Real women build each other up and cherish the community and support from each other. I have been wanting to share some of this blog space with friends….in hopes that we can learn from each other. And build each other up!
Today my friend, Kiah is sharing a little bit about herself!
Life is crazy. I love how I have a mix of long-time friends….but also love how new women enter into our lives unexpectedly. I have known Kiah for less than a year and have loved getting to know her spunky and brave personality! She is an inspiration to me and has the patience of an angel.
Her words are below!
Introduce yourself in a few paragraphs!
“You’re never fully dressed without a smile!” I don’t know how I’d ever get through life without laughter! As a wife, mother of 3, step mom of 1 working full time, laughter is THE ONLY way I make it through the day.
As a survivor of domestic abuse, laughter has healed so many wounds that time never could. Learning to laugh again was how I began to heal. Laughter was my way of showing strength! As Lion King put it, “I laugh in the face of danger!” If I can keep on laughing I know everything will be ok.
My life definitely hasn’t gone the way I thought it would, but then again who’s has?! While I say laughter has helped me make it through life, I know that laughter wouldn’t be there without my God, my family, and my friends. At the lowest point of life, those that are still there.. They are the ones that matter.
What is your best memory of growing up?
My childhood is full of so many happy memories. I have no idea how I would ever choose one, so I’ll be a bit general. Summer times in southern Illinois! They are what I cherish most of childhood. Whether it’s the ice cream socials at Allison Prairie, a playhouse made of sunflowers my mom let me plant, fishing with my daddy or all day four wheeler rides, summer time was where my most wonderful memories were made!
What habits or routines do you have that are working for you?
Grocery shopping is THE WORST! I despise it, so I decided to make it as sweet and simple as possible. I’ve accomplished this by making a weekly meal plan. It makes me simplify my grocery bill down to the bare necessities, so the least amount of time and money is put into this task!
Do you get more energy from being with people or being alone?
People! “Why go through life unnoticed?!” Love and laughter are what make my world go round! And what would love and laughter be without people to share it with??
Do you have any “projects” you’re working on right now?
I am trying my hardest to purge my whole house. No more, “well, I might need this later!” If it’s not being used or enjoyed out it goes!
In what areas are you the most frugal? The least?
I am definitely most frugal when it comes to myself. I just can’t bear the thought of wasting money on an expensive bra, hair product, or cute shoes when I could spend it on my family. Now, I’ve realized it has become an area of bitterness for me. Deep down I was resenting my husband for not noticing my sacrifice, so I rearranged the budget and gave myself a weekly allowance equal to my husband’s. This is guilt free money that I can spend on whatever I want for myself and no one else!
What 3 things make your house your home?
1) my children
2) my books (even if I have no energy to read them right now!)
3) my kitchen-this is where love and memories are made! Baking and cooking for my kiddos is my favorite!!
What is your number one go-to dinner?
Spaghetti! Our families ultimate comfort food!
Tell me about anything God has been doing in your life lately. Short, long or whatever you feel led to share.
I felt a calling to become a foster parent. I watched my dear friends give broken children a home and a family. Nothing made my heart happier than watching the love grow within them! However, my family is blended. Meaning I’ve been in the court room fighting for my own children more than I ever thought possible. With so much sadness I realized there was no way my emotions and heart could handle more court time spent fighting for children. I felt like a failure. Like I wasn’t strong enough to fulfill my own calling. However, in the midst of my sadness I found new purpose! I took a job working at the daycare my children had been attending! How wonderful it feels to love on children whose parents are out working to provide for their own families and purposes in life! Each day brings me new joys and purpose with these wonderful children!
I loved reading her answers and have learned lots of new things from reading her words! Love you Kiah! What other questions should I ask friends and family as I continue to spotlight them on this space? Please let me know what you think!