As we head into Mothers' Day weekend, we wanted to share a special blogger (and mom!) with you for Featured Friday. Julie Harward is the proud mom of eight children, grandma to twenty and recently became great-grandma to her very first...AND she still finds time to blog about her family, the beautiful country and what inspires her at...
Circle Cliff Views
Yes, that tiny house in the middle is hers!
Julie lives about 15 minutes from a national park with her husband, faithful walking partner Cougar (a very loving Golden Retriever) and many other animals. We love how her photos show off the amazing scenery that surrounds their home.
A self-proclaimed "late bloomer" when it comes to technology, you'd never guess it by all the inspiration she shares. Julie's recipe posts are frequent and always look delicious...keep an eye out for some links below! Read on to find out even more about this featured blogger...
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your home and your family.
I have been a stay at home mom all my life...who else would have stepped up to raise my children? I wouldn't have let them even if they had! I love to be a homemaker, have never resented it at all. I love to cook and I love a clean nicely decorated home. I love having a home where my children and all their friends are welcome.
I like to make quilts for my children as they get married and baby quilts for their babies. I have bottled and canned all my life and I love how my kids just loved those fresh peaches or the salsa or jams with my homemade bread.
I have sung all my life having a great time singing the leads in several musicals. When I sang the lead in "The King and I"..I was pregnant with a not-quite 2-year-old plus 6 kids in the home. Yes, I have a great husband who supported me in all things.
Our kids are grown now and I love watching them face life and do well and I love those grands, nothing like it! I believe with all my heart that we will be together forever with our families...what a great way to go through this life!
(Not bad for a lady raised by the World's Meanest Parents!)
What or who originally inspired you to start blogging?
My daughters got into blogging...the Christmas of 2008, they gave me a digital camera and set up a blog for me...scared me to death but it has been such a joy for me! I am so amazed that there are so many wonderful women out there in the world who care about and love their families and I admire them all so much!
I believe we are all truly sisters and we need to lift and validate one another. One day as we all sit down in Heaven together, we will be the best of friends because we we already know and love each other. I would give up TV any day for blogging!
We really enjoy your family photos and stories on your blog, along with the window to the West that you provide. Have you always been a shutterbug or did blogging make you want to start photographing everything?
I have always taken lots of pictures of my kids but yes, blogging makes me see everything with new eyes! I want to share everything with my sisters out there in blog-land as they share with me, and I always love everything that they put out there that makes me grow.
As a mom of eight and grandma to 20 (and great grandma to one!) we know you must be a great homemaker and cook. Care to share a favorite family recipe?
I have so many recipes, I wouldn't even know where to begin. Let's see...my homemade bread is to die for if I do say so myself! It only takes 90 minutes from start to finish to make it...no second rising, and it turns out beautiful and is so delicious. Also, check out a post from this Easter...my carrot cake is the best ever!
(Here's another one we like...baby cakes!)
What are 5 things that you just couldn't do without?
Tell us something that no one would ever guess about you.
I have a way too tender heart...I wish I could help everyone, all the children and animals too. I think good women should be put in charge of the world, they'd have everything whipped into shape fast. I love the funny quote that says; "If it had been 3 wise women, they would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, brought practical gifts, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, homemade bread and desert, and there would be peace on earth!"
What do you think is the most important lesson we learn from motherhood?
1. You can do "anything" if you have to do it...we can amaze ourselves by what we can do!
2. Simplify. Women get caught up in the details of tiny things...just organize and do it!
3. Always Love...never give up on that. It was the grand lesson Jesus taught and it is the only thing that really works. Always love your children, at every age, don't let anything get in the way of that, especially during those teenage years that no one prepares us for!
Thanks for being our Mothers' Day featured blogger, Julie...keep up the great blogging!
If you haven't already, click over to Circle Cliff Views and check out all the goodness in store...we know you'll love spending time there.