Who She Is

Hi! This is me. 

So, just who is this lady staring at you?

My name is Kirsten. I'm a wife, a mom, a Catholic, a writer, and an aspiring photographer. I'm married to a fantastic guy named James who is wickedly smart, funny, and good at catching the lizards that occasionally take up residence in our kitchen lights. I've given birth to two amazing little people so far, Ewan and Austen. Ewan (our first child) was born in September of 2010 and left us at just 16 days old after battling a complex congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia. Austen joined us sixteen months later in January 2012. I will blog about Ewan and our grief journey from time to time here, but if you want to get the whole backstory, I invite you to check out the Team Ewan blog here.

As far as MBTI profiles go, I'm an ENTJ which is described as a "commandant" or "field marshal." (But I'm really nice, I promise. It's been AGES since I made anybody who came to my house do push-ups upon entry). It basically means I am an organized, decisive, take-charge leader type who feels a persistent and imminent threat to my sanity when I've got week-old dried green beans on the living room floor and can't cross the living room without stepping on a bristle block or tripping over a miniature shopping cart. I've got a toddler at home, so this is pretty much all the time.

I'm originally from western Washington state, but have been residing in central Florida since July 2011, and it's just now (a little over 2 years later) starting to feel like home. I was raised in a wonderful, imperfect evangelical Christian home and adopted the faith as my own at an early age, continuing to mature into a relationship with Christ in my teen years, even attending an evangelical Christian university in SoCal. I started out as a biochemistry major, but switched to English Lit after three semesters of doing pretty well, but feeling like it just wasn't a good fit for me. (Translation: After many late-night sobbing phone calls to my parents, it was suggested that I could, perhaps, consider a different major. This decision was probably a relief to my organic chemistry professor, who witnessed me breaking more than my fair share of glass beakers and test tubes during chem lab).

James and I met during our college years, but were married many (many, many) moons later in May 2009 (about 6 months after reconnecting on Facebook, interestingly enough). Just a few months after the honeymoon had ended, we -- quite unexpectedly -- found ourselves on the doorstep of the Catholic church. I was received into full communion at the Easter Vigil in 2010 and have found the home I never knew I was seeking there. The journey hasn't always been fun or easy, but I wouldn't change a thing.

A few other random facts? I don't know what I would do without Costco, Amazon.com, or my VitaMix. I'm a morning person who is rarely able to stay awake past 10 pm. I have a green smoothie everyday and workout to a Jillian Michaels video 4-5 days a week (mostly Yoga Meltdown). I like folding towels, but hate anything that involves cleaning floors. My most embarrassing moment involves tripping, falling, and accidental underwear exposure in front of a large number of people.

There. Now we're friends. I'm glad you're here!

FYI: I maintain full copyright privileges on all written content and photos displayed on this blog, unless otherwise noted. No written content or photos may be used, downloaded, or shared in part or in total without my permission.