What My Allume Roomies Should Know and Sharing Over at The Better Mom



Let me just start by saying that I’m sharing a post that is close to my heart over at The Better Mom today…
Our theme for October is– contentment.

And I’m sharing about finding contentment (or battling for it) in those years when you have lots of Littles running around.  It’s also about how I sometimes speak discontentment without even saying a word.
It would mean a lot to me if you stopped by and chimed in on the conversation.

But before you go, I decided to join Brooke and Stacey in sharing–

“10 Things That My Allume Roomies Should Know About Me”

Because in 17 days, Lord willing, I will hop on a plane, headed for Allume, a Christian writing conference.  I have never, ever, EVER done anything like this before and I honestly can’t believe that God has opened the doors for me to go, that my husband is willing to take over homeschool on the Thursday I’ll be gone, and that I’ll finally be able to meet-face-to-face some of the writers who have become my online friends over the past 18 months.

I’ll be rooming with Gracelaced Ruth (that’s what I mentally call her whenever I think of her), Rachel Wojarnowski, and Kelly from The Nourishing Home.  All three of them are special to me and I really do feel like I already know them, so it’s just a true over-and-above-and-beyond-gift to know that we’ll have this “in real life” time with each other.

So what might they want to know about me, that they might not already know???

Dear Rachel, Kelly and Gracelaced Ruth,

1. I do not snore (despite what my husband says) and I can fall asleep pretty much ANYWHERE in about the time it takes you to brush your teeth, so please don’t be offended if we’re mid-slumber-party-conversation and I suddenly don’t respond.

2.  I am not observant when it comes to appearances.  All of my friends here know that is true.  You could literally cut 12 inches off of your hair, gain 20 pounds and pierce your nose and I probably wouldn’t notice, so there’s a really good chance I won’t recognize you despite all of our interactions.

3.  I decided to update my wardrobe for the conference so I bought these new shoes…in the kids’ section…at Ross.  Actually, to be honest, any “what to wear” talk kinda freaks me out because I don’t spend much time at all thinking about what to wear.  I’ll probably bring my jeans and black shirt staples with an optional running-exercise-outfit-option (not that I actually run) because that is what is normal for me.

4.  This blog is one of my fish.  Doesn’t feel like I’m offering Him much…but it’s part of my Everything.

5.  I do not know one single password without my password storage book.  Seriously.  So if you see me struggling to log into my own blog, you’ll know why.

6.  I’m currently treadmill-walking my way through the Veronica Mars television series because I found it for $2 at a garage sale and when it comes to exercise you could say that I’m less-than-self-motivated which is why I have certain friends on set days who meet me to walk so that it actually happens.  But most of my best conversations happen on walk-and-talks so if you ever want to grab my arm and head for a quick walk while we’re there, I’d love to go!  Side note–my fast-walking-skills are stellar.  I once beat a Portland Timber Soccer Player in a fast walking race.

7.  Coffee is kind of a necessity in the morning. In high school and college I worked for a coffee company. With God’s help & coffee, I consider myself a morning person.  So you can be sure I’ll head out first thing to grab a cup of coffee.  Just let me know if you want me to bring a cup back up to the room for you too!

8.  I’m still in an ongoing battle with worry and I have some slight hypochondriac tendencies.  My friends here reading this are laughing to themselves right now.  But it’s true.  Our daughter’s preschool teacher casually mentioned that she’s been using the restroom a lot in class.  So, of course…just like every other mom would do…I home-tested her blood sugar for diabetes…again.  She’s fine.  I’m going to do my very best not to call home too often, but you have my permission to hold an intervention if I you notice I’m losing the battle.

9.  I also have issues with wall signs, books, small woodland creatures, and candy dispensers.  I do not need more of these things.  Again, permission for an intervention if you see me lingering too long over any of these items in the hotel gift store.

9-ish.  I tend to make up words by adding the suffix –ish or lots of hyphens…and to extend sentences with lots of dots.  I do this in my writing…but also when I talk.

10.  I already consider you my friends.  Almost to a fault, I function online exactly as I do in real life.  No big surprises here…

And with that, let the countdown begin!
Lord willing, I’ll see you all very soon!!!

For those of you who were kind enough to hang on through all that, please take a moment and stop by The Better Mom today…where I’m sharing about finding and showing contentment when you’re in that mama-with-little-ones-season-of-life.



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  1. And another thing you should know…
    I am still having issues with my post-scheduling-skills.
    This wasn’t supposed to go up until tonight, when The Better Mom post would be up and running. Stay tuned for the contentment in the Little years post to go up over there. Thanks for your patience… Love, K

  2. YAY! Can’t wait for Allume. Thanks for the heads up list. So with you on the coffee. Praise the Lord for husbands who can hold the fort!! :)

  3. Michelle @ The Willing Cook says:

    This is soooo funny! I am attending Allume in a few weeks as well, my first blogging conference. I am beyond excited to meet some of you girls. I have been following Ruth for several years now and I never thought I would have the chance to meet her this side of Glory. Anyway, thanks for the chuckles this morning. Looking forward to meeting you!

  4. I can relate with so many of your 10…except that I DO snore…which is why I am not trying to get a room mate. I would feel awful keeping someone up all night. :) I use lots of (…) in my writing as well. I never notice my husbands haircuts until it has been longer than ok to notice. I just bought 10 owls at a flea market this weekend. We also love coffee more than the average….to the extent that we small batch roast our own coffee beans. Really hard to drink other coffee after drinking fresh roasted. Hoping their are coffee makers in the rooms so I can bring my own! Thanks for joining the Newbie group!

  5. I totally lol’d at “9-ish.” I can so relate! I also love turning words into parts of speech that they were never intended to be like “my son just Tommy Pickles-ed his way out the door”
    I am definitely going to peek at your post at the better mom. I having a feeling it is something I need to read!

  6. This is a great list! I’m jealous of your ability to both fall asleep and walk fast!

  7. GraceLaced says:

    It’s so fascinating to learn these little tidbits about you! :) I think it’d be fab to come home from Allume and have “10 things i learned about my roommates” post. Ha. Hugs!

  8. Awesome! Love this list, Kara:)

  9. I love reading about everyone! I’m very curious to see if everyone’s “voice” in my head matches up with their real voice.

  10. Living Waters by LeAnn says:

    I can tell that you are a very fun person. Just enjoy every moment of this conference. It sounds like a lot of fun.

    • Thank you LeAnn…I’ve never been away from our crew like this before. It’s already a mix of emotions…I’m SO EXCITED for the time there…but already knowing I’ll miss Jason and the kiddos :) It’s going to be good for all of us though…and it’s only for a few days…

  11. Anne-Marie Wachsmuth says:

    This is soooo you! Love it!

  12. Denise Oldham says:

    This made me smile.

  13. We have way more in common than I even imagined, Kara.

    Sneakers and jeans are definitely the outfit to take you from office to dinner party.”Really, your hair was blond before? It’s such a small change to fluorescent pink I didn’t even notice. And the pink is such a natural color for you.””I’m sorry, have we met?” (As I might say to a regular bloggy friend)
    I’ll be with you in spirit, Kara, and look forward to wisdom you’ll be sharing!

  14. So thankful to know there is at least one other person in the world who doesn’t notice appearance things. I was friends with someone who did cut a substantial amount off their hair and actually said to me “don’t you notice anything different? At all?” And pointed to their head. And I still couldn’t guess! :D Ask me where they are from and what is important to them though and I’ve got you covered!


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