Thursday, April 3, 2014

Welcome Party Guests to My 2014 Ultimate Blog Party Post!

Hello! My name is Julie Cornewell. This is my first year participating in the Ultimate Blog Party. I can't wait to meet all of you!

This is me. I am a 38 year old freelance writer and blogger. I am a single mother and I have five children ranging in ages 13 months to 20 years old. I am a political and latte junkie, bibliophile, feminist, and newbie at attachment parenting.

This is my 13 month old daughter Skylar. She likes growling, saying the word "hi" over and over, and pushing the buttons on the computer keyboard.

This is my 9 year old daughter Lily. She likes making doll furniture out of cardboard and duct tape, gymnastics, and has a talent for choosing stylish outfits.

This is my 13 year old son Bailey. He likes computer games, the family dog Yogi, and buys a donut everyday after school from the bakery.

This is my 18 year old daughter Jaylee. She is a singer and songwriter who plays the guitar, refused to wear dresses since the age of three, and has an active social life.

This is my 20 year old son Zachary. He loves music, just recently graduated from Heritage College, works at McDonald's, and is a medical intern. 

I had my first child when I was a senior in high school and married my first husband months later while still in school. We divorced after five years. I tell people that he was my "practice husband." 

I didn't get permission to share his photo so I found the closest likeness that I could. 

Then a few years after my divorce, I found a wonderful man named Scott who loved me and my oldest children like they were his very own. We fell instantly in love and were engaged within a month. I shared 8 years of marriage with him until he died unexpectedly in a car accident on Oct. 11, 2006.

This blog is about my life as a divorced, widowed single mother. It is about parenting children of all ages. I have to deal with diapers and teething all at the same time I deal with my kids moving out and going to college and everything in between. I have always had a traditional way of parenting but am learning to practice attachment parenting.

I have always had feminist views but I wasn't a practicing one. I stayed home raising the kids while my husband worked and took care of us. The extent of my feminist ideals was that we had equal share of chores in the home. After he died, I was completely on my own. I had to be the woman and the man of the house. My views evolved more out of necessity than choice. Single parents are more likely to be in poverty than any other group. I want to use this blog to empower women, especially single mothers, to improve their lives.

This doesn't mean I don't still blog about the domestic arts. Even feminists need to do laundry, clean the house, and cook dinner.

From time to time I actually blog about dating. My dating life was far more active before my daughter was born but I'm itching to get back out there. I look forward to being able to blog about meeting my future husband and how our relationship grows. 

I'm sorry that this post ran far longer than I planned, so thank you so much if you have read this far. I'm glad to have this opportunity to share what my blog is about. Enjoy the party!
Before you go, be sure to leave the link to your 2014 Ultimate Blog Party post!


  1. WOW!!!!

    You have done more living and parenting in 38 years than I could ever imagine doing in 83 years.

    Your post was wonderful... you had me laughing at your practice husband's photo and then almost crying with the loss of your second husband. I can't even imagine.

    Thanks so much for sharing your story and for joining the UBP. :)

    1. Sorry for that abrupt change in emotion! I was wondering if it might be too much in a short span of time. Thank you for visiting my blog, the opportunity to share my link, and for the twitter post. There must be a team of you all very, very busy right now!

  2. I can't imagine going through what you have! Like you I have five children too and I don't know how I would be able to raise them without my husband.

    It is so nice to "meet you!" Just dropping by for #UBP14. I love meeting new bloggers and finding new blogs to read. You have a great site here! I hope you find the time to visit both of my blogs.

    Have a terrific day!

    1. To be honest the difference in parenting my kids before and after my husband died wasn't really all the much different. I was always the primary caregiver so that role didn't change all that much. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  3. Oh my gosh, the donkey CRACKED ME UP! What a great attitude you have despite all you've been through!!

    How are you liking the Hands Free Parenting book??

    Happy UBP14!!!

    1. Don't let the post fool you. Most days I'm on the brink of a nervous breakdown. lol

      Hands Free Parenting has made me realize how much this darn computer and phone are interfering with me being a parent. I'm starting to implement Hands Free time and enjoy my kids much more.

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

  4. OH, I think I'm still laughing over that practice picture!!

    It sounds like you have a house full of love with all your babies!

    Enjoy the party! If you get a chance, stop by!

    1. If by love you mean total chaos then yes. lol

      Thank you for visiting my blog!

  5. Hey, I think my practice husband must be a distant relative to yours. {Ha ha ha} Loved the phrase and photo. You are an inspiration.

    Hopping over from UBP14!

  6. Oh my goodness! I don't know how you do it being a single mom to 5! I am so so sorry to hear about your husband who passed away. It's very difficult to lose the ones we love (I lost my mom when I was 20).

    Stopping in from the UBP14!

  7. That's an awesome assignment. The Lord must have a lot of faith in your abilities.

    1. It is so funny that you wrote that because I always say "God I know you don't give me anything I can't handle, but I wish you didn't have so much faith in me."



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