I've been blogging here for about 5 years now, and love it. It started out as a blog of our journey on the Dave Ramsey plan with a little bit thrown in on redecorating and a lot of blather from me (because I tend to think with words written out, better than inside my own head).
But, honestly, most of the time it feels like I'm on an island sending these words out into the internet expanse that feels bigger than space (and all I know about space I learned from Picard and Janeway, and it's huge!)
So I thought I'd go a little crazy here and let YOU tell me who you are. (I don't think this is a "proper" blogger thing to do, but I'm not really a blogger anyway, I just play one online.)
Why are you allowing my words to go into your inbox?
What do YOU like?
What are your dreams?
What is your family/life situation?
I'd love to meet all of you in a coffee shop or a Google hangout and just talk... but second best is to let you talk in the comments.
I'll go first:
I'm Kari. I'm 41 years old (I had to do the math, after about 25, I forget my age daily). I have an older brother and a younger sister, who I love dearly and we've been through A LOT together. So I'm the middle child, the peace maker. I'm also a raging introvert, so when I typed that above that I'd love to meet you for coffee, it was tricky because I'd love to in thought, but would get all panicky in reality.
I have been married for 18 years (had to do the math again!) and blessed with three boys ages 16, 15, and 12. The oldest is my Terminator... he is strong physically and mentally, which usually translates to stubborn and willful, but he is gifted with a sizzling sense of humor, amazing physical agility and strength. I mean, the punk eats pizza, chips, soda, and similar junk and yet he has cut abs and amazing muscle definition and the ability to leap 9 ft gaps and do almost every Parkour move known to man.
My middle son is my thinker. He loves to figure out how things work and create things especially working models with pistons and levers and some sort of ore(?) on Minecraft. He is pretty content until his brothers push his buttons enough. He is a studious worker and has a great heart for the Lord. He was THE WORST BABY known to man, but got it all out of his system early because he is a joy to parent now. Occasionally he'll let out a zinger and crack us up for days.
My youngest is my socializer, analyzer, and negotiator. He is always trying to convince us that his way is the best way and has a bit of a stubborn streak. But he is a lover. He loves hugs and back scratches and time together. He is a quick learner and loves history and pets and good books.
My husband works as an auditor for a helicopter business (no he doesn't fly them) and is a steady and quiet kind of guy. He likes football, camping, hiking, and all things to do with firewood (cutting, stacking, gathering, etc). He comes from a family of six brothers, no sisters and he and his twin brother were the last two in the line. All the brothers are still very close, even though every single one of them should really be dead. God has been watching over and caring for each of them overtime, and I'm so glad because I love them all, and their wives.
Now it's your turn. What do you want to say?
Do you need prayer? Let me know.
Do you need encouragement and hope? Let all of us know.
We're all in this together.
We're all just trying to live more like Jesus today than we were yesterday, with lots and lots of grace.
Let's mix and mingle below and meet each other... and please don't leave this post to be the only post with zero comments, because that would just be embarrassing... like the year I finally bought neon orange Reebok high tops for high school, and wore them the first day back to school proudly! And then slowly came to the realization that the neon craze died that summer while I was holed up in our tiny backwoods town.... and my ONE pair of shoes for the year had already been purchased, my fate sealed.