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
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.
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.
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.
Our 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.Our 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.
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