My Favorite Reads

by jessicaturner on January 19, 2009

I thought I would do a post of some of my favorite blogs that I read pretty much every day. I often find blogs through other’s recommendations, so here are mine. :)

Friends and Family
Jesus Needs New PR – Obviously, I love Matthew’s blog because it is such a great mix of funny, honest and satirical. He has such a gift for writing.

Bring the Rain – My best friend Angie started this blog to tell the story of her daughter Audrey Caroline. It has evolved into a world-wide community of people inspired by Angie’s faith and story.

Down This Path Called Breast Cancer – My Aunt Gail was diagnosed with breast cancer this fall and she started a blog to tell her story. She inspires me!

Without Wax – My pastor and friend Pete Wilson on topics about faith, the world and fatherhood. He is a good guy.

Brandi and Boys
– Pete’s wife and mother to their three boys. She writes about motherhood and daily life in the Wilson house. She is incredibly down-to-earth, fun and relatable.

Sara Frankl – Also know as GitzenGirl, Sara has become a true friend thanks to the internet. She has a disease that forces her to stay in her home and causes her severe pain every day, though you would hardly know it when you speak to her. She is full of more passion, faith and sincerity than most people I know.

Amber Ulmer
– Amber is a friend of mine and has a great scrapbooking eye. She is pregnant with a little girl named Josie! I can’t wait to see the baby pages she creates.

Ali Edwards – As many of you know, I am obsessed with all things Ali. I think she is brilliant. I love her philosophy toward life, parenting, scrapbooking… she is incredibly inspirational. You should read her blog even if you don’t scrapbook.

Stacy Julian – I am lucky enough to call Stacy a friend. She is one of the big “founders” of the scrapbooking industry and has inspired tens of thousands of people to become more simple scrapbookers ans storytellers. She has an incredible heart and passion for people and color.

Stephanie Howell
– Stephanie is a mother to two girls and wife to a hubby serving our country overseas. She is also a beautiful scrapbooker. You will likely fall in love with her if you start reading her blog.

Elizabeth Kartchner – She was CK’s Scrapbooker of the Year two years ago. She has a really cool style – both in scrapbooking and life.

Allison Davis – She was a CK Hall of Famer a few years ago and is now on their dream team. I LOVE her style. Lots of pictures, two page layouts, not super fancy… she rocks. She also has two boys – one is Elias’ age.

Becky Higgins – One of the big names in scrapbooking, Becky is famous for her scrapbook layout sketches and simple design. She also is the creator of many of the fabulous kits I love – including Project 365.

Mommy Blogs
Kelly’s Korner – She gave birth to little Harper, who had some complications, but seems to be doing better – praise God! Kelly’s infectious sweet personality will surely captivate you.

The Meanest Mom– I love her sarcasm.

Soule Mama
– Seriously. Amanda Soule is the author of The Creative Family. You must buy this book if you don’t have it. I am inspired to be a more creative, thoughtful mother because of her blog.

Adventures in Baby Wearing – I really just like Stephanie’s writing style. I am looking forward to meeting her at Blissdom.

What blogs do you read that I should be reading?
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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Adventures In Babywearing January 19, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I am looking forward to meeting you, too! Thank you so much for your sweet words!



amanda January 19, 2009 at 1:50 pm

i too read quite a few of the same reads. thanks for sharing!


Lauren Kelly January 19, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Check out my blog, haha!!! should be reading that, haha, JK! In all seriousness, stop by sometime if you’d like.

Here are a few of my recommendations..

These are just a few of the one’s I frequent regularly. Check them out and enjoy!


brandiandboys January 19, 2009 at 3:13 pm

so honored to have made this list!!!! :) especially honored since you know me in person and you still like me! :)


Angela W January 19, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Thanks for doing that! I aslo read Stephanie’s blog! Her 2 girls are so precious! I will have to look at my blog and let you know if I have any you should add.


Anonymous January 19, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Without a doubt the first that comes to mind:



Cass January 19, 2009 at 3:51 pm

oh my goodness … your list is dangerous!! i just added about 6 more (i have many of the same already tagged!! … i love all things ali edwards too!!) to my favorites … just what this stay-at-home-already-busy-mum needs …. more blogs to read!!! ahhhhh ….



Melissa Jurgens January 19, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Even though our blog is about our Little Brandon Bear…it really is about some humorisms of motherhood. I have been working on the side with writing a book too.


Karen January 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm

i also loooove Steph’s blog…she is so talented and a great mom and army wife!


Julie H. January 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm

I love and

Both hilarious!

Julie in Indiana


Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul January 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm
This is a Mom dealing with 3 children, the middle one is very special…and the Dad is working to become a Dallas Police Officer in the next few months. I love Marianne’s wit and humor in dealing with a bit of overwhelming life!
And of course…!

Pamela in TX


Open your Eyes. January 19, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Sweet list Jessica!

I absolutely love reading Stacy’s blog. In October she lost her baby boy Isaac at birth, just like Audrey’s story but a male version. She truly inspires me through her words

Becca xoxox.


The Pelts January 19, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I love your blog- you should check ours out…

Mary Beth

(I hope my comment about mixing breast milk and formula helped you. I was busting at the seams to share it with someone!)


gitz January 19, 2009 at 8:30 pm

I am so the lucky one in this equation… I can't believe my good fortune to have found you. All three of you have been such blessings to me!

<3 sara


ParenteauFamily January 19, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I read many of the same blogs you do. Come read my blog if you want.


Kristi O January 19, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I love reading the same ones you do! I love the mix of Jesus and scrapbooking. I am going to add Matt’s to my morning read, and also some of the mommy one’s!


ev102007 January 20, 2009 at 12:52 am

Well- there is always my blog , it’s a work in progress though as I try to get better at blogging. I am absolutely addicted to Melanie- aka Big Mama’s blog which I see you have listed in your links. I also read most of the same ones you do and them some of my friends blogs.
This blog is great too: – Kristen in one of my favorite authors, if you have never read her books, I highly recommend them- especially the Spa Girls series.

Thanks for sharing!


Anonymous January 20, 2009 at 2:17 am

I read many of the same blogs. I also love Jody Ferlaaks blog nitty.gritty. She is a talented scrapbooker, insperational mother & strong christian.
-Christy in OH


Jill - Blessed Mom of 8 January 20, 2009 at 2:41 am

Jessica – great list!

I really enjoy reading Pete’s blog too! He is keeping it real this year!

Our family blog is about me being a Mom of 8 through Int’l adoption in the last 3 yrs and us being passionate followers of Christ!

I love digital scrapbooking and design stuff too!

Have a blessed night – give Elias a hug from our gang – the children think he is TOO cute!

In His amazin grace,


Elizabeth January 20, 2009 at 2:55 am

The New York Times’ mommy blog, Motherlode, reviewed a bunch of mommy (and daddy) blogs in December. They’re all great; http://www.mattlogelin.c om is a personal fave (and was featured in People this week!). And then the comments listed a bunch more. Check them out here:


grace January 20, 2009 at 7:04 am

i just second the comment about angie’s blog. such an encouragement. i also love gitzengirl’s blog…what a beautiful story both of these ladies share! i LOVE YOUR blog, jessica! such precious pictures of elias and such great scrapbooking tips!

(ya’ll can swing by my blog if you’re really hard up for reading material :-) i wont promise anything as good as jessicas, but…) :)


Julie January 20, 2009 at 3:15 pm

one of the best blogs ever is……you will be inspired by this modern mom who has 6 children and one on the way….
my blog is


Rachel Boldman January 21, 2009 at 1:38 am

I read most of the same ones you do. They are all wonderful! There are some great writers and even greater stories out there. My blog is

P.S. do you keep up with your old friend Dan P. on Facebook? If not, you need to look him up…he has been on some pretty amazing adventures!

Rachel B.


Sarah January 25, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I read a lot of the same ones.

I’d second the recommendation for MckMama over at

And another one that inspires me daily is Ann at Holy Experience. It’s at It’s like reading poetry from every entry.

And of course, a plug for myself…LOL


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