Friday, June 27, 2008

Welcome to the World

A Place to Dream, by Susan Rios from Susan Rios Inc. and Pierside Galleries.

I would just like to warmly welcome my new friends on the web who have viewed my blog in the last couple of days, and some old friends who have visited again, from the following places: (Outside of the U.S., these represent only one visit each.)

St. Vincent and the Grenadines






Russian Federation



Hong Kong


Puerto Rico
Okay, I'll list Florida. Yes, it is like a different country.


2 Romania



Burkina Faso (this is in Africa: see someone's comment)



3 Israel




5United Kingdom










Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ireland, Republic of



South Africa










Korea, Republic of
Trinadad and Tobago
2 New Zealand
2 Guatemala


KTHunter said...

Wow! What a wide readership! Congratulations!

I am finally learning how to knit. I have a bit of a learning challenge when it comes to loops and knots, but with a good teacher I am now able to cast on and do the knit stitch. Now I just need to learn purl and bind off, and I am good to go. I have tried to learn from books before, but I just couldn't get it. A friend of mine sat down with me and in the space of an hour she had turned me into a "knittin' fool". I bought some bamboo needles, and they are so much easier to work with than the metal ones.

I've always been a cross-stitcher. I'm happy to be able to add to my skills this way. It is so nice to be able to take a skein of yarn and turn it into something beautiful!

Anonymous said...

How lovely it is to know that we are not alone in our conviction in guarding our own little corner of the world. Serving our families with a loving and patient heart is no small feat, but your blog has been a fountain of blessing for us homemakers to continue to guard our post with gratitude and joy!

Lydia said...

Mrs. H. you are too kind. While I appreciate the compliment, I hope these visitors will enjoy the other homemaker sites too.

Anonymous said...

It's good to see how many places your blog is read & enjoyed! I know I'm glad I found it....there have been more than a few days when what you wrote was exactly what I needed to see!

many thanks,

Lynda said...

What did you use to see where your reader's are from?

I come here and love to be inspired and uplifted. I guard my children and my home. I am considered somewhat weird but that is okay with me. That just means I'm not conforming to worldly standards.

to the first poster.. congrats on learning to knit! I learned how to knit and am loving it! I am knitting dishcloths right now for my home. You will love all the ideas that you can get from knitting for your home, family, and friends!

Lydia said...

I love the knit dishcloths. They last longer and work better. There is a familiar homeiness to them.

I use StatCounter from Ireland. It shows a flag of each country, and it is so colorful and interesting.

Anonymous said...

This is an amazing readership! You have so much to say - wonderful :)



Lydia said...

Well don't get too excited. All the countries outside of the US represent only one visit and one person!

Anonymous said...

Love your site. So do a lot of others it seems. Thanks for the encouragement. God bless your efforts.


Sue said...

That is quite a list. I know that I get a lot of your readers visiting my blog from the statistics on my Site Meter. Many do not stay long but I thought you might enjoy knowing that your readers are visiting the blogs that you have listed in your side bar.

Anonymous said...

How fun to discover your site and then a few days later have an official welcome :) I found you via Anna at Domestic Felicity. Since then I have been eagerly reading your past posts and checking out some of your links. Thank you so much for your vitally needed ministry - it is so easy to to feel alone in following God's will, especially in this day and age. As a young woman living at home and not going to college, it means a lot to have some encouragment.

Thanks again,

From 'Canada' :)

Kimberline said...

Well Lydia,

It might only be one, but then it will be two and three and more! I was just so blessed to see all of the places.

No matter what the country, people still want to make home a cozy and loving place. Sometimes it is the only calm place in restless times.

Seems to me that I am seeing all the corners of the earth represented. What a JOY! What an opportunity!

For you knitters...WAY to go! I don't yet know how to do that, but I want to learn to crochet a bit better and just saw "hardanger" lace which is made on counted cross stitch fabric. Beautiful stuff and it looks easy :) I'm inspired to try something NEW!

Welcome to the visitors from all places, don't be shy! Post a hello so we can welcome you by name :)


Lydia said...

I rarely get visits from New Zealand or Hawaii, and haven't gotten anything from Mongolia or Russia.

Samalah said...

Dear Lady Lydia,

I am a visitor from New Zealand who has been regularly reading your blog for over a year now, and it has been a huge encouragement and blessing to me! I love your long articles and the mixture of craft, scripture, encouragement, home hints, etiquette and manners... Just a perfect mixture, and much appreciated! I may not show on your statistics as I am subscribed through an RSS Reading program, but be encouraged that even little NZ has a faithful readership!

In Christ,


Lydia said...

Great. I'll add you to the above list. One person from each country is actually quite wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Lady Lydia
I am your reader from France, I am a long time reader, but this is my first comment !
I really enjoy your blog, I discovered it about 3 years ago via the LAF website
I like to read in english and I find your blog very uplifting...

Anonymous said...

Well I often visit here to read and be blessed ( my 12 year old daughter loves your site too)and I am from New Zealand !! God BLess

Anonymous said...

Hmm, I don't know if your stat counter works quite right - someone commented above about being the 1 from Canada ....but so am I LOL...

I love this site. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hello Lady Lydia,

I'm another reader from France ! I visit daily, and sometimes print your articles to read them quietly. Thank you so much for your wise words !

A french mom of 6

Lydia said...

Lady in still shows up today as only 1 visitor from changes daily, so I suspect when you come, maybe others aren't on there at the same time.. These stats are from yesterday. Usually, besides the US, there is only 1 visit per country, and occasionally, it shows 2. It is a lot of fun to see the world map on StatCounter

Mrs. JD said...

Dear Lady Lydia,

Though you haven't gotten any readers who are physically in Russia, you certainly have a Russian reader! I live in Kentucky though, so it's not quite as exciting :)

As a young woman in my second year of marriage and expecting our first child, I've greatly enjoyed your blog. And my husband has certainly benefited from what I've learned here! I certainly wish I had read what you wrote about the first year at home before I spent my first marriage year working, causing great harm to my family and putting a great strain on my self (especially during my first trimester when I was trying to teach at two different schools and my home literally fell apart).

Thank you for providing such thought provoking words on the internet!

God bless,
Mrs. JDS

P.S. I'm a crocheter who recently learned to knit. Now if I can only learn to sew. My older sister, who lived in Russian for more of her life than I did is able to sew beautiful garments for herself and others. My mother sews as well, but I somehow have never been able to grasp sewing, though I learned my first stitches at the age of 4.

Kimberline said...

Welcome to the people who popped on to say hello. I was so glad to see posts from new readers and those who have been reading for awhile but just now said hello.

Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home? It is so nice to know that women in all the places of the globe care about making a home.

Again, Welcome ladies! It is so nice to meet new people :)

Anonymous said...

Lady Lydia, I thought you'd like to know that I can tell from my Site Meter that many of my visitors are due to the link to my blog that is in your sidebar. Thank you! (o:

Dawn said...

I am probably the reader from Germany. :-)

But in a little over a week, the site meter will say Texas instead as that's where we are moving July 4th :-)

I have been thinking of adding a site meter to see who is visiting me and where, but, eh...I like the mysteriousness of it instead.

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!


Paula said...

I might be your 'United Kingdom' reader. I live in Staffordshire in England. I've been reading your blog for over a year and I love it. I was brought up by my wonderful mother who taught me the value of homemaking, but I now live a long way from her. I don't have any 'real life' friends who feels as I do about the importance of house and home, so it is so uplifting to come to a site like this and be so encouraged.

King regards,

Anonymous said...

hello - i'm from the philippines =)

Anonymous said...

I've been without internet for about three weeks, but usually I read your blog regulary and enjoy it tremendously.

Malgomaj, Sweden

Anonymous said...

Hello, I´m from Argentina, I often read your blog and sometimes print your articles and keep them.
Thank you for all your work and effort.
Kind regards,

Anonymous said...

Hello! You can add Portugal to your list!
Catholic Maria

Anonymous said...

Dear Lady Lydia, I visit regularly, and I too first discovered you via LAF. Your site is very precious to me as it reinforces all the things my mother taught me and that I had left behind as I "caught" the world's way. Reading what you write is not only refreshing but bringing back to me all the things that my beautiful Christian mother taught me, and I in my arrogance thought was old fashioned. I am so thankful that now the Lord has shown me a better way and am putting all into practice. Difficult in some areas, but you are a help and inspiration. I must tell you that I am exceedingly grateful to you for all the effort you put into this, and of course the research into Bible truth. Thank you, Antonia Australia

Anonymous said...

Dear Lady Lydia,
I'm the reader from the Netherlands. Your site inspires me to keep my house clean and pleasant for our family of four. It helps me to think about the job and tasks God had in mind for me.
Keep on posting, and please do not become discouraged by negative comments from some persons.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm your Alaska reader! I'm 26 years old with three little children, and I love the Victoriana eye-candy. ;) Your advice and commentary is much like the sort of subversive advice my grandma gives. Enjoy it all very much.

Lydia said...

smile...I had a couple similar to that in my home and I could see the stress it played on them both. I wondered if the untrained child would one day strain the marriage so badly that they would not have good memories together, or break up. I think we should make our children pleasant to be around, a compliment to the marriage, and able to successfully duplicate the family structure themselves, with great confidence. The out of control children are often not taught, and they become even more destructive to the parents marriage.

Kimberline said...

Dear Goldilocks,

Hello and welcome. Could you maybe explain what you mean by "subversive?" That tends toward a negative connotation and I'm not sure you were in any way suggesting what is here is negative for you. I get the feeling you are liking what you see here and are saying it is similar to the advice your grandma gives. Most grandmas give very wise advice, so I am thinking you like what your grandma has advised for you?

Did you mean the advice here tends to go against the "norm?" I know with my experience I'd have to say it does tend to go against what has become normative in our culture. That is why I love it here!

I'm just trying to fully understand your post, Goldilocks. While what we tend to discuss here might be considered rather "subversive" or counter culture according to society, many of us feel it is not subversive, but is rather an agreement to follow a Biblical calling.

Please, do post again and tell us about your home there in Alaska! I've always wanted to see Alaska and used to dream of living in a cabin there. It wasn't a very realistic dream, because I wasn't going to have any electricity, but planned to light the house with oil lanterns and bake my bread in the fireplace. LOL. I am so thankful SOME dreams don't actually come true!

Again, welcome! Good to see you here.



Anonymous said...

I'm extremely grateful for all you write dearest Lydia. Hello from Australia. Love from L.M.L.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I mean that Grandma always, whenever I talk about how I vaguely plan to go back to work "when the kids are a little bigger" (in a slightly apologetic tone) comments "now, you don't need to be out there working, now or five years or twenty or forty years from now."

She also comments on how men NEED to be kept occupied in the working world and in leadership roles at church, as they lack the imagination that woman have to make something nice out of approximately nothing. She says it is unfair of women to deprive the poor men of their places in the outer world; they don't know how to live meaningfully without their titles and such, but we do.

I think she's kind of right; churches, for instance, where the "titles" (deacons, elders, pastor, etc) aren't reserved for the men tend not to HAVE any men in them after awhile. They just quit coming altogether if they cannot feel that they have some authority over the whole show.

That's what I mean by subversive. It has a positive ring to me. LOL. She makes me laugh, and she's right more often than she isn't.

Kimberline said...

Goldilocks...Ok. GOTCHA! I just wanted to make sure I was understanding exactly what you meant.

You know, I think I had a grandma pretty much like your grandma. But wow, I just don't know HOW I got the mom I did! Grandma advice and mom's advice were poles apart :)

Thanks for coming back to expand on what you posted. I'm glad you did! Again, welcome and I hope you will post more now that you have introduced yourself.

I'm still hoping you will talk about what it is like to keep home in Alaska!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lady Lydia, I also like to read your blog and I come from the island of Malta (Europe), I am married to a wonderful man and we have been blessed by the Lord with two precious daughters.

Keep up the good work!


Anonymous said...

I read your blog regularly (though I rarely post) and I'm in Alaska, too. But we really are part of the US. ;) I greatly appreciate how uplifting your site is.
Janice in Alaska

Lydia said...

I like listing Alaska separately, just like I do Hawaii. I never have visits from Hawaii or Puerto Rico and so when Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico Visit, I like to list them. Makes the count larger ;-)

Sarah R said...

Florida is like a different country, right? That's where I'm from. I love your blog, Lady Lydia. I grew up in a very feministic household and so I'm learning from the wise ladies on the Internet!

Lydia said...

If you are home teaching your children, I would recommend StatCounter, from Ireland. It is free and has a map and the flags to match the countries. I have had quite a lesson in geography these last couple of days. When the little kids are visiting, they like to see the statcounter because of the flags and the map. Then they like to find out something about the various countries such as language, food, customs, etc.

Simply Heart And Home said...

It is delightful to see visitors from foreign lands visiting our blogs, isn't it! Sometimes I wonder what they think. I love when people comment but understand when others do not.

Have a lovely afternoon,


Anonymous said...

Burkina Faso is an African country located directly north of Benin, Togo and Ghana and south of Mali on the North western part of Africa near the Cote d'Ivoire

Steph said...

I am another reader from Alaska, but from way north than where I think you lived Miss Lydia.
I thank the Lord for this site, arriving at just the right time in my life when I was beginning to refocus, decompress from over 30 years of "impending doom" type thinking, and finally figure out how to sit at His feet and still and quiet my soul.

It is a breath of fresh air that He breathes to my heart, for which I am grateful!

Anonymous said...

I'll be the (English) reader from Burkina Faso...preparing for marriage soon and trying to learn all I can beforehand.