About Me

Hi, my name is Kathy. I started my blog in early 2008 as an outlet for writing–my dream is to be a published author and I am little by little working my way toward that, while taking care of my husband, two daughters and two dogs, chipping away at my endless list of books to read, and doing endurance sports.

Contact Me: lifereallyblog [at] gmail [dot] com

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Why My Blog Is Called Life, Really

honesty. truth. God. faith. reality. questioning. life. confusion. hard stuff. emotions. body image. fitness. food. fun. love. running. nature. husband. parenthood. friends. baby.

I strive to make my blog as authentic as I can and share about life as it really is. I don’t package everything up with a pretty little bow and pretend that I am always happy as a clam. I have struggles, trials, temptations, failures, doubts and have found time and time again that being open and honest serves other people going through similar situations.

I also use this space to share what I’m learning about God in my Christian walk, with all of the messiness and joy that comes with it. Since becoming a Christian in 2005, I have learned over and over again that it is only through Christ that I amount to anything–and it is because of Him that I have a purpose in life and value as a person. He is my hope, my inspiration, my calm amid the storms of life. He is the reason I get out of bed in the morning and the person I praise when I go to bed at night. He is my everything.

I make no excuses for my faith. I will probably step on some toes and offend some egos. I don’t do that to throw my faith in anyone’s face. Rather, I post my honest and real beliefs here because Christ is who I have staked my life on. It would hypocritical for me to not share, not to mention dishonoring to Christ Himself.

All that said, I am learning about life as I go, trusting in my heavenly Father to provide and protect, and praying for the Spirit’s strength to glorify Christ in every situation by finding my joy in Him, and Him alone.

I am not a pastor or a theologian. I am not above being wrong or mistaken. If anything I say here doesn’t line up with what the final authority of the Bible teaches, call me on it. Read more about why my blog is called Life, Really.

Family Life

My sweet husband, Travis, and I were married on May 19, 2007. Read how Travis and I met.

Travis and I both grew up in Minnesota. We moved to Denver, Colorado three months after getting married and spent 6.5 years there, backpacking, camping, running, hunting, skiing, and taking advantage of what the Denver metro has to offer. We bought our first house there and were involved in a great church. But we’ve always loved our home state (despite freezing winters, humid summers and bugs galore), so when my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013, we moved back, which was a great decision. We currently reside in the Brainerd/Baxter area, and are loving small-town life.

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Our oldest daughter, Emma Grace, arrived on April 7, 2013. She has lots of energy, gets into everything, is extremely clever and has a fierce independent streak. But at her core, she’s a sweetheart and shows great empathy for others. She keeps us on our toes, that’s for sure! Check out Emma’s page for more on her.img_1821

 

img_1811Our second daughter, Annabelle Lyn, was born on March 27, 2015. She has been an happy little girl from Day One–but once she started walking, we discovered that she can be an independent little spitfire at times too! See Annabelle’s page for more on her.img_1824img_1998Our two dogs are named Katy and Charlie (both girls). They’re both mixed breeds that we rescued from shelters. They’re a handful and sometimes get into trouble, but we love them.

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Charlie on the left, Katy on the right

Some Fun Facts About Me

Favorite color: Teal

Favorite drinks: Coffee, chocolate milk, wine, margaritas, black cherry Mike’s

Favorite foods: Ice cream, cereal, pizza

Favorite hobbies: Reading, writing, running, triathloning, hiking, camping, cooking, baking, decorating, crafts, traveling, shopping

Bachelor’s degrees: Print Journalism and Spanish Studies

Dream vacation: Mediterranean tour of Greece, Italy, Spain and France (at least)

Fitness Goal: To someday do a half Ironman triathlon

7 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Carrie March 24, 2008 at 12:27 pm #

    Hey I just found your blog while tag surfing… and we have much in common- I’m Christian, a newlywed (married 8/07), and live in the Twin Cities! I’ve been reading some of your blog entries and totally relate to most of what you write about. It’s great to find fellow sisters in Christ on wordpress. God bless you and your husband (and enjoy eating chocolate again!) 🙂 -Carrie

  2. Jenny October 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm #

    I MISS YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!! I got your number from Travis and have been meaning to call you for like ever! I was beening a creeper on facebook and was looking at Katie’s blog and found a link to yours!! How cool! Let’s catch up sometime. Make a “phone date”!

  3. Linda Flores June 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    Kathy, I happened upon your blog while looking for pictures of white curtains for a living room! Crazy huh! I live in Miami Fla. with my husband and two boys. We have been here 12 yrs. My husband is a worship pastor at Christ Fellowship. We also have a daughter, your age, that has been married for two yrs. She and her husband live in Tampa Fla. and are on staff with Navigators ministry on the campus of USF. Both of our sons, Andy, 22, and Austin, 16 are active in our church ministry in music with my husband and in the youth areas. I just wanted you to know that I loved reading your blog and seeing your love for Jesus. What a testiment to a life totally devoted to God. It’s such a blessing to see others in love with our Lord. Just wanted you to know, that happenstance just doesn’t ever jell with me….I believe that things happen for a reason……so to say all of that…I will pray for you and your husband this day, that God would bless you and guide you in your ministries. God bless! His, Linda Flores

  4. Kelsey August 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    Hey Kathy, I found a book I really think I’m going to like last night. It’s called The God-Empowered Wife. It deals with the sometimes seemingly conflicting worlds of being a strong woman and a Christian wife. I can’t wait to dive back into it tonight. I’ll keep you posted as to what I think about it. Happy reading!

  5. specialkkluthe August 26, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    Yes, please! Sounds like a very interesting book. Let me know what you think.

  6. Michelle January 31, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Yeah for some Minnesota love! I currently live in Alaska but would love to move back to MN.

  7. Kayla Dickens May 20, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    Hello, I have passed the “Bouquet of Three Award” to you. Congratulations! Find out more here: http://kayladickens.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/bouquet-of-three-award/

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