Ultimate Blog Party 2013 with 5 Minutes for Mom

Posted April 4, 2013 by Wendy Wright in Sponsored

Ultimate Blog Party 2013 with 5 Minutes for Mom

Time to party with the 2013 Ultimate Blog Party by 5 Minutes for Mom!

This is my third year participating in the Ultimate Blog Party and I love it more each year. This year is very special, as I became a contributor for 5 Minutes for Mom since the last blog party. Woot!

My name is Wendy Wright.

When I grow up I will become a Disneyland photographer so I can combine my love of being behind the lens of a camera and my love of all things Disney. What better place to wear my Minnie Mouse ears!

Our family is a homeschooling family with two boys, ages nine and seven years old and my husband is attending seminary, pursuing his master’s degree.

On my 22nd birthday a car accident changed my life forever, followed by three long years in a wheelchair. The  diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and Lupus at such a young age was devastating. My husband created a team called Choosing Love and this is his first time with Walk to End Lupus Now for the Lupus Foundation of America.

Wendy Wright is the author of ChoosingLove.net

Why Choosing Love?

Blogging began four years ago but I have written Choosing Love since March 2010 when I started a journal for a Celebrate Recovery Step Study.

Finding my heart and words were so important to me and this little blog provided a wonderful space for me. Over the years it has grown into something more than I could have ever imagined, especially since I was anonymous for almost the first full year of blogging.

Each week I host a Wordless Wednesday linky. Come join the fun!

If you are in Arizona, please join me as I host National Mom’s Nite Out in Arizona with my other site, Arizona Moms Network!

Late last year I quit blogging because of pictures stolen from my blog.

On Tuesday I finally began sharing my story about the one stolen picture that absolutely took me to my breaking point. Instead of walking away, I chose to take these past few months of hard work and help other bloggers who also have stolen pictures.

I hope you will join with me as I teach you how I discovered it, what I did, and how I am reworking my blog and pictures to protect my self.

Follow along below or sign up for the RSS feed through bloglovin’ or your choice of a daily or weekly email.

The Ultimate Blog Party is open from April 5th through the 12th, so come join in on the fun. Not sure what to write? Look back at my first year and last year introductions. Better yet, just head over to my favorite posts.

It doesn’t matter what happened to your heart. What you do with your heart matters.

WendyPS. Since you are so wonderful for stopping by here is a little giveaway I purchased just for you. Giveaway ends April 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm. The only way you can know about this giveaway is if you visited from the #UPB13 linky or are already a reader. That means sweet odds of winning for you!
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    Hi Wendy – I’m stopping by from the party! It sounds like you have quite a story! Praise God that He is seeing you through all your struggles and using them for good!

    We used to live in AZ and some days I really miss it!


      Wendy Wright

      Thanks for stopping by, Sarah! Yes, He provides more blessings than I could ever hope for in my life. Today was 88 degrees in Arizona with triple degree temperatures just around the corner.


    Hi Wendy! I am a Disney lover too! I am dropping by from UBP13! I look forward to following your journey! and getting tips about protecting my pictures. Do participate in the Disney Wordless Wednesday sponsored by Focused on the Magic? If not, I would love to invite you!

      Wendy Wright

      So glad you stopped by, April! Always fun to find other Disney lovers too. The Disney Wordless Wednesday is on my list of favorite blogs but I have never linked up with them. So glad yo let me know about it, in case I was not aware. Enjoy the party!


    W00t! Great to see you at the party =)


    Hi Wendy, I’m here through UBP2013 🙂

    So sorry about your pictures being taken, unfortunately I have had the exact same thing happen to me, though with my food blog. The posts were taken and copied over word for word, picture for picture. It’s a horrible sense of violation, I actually cried when I found out.

    Glad you’re back to blogging though, took me a few months but I did as well.

    Have a great weekend, and if you wish, feel free to come by my blog and say hi 🙂


    Hi Wendy! I’m dropping by from the UBP! I am so sad to hear you stopped blogging because of a stolen photo! Please, please watermark your images. I use around a 30% transparency watermark usually right where it can be seen, on each of my images. I’m tired of thieves! But I won’t stop writing because of them. Also, if you haven’t already, SET UP GOOGLE AUTHORSHIP. That will protect your writing too, because it all goes through the Google spiders and they will identify duplicate content and stop it. (Off my soapbox now, sorry about that. lol) We’re a homeschooling family too, with just two boys left at home (10 & 12 years old) and still loving it after 15 years. It’s nice to “meet” you!


    Hey there, nice to meet you! Dropping by from the UBP13. I have participated once in the past on an old blog and wanted to jump in again this year.

    You have a beautiful blog and I look forward to getting to know you better. We love Disney too!


    I am visiting from the UBP13 and really like your site. I am sorry that some people think they are above the law as far as thinking stealing is ok. I went and read your post about it. As a photographer the idea of that is very scary. I’ve started following you in hopes to learn more about how to protect myself.
    This is my 3rd year participating and sponsoring in the UBP. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    I hope you have a wonderful week!



    Came via UBP2013…Hello & thanks for sharing.


    Hi Wendy! This is my 3rd year partying with the UBP! It is so much fun and each year I find fabulous bloggers to follow!


    Wendy, you sound like a wonderful person! I love your blog.

    Just dropping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2013.
    So nice to meet you! I hope you find the time to stop by my site.



    This is my first year with this blog, but I participated at least 2 or 3 times with my Mom2Ways blog.


    Hi, stopping by from UBP.
    sorry about the photos stolen. 🙁 I forgot what the internet life can be like sometimes. 🙁 I used to have a blog when I was 18.. and I remember always having to put watermark and disabled right click because I found various people using my photo saying it was them :(.. enough of the sad stuff.
    I really like your photos though. they are beautiful:)
    new follower over here..

    hope you can come see me over at imust-acheyou.blogspot.com



    Hi Amy,
    Stopping by from UBP! You are so inspiring. I love your passion, it comes through in your writing. I think it’s so great that you are sharing what you know with the world. It is a pleasure to meet you and I’m looking forward to reading your posts.


    “Love” the message in your blog. Love really is the answer to all questions. Glad I found your site on #UBP13.


    Hey, not sure if you’re asking a question on that giveaway, but it asked how many years I’ve been #UBP13 ing.
    This is actually my first, and yes, I just started Thursday. So, I’m visiting around this morning. I am photographer and am just starting off with the blogging world. I am so inspired by the people I’ve met blogging and even more inspired by the people I get to photograph. So, please feel free to stop by http://www.corbinphotography.zenfolio.com/blog love to see you there, and I’m gonna look up the Wordless Wednesday too.


    I’m fashionably late stopping by from the UBP13. You are one busy lady!! I hope you stop by our party for a slice of warm banana bread and cold milk.

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