Ultimate Blog Party   96 comments

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

Hello and welcome to my blog! Thanks for stopping by. My name is Lana G! I am a MCWWNK (married Christian woman with no kids). I have a wonderful husband named Steve and we will have been married 20 years this July. We live in the state of Washington and I work in the state of California. This puts me on a plane two times a week, hence the name of my blog – Above the Clouds.


The fun part of this Ultimate Blogging Party is that today is my Blogging One Year Anniversary! Time flies when you are having fun! I must admit that I started blogging out of curiosity because of my sister Ellen. She started blogging and I found it fascinating and tried it out on the sly! But then I was hooked and I absolutely love blogging.


I really did not have a particular goal for my blog when I first started and now the following verses that Paul writes about in Philemon 4-7 are what I would like for people to experience here:

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

I want you to experience all that here and most of all that your heart is refreshed in the Lord! The way that I hope to do this is not only through what is written and shared here but also by my photography. That is why 99% of my posts include a photograph. I am not a professional by any means but I really enjoy photography.


One of my favorite things to do with my photos is to make collages as well as Bible verse photos. I do not go anywhere without my camera. I even take pictures at the grocery store! This makes for interesting photos to match a verse to and it also has allowed me to appreciate all the wonders of creation!


Blogging has blessed my socks off. I am so encouraged by the different blogs I visit. I love participating in several different memes and photography challenges during the week. Blogging keeps me up to date with friends and loved ones and they in turn are up to date on what is happening in our lives.


So, feel free to peek around my blog and I hope and pray that you will leave here refreshed and blessed!

Click here to see the other Ultimate Blog Party participants and join the fun!

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  1. You are a blessing for sure and especially to me! Love your blog and Love you!

  2. Hi there! I love your photos – they’re so gorgeous! I can’t really get into the 5minutesformoms.com website to post my own party, so I did a google for “Ultimate Blog Party” instead so i could start surfing. πŸ™‚ Finding awesome new blogs is always a great experience! I’m Lisa, 25 years old, married to a wonderful man name kevin, and our first baby is due in 9 weeks. πŸ™‚ Nice to meet ya! Well, I’m headed off to read through your blog…good luck with the blog party this week! πŸ˜€

  3. you have a lovely blog! I love your photos! the flowers are soothing.

  4. Great photos! Thanks for sharing. Stop by my party post if you’d like. πŸ™‚

  5. What beautiful floral photos! I even saw a hibiscus & anthurium! I was just over at your sister’s place and recognized that photo of the both of you. I have a sister and we’re inseparable! I can’t imagine my life without her!

    Anyway, thank you for throwing such a great party. You really know how to make your guests feel welcomed!

  6. Hi there! Came here via Geggie, and as Kailani said, what a welcome! I’m partying too if you’d like to come visit me:

    Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party!

    And happy blogiversary!

  7. Hey,
    Thanks for visiting. Hope you will come back and visit some more.

    Are you still having trouble getting to the site?
    I’ve been trying since midnight to get on and add to Mr.Linky and it says
    server can’t find the site.

    Oh yes…singing and Jesus and singing about Jesus are some of my favorite things.

    Love your photography!
    I’ll be back… oops..that sounded like the Terminator but don’t worry, I’m not dangerous. LOL

  8. Hi Lana!

    I was just by visiting your sister. You two are so cute!

    What an exciting job you have! (You may not think so, but this is coming from a person who never leaves the house!). And I bet taking pictures in a grocery store is fun. I’ve been dying to do that but am too chicken – what if someone tries to “escort” me from the store! lol That would be my luck.

    Your photos are simply gorgeous. You have quite the eye.

    Happy blogger-versary!

  9. BEAUTIFUL photos. I just visited your sister’s site. What a blessing the two of you are!

    Happy Blogoversary!

  10. I love your blog… the pictures are soo great!! I visited your sister’s site, too..

  11. your site and part of the party is amazing!!! I love your photography, but I think you already knew that!!! Hope you’re having a grand time visiting blogs! Party on, and don’t forget to stop by the 160!!

  12. nice to meet you. like your blog

  13. Hi Lana!

    I love your site and your photographs. Blessings to you today and always!


  14. Another partier who came via Google. (What would we do without Google?) As someone who has only flown once in 38 years, wow! Beautiful pictures!
    Please visit my party!

  15. And another from Google. I bet the 5 Minutes twins (for some reason their names escape me) are very dissappointed with their site being down on today of all days.

    I love your photos!! And I love your desire to encourage through your blog. I think I’m going to subscribe. :~)

    Feel free to stop by my party. http://timeandseason.blogspot.com

  16. Thanks for having us. And great party! Hope to see you stop by mine. πŸ™‚

  17. Yep, I’m here from a Google search, too. Obviously, we were all chompin’ at the bit to go to THAT extreme :).

    It’s nice to meet you. I tried to keep my post VERY brief this year, and now I’m thinking I at least need to go back and add a picture (thanks for the idea). You may not be a “professional”, but you have a GREAT eye for really seeing things…not everyone does. Your blog “speaks” encouragement, and as a “words of encouragement” girl, that means a lot to me. Yep…I’ve been blessed already :).

    Hope you’re able to visit my place.

  18. Both you and your sister take great photos.

    Come stop by my blog if you get a chance!

  19. I’m so relieved to know that I’m not the only one who is Googling blog party participants LOL!!! I am very excited to have found your blog and look forward to browsing around a bit more!!! Your photographs are inspiring and AMAZING!!! I’m so glad to “meet” you!


  20. W00t! The Blog Party is on! I love your photos, awesome! I was at your sister’s blog earlier, too, and y’all both have great blogs! Happy Blog Party!

    Visit my party at http://usr-bin-mom.com. I’m celebrating my 8th blogging anniversary and having a giveaway.

  21. Your photos are absolutley beautiful and inspiring. Keep spreading the Lord’s love!

  22. you take beautiful pictures thanks for sharing.

  23. Lovely photos! You are doing a fabulous job in spreading the words of God.

  24. I visit your sister’s blog most week for the Photo Hunt. I’m glad to meet you!

  25. Love the pics! That first one above the wing of a plane really is awesome.
    Party on!
    Tammy :):):)

  26. You have a wonderful blog! I wanted to stop by and say hello! It is nice to meet you!

  27. Stopping by to say Hi! Nice to meet you. Your pictures are beautiful & Happy Blogaversary!


  28. How very cool you are! I love your photo collages and totally agree with the verse you posted…that’s one of the best things about blogging to me…is seeing the different parts of the Body of Christ!

  29. Your photos are just lovely. Thanks so much for stopping by my party.

    Have a great week.

  30. Hi there! Here for the party:) You take beautiful photos!!

  31. Oh Lana, the flower collage is just spectacular! The colors are so vivid. I could go to Hawaii and take photos but they wouldn’t look like yours!

    You know I’ll be back regularly cause I love ya. You and Ellen are my inspirations. Thanks.
    XOXO kathy b

  32. Hey there! It’s so much fun to get to know everyone in such a fun way! Party on!

  33. Hello! I love all of your pictures! Enjoy the party!

  34. Wow, working in one state and living in another, I’m not sure I could handle that. Unless I worked in Kansas since it’s just 18 miles from me (I’m in Colorado). Happy Partying!

  35. I love the scripture from Philemon. And your photos are gorgeous! You have a peachy hibiscus photo that looks nearly identical to one that I took when we went to Kauai last April. They’re just gorgeous!

    Please check out our blog party, with nine giveaways!


  36. I love love love your photography skills! I am a photographer and would be taking advantage of all the opportunities to shoot just as you have. Wow —- what amazing opportunities!! Your flowers are gorgeous. I love shooting flowers, too. I am actually giving away a prize at my blog . . . it’s a canvas gallery wrapped photo. I think you would be interested! πŸ™‚ Hope you can stop by. Great job on your work and I hope to be back. Happy blogging and have a great party! http://purple-valley.blogspot.com

  37. p.s. my mom’s name is Lana πŸ™‚

  38. Hi ! I love this post ! How exciting that you work in California and live in Washington !!!

    I love your flower photos !! I’m a ‘budding’ photographer as well ! πŸ™‚

    I have to ask, how did you get the photos all together in squares like that ?

    I’m going over to check out your sisters blog now …

    My party is happening HERE

  39. Happy Bloggoversary! Loved your beautiful photos. I have family that lives in Western Washington.

  40. Lovely blog! Great photos!

    Join me at my parties!

    Win a handmade pocket place mat:

    Win Chocolates:

    Visit me at A Cup of Joy for Missions Month:

  41. Your photos are gorgeous.

  42. I see two smiles exactly alike. Sisterhood is special, isn’t it.

  43. Hi, Lana! So nice to meet you!

    I love the verse you shared from Philemon and, my goodness, what beautiful photos! I will be back soon for a another visit.

  44. Happy blogiversary! I enjoy your gorgeous photos — as well as your other content, too! πŸ˜€

  45. Hi, Congratulations on your one year anniversary. Your photos are beautiful. They made think of my mother in law.

  46. I love all the beautiful flowers!! So glad I stopped by!!

  47. Your flower photos are beautiful! Tulips are my favorite and I post pics of them pretty often on my blog. Nice to met you πŸ™‚

  48. Hi Lana,
    Your sister Ellen and I are PhotoHunters. hehe…

    Nice to meet you. Greetings from Singapore. Just drop in to say hello!

  49. What beautiful photos! You’re quite talented. I love the creative name of your blog too. Happy partying and…..happy bloggy anniversary. Stop by and visit me at Shane Shares or http://www.adhdguide.blogspot.com when you can. πŸ™‚

  50. Love all those flower pics! πŸ™‚

  51. What gorgeous photos! I love it!

  52. Your blog is a breath of fresh air. Your life sounds so full and fun. I love your photos!

  53. What a great blog you have. I just love it here. Beautiful photos!!
    Enjoy the party.
    Our Happy Happenings
    Livin’ With Me

  54. That’s so funny, I was just at your sister’s blog yesterday. I’ve started going through the Mr. Linky one at a time now. Your collages are beautiful but I don’t envy your commute. I’m a SAHM with twin 2 year old daughters and my favorite part of staying home was not having to go 25 minutes to work every day. And that’s just 25 minutes!

    It was nice to “meet” you and I hope you enjoy the party. Congrats on your 1 year blogoversary!

  55. I love your blog! You have beautiful photos! It was nice to meet you. Congrats on your 1 year blogversary. Stop by and say hello. Happy Partying!

  56. Hi. There. And happy blog a versary! I came over for the party and just love your photo’s and what you do with scripture. I was Blessed.
    Thank you for inviting us over. I have a little party going on too over at my blog. I hope you come by and visit. I have just started learning to add text to photo’s and I have been playing around too with putting scripture in my pictures. I am just learning. Maybe you can give me some pointers. Thanks again. And I’ll be back soon.

  57. Thank you so much for stopping by! I love your post. You have so many beautiful photos and versus. Happy party hopping and Happy Blogiversary???? LOL

  58. very cool that you get to fly to and from work!

  59. Great Party. Just wanted to say hey. Have fun partying! The Psalm 23 collage is more than awesome. LOVE IT!!!

  60. Hey Lana! I absolutely love your photographs! They rock! And congrats on your 20 year anniversary coming up. Time flies! Have a great time with this party. Stop by and say hello!

  61. I love your photos. Funny, I’ve never flown and the first time I’ll be in a plane… I’m jumping out (this May while skydiving).

    Have a great party.

  62. Wow. Great shots! I’m also a photographer and have recently gotten in to Picasa’s photo collages. πŸ˜‰ Love love love them!

    Enjoyed meeting you. Your life sounds really interesting. πŸ™‚

  63. Beautiful site – happy ultimate blog party!

  64. Hi Lana! I think I’ve visited you a couple times before…and didn’t realize you were Ellen’s sister!
    What a beautiful party post this is!
    Love the photos and learning a bit about you!

    Stop by my party and say hi if you can!


  65. Love your photography! And another Washington State girl, even better! I am just stumbling upon the Blog Party…but I’m enjoying it so far!

  66. Well, your pics look wonderful, so keep clicking away…a feast for the eyes…

    Hope you can stop and party at my place and God Bless you!

  67. Sounds like an interesting life!! Your pictures are beautiful … Blessings!

    ~Heather πŸ™‚

  68. Nice photo’s! I wish I could take a decent picture. I used to live in Vancouver, Washington, but moved recently to Gresham Oregon.

  69. You have some great photos on this site.

    michelle rosborough
  70. It is wonderful to meet you! Your photos are simply gorgeous and I absolutely love the Bible Verse photos! Wow! Hope you’re enjoying the party!

  71. Great photos! I love them.

    Stop by my blog party if you get a chance. Thanks

    Be Thrifty Like Us

  72. love your photos! happy blog party!

  73. On a plane two times a week must be exciting, but tiring. Beautiful picture there, happy partying!

  74. Happy one year blogaversary! How exciting!
    And wow – traveling that far for work! Hats off to you – planes terrify me! I supposed it I flew that often though, I’d get over my fear VERY fast LOL

  75. Hi. Great site. I love your photos, especially the pictures of the water!

  76. Wow, your photography is wonderful. Have a great time in the party!

  77. Happy belated blog-versary! Beautiful site and amazing photos! Happy Blog Party! πŸ™‚

  78. Your blog is lovely. God has truly blessed you with a beautiful gift. I love what you did by putting the scriptures with your photographs. You said you’re not a professional, but you sure can fool me. I am placing you on my favorite places to visit on my blog.

    Thanks for having me at your party. I will definitely be back again. You are welcome to party with me.

    Stay Bless and Blog on!!

  79. Great Pictures
    Just passing threw the party saying hi to a few people before I pack it in for the night.
    Great Blog! Blessings

  80. Wow! This is AMAZING! So many bloggers!

  81. wonderful pictures!

    happy blogparty! greetings from austria!

  82. Lovelt pictures. I cpuld stare at them for ages. I ahve a huge thing for color, and your colors are really striking!

    And it’s wonderful to see such gratitude. πŸ˜€ Lovely to meet you.

  83. Hi it is so nice to meet you!! I love meeting other married christian woman. You have a great site!! Blogging is so addictive lol:)

  84. What wonderful photos! It’s been a long winter here, and the flowers make me long for spring. It’s nice to meet you. Great party. Hope you’ll stop by my blog party.

  85. Hello Lana G – good to meet you! We have a lot in common. I’m also married, Christian, married 19 years, no kids, and I telecommute (no flying) We live in Missouri but I work for a company in New York. Thanks for hosting this party; wonderful blog you have and I love your photos. Stop by my place later if you’re in the neighborhood. Happy Party Hopping!

    A Flyover Blog

  86. What A Party Thank you This Is Great

  87. You have the most beautiful blog. I love pictures with Bible verses with them and i love Paul. I am also a MCWWNK. πŸ™‚

  88. Happy Blog Party!

  89. Your pictures are awesome! Thanks for letting me stop by your party πŸ™‚

  90. Hello Lana,
    Nice to “meet” you. I live in CA, but I did also live in Washington at one point in my life. I admire your ability to fly. I am afraid of flying and I have been undergoing Virtual Flying Therapy to be able to get on a plane and take a weekend with my hubby. We have 5 kids and this will be the first time I have flied in about 12 years. I could sure use a break with him though. I absolutely love your photo art! It is so nice to get to know you!

  91. Wonderful blog. I’m thinking about doing it myself.

  92. Hi there!
    Just out party-hopping – love yours!
    Stop in and say hi when you have the chance!

    Happy Bloggerversary, too!

  93. Hello from Kentucky. Just stopping by from the Blog Party. Hope you are enjoying it.

  94. Just popping in, even thought it’s a tad bit late. I’m always late to the party! Love your photos!

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  96. Hello Lana, nice to meet you. Your photographs are breathtakingly beautiful. Flowers are uplifting just like the word of God. Will drop by again.

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