about me

My name is Kristen.

I am a child of God.
I am a wife to Kevin.
I am a mom to Seth and Kate and one precious baby in heaven.

I have been living in Hungary since 2007 with my family. I love this country and have wanted to live here since I came in the summer of 1998. Lots of tough decisions and difficult times of trusting in the Lord brought us here. I wouldn't change any of that.

I am a numbers kind of gal. I think my husband, who is a math teacher, likes that about me. I am a perfectionist and a procrastinator. I am obsessive compulsive about many things, and I talk way too much. My mind never stops thinking about the next thing or rethinking the ten million things I just did. I am an external processor who needs to chat but then will continue processing internally for days and weeks. :) I will think aloud to keep focused if I am feeling distracted.

I used to be intimidated by cooking. That had a lot to do with the fact that I didn't have much time to cook. (Anyone who thinks that teaching is a day job has absolutely no idea what a teacher does!) Now that I am at home with my kids, I (usually) have the time and energy to cook and try new things. I LOVE to try new recipes and am always looking for new ones. I also have a real sweet tooth.

I like beautiful things. I LOVE architecture. I like decorating my home. I like dishes and curtains, paint and flowers, photos and ribbon. I am often jealous of my friends in the States who can so easily (and cheaply) get and do so many of those things. It's a happy jealousy. :)

And most importantly, I truly love my Savior and want to be like David, "a man after God's own heart." My ugly pride and sinfulness get in the way day in and day out, but I am so thankful for God's unconditional love and unending grace and mercy. I am constantly learning how to trust him and striving to put away all of my selfish desires.

Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Proverbs 3:5-6
 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.