Hello! I am so, so glad you are here. Really, I am. With a blog name like “This Lovely Mess”, I can’t help but think that something about the title caused you to pause and land here. You probably know a little something about this lovely, messy thing we live. I’m glad you are here because it gives me comfort knowing I’m not alone in this thing we call life.
My name is Kristy. I love coffee, all forms of it but most especially iced. Believe it or not I just discovered that bit of lovely not long ago and now it’s an addiction I can’t shake. In fact, as I type, I’m drinking some right now. Every day is better with a cup of coffee in it.
And I really need that coffee because my house is FULL of boys. My husband, my little man, even my cat. I’m a bit out-numbered in that way but I love that they fill my world with more joy than I can even put words to. Life is busy but it’s full. I am so blessed to get to live the role of wife and mom. In my spare time (do any of us really know what that means?) I run a small photography business over at MK Priceless Photography. I blog and write things. I create because, well, that’s how God wired me. I strive for simple but in truth my life often feels anything but. I’m a glass-half full kind of gal who wants to see the beautiful in everything, no matter how hard at times that may be.
And life can be messy, really messy. I grew up the kid who was the last team pick. I didn’t always have the newest, nicest clothes or even the most stunning hair-cut. Most of the time I was more on the unkempt side. Home was hard. So hard that I ended up knowing what it was like to be “orphaned” as a state kid and shuffled from one home to another. But that state kid landed in some pretty amazing homes with some pretty amazing people who loved me enough to point me to a God who loved me beyond what I could even wrap my mind around. That state kid grew up and traveled the world, got married, and is learning everyday what it looks like living loved in the hands of a very big and great God.
That’s kind of what this blog is all about. It’s knowing that yes, life is messy, but there is hope to live beyond broken. I live and cling to that everyday. It’s what keeps one foot walking in front of the other. I love Jesus. I love Him because He gave EVERYTHING for me and is EVERYTHING to me. EVERYTHING I am or have is because of Christ and His extravagant grace. Undeserved, beautiful grace. Grace that:
So stay a while, won’t you?
It’s my prayer that this blog, this lovely mess of a life, is not just a place to stop but a place to be part of a community. A community of people willing to be open, vulnerable and admit brokenness. A place to camp in humility and remind each other it’s OK to not be OK. A place to be held and to hold space for one another. It’s not really about me at all. It’s about what God is doing in our lives. It’s about being drawn to someone and to something greater than ourselves. Our world is fallen and broken, very broken. I get that. Our lives also are equally broken, I also know this deeply. But hear this, out of anything else, your life is not beyond HOPE.
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a HOPE that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf” Hebrews 6:19-20a
I really am glad you are here.
Kick up your feet a while. REST. Let the knowledge that God is good all the time and all the time God is good renew your heart and mind a little. Stay. Be encouraged. Leave and take with you a little more peace than what you came with. Run and live this lovely mess of a life with us and celebrate in the beauty that can be found growing out of the ashes of hard. Live beyond broken.