2 Weeks

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It has been two weeks since I left for the MOPS 2011 Convention in Nashville.  Unbelievable the amount of change since then.  My “baby” no longer at 26 months will even put a toe in his crib.  It was HARD and it was crazy to move him into a big boy bed.  But we met him where he was instead of where I wanted him to still be.  For about a week now we have had mountain top moments of sleeping all night to deep valleys of praying, wishing and hoping he would sleep for more than an hour.  But we are making it and he is getting it.  And the best part he is happy and knows he is loved right where he is. (which is on a twin mattress on the floor with construction bedding circa Target 6 years ago — Ian’s set)

Other big changes this week include the big kids back in school.  The house is bustling in the mornings and everyone so far has buy-in on getting out the door.  Kaylee is loving kindergarten and her teacher that has 22 years experience!! (woo hoo)  Ian is thrilled with his second year at our school and has many friends in class.  All is going well.  It is amazing to look back two weeks ago and our lives looked completely different.

With all this said, I am not sad.  Sure a little bit of me is that they are all three growing like weeds and Ian reminds me at least weekly that I only have him 10 more years until he is gone to college.  But I am more thrilled about their paths and direction.  I am open for the challenges, the good ones and the hard ones.  They all three know that Momma is here to listen, love and help.

I know that I am a praying momma.  I pray off and on all day as they are at school.  I don’t want their days to be perfect everyday.  I want them to be real and applicable.  Fun too!  The real part is where they will really learn about friends, learning and life.

There is that saying that having children is like having your heart walk outside into the world.  And I completely agree.  My heart is out in the world 3 times and it has deepened my faith, my ability to love and my grasp of what it means to be inclusive and open.

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About Kristin

I started this blog thing years ago in August 2011. I have made attempts to blog over the past three years of seminary, but it was like writing when drowning. But I have completed the bulk of my course work, so I know there is a God. I am currently in my capstone creation phase this fall. This allows me time to unravel a little and renew my passion for writing my ramblings. If you like what you read, share what it stirs in you or even share it with others. I write for you from me. A little about me... I have celebrated 16 years of wedded bliss and reality with my best friend for over 17 years. We have 3 wonderful kids that are all unique, amazing and different in their own way. Our first born is nearly a teenager. He loves talking, Scouts, reading, camping and science experiments. Our daughter is a decade old. She is our creative soul and a planner! She loves to spend time dancing, singing and nurturing/teaching her babydolls and us. She is very sweet to her brothers. Last but not least is our daring 6 year old red head boy. He broke the "Wooldridge Mold". He is the fastest runner, our busiest explorer, our deep philosopher and biggest joker, oh and he gives the best hugs. You know the long lingering kind that truly fuel your soul to sing. I have been a stay at home mom for nearly 13 years and I have found a groove that works for our family. (That grove doesn't mean I have it figured out. It just means I am good with asking for help and having my family help us survive.) Twelve years ago, I joined a local MOPS group and I have been the Coordinator for 1o years. This group has given me a chance to lead without working full time, support other women in my community and help refine my walk with God. I also attend Central Baptist Theological Seminary. I am pursuing a Masters of Divinity and loving every minute of it. I am currently working on my capstone project, which a ministry guide for the MOPS group I have lead for a decade. It will serve as a touchpoint for those in leadership and also as a sweet offering as my goodbye to meaningful work that touched every part of my life and taught me that I am called to pastor. My life isn't perfect as the paragraph above makes it seem. But I have traveled through those harder times and found strength and support through them. Hoping to use this blog as a spot to write my thoughts, feelings and stories as I keep on living life! God Bless you and keep you. We each need to remember the Divine is within each of us. Be kind to yourself and to others.

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