Hi there! I'm stopping by today to tell you a little bit about me... First, my name is Kim and I'm the author behind Faith Grace & Giggles - where things can be funny, crazy, and messy... but we do our best to keep it real.
I am a Christian. Wife. Mother.
Daughter. Sister. Sister in Law. Aunt. Friend. Weight Loss Surgery
survivor. Infertility survivor. Adoptive Mother. Former NICU parent. Writer. Stay at Home Mother. Homeschooler. Scentsy Consultant. Cook. Baker. Reader. Photographer.
Pet Lover. Retired Database Manager. and Social Media junkie. The last
one is really a means of outlet because I spend 80% of my day with two
littles that don't talk much yet.
Lets dig a little deeper into some of these, shall we?
a Christian above all else, because I've learned that without God - I'm
not any good at any of the other things in my life. I almost lost my
marriage before finding my Savior, and was unable to see a light at the
end of a long infertility battle... with my faith - I was able to find
resolution to both of those.
I'm a wife to my amazing
husband, John. We met online about 13 years ago when I was still in
college... married 3 years later, and just celebrated our 10th
Anniversary last month. We struggled for 8 years with infertility... so
we had a long time to grow as a couple and become a true team before our
family grew to what it is today.
I'm a mother to James (23 months) & Tyler (17 months). We had a failed adoption placement
just 2 months before becoming parents. James was our precious gift
given to us by God through adoption. The day we signed his adoption
papers at the hospital and brought him home - we found out that we were pregnant.
Six short months later, Tyler joined our family... and these two give
me a run for my money every single day! They are polar opposites in just
about every way - which is challenging, but I wouldn't trade any of it
for a minute.
The daughter part is fairly obvious - so
we'll move to sister. I became the middle child at the ripe old age of
25 - for the first 25 years of my life - I had two older sisters, Cathi
& Cindy. At 25, my Dad & stepmother adopted two babies from
Guatemala - and I became the older sister to my brother and little
sister: Josh & Gabby.
John also has a sister, who I
love dearly... and then I have 3 brother in laws that are wonderful!
Additionally, we have 5 gorgeous nieces ranging from 16-4.
got some dear friends in my life. People that really are more family
than just friends. Sadly, we moved away from most of the people we love
last June, and meeting new folks has been slow going here in TN. I'm
starting to find some lovely ladies to spend a little time with around
here - and I'm sure by the time we move back to TX - I will be sad to
leave them too.
In 2007, I had a gastric bypass - which
was the reason I started my blog in the first place. I would do it all
over again every day of my life - I believe it what it allowed for my
future. Would I say that I reached every goal that I set out - not at
all. I did not lose all my weight, but I was able to essentially cure my
diabetes and blood pressure issues. Since having a baby they are
creeping back up a bit, BUT they are far more manageable now.
mentioned before I suffered through 8 years of infertility and all that
comes along with that. In September 2009 - we were told by our
reproductive endocrinologist that they couldn't help us. That we'd never
have a child biologically. While that was the most unbearable thing to
hear - I was okay. It opened the door for our adoption... and so much
I'm also a former NICU parent. Tyler spent 12
days in the NICU when he was born, and it was really hard. It was a
struggle, but I couldn't have been more grateful for the resources and
care that we were given - and I've got a healthy 17 month old boy
thriving because of the little bit of extra help that he needed and
received at birth.
I sell Scentsy, Velata, and Grace Adele
to help make a bit of extra money for bills and activities for the
kids. I am currently working on getting us a membership to the
Children's Museum here in town for us to enjoy during those hot summer
days when the Zoo just isn't feasible. I'd be thrilled to help you host a
blog or catalog party for either one - and earn free products in return
if you're interested.
I love trying out new recipes... and do it almost daily if possible. I write a recipe blog called Momma Hawk Cooks
- to share our recipes, but also to keep them handy so that I can
access them anywhere. I've got a dog and a cat... love taking pictures
of our family... love writing... and so much more! I'd be honored to
have you stop by and visit our piece of the web sometime!