rock ‘n roll kids

Well, I updated the blog layout.  Hold your applause – I know, I know… it looks awesome. *thanks* 

Daniel is in Austin this weekend helping his momma move to Dallas, so I’m riding solo. This weekend is also the Route 66 International Festival in downtown Joplin. Vendors were setting up allllll day right outside of my office window. It was very distracting, but it’s also it’s Friday so I didn’t mind much. Except that the dude who set up in front of my office was selling kettle corn and funnel cakes and I could smell them. all. day. I am proud to report, however, that I did not purchase either. I actually ate the lunch that I packed this morning (crazy, right?)  The festival seemed like a bit of a dud today. I’m hoping that tomorrow it might step up the festival game. I’ll be in Springfield all day tomorrow doing some wedding craft shopping with the mom and sister, but I plan to be back in town before the car show starts. Apparently Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen are going to be in town too. If I meet them I might die (and yes, I realize they are fictional characters. Let me have my fun).

Sunday is laundry, dishes, general-whatever-day. I’m kind of excited about a day of nothing.



life: thoughts and beliefs

my name is kristen. 

i am 25 years old.

i live in joplin missouri.

i am married.

my husband is without a doubt the best friend i have ever had in life.

i believe that god is real.

i was raised on the belief that you should be nice to everyone, because you never know what type of day the other person is having.

i believe that joy is a choice to be made each day.

i have learned throughout life that bullies are only bullies if you allow them to be. 

it bothers me much more than it should when people pray prayers via social networks.

i do not believe that war will bring forward the peace or freedom that is has promised.


i think that people, myself included, spent way too much time comparing. 

i hate showering. 

i believe that no matter the circumstance, things will be ok in the end.

i believe this because joy is a choice.

i don’t think that greatness is defined by how successful you become.




i believe that each of us has the power to change the world. it starts with you. it overflows with your joy. and it spreads with kindness.

do something great today. xo

you there…


Hey, so remember that time I said I was going to blog more? And then the time I said I was going to take more pictures and craft more? What about the time I committed to the mile-a-day challenge and only made it through 2 weeks.


Well, here’s something that I actually did do: I opened an etsy shop. I don’t expect you to purchase anything, but if you wanted to take a look and give me honest feedback that would be much obliged (and if you wanted to buy something, well, that’s ok, too…).

Life is about progress. Sometimes we run, sometimes we sprint, but all that really matters is that we make it to the finish line.  Thanks for reading.