Do you ever stumble upon a blog and wish you had a little background to the person? Well, this is mine..
I'm Kayla. This blog is just my outlet to put memories, crafts, and recipes out there for a good walk down memory lane one day! I'm not a chef, I'm not a fashionista, and I'm not even really that creative. I'm just me, a small town born girl who likes to have fun and enjoy life with her husband.
I am 29 years old and recently married the love of my life. You can find more about him in Our Love Story. After a series of bad relationships, God allowed me the strength and courage it took to close the door to a very hurtful part of my life. In return, a door I wasn't expecting opened and Brian found me and swept me off my feet. He is the kind of man a mother dreams will find their little girl and a daddy's sigh of relief that someone will be there to take up his place as her protector.
Brian is a big part of this blog, so in order for you to feel acquainted with him as well, I thought I'd give you some background on his life. He grew up in a loving family right here in the same small town as me, although our paths mysteriously never crossed. He is the middle child and oldest son. His parents raised a strong Christian man who exemplifies respect to a degree that would surprise anyone. He knows how to lend a helping hand, and a shoulder to cry on.
Brian and I both experienced hurtful relationships in the past and knew what a God given gift each other were from the beginning of our relationship. We connected on a serious level very early on, but knew that God had His hand on us and provided this new life that we both desperately longed for.
Brian and I were married on October 12, 2013 and are currently enjoyed the newlywed part of this "married life." I look forward to getting to experience this part of my life with this man, and also getting to use this blog as yet another memory keeper for such an exciting part of my life.
I own my own house, which I purchased when I was 24 years old. After an exciting college experience, I knew it was the next step in my life's path. I'm fortunate now looking back on that decision because it just paved an easier road for Brian and myself when we started our married life together since we will already have an established home.
I currently have two "furbabies" who make an occasional appearance on this blog. Reagan Jensen is my oldest "son" and a true mama's boy. Reagan has experienced moving four times (three with me!) since he was born, so it is very safe to say this dog detests riding in a car. On the other hand, Roxie Jane, my youngest and only girl, finds riding in the car fascinating. My two furbabies have totally opposite personalities and always fill an otherwise boring void in my life.
I'm the daughter of Larry & Kathy. They are two very loving parents who were always supportive of my decisions throughout life. I am blessed to have two older brothers, Kevin and Shawn, from my dad's first marriage. They have always been the typical big brothers and watched over me through the years. Both of my brothers are married and blessed with me two nephews, Kaleb and Kamo, and a beautiful niece, Jenna.
Fortunately, when I married Brian, I gained an exciting set of in-laws as well. Ken and Donna are my second parents and I gained a sister and brother through Brian's siblings, Bethany and Ben. Bethany is married and has three handsome boys who I adore with all my heart and love hearing them call me "Aunt Kayla." Ben has a fiancé', Lindsey, who has became a like sister to me. I hit the lottery in the family departments.
Family is the backbone of my life. These are the people I see multiple times a week and the people I always look to for love and caring arms. We've all had our differences, but what family hasn't?
You will hear me mention over and over on the blog about small town life. And honestly? I wouldn't have it any other way. Sure it is frustrating that we don't have a mall, or even some choice restaurants, but what we do have is a way of life that has, for the most part, remained the same through my whole life. It's one of those places where everyone truly does know your name. People wave when they pass you on the road, and men still hold the doors open for the women. I might live in a small town, but a small town is where I want to remain.
So, that's me and that's my life.
What happens next is still a mystery to me, and a brilliant plan of God's I'm waiting to witness.