I’ve been toying with the idea for a while, and towards the end of last week, it crystallised into a decision. I’d
drag my co-hosts up and make them talk to you ask my co-hosts very nicely if they’d mind being featured in a profile here at Considerings.
Cos here’s the thing – it’s great to have a rockin’ hop* and even better to have awesome co-hosts – it’s all slightly marred if y’all don’t know who they are, why they’re involved, and why I like them just SO much.
So for today (and I’m feeling kinda mean about this) I’m gonna jump on the newbie to the gang – Kristi**
I’m Kristi (from Thankful Me – **the Ten Things of Thankful has another co-host named Kristi). I can’t figure out whether this question should be answered simply, or whether the answer should be a deep, soul-baring essay, so I’ll just keep it simple. Hopefully the rest of my answers will satisfy curiosity.
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the U.S., but now I’m living in the desert in California.
My husband, John, and I have been married for 26 years (and counting!) and we have 5 children, most of whom are grown and have left the nest. We recently became grandparents and are enjoying this new phase.
I started blogging because I just had a nagging feeling that I should. I know that’s not a great answer, but it’s true. I selfishly use my blog to help me accomplish tasks I might not otherwise make time for, and I definitely use my blog to help me remember to be thankful daily. I blog to keep in touch with family and friends, and I appreciate the new friends I’ve come to know through blogging. I hope that my blog can be encouraging and uplifting.
I love the Ten Things of Thankful hop! When I started my blog, I struggled for a bit to think of a name. I wanted a name that would be positive and that would fit no matter where I might be in life. “Thankful Me” finally popped into mind. The Ten Things of Thankful blog hop fits perfectly with the whole focus of my blog. No matter what life’s challenges, we can choose to find good.
The biggest challenge wasn’t really even mine, but my daughter’s. We adopted her when she was a young elementary-school-aged girl, and not long after she came into our home, she was diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder. What followed was years of stress on the entire family, and lots of prayer. We even made the heart-wrenching decision to place our daughter in a therapeutic group home for a while, when her behavior became too disruptive to the family. She was able to get some help, and the rest of the family was able to relax and heal a bit. She had a rocky road, but has become a strong adult with a bright future. With my (now-grown) daughter’s permission, I wrote a post to give hope to other families who have a child with reactive attachment disorder: Thursday Thoughts: Reactive Attachment Disorder and Hope
My parents come immediately to mind, but there are others. I find inspiration in people who work hard despite challenges, who are kind to those who don’t seem to deserve it, who are thankful no matter how much (or how little) they have, who live their lives with integrity, and who are humble and teachable. Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of an inspirational individual.
I’m training for my first 10K race, to be held August 31st. I can run (a slow jog, actually) that distance, and am now trying to move a little faster.
I would hope that others would know that they are inherently of worth; that they matter. Despite life’s challenges, we can look for the good. We can be patient and kind.
My oldest daughter and I are “voice twins.” Not only do we sound identical, we often will say the same thing at the same time, resulting in a stereo effect for others in the room. Then we laugh, because we both find it completely amusing. (We are easily amused.)
Kristi, thank you for being so willing to be the first under the microscope. I am so pleased that you (in particular) decided to come aboard our little venture, because it fits so well with your blog, your attitude and your spirit.
Join us on Saturday, folks.
*the only reason I feel qualified to call this here thing a ‘rockin’ hop’ is truly because the people who participate make it so. If you joined us before, that means YOU. If you join us in future, that means YOU.