And Then My Blog Turned Five Years Old {Party!}

UPDATE: Congratulations Donna Livingston you are the lucky winner!

In the 8th grade, my Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Abernathy, a heavy, somewhat grumpy teacher, peered over her glasses and  told me  (without smiling) that I was a good writer. It took just those few words of encouragement for me to decide I wanted to grow up and be a writer someday. She was my favorite teacher–not so much for what she taught me, but for simply believing in me when I didn’t really believe in myself.

Eventually, my love for writing (many rejected manuscripts, critique groups and writer’s conferences later) morphed into blogging when I was 34 years old.

Today this space turns five years old. 5. That’s half a decade.

And the best part of blogging isn’t a platform or occasional free stuff, it’s you, the reader. Because an unread blog is just a diary. But when you take the time to laugh, cry and dream with me, we change the world, my friends.

What I’m trying to say is, I love you. We make a great team. Let’s do another 5 years, shall we?

In honor of you, I’m giving this WATF Reader Appreciation “Basket” to one blessed reader. Your comment entry:  Tell me why you read here.

Basket contents:

Valued $200

NOW SOLD OUT

AND, SUPER BIG, AMAZING DEAL in honor of 5 years, Dayspring is offering one of my top favorite items for ONLY $5<———insane price!

Ever Grateful – Memo Board with Easel for only $5!

It’s valued at $34.99 and makes a fantastic gift. {Christmas is coming!} There is no limit on how many you can purchase (while supplies last) and shipping does apply, but you get FREE shipping for spending $50 or more. So, basically, you can knock off ten people on your Christmas list for $50 and get a value of $349.90. Amazing, huh? This deal expires Oct.15 , but supplies won’t last long. Use code at checkout: WATFmemo

Don’t forget to leave a comment for the basket and then grab this deal. I just ordered 5 for $25. Merry Christmas to all the teachers in my life!

*Dayspring Affiliate links

Happy birthday to us.

Comments

  1. 2

    says

    I keep coming back because reading your writing makes me feel encouraged! (In my life, in my marriage, as a mom!) And also because I dream of opening a maternity house in Congo and LOVE watching Mercy House grow! Congrats on five years!

  2. 3

    says

    I read here because you are real. Because I need to be reminded that God is working in other parts of the world. And, originally, because of Works for Me Wednesday. :)

  3. 5

    Jan says

    I don’t think my comment went through. I really enjoy reading your blog and appreicate your sincerity. I think too – you’re a great writer! Looking forward to years to come!

  4. 6

    celina says

    i came over from rocks in my dryer….for wfmw….
    i stayed because of your “transformation” i was very moved by how you wear your heart on your sleeves and share, your struggles. and how you work through them…

    your heart i guess is why i keep coming back here.

  5. 7

    Deanna says

    Aww. Happy birthday to one of my favorite blogs – I love the openness with which you share your life and your stories. You are inspirational and encouraging.

  6. 9

    Jennifer says

    Wow Congratulations on five years. I read because you are such a transparent Jesus follower and it encourages me to be the same (warts and all)

  7. 11

    tiabennett says

    I read you because I love your heart! I feel like we would be friends in real life! I know it may seem creepy, but I feel like your my friend, that’s good writing :)

  8. 13

    says

    I love your heart for serving others, your love for your children and husband are a beautiful example of the love of Christ, and your humorous honesty helps me feel like I am not alone :-).

  9. 14

    Carolyn S says

    I read here because I love your down to earth honesty and heartfeltness that you have for your family and others and your service to the Lord.

  10. 16

    Mandi says

    I found Mercy House first which of course led me to you. You are honest and your love for the Lord is amazing. You are such an encouragement that we can face all that we are given.

  11. 18

    Ashley Carson says

    I found your blog because of the marriage related stuff you have on here! It is a encouragement to my soul, and I love to read about your family.

  12. 21

    sarah Eddy says

    Happy Bitrthday! I first found your blog when your book was a free download for my Kindle. I read your book in two nights sitting with my boys at bedtime :-) Thanks for the inspiration, as a Christian mom, wife, and woman.

  13. 22

    Samantha says

    Congratulations on five years. I only just began reading you, and I love that we share some many of the same values. It’s such an encouragement.

  14. 23

    Kirsten says

    Happy five years! I feel incredibly blessed to have found your blog, I enjoy WFMW and am challenged by your marriage posts. Thank you, I hope for many more posts. :)

  15. 24

    Shawna Price says

    I love reading blogs of “real” women who are authentic and genuine, and not afraid to seek God and try to glorify Him in all they do. I read…because you are an example of God’s abounding love. I read because…you are an inspiration and encourager of hearts. Thank you!!! :o)

  16. 25

    says

    I keep coming back and reading because I am inspired by the way you help others – both close and a world away. But you are also honest and real – you say that it isn’t always easy, and you don’t always know what you’re doing, and you worry. You show that “real” moms and women can both be real AND make an amazing difference. Thanks for your inspiration! And Happy 5th Birthday! :)

  17. 28

    Meagan says

    I began reading and keep reading because when the situation of my marriage has me at my lowest, I see hope in yours. Sometimes it’s comforting to “know” someone who’s been there, done that, and come out alive on the other side.

  18. 30

    Sandy W says

    I read because I love how open and honest you are. It makes me feel more normal and helps me to know I am not alone. I also love hearing about Mercy House.

  19. 31

    Grace says

    Congrats on 5 years! I read your blog because it is inspiring and real. I just got married and I love your tips on being wives that God intended us to be.

  20. 32

    says

    Really enjoy your blog. You’re ability to tackle tough stuff and personal stuff without the fluff is refreshing. Most of us want to know that we aren’t the only ones and can make it too!! Blessings!!

  21. 33

    says

    You make me laugh and sometimes cry. You are real and you let us see into your life, even the messy spaces. :) You are courageous and bold. I could go on and on, but the main point is that you… are you, unapologetically and unreservedly. You inspire me in so many ways.

    Many blessings!

    Jennifer
    {www.agelementary.blogspot.com}

  22. 35

    says

    I read because you are a real mom who is radically obedient to God (so inspiring!) and yet acknowledges that HE is the author of anything good in our lives or our ministries.

  23. 36

    Kit says

    I love reading your blog because you saw God’s heart for the poor and you came back and let that change you, instead of going back to business as usual, as many people do. You are an amazing and encouraging testimony!

  24. 37

    Erin says

    I came across your blog via a link about loving your husband on Pinterest, and immediately bookmarked it and now visit everyday. Your journey through a difficult time in your marriage, your dedication to helping mothers and children in Africa, and your determination to raise your children with Godly principles all bring me much encouragement, especially as a young married woman and a new mom. I appreciate you!

  25. 39

    Diana B says

    I read for many different reasons, but mainly because you put it all out there. Following Christ is often “messy”, but it’s so tempting to want to show the world only our good sides. You are willing to share the good, the bad, the crazy, the doubts, etc. I’m thankful for your honesty. Congrats on 5 years!!

  26. 40

    Melissa D says

    I started reading your blog because you had stories about the craziness of your family which made me laugh…especially because I could see some of the same craziness happening in my own family.

    I continue to read because I want to be like you. I want to be a wife who prays for her husband and is grateful for her husband. I want to raise my kids to be strong and confident in themselves and in their faith. I want to be the kind of friend and the kind of Christian who can be open about both the joys and the struggles in my life. And I want to be able to find the humor when things don’t look as pretty as I would like them to. And so I enjoy reading your blog and finding inspiration in the things you share from your life.

  27. 41

    Sandi says

    Thank you for keeping your blog real and focused on Jesus! Through your writing I am starting to learn that “my mess is the perfect place for His glory.”

  28. 42

    Kara says

    I started reading because you made me laugh. I keep reading because you inspire me – to love my husband, to love mercy and to love my God. Happy fifth blog birthday! I hope there are many, many more!

  29. 43

    Sarah Shay says

    Love reading your blog!! You are honesty and open, and reminds me of the way I should walk with Christ everyday. I love the way you love your husband and kids. My life is busy with ministry and family and a full time job, I read your blog on my lunch break each day. Thank you!

  30. 44

    Karen says

    Why do I read here every day? Just like you said…it’s a place to laugh, cry and dream…a Christian place, which is hard for me to find right now. A dear friend linked me to your series on how your marriage survived the unthinkable at a time where mine was struggling and it gave me hope. I love it here!! Thank you, Kristen…happy bloggy-birthday!

  31. 45

    Kim says

    Congrats, Kristen! I’m so glad I found your blog (not sure how) and you! It’s an inspiration to watch you and your family and get back “in touch” with you after so many years. You’re the same person, but it’s evident how you’ve grown and learned over the years. I’m encouraged by your “real-ness” and your tender heart. I am challenged by you and your posts to be a better mom and wife and Christ-follower. Thanks for being real and being vulnerable. And on a personal note, I love the peaks into your family. Your children are beautiful. Congratulations to you and Terrell and the family on your accomplishments.
    (Thanks for the teacher gift idea – great one!)
    Love you.

  32. 46

    Catie says

    I love reading here because you encourage (and minister!) so many women, including myself, with your honest and though-provoking words. I often can relate in some way to many of your posts and it is so comforting knowing that we’re all in this journey together. God has used you to challenge me not only as a mom and wife, but more importantly a follower of Christ. Congrats on 5 years! Excited to read for the next 5!

  33. 47

    says

    I cannot remember exactly how I found my way here…but it has been awhile…

    I love your honest and open heart. You shine like Jesus with skin on!

    Your posts have touched me, challenged me and tugged my heart into places I did not know it could go.

    I am here for the long haul!

    Jen

  34. 48

    Amber says

    I love reading here because I love how open and real you are! You inspire me to not just be a better mom, but a more faithful woman of God. Thank you!

  35. 49

    says

    Happy birthday! Thank you for sharing your life and your story with the world, and thank you to Mrs. Abernathy for believing in you, too :)

  36. 51

    says

    I keep coming back because I see your heart on these pages…and it beats closely to mine…and that continually encourages me to press on, for we must be getting closer to His. (John 17:20-23)

  37. 53

    Sharon says

    I read your blog because you remind me of myself. No, really. It’s nice knowing there are other families out there as crazy (and loving) as ours! Keep up the good work… as blogger, yes, but more importantly as wife, mom, and daughter of God!

  38. 54

    Kelly Sanna-Gouin says

    I am here because…you encourage me and make me believe that I don’t have to be perfect to raise my kids to love God, that I can relax and just do my best..even if it means picking myself up and dusting myself off because I kinda blew it. Thanks for that :-)

  39. 55

    KimKay says

    Thank you so much for blogging. It is encouraging to have a strong Christian role model who is further down this path of marriage and motherhood than I am. (oh, and your sense of humor leaves me smiling;)

  40. 58

    Stacy Heffington says

    Wow! 5 years…Congrats. I read because your blog is so inspiring. I love the parenting and marriage tips as well. Love Love this blog. Read every day.

  41. 59

    mary kathryn says

    You are an encouragement to me….you make me laugh and cry…….I love that you are bold and courageous in what you want for yourself and your family. God Bless You.

  42. 60

    Nancy says

    I keep coming back because you make me laugh, cry, cheer, hope, dream, think, and give thanks. You’re real, faithful, hilarious, insightful, creative, caring, and so much more. Basically you’re the best online friend a girl could ask for! Congrats on 5 years!

  43. 61

    says

    Congratulations! You are real and honest. I can relate with your struggles and I grow from them. You’re inspirational, motivational and lovable. You’re making the world a better place one blog post at a time :)

  44. 63

    Joanna says

    I keep reading because you are funny, you are real, and you and your family are amazing. Thanks for sharing your lives with all of us :-)

  45. 64

    Ginger says

    I continue to read because I love to see your honest walk, always pointing to Christ. Those qualities in you help provide the encouragement and direction I need in my life. I want to also walk honestly and faithfully with my Jesus, pointing others to Him.

  46. 66

    says

    I found your blog when The Better Mom website started and I was trying to “get to know” the contributors. I stayed because of your real, frank, honest writing. I hate fake,and you are the real deal, and that’s why I stay. :) Happy blog birthday!!

  47. 67

    says

    Oh! I LOVE your blog and the amazing gift basket. That memo board is beyond wonderful! I read your blog because it inspires me, encourages me, challenges me, and makes my heart smile. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  48. 69

    says

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!

    I love your honesty, inspiration and humor are why I am so happy when I see a new post from you!

    You are a blessing to all of your readers!

  49. 71

    says

    Because you are relatable. In a world of insane “keeping up with the Joneses’” you remind me of the reality of family, womanhood, and life.

  50. 72

    Ellen R. says

    I started reading because your posts would read them aloud to my husband, and we would crack up about how you guys really are “THAT family.” I kept reading because of how real your posts are, and make me feel like I’m reading a letter from a good friend.
    And I still read some aloud to my husband when we need a good laugh ;-)

  51. 73

    says

    I read your blog because you are a Christ follower. Your actions show you believe what you say! It does not make me want to be more like you, but more like Jesus! Happy blog birthday!!

  52. 74

    TracyDK says

    Happy Bloggiversary!

    I read here because when I feel overwhelmed with what I WANT to do in this world and I feel like there’s no way I CAN, I come here and it shows me that all it takes is one person and the world is forever changed. It refreshes me. :) Thank you! :D

  53. 75

    Lynette says

    I visit your blog because I love to see the relationship you have with your husband and children. It is inspiring me to be a better mother. I also love to see updates on Mercy House. Happy Anniversary!

  54. 76

    says

    I read because you’re real. You’re funny. You’re love of God is inspiring. Your dedication to your faith is stunning. You’re honest about the hard stuff. You introduce me to really cool stuff, like Union 28! I read, because I’d like to be your friend in real life. I read, because I was once all alone in a new state, pregnant with two young children and I found your blog and it helped me through the loneliness and 4 years later I’m still in love with your writing and being helped, educated, encouraged and amused by it.

  55. 77

    Nicole says

    Thank you for the amazing deal on the Message Boards!! I read your blog because it makes me smile and it’s nice to know other families are”That Family” too!!

  56. 80

    Kristi says

    Your blog inspires me and encourages me. I see a lot of the same traits in my children that you describe about your own and it helps me parent them better. Thank you!

  57. 81

    says

    I read your blog, daily. First because it encouraged me to uplift my husband and respect him when he went through not having a job, second because once he got a job it still helped me focus on uplifting him and our marriage, third, because it introduced me to a great orgnanization that I have been telling a lot of people about – Mercy House, and fourth, because I hope to one day have kids that have as many awesome adventures as yours does! :)

  58. 83

    Shari says

    I started reading your blog because you’re a college friend who I wanted to catch up on! About 5 minutes into reading I turned to my husband and said, “You’ve got to hear this”! Over an hour later, after reading many of the blog posts, with tears streaming down both of our faces, I announced, “Wow, she is such an amazing writer!” Your wisdom and even flub ups have truly inspired me to be better at being me…thank you!

  59. 84

    vickie says

    I read your blog for your honesty, inspiration, a reminder of all that I want to be, your humor and your love of God. It’s the first blog I read every day! THANKS

  60. 85

    Lisa Kats says

    I read your blog because you are real and your writing encourages me daily! You have helped me in my marriage by encouraging my husband and working harder at our relationship!

  61. 88

    Misti says

    Happy 5th Anniversary! I read your blog because we share similar interests and your willingness to do what God has called you to do is encouraging. I look for your posts each morning! :)

  62. 89

    says

    Awwww Kristen, I remember your blog back when she was a wee babe! I remember the early posts, ‘Fro Me To You link-ups, and all of that…

    …this post makes me miss you like crazy! Keep up the amazing work you do here! I’m so proud of you, and proud to call you my friend. :)

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    Amber says

    5 years! Wow! I read your blog because you can inspire me, challenge me, make me laugh, and make me cry (sometimes all in the same post). You are REAL and aren’t afraid to show it to the rest of us. Thanks for taking us along on the journey!

  64. 91

    Angela says

    Congrats on 5 years!!

    This was actually the first blog I ever read! I love to read about your love for God and the things that truly matter. Its so encouraging to me!

  65. 93

    says

    CONGRATS on 5 years, Kristen!!!!! What an amazing accomplishment!!

    I read here because your family inspires me! The work you do at mercy house, your advice, and encouragement is such a HUGE blessing to my family!

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    Jess says

    I read here because your honesty shows how God can and will work through any of us who is willing. That we don’t have to be super moms/christians for Him to mind us or love us. I am constantly encouraged by your sharing how you work through the same struggles that we face. Your surrendered life makes me strive to live fully surrendered as well. Thank you for letting us see God at work!

  67. 95

    Trista says

    Kristen, you are such an encouragement to me. There have been many times that I have opened your blog only to find the exact words of inspiration and encouragement that I needed. Thank you for being such a blessing.

  68. 97

    Rebecca L says

    Happy Blog Birthday to you! You were the first blog I ever “followed” on a regular basis and your writing remains a part of my everyday reading. Your comfortable conversational style of writing, mixed with your great sense of humor, is just the daily fix I need to stay focused on my faith and keep from getting lost in the crazy days of motherhood. Thank you, not only for your blogging words, but also for the ways in which you use this community of readers to inspire and make a positive difference in this world!

  69. 99

    Kaitlin L. says

    I started reading years ago because of your “Works for me Wednesday” posts,, then it turned out that we lived in the same area, and now I continue to follow because of your inspiration – I’ve been to Kenya and love reading about your and Maureen’s ministry there!

  70. 102

    says

    I started reading for WFMW, and stayed because you’re real. (I know, it looks like I stole my idea from the 99 people who posted it before me. But it’s true. I don’t enjoy reading blogs where the blogger appears to have it all together.)

  71. 104

    Stacey E says

    Happy 5th birthday! I love how you write from the heart. You are someone I would be lucky to be friends with in real life. Blessings to you and your family!

  72. 108

    Heather says

    Honestly, I read your blog because you inspire me. Because of the way God is working in your life and through your life I am reminded again and again just how big my God is. I come back daily for those reminders.

  73. 109

    Jammie says

    I became a fan of yours while reading your book – it made me laugh and cry and I loved it! I had to check out the blog and have been back everyday since. I love how real and honest you are.

  74. 110

    says

    I love reading the stories about your family, and seeing the updates on the ministry. Hope to be able to support your ministry in that not too far away future! :)

  75. 112

    says

    Congratulations on FIVE beautiful years!

    I don’t remember how I found your blog, but it is one of six blogs that I read faithfully. I read because you are REAL. Because you love Jesus and obey Him through the messy. Because you love your kids and your husband when it’s hard and when it’s easy. Because you inspire Mothers on the other side of the word to do all these things.

    And, let’s be honest…

    You are funny.

    One of the best blogs out there! May God continue to bless all you do!

    I’ll be reading for 5 more!

  76. 114

    says

    I love your honesty, sense of humor, heart for women and moms and some of your post just make me smile from ear to ear because I can relate. You help me to see I am not the only one :)

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    Debra Stanley says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading your post! They are so funny at times, serious, and very uplifting! I’m so honored to have worked with you in a church and to be on your hall at SAGU! You are such an inspiration to me!
    Debra

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    Angela says

    I read because I admire you for being you for being real. I think what you are doing is so courageous, I wish I had an ounce of the courage you do! You and your family are an inspiration! Keep up the good work, you are spreading the Good News!

  79. 117

    Michelle says

    I stumbled upon your blog about a year ago and have been blessed by it every time I read it. You inspire me to go ahead with what God is nudging me to do, despite my fears. I love to read how an every day woman is walking out her faith. And I enjoy a good sense of humor! Congrats on 5 years! And thank you for letting us in on the ride.

  80. 118

    yolande says

    I read here because I have 7 kids, (3 adopted), for WFMW, and to keep up on Mercy House– a ministry that has touched my heart deeply. Nothing is impossible for God.

  81. 119

    says

    I began reading because of your heart for Africa (which will always be “home” to me). But I keep reading because you are so real about your journey as a daughter of the King, a wife, and a mom.

  82. 120

    says

    You are saved in my Google Reader because you’re real, honest, funny and encouraging. I’m the mom to a 5-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy and your writing helps me think about motherhood in a refreshing way.

  83. 121

    Kim Anderson says

    I love getting on my computer and checking to see if you have written anything new. Your writing is such an encouragement to me. Many days I feel like I don’t measure up, like I cant make the cut. But when I read your blog I am reminded that I don’t have to be the perfect mom, wife or friend. I have to do my best each day to love well and do what works best for my family. Keep doing what you do best!

  84. 122

    says

    I read because you are authentic in your walk with the Lord. You share the good things and the tough things. Thanks for that. Happy Blogiversary!

  85. 124

    Autumn says

    Would love to win this basket!! Happy Birthday….love your blog! Ordered 6 of the memo boards for Christmas gifts as well!
    Thanks for always sharing your heart and keeping it real. Blessings you to and yours

  86. 125

    Karen says

    I read and come back because I love watching what God is doing through your family at Mercy House and I love getting to be a part of it in a small way!

  87. 126

    says

    I must have started reading not long after you started writing. So many blogs that I happened upon in my early days as a reader have disappeared but you have kept on steady as a rock. I keep coming back because we are one of “those” families too. You keep it real, you are authentic, and hilarious!!! Congratulations on your 5 year bloggerversary!!

  88. 127

    says

    I came across you blog (and your book!) at a point in my life when I desperately needed it. I had started to feel like everyone had it together except for me. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to find someone blogging who was REAL! Someone who didn’t make me feel like a good Christian wife and mother would do it all perfectly. :-) Thank you so much!

  89. 128

    Cindy R says

    I enjoy your honesty as a mom, wife, and learn of many new opportunities out there to help out like the Mercy House! :)

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    marky says

    Happy Blog Birthday!!!
    I come here because you often say what I am thinking, feeling or experiencing. I think we are related LOL!! I love your tranparency and honesty!!

  91. 132

    Carrie says

    I read this blog because I LOVE your since of humor and love of Christ. I started reading after reading your devotion book. Thanks for keeping it real it is very encouraging to read about your trials and tribulations! Happy Birthday to you!

  92. 133

    says

    I have read your blog for years… I read because you are honest, funny and faith-filled. You encourage me in all aspects of my life. I often read your blog posts to my husband as we struggle with or wrestle with something. It is amazing how God sends me one of your posts at just the right time. My kids match up with your kid’s ages (13, 9 and 5) so I feel like we are walking through things at the same time. Keep writing, I will keep reading!

  93. 134

    says

    I love reading here! You are an inpiration. I love reading your motherhood posts especially. You are a few years ahead of me in motherhood (my kiddos are still little bitty) and I love hearing your insight and experience!!!

    fingers crossed ;)

  94. 135

    Thia says

    I read here to connect with other “real” mothers and because I’m inspired by the Mercy House moms too.

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    Jaisa says

    I read because you chase after the Heavenly Father each and everyday striving to be closer to him! You inspire me to do the same. I read because you are real without telling us every.single.detail. of your everyday. You share with impact.
    Happy Birthday to this wonderful blog and a big congrats to you for seeing it through 5 years!

  96. 140

    says

    Happy birthday! Hmmmm… why do I read here? Because you always have an encouraging word, you encourage and support marriage, you’re funny!, I think I’d like you in real life if I ever met you, you have an amazing heart for the girls at Mercy House that challenges me to find my “one thing”, you are real and quick to admit your own failings, you are real and quick to admit your successes! Congratulations on five years!

  97. 141

    says

    I read to be encouraged , inspired, CHALLENGED, fed. To know I’m not alone in my struggles, to get excited again about the blessings and HUGE responsibility of my calling as a wife and mother and sister and friend- and to laugh at myself in the honesty and humour you bring to this crazy life. Yes, I also dance to TobyMac and my kids roll their eyes! Yes, I feel the heartache of God over the poverty and injustice in Africa and struggle with how to teach my children to hurt for the hurting, but not try to make them feel guilty because God chose to plant them here in North America. I long for them to desire to follow the Lord with their entire souls and minds and lives, but know I’m not all there yet myself.

    Keep on blogging! You are on my favorites bar because you write the words God knows I need to hear, Amy

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    Emily says

    I read because God uses you to provide refreshment, challenges, and encouragement for my soul. You’re a few years ahead of me in the Momma world (mine are 3yrs and 8mo), and I am always grateful for your honesty. I had to skinny down my list of blogs I read, and yours made the cut (and forever will). Thanks for being light.

  99. 143

    Julie says

    Reading blogs while rocking baby #2 to sleep ;with the hope that she’ll go down before #2 wakes up so i can make some lunch, or clean the bathroom, or sime other glamorous mom-thing Happy blog birthday!

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    Mandy S says

    I read for the encouragement to be a better Christian, better wife, better mom. Just better. God is changing me and helping me every day and I love the way He so often uses you to remind me of what I’ve been learning.

  101. 146

    Amy says

    You are such an inspiration. You have a God given gift in your writing and He uses your blog to touch and teach me. Thank you for letting God work through you.

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    Ash says

    I read because I find encouragement for my marriage, my parenting skills (or lack thereof), and ministry. I love that you live differently and inspire others to do the same in the name of Christ. I LOVE reading it all! Happy 5 years, Kristen!!

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    Jenni says

    i love reading your blog because it makes me feel like i am kind of “normal’ I adore you and all of your hard work you do! miss seeing you in the drive thru!!! oxxo congratulations happy birthday

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    says

    I read because you share so many great ideas, you share your heart, you encourage, you make us laugh and because God uses you … and because you give stuff away! :)

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    Elise says

    I read here because I love your honesty and your ideas for sharing your faith with your children. Thanks for that!

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