. :) :)

My man and I are planning on getting married in September of this year so I really enjoy your posts about frugality and learning to live on a smaller income. Thanks!

Fatima Zu. said...

I love the natural picture you take with your husband! Simply stunning!

Anonymous said...

YES, WE LOVE YOUR BLOG! MY DAUGHTERS READ FREQUENTLY! THANK YOU FOR HONORING GOD WITH YOUR BLOG! :O)