So, I realize that this blog is about beauty reviews, but I also realize that people usually want to know a little about the person behind the writing. I know of all the blogs that I follow, it helps me understand where they are coming from a little better if I know a little about their life. So, in this post I will introduce myself a bit.
I was born and raised in Oklahoma. I am the daughter of two of the most wonderful people I have ever met. My dad has always been a hard worker and when we were growing up, he pastored a church full time as well as working another full time job so that he could support the 5 of us kids. My momma has also always been a hard worker. She made and sold things so that we could afford things that we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. My parents are good people who raised me to love God, love others, and be responsible. I was spanked growing up (I know, GASP), and I thank the Lord for it. It taught me that there are consequences to actions and that has served me well in my life.
I have four siblings that I love very much! We didn’t always get along, but as we got older we all found common ground. I love getting together with them now and talking about our childhood. We all now have families and I love watching all of my nieces and nephews grow up. As I said in my post “A Letter To My Teenage Self” , I do wish I had spent more time cultivating the relationships with my siblings and maybe today we would be even closer.
My love of all things fashion and makeup began when I was about 12. I started having breakouts and I longed to cover them up. That is how it all started. Of course, at that time, I could only afford the cheap stuff. My first job was at Kohls and there my love of beauty and fashion grew by leaps and bounds. I was subjected to a world of new cosmetics and fashion and I was thrilled. It was then that I began to love to try new things. I was always looking for the next best eye liner or foundation or the newest skirt or shirt.
From the time I was quite young my dream was to be a momma. I wanted to fall in love with a wonderful man, have many children, and live happily every after. While things didn’t happen exactly like that, I did fall in love with a wonderful man, I ended up moving away from my childhood home to a new state where I knew no one except my husband and his family, and we have had three beautiful children. We went through a lot to have those three. We miscarried our first, which was the most difficult time in my life. I struggled spiritually, emotionally, and physically during that time. I struggled with anxiety, depression, anger, and a whole list of other emotions that I only overcame with the help of my Lord and Savior, my husband (who was my rock), and good Godly friends that encouraged me. Looking back now I can see so many lessons that I have learned and how blessed we are to have the three beautiful children with which the Lord has blessed us, and we would love to see the Lord bless us with more.
I live with a genetic neurological disease. Dystonia. When we finally got a diagnosis, it was a relief, but also a little scary. There is no cure, only treatment of the symptoms. There is no way to know how bad it will get, we just take it day by day. Talk about a life changing diagnosis! Also though, through this disease, I and my family have been brought closer together and many of us have drawn even closer to our Savior. We trust that He knows and He cares just like He promised.
My husband is an associate pastor and my father-in-law is our pastor. Sometimes being an associate pastor’s wife is lonely, but in those lonely times I am brought closer to my Savior. I am also reminded that being the Pastor’s wife must be so much harder and it reminds me to pray for her. Our life revolves around church. We spend much time spreading the gospel and trying to be a blessing to others. It is definitely a balancing act with ministering to my husband, tending to my children, teaching (oh, yea, I don’t think I mentioned that I homeschool), taking care of the housework, and doing all of our church ministering.
“Why then did you add to the load and start a blog?” you might ask. Well, it is how I unwind. I have never lost that love of beauty and fashion and I really enjoy trying new things and I enjoy writing. At the end of the day after the housework is done, my hubby and kids are fed, and my kids are in bed I love to sit down and write. It is how I relax. So, for me this is not another job. This is not more work. This. Is. Fun.