a little about me…

Hi! My name is Johanna Spaulding and I am a youth minister’s wife and a stay-at-home-mom. I live a crazy life but a very blessed one also! I have three children, Katherine, 6, Annabelle, 5, and Noah, 3. I love serving at church alongside my husband as his helpmate. I love working with the youth of our church family, especially the girls. I also snuggle, cook, clean, wipe away tears, fix boo boos, play with my kids, organize, chauffeur, and love on my family. My hobbies are crocheting, running, painting, crafting and baking. I hope to stay connected to other moms and connect with new ones through my blog about life, being in a ministry family, motherhood, homemaking and everything in between :)

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49 thoughts on “a little about me…

  1. Love your blog. Lots of great ideas here! And what a special treat to see another Johanna. We share the same name.

    Posted by Johanna E. | April 27, 2012, 12:37 pm
  2. Me Too!!! I’m also Johanna E.! reading your profile, in many ways it sounded like my own life :) love your blog as well!

    Posted by Johanna Elisa Paster | April 29, 2012, 12:54 pm
  3. like this

    Posted by Nataliya | June 13, 2012, 12:39 pm
  4. I just found you blog, haven’t gotten all the way thru it yet. I am yet another Johanna, from the frozen north known as Alaska.

    Posted by Johanna | September 9, 2012, 5:53 pm
  5. Wow Just found your blog and found it extremely interesting. I too am a stay at home mom…. One happy one at that! I have 4 children 2 boys and 2 girls… And blessed with 2 grandchildren. I home school our 11 year old because public schools would not understand acceptance of ADHD. And your page so far just from the few things I have seen is helping me do a few things with him. AWESOME. Thanks so much for giving. We send roses. Visit my Blog to understand that. It is a treasure in itself.

    C

    Posted by m0ther0fmany | September 12, 2012, 8:22 pm
  6. love this blog, enjoyed everything and u helped give me such awesome ideas to do with my monsters lol- thank u and i can’t wait for more of ur great ideas n recipes ;)

    Posted by Roxanne | September 12, 2012, 9:59 pm
  7. This is Debbie Tomerlin from San Angelo, Tx!!! I am so blessed I found your sight. I am a retired math teacher after 30 years. You are to be commended for all you do!! Bless you and your family!

    Posted by Debbie Tomerlin | September 12, 2012, 10:46 pm
  8. Love the blog! I’m a youth pastors wife and a stay at home mom too! :)

    Posted by Erin K. | October 10, 2012, 5:10 pm
  9. I like the way you live in the now. I’m not particularly religious but I see how you how you enjoy every moment with sensitivity and that to me is a very great faith.

    Posted by Dawn | November 2, 2012, 8:06 am
  10. Hi Joanna, I love your Time Out Bottles but I have a question. In the very beginning, you mention “3/4″…but not what it is. I soooo want to make these for my 3 yr old grandaughter but not sure what you are referring to.

    Posted by Louwanna Y. | February 15, 2013, 1:54 pm
  11. For your time out bottles could you please send me specific measurements to make these in the smart water bottle. I am so not good with guessing and would love to make a few of these for my kids and nieces.
    Thanks

    Posted by Florence | February 18, 2013, 7:41 pm
    • I don’t have specific measurements since each bottle I just add and subtract based on how long I want it to take to settle. Some of my commenters have posted some measurements they have used if you scroll down through the comments though.

      Posted by crazyblessedlife | February 20, 2013, 1:49 pm
  12. Enjoyed reading ur blog. Lovely ideas . Keep writing :)

    Posted by Tabita | April 17, 2013, 4:06 pm
  13. Hi Johanna, your blog is beautiful. I love the honest, heartfelt and passionate way that you write. My husband was a youth minister for quite a few years (I was a worship leader at our local church for about 4 years also) but we’ve taken some time off after getting married (2 years in November!). It was weird at first; getting used to NOT serving after serving for so long. Both of us grew up in the church and served in various roles before going into the ministry roles above. I love God, I love my church… but far out, being in ministry is tiring!! We definitely feel like we did the right thing by giving each other more time, rather than being at church a few nights per week plus weekends. Argh! You sound beautiful inside and out. I am sure your husband loves and values all of the support that you provide for him and your church family. It’s a pleasure to have found your blog. We don’t have children yet but it’s lovely to read about the adventures you’re having with yours!
    Sending you a hug from Australia, Laura (darn it, I’m not another Johanna, sorry!) xx

    Posted by laurasmess | June 15, 2013, 10:31 pm
  14. Dear Johanna,

    I hope all is well! My name is Lauren and I am a contributing writer for Care.com, a site that helps connect families and caregivers. As part of our service we also offer tons of free articles and resources for a kid-friendly audience.

    I wanted to let you know that we have featured your Pool Noodle Horses (http://mycrazyblessedlife.com/2013/05/13/pool-noodle-horses/) in our latest article on Summer Crafts for Kids! We absolutely love your work and have linked back to your site from our piece. You can see it here: http://www.care.com/child-care-27-mothers-day-gift-ideas-kids-can-make-p1017-q27797072.html

    We will be promoting the article through our social channels and we would love for you to share it with your blog and/or social followers as well!

    Thanks so much!

    Best,
    Lauren

    Posted by Lauren | July 9, 2013, 10:08 am
  15. Hi Johanna,
    So sorry, I included the wrong link for the Summer Crafts for Kids Roundup!
    Here is the correct link: http://www.care.com/child-care-62-summer-crafts-for-kids-p1017-q30457360.html

    thanks again!
    lauren

    Posted by Lauren | July 9, 2013, 10:10 am
  16. That is fine! Thank you for the citing my blog :) that’s all I ask. Good luck!

    Posted by crazyblessedlife | August 17, 2013, 11:53 pm
  17. I would love to write about your relaxation/time out bottles! I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and I will be guest posting on a pretty big SLP bloggers website about them! I wanted your permission as these are clearly not my idea :) I will link to your post and also be facebook and pinterest promoting the post! I will share things I found helpful when making them, pictures of the process and ways we will be using them in Speech-Language Pathology and Resource Room! Let me know if this is okay!

    Posted by Rachel | August 21, 2013, 10:20 pm
    • I’m so glad you found it helpful and want to use it! I am fine if you want to write about it and give tips that worked for you. My only request is that you refer back to my post for the initial “how-to”. I appreciate that you want to give me credit for my ideas :) Thanks!

      Posted by crazyblessedlife | August 22, 2013, 5:17 pm
      • Oh yes! Giving credit is soo important!! I make my own products and I would hope people treat my things the same way :) Practice what you preach! I will leave a link to my post when it’s published if you want to check it out!

        Posted by Rachel | August 22, 2013, 9:25 pm
  18. Just found your blog! I am a mom to soon to be 3 boys in dec, I currently have a 3 and a 1 year old, and am also a ministry wife. My husband just moved out of youth to church planting this year so its going to be crazy! love to feel like I am not alone on those hard days. Good to find you.
    Lauren

    Posted by Lauren Harnett | August 26, 2013, 5:33 pm
  19. Question about glitter glue for time out bottles…do you think it matters what kind of glitter glue you use?,

    Posted by Carrie | October 1, 2013, 8:16 pm
  20. Hello, I just shared one of your blog posts on KikkyBoo Books fan page, hope that is ok. I’m a children’s author. Great blog, I’ll be back to read more.
    Blessings
    Christine
    http://www.kikkyboo.com

    Posted by Christine Noble | October 6, 2013, 6:10 pm
  21. Loving reading your creative ideas! Im a Say At Home Mum as well with 3 kids under 6 (my youngest is also named Noah) and also a youth pastors wife, but living in Australia!! Thanks for your ideas im going to use the bottle idea for my second (who’s two) as time out is horrible at the moment. Although im going to have to do a shorter one as i think 5 mins might be to long for him, but its a great idea for my 5 year old! Keep the ideas coming its great to see other young mums still doing ministry! Its hard work, but so worth it to see our kids grow up in a awesome church family!!

    Posted by Jenny | October 6, 2013, 11:43 pm
  22. Your blog was recommended on facebook, and I am so glad it was! I am a stay at home longing to be a mother and am loving reading your blog. So far today I have cried, laughed and wondered at some of your blogs. Thank you for sharing and helping – God bless.

    Posted by Lorna | October 15, 2013, 10:08 am
  23. Thank you for your bloc. I’m a SAHM too. I used to be a teacher and am starting yo muss it, but not enough to trade being at home! My oldest two are also girls and are 11 months and 4 days apart. I love meeting other moms whose children are so close! Now they are 5 and 4 and my youngest (a boy) is 15 months. I can so relate to your blog! Thank you!

    Posted by Sarah | October 17, 2013, 10:34 pm
  24. Hi there! I love your blog! Just wondering if you have a facebook page for your blog as well?

    Posted by Melissa | October 18, 2013, 6:37 pm
  25. I know you probably get this a lot, but I wanted to just wanted to say it myself. Thank you for being a true woman of God, and standing by your husband, I am a minister, and I know how hard it is to be a minister’s wife, and you seem to have it down. I just wanted to tell you that! God Bless you, and your husband in all you do!

    Posted by Pastor Jasib | October 19, 2013, 8:43 am
  26. Have tried to make these, but having some difficulty. Used hot water to help glue dissolve, but then when i shake it to mix it together, I get a lot of foam/bubbles at the top.
    Any hints/suggestions? Really want this to work.

    Posted by Jill | November 14, 2013, 9:28 pm
  27. Im new to your site, just wondering if you home educate?

    Posted by C Brown | November 20, 2013, 9:49 am
  28. I am a new dad and I came across your blog by happenstance. I love some of your ideas! The glitter bottle timer and play-dough stress ball are two of many ideas that I plan on using!
    -Randal

    Posted by Randal | November 22, 2013, 10:29 am
  29. Hi! How do I follow your blog?

    Posted by Araceli Herroz | November 22, 2013, 4:58 pm
  30. You look WAY too young to be the mother of three children! (You really are blessed!) I was wondering if you had any comments on my poetry:

    http://dbgb1986.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/im-posting-three-short-poems/

    Have a blessed and cherished day!

    With peace, kindness, and truth,
    Danny

    Posted by dbgb1986 | January 13, 2014, 4:05 pm
  31. Do you know of a kind of glue that can be used for this that will not absorb the color of the glitter. I’m doing something specially themed, with red glitter, but I need the liquid to be clear (not pink or rosey) when all the glue has settled.

    Posted by david sanders | January 21, 2014, 6:32 pm
  32. Hi Johanna. This is going maybe be a weird question but are you from Minnesota? My sisters best friend growing up was Johanna and now she is a youth pastors wife with 3 kids. Just really similar. Weird huh? If you want to email privately
    A
    spencer_g0(at)yahoo.com

    Posted by Jessica garrett | March 26, 2014, 3:43 pm

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