This blog is inspired by the verse: “[God] has made all things beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
It is about my struggle as a mom – to one typical child and one special needs child – to find beauty, hope, and ultimately God, in the midst of the messiness and unexpected challenges of this life. My biggest challenge being balancing the needs of my special needs son with the rest of my family.
Of all the roles I’ve had – daughter, sister, friend, wife, and mom – mommy has been the most significant. When I started blogging way back in 2006, I was young, single and working in marketing for a little faith-based publishing house. My life was busy and I wanted to find a way to stop and capture beauty in the daily grind.
One husband and two kids later – and a whole lot busier than I ever imagined – I still need to document these sacred, beautiful moments. My husband is a physician assistant and his medical background has come to the aid of our many medical crises. I suffered two pulmonary emboli when pregnant with our first son. Then he decided to come early when pre-eclampsia, an abruption, and HELLP Syndrome kicked him out of my womb.
My second son came only a wee bit early but he quickly revealed to us that he is a little more fragile than most. He was diagnosed with Cri-du-chat Syndrome two weeks after birth. You can read his full birth story here.
Both of my babies went straight to the NICU instead of home in my arms. Those experiences have had a profound impact on how I view life. I am also a blog contributor for Hand to Hold’s blog, PreemieBabies101.
What I love? Reading (hands down favorite thing to do). Journaling. Cycling (mostly indoors, a little bit outdoors). Coffee. Organizing. Decorating. Sewing. Shopping (for clothes, not groceries). Pedicures.
What I don’t love? Cooking. Running. Yard work. Folding laundry, but mostly putting it away. And scrubbing toilets. (Who does?)
What inspires me? Well beauty of course. Scriptures. Good writing. Worship music. Photography (not my own). Honesty. Ambition. Hope. A well organized life.
My personal style? Classic with a bit of color. I like things simple. I don’t like clutter or chaos, strangely there is lots of both in my life.
My hope is that my blog posts will in some way encourage you toward finding God in the nitty gritty of your life. When you do you will be reminded of a far greater place that we all were meant for and your heart will have you longing for that day.
Though our earthly lives are far from perfect, they are still divinely beautiful. We merely have to seek it each and every day. In doing so we will see a reflection of things to come.
To contact me, email kathyallthingsbeautiful (at) gmail (dot) com.