March 14, 2010

Who Am I?

I thought it might be appropriate to share some basic information about myself. I always like to catch a little glimpse into the personal world of those whose blogs I read. Maybe you do too? Well, here goes.

I am the daughter of two educators who have been married for nearly 35 years. My dad is a football coach. He has coached at the high school and college level. He is a fantastic coach, a great provider and he's funny too. And he makes really good chili. My mom is currently a 4th grade teacher. She has taught at just about all grade levels, been a principal, and curriculum coordinator. She is an awesome friend, a perfect size four (sometimes even a 2) and makes killer chocolate chip cookies. Seriously--she could be rich and famous if she ever went commercial with those things.

I am the sister of one cool dude. He is three years younger than me. He has a terrific wife and three sweet boys. He has been one of my best friends ever since we knew brothers and sisters could be friends. He is in the banking industry and also currently attends seminary. I am proud of him.

I grew up in the small town in which I still live. I have known my husband for nearly 20 years and have been in love with him for over 10. When I married him I gained two additional, wonderful parents--his, and a beautiful sister-in-law who is a talentented nurse. I love the entire family I married into.

Justin and I will celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary this December. He is pretty much amazing. He is a firefighter, fisherman, golfer, hunter, lover of the University of Texas Longhorns, washer of our dishes and clothes, and eliminator of any problematic wildlife that might come around. As I said, pretty much amazing. He loves me no matter what. And he's got amazing baby blues and dimples that are a mile deep. Cutie.

I am a mommy to 2 children:

Jonah(4) is inquisitive. He has already mastered Love and Logic and uses it on me regularly. He likes to dig for worms, ride bikes, eat mac n' cheese, and watch The Three Stooges. He goes to preschool 3 days a week. He was finally completely potty trained this year at the ripe age of 4, proving that miracles really do happen. He is currently waiting to feed some Sea Monkeys. He is Mama's boy.

Glory(1) is a burst of sunshine. She is always on the go. Her vocabulary is increasing daily. She loves to mimic sounds, look at books, eat--ANYTHING, hold a phone, put on accessories. She takes a daily dose of Miralax to keep her regular. She is a Daddy's girl.

My name is Keelie Suzanne. Even though people always mispronounce my name (key-lee, FYI) I still love it. I think it fits me to a T, just a little bit different but not way "out there." LOL. My name means graceful. Still waiting on that to prove true. I am 30, a lover of home decor, cooking, baking, crafting, shopping, singing, traveling, and playing games with the family. My favorite color is red. I have been told that I wear my heart on my sleeve. I am the director of a non-profit organization called The Mission whose purpose is to meet physical, mental, and spiritual needs of people in our community.

I am a few credits shy of completing a degree in Interior Design. I made a last minute decision to go with art education instead. I was an elementary school teacher for several years before I became a stay-at-home mom in 2009. I am still trying to learn the ropes of my new occupation, but loving every minute of it.

I am a sinner saved by the grace of God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave Himself for me.

Oh yeah, and I'm on a diet. But I guess you already knew that?


Sandra said...

Thanks for sharing yourself Keelie. Your kids are very cute and love-able.
Very nice to make your acquaintance.!

LauraLynne said...

Nice to put some personality and details behind the blog and pictures! thank you for sharing with us - I'm inspired to do the same (I feel so badly - like I don't have ANY original ideas!) Everyone else is brilliant..I'm just late to the game :)

Kristi said...

Awe, I love this post. It made me smile, laugh out loud (at Jonah's mischievous grin), almost tear up, and be SO thankful that you are my best friend! LOVE YOU! Yes, let's get together ASAP!

Minnesota Mami said...

You have a beautiful family! And I love hearing the 'real life' of my blog friends too! In fact, I'm sharing "History of Holly" this month! Part 2 will post tomorrow...check back!
And PS...just checking up on posts I missed the last several days and YOU LOOK FABULOUS darling. What an awesome encouragement and inspiration you are! Oh, and double PS - you did the C25K right? When does it start getting easier?!?

Holly @ Making Over Me

Can do mom said...

Somehow I missed this post. What a beautiful family you have!

I'm a stay at home, home educating mom and I love it.

You are blessed and share it with others, all part of God's plan. Go Keelie!

Dana ( said...

You and your family are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!