A Blog Revisited

I don’t even know where to begin!

It’s been a year and a half since I’ve written anything. I’ve thought about it often, but for some reason or another I’ve not actually made the leap. I think I’ve been afraid. Blogging is a personal and intimate thing that I haven’t really been open to lately…although I subconsciously I know I needed it, so I’ve been taking it out on my Facebook statuses. At any rate, I took the jump this morning, complete with a new look. Hope you like it!

So very much has happened in the last year and a half. Thankfully, all of it has been good (or worked out to be positive), but my life has definitely taken many turns. I’m hoping to post on a regular basis…life stuff, but also adding a few new categories on the site.

1 of the main life happenings have been me going back to school. After all my health challenges, I got turned on to alternative medicine and holistic health. I began taking herbal classes & have totally fallen in love with herbs and the whole world of holistic health and healing. In June, I’ll graduate as a Holistic Health Practitioner, which includes massage therapy. Herbalism and bodywork have absolutely changed my life! I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to go back to school and pursue a dream I never even knew I had. 🙂 I am no longer working at my previous job, and I’m working part-time (and totally self-employed) as a massage therapist, and it’s been truly amazing. It’s allowed me to be flexible and available with all of our other craziness going on (details in the following paragraph). I’m praying that someday being a full-time herbalist will pay the bills, but in the meantime I’ll continue growing herbs and making medicine and helping my friends and family and any one else who might come my way.

The second big announcement is that my family and another family will be planting a church this year! (Just a few small things going on. ;)) My husband will be retiring from the Marine Corps next year and stepping into full time ministry. We are beyond excited and I’ll admit it, a little anxious. Through all of our struggles and trials, I can honestly say I never ever expected our lives to be heading this way, but I can also clearly see God’s hand and protection through all of it! Just goes to show that He can and does use imperfect people if we’re only willing. (Because, let’s face it, we all know I’m super imperfect and wayyyy too snarky to be a pastor’s wife!)

Other updates, my tiny little kiddos that I started writing about are humungous amazingly talented and wonderful teenagers and along with my husband, they continue to be my biggest blessings. Stinkin’ love those guys.

I’m singing every single day, and I’m learning to play the banjo. Ha! Yes, the banjo. It makes me happy, and I love it. I believe the ukelele is going to be happening in the near future.

Anyway…I’ve been scared of writing, and I think that it’s something I need to and will be doing on more regular basis. I do hope you’ll check in with me every now and again. I’m planning on more music posts, some fun herb-y stuff (okay, probably a lot of fun herb-y stuff), and probably some inspirational-put-this-in-your-pocket-for-later nuggets. Because God is good, and life is wonderful no matter how difficult it may get. Much love and many blessings.

 

Challenge of Doomy-Doom~FIN!

Yeah… almost a year and a half later. A very long, eventful, hard, interesting, and rewarding year and a half. Never would have thought it’d take me this long to finish this, and I never in a million years could have predicted the events that took place over that time.

That being said, here’s a picture of myself (so what if it was taken at Easter).

This is me and bff June. I feel like at the end of the photo challenge I’m in a pretty good place. I have a good job that I enjoy, a great group of friends, I love my family, and I’m moving through this whole grieving thing. I really can’t complain about anything. God is good, and I am blessed.

Peace out.

I wish I could forget…

Day 21 – A picture of something you wish you could forget

To be fair, I don’t remember much of 2008, and that ‘s the problem. Way too much Xanax for Kris. Without going into too many details, let’s just say that I was an idiot pretty much the entire year. I was faced with some really hard “life” stuff, and I did not handle it well at all. Someone should have slapped me any number of times. Not my shining hour, er, year. I’ve made apologies, amends, beat myself up about it, but honestly if I could do that  whole Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind thing, I’d totally do it. That 2008 Kris–not my favorite person.

Day 19 – A picture and a letter

Dear Life,

I know you think it’s amusing that I’m not working, and I’m relegated to being at home. I agree–it’s mildly funny. But let’s be honest. I’m awesome at pretty much everything. Since I’m doing this, I’m gonna do it my way, and it, too, will be awesome. So, laugh it up over there. You’re a riot, but really, I win.

Signed,
Me
The Accidental Housewife

My most treasured item…

Day 7 of the Challenge of Doomie-Doom: A picture of your most treasured item

Easy.

My grandmother's wedding ring

As I’ve expressed before, I was very close to my grandparents. When my grandpa passed away, my grandmother gave me her wedding ring. I’ve been wearing it ever since. Of course,  I have my own wedding ring, and I love it, but I choose to wear my grandmother’s as a symbol of love and perseverance. It’s a very simple and unassuming gold band, and most people would not even notice it; I notice it at least once a day. My grandparents went through some of the same struggles my husband and I have faced, and the fact they were able to work through it is an inspiration to me. They had 56 years together, and I can only hope that my husband and I can enjoy that much time with each other.