Thursday, August 11, 2011

My Interview with Wonderwoman Wannabe

This is an interview I did for Wonderwoman Wannabe back in April and I'm posting it here for those who may have missed it. If this is old news for you, please, feel free to stop reading now. 

1.  How long have you been blogging at Kissing the Joy?  What made you decide to start? 

In 2008, I was moderating a message board for scrapbookers (this was before Facebook and Twitter took over the world) and they all had these "blog" things. I said, "What is it for?" and they said, "Whatever you want," and I said, "Well, then, I can do that!" I've been blogging ever since.

2.  What are your favorite things to write about?

My blog has always been, first and foremost, a family journal. Since having my fourth son I haven't had much time to scrapbook (okay, I haven't had ANY time to scrapbook) so my blog has really filled that void for me. I have also met so many amazing new friends through my blog, which was an entirely unexpected side benefit.  Last year I wrote a post about babyfood, which was scary because I didn't want anyone to think I could teach them something, but it helped me broaden my horizons a bit. Now I occasionally blog some of my favorite recipes (such as homemade graham crackers and strawberry cream pie), rad stuff I've found online, crafts I'm working on, and every Friday I host 'Fess Up Friday.
It started as me just venting all the stupid stuff I'd done lately, stuff that normal people would not tell others about, and it's become a weekly thing. The comments I get on Fridays are always my favorites because it makes me laugh really hard when other people do crazy stuff too... such as the lady who bid on a vasectomy at an elementary school auction. 

3.  What are you favorite types of blogs to read and what keeps you coming back? 

I'm naturally drawn to blogs from other boy mamas (kindred spirits and all that), but my favorite blogs are the ones that take real life and make it interesting and/or funny. I am thankful for all my cooking, photography, and crafty blogs, but I'm definitely more invested in the blogs that showcase real life.  I just realized that makes me sound like a voyeur. I use the term "blog stalking" lightly, people. 

The thing that most often makes me come back is when someone acknowledges I was there. If I comment, and they respond to me with either another comment or an email, it makes me want to come back and comment again. 

4.  How have you found ways to keep your inner girly-girl alive as a mother of 4 boys?  It's not hard~ I make my boys watch Rainbow Brite and Tinkerbell.  

I'm kidding... um, kind of. They saw Rainbow Brite once and banned it from the house, but Tinkerbell is one of my three-year-old's favorites. Since I'm surrounded with boys, bugs, and dirt most of the time, I really love blog surfing because I get to see so many pretty things and interact with so many different women. My husband is great about letting me have "mom's night out" with my girlfriends, or even by myself. Did you know that going to Costco alone at 7:30 p.m. can be as relaxing as the spa? It's true.

5.  What are some of your favorite hobbies? I'm a reader. Big time book nerd. If I don't have a book in my hand when I leave the house, it makes me feel antsy. I also love photography, digital scrapbooking, and repeatedly overhauling my blog header. I think I'd really like sewing too if I ever worked up the nerve to try it.

6.  Can you share what part of the country you live in?  Have you always lived there?  Have you every wanted to live anywhere else? 

I lived by the ocean until I was 10, and then my family moved to a resort town in the Northwest where we have lakes in the summer and snow in the winter. I love raising my family here, especially since we have both sets of grandparents minutes away, but I've always thought it would be fun to live in Kentucky. No particular reason, I just like to say Kentucky.

Plus, they have horses.

7.  Does your family of origin influence your approach on marriage and parenting?  How so?  Well, my mom is a former hippie who became a Christian and listened to talk radio every day, all day,
 when I was a kid. That was bound to affect me. I try to feed my family whole foods, to cook from scratch as much as possible, and to use green or homemade cleaners; that's my mom's hippie influence. I'm also sort of a conspiracy theorist and enjoy a good political discussion; that's the talk radio coming out. However, my mom was born "organized" and I was born "messy" so I'm not sure how I got the short end of the stick on that one. 

8.  When you were a kid, what did you imagine your adult life would be like?

I wanted to be a surgeon, a Shakespearean actress, or an animator for Disney. I also planned to have a daughter and give her the same middle name as me. I never thought I'd get married at nineteen and have four sons in rapid succession~ shows how much I know. 

9.  Over the years, what has been the most rewarding thing about raising kids? 

Seeing them grow into these fully-formed little people, with thoughts, feelings, and insights of their own. I love it when my kids say something wise beyond their years, or when they share something with me that they love about God. I'm constantly amazed to look at them and see a reflection of my husband and myself. 

10.  What is your biggest pet peeve? 
Mouth noises, and the rampant misuse of exclamation points and the acronym 'LOL' 

11. What never fails to make you laugh?
Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy, Kid History, and America's Funniest Home videos (especially the ones with people falling down or getting the crud scared out of them).  

12.  Do you have any advice on being a good parent? 

No, because most of the time I feel like the OPPOSITE of a good parent. But I do recommend that you read "Grace Based Parenting" by Tim Kimmel. It is the most beneficial parenting book I have read. It's all about parenting your kids the way that God parents us... with grace. 

I've been learning, especially recently, that children tend to reveal our own self-centerdness. Here I was thinking I was perfect and I had it all figured out, and then God sent along these four little sandblocks to refine my edges. They are teaching me things every day. 

13.  What are some of your personal 'secrets' to a good relationship or marriage?

I learned the hard way that unspoken, or unrealistic, expectations lead to resentment, resentment leads to bitterness, and bitterness chokes love. The only way to break that cycle is with thankfulness and repentance. Remember to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ, and action often precedes emotion. If you ACT loving, you will FEEL loving. Sometimes it's still hard for me, but I'm thankful God promised that He who began a good work in us is faithful to complete it! (Phil 1:6)

14.  What are some of your personal goals and/or dreams for the future? 

Raise four boys who love God and turn out right, continue to pursue photography and photo editing, perhaps take some classes on web design (yes, I realize that enjoying html is kind of weird), and have a relationship with my husband that will go the distance. 

I would also like to clean out my garage. 

Heidi was SO kind to invite me to participate in her month of blogger interviews. If you haven't checked out Wonderwoman Wannabe yet, you are missing out. She's a treasure. 


  1. This was great! I like you even more now that I see how normal you really are! Especially the part about saying is a very fun word to say! And it happens to be a State! You probably can figure out multiple ways to incorporate that into a sentence!

    Do you know what my favorite word is? Probably not, so I will tell you.


    Yes, pants is my favorite word. Say it 5 times outloud and try not to smile. You just gotta!

    And if I have already told you this once before, I am so sorry. It's just awesome information that must be expressed!

    Oh, and I love that you hate the misuse of LOL. I hate when people say LOL and THAT's ALL THEY SAY! There's a conversation stopper.

    However, I must express that I use exclamation points alot because I speak in exclamatory statements frequently! See?

    I'm enjoying reading your posts! You are delightful!

  2. Heehee, you're funny. Pants is a great word, and it did make me smile.

    Don't worry, I don't have anything against exclamation points in and of themselves. I like exclamation points. I think they're very useful. It's when people use them inappropriately, like in place of periods, that I get annoyed. For example "Wow, I just woke up! I'm going to make my kids breakfast now! I wonder what we should have!" Those kinds of Facebook statuses make me cry because the people sound like they are on crack. However, if you'e genuinely excited about something, then by all means, exclaim away. I am also nitpicky about the number of exclamation points used. One is sufficient, unless something is like on fire.

  3. Oh, you're such a doll - thanks for the mention, Kira. It was just as fun to read your interview the 2nd time around. :)


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