Sunday, September 20, 2009

Blog Award of the Week ~ Luvin This Life

It's Sunday and it's time to once again share with you a hidden treasure among the blog world. Too often we are so busy with our reader list that we miss wonderful blogs that are out there ministering God's wonderful word and at the same time encouraging one another through dedicated comments. I came across Christina at Luvin This Life a few months ago, and have been so blessed by her warm friendship I wanted you all to meet her.

1. How did you begin blogging?

I actually started blogging on MySpace. Sharing my thoughts and feelings opened an avenue to clear my head and to get to know myself better especially once we moved to Hawaii where I felt very cut off from everyone. I started Luvin This Life because I could be much more creative and I think reach more of my friends and family who were not interested in joining myspace. I have been blogging a total of four years, and my move to blogspot has opened the door to new friendships that have encouraged me to keep going, who have challenged me to become a better person, and inspired me to think about things I wouldn't have before.

2. Where did you get the title for Luvin This Life for your blog?

I chose Luvin This Life because I have noticed that in our world today there is zero emphasis, even in alot of our modern churches, on taking what we are given and making the most of it. Luvin This Life is (I hope) about seeing the silver lining even when we are in the midst of a strife ridden economy, a politically torn country, and a watered down Faith. Luvin This Life is not exactly ALWAYS where I am, but its a reminder to me to look and my priorities, look at what we have been blessed with, and find contentment.

3. How did you discover God?

HA.... more like how did He find me? I was raised in a Christian home, with an amazing prayer warrior for a mother. We were members and faithful church-goers at a local Lutheran church. However, I was in the 3rd grade and went to a Passion Play one Easter at the big Baptise Church in town. I had never seen or heard of an invitation to faith, an invitation to accept Christ until that night. With my mom, who is still convinced that I was saved at my infant baptism, shocked at my insistence, I went forward in answer to a tug on my heart like I was being physically pulled to the altar. I remember saying a prayer, someone touching my head, and a feeling of peace... I recall very little after that... However, while going to church was a drag before and reading the Bible was absolutely no fun, I suddenly found a desire to serve, to learn more, to be faithful. There have been moments throughout my life where doors have opened or closed, tugs on the heart have been so strong as to be felt physically, and even some miraculous moments that have highlighted my life and my family ever since.

4. How did you and your hubby meet?

DH and I were both in the Air Force. We actually went to the same technical training school and shared many of the same friends, but didn't meet at that time. We both got re classed into two different jobs, and yet ended up in San Antonio together. There we met for the first time through a mutual friend. After a couple months of seeing each other at random places, and each time he was with a different date, I guess I had enough! haha Somehow, at a mutual friend's party, I was able to monopolize his time and his attention, and we have been together ever since! I think the best part of my love story is that several years ago when I was at college, I had made a list of all the qualities I wanted in the man I would marry. I had decided that list of 44 things was a must have, and I would not settle. So there I was 26 years old and about to marry DH when my little sister reminded me of this list. In going over it, he fit every single one and then some! The Lord's handiwork.

5. What are 5 of your favorite things?

The Sound of Music??? hehe Just kidding...
~I LOVE old movies, especially musicals, Cary Grant movies, and Audrey Hepburn movies.
~I love Disney movies, especially the old ones like Old Yeller, Pollyanna, In Search of the Castaways.
~Green... in all its various shades and thus any excuse to go out and enjoy nature.
~My cat, which was my hubby's anniversary present this year, a HUGE compromise on his part as he hates indoor animals... ;-)
~My collection of books.. its quite eclectic but there is nothing like curling up with a good book!

6. If we can to visit you in your state, what are three must sees or do's we can't miss while we are there?

In the entire state??? Hmmm...Kemah south of Houston. I was able to see this beautiful little coastal boardwalk when my sister lived in Houston. Truly charming. Then there are The Stockyards in Ft Worth. A bit of modern, a bit of history, complete with a 'bull run' every day. Not uncommon to see cowboys and cowgirls in full get-up. And last but not least, my favorite city in the US- San Antonio. The River Walk, the Alamo, the country dance halls, the Missions (baseball), the Spurs (basketball), the surrounding towns where you can find bull-riding, roping, barrel racing, country fairs and festivals and can just stop in anytime and never meet a stranger.

7. What advice do you hope your kids learn from you?

Like I learned from my Mom, I hope my kiddo learns how to pray without ceasing. To learn how to have an ongoing conversation with our Lord is a great blessing. To leave the doors of communication always flowing to our Lord is to have a door of communication always flowing into us! My own experiences with this form of prayer is absolutely something I hope he sees and learns to do as he grows and as he develops a relationship with our Savior.

8. What is the biggest valley you have had to hurdle and how did you handle it?

In general, mostly because I am still coming to grips with a recent betrayal, I am learning to handle my disappointment in people. I tend to expect from others the same things that I expect from myself and I take it very personal when those I would consider to be close friends do not live up to those expectations. It is my own stuggle and its all to often a painful one for me. I am learning, and the Lord is putting people in my path who push the limits with me and who are helping me learn to look at HIM and HIS expectations rather than my own. (its so not easy!)

9. What are your three favorite smells and why?

ooh... smells. Lots of smells will literally throw me down memory lane, often faster than an old photo... But my favorite smells: freshly cut wood (takes me back to moments spent with my Daddy), freshly baked ANYTHING! haha ( I bake cookies almost every day just for the smell, horrible isn't it?) and real plumeria (we had a tree in our back yard in Hawaii... real plumeria smells soo much better than any reproduced in soaps or colognes!)

10. What do you do during your down time, hobbies, books you're reading, music you listen to?

I have mentioned that I am rather electic, right? In my spare moments, I crochet, scrapbook, make cards, and paint. I am also working on a fiction book, so spare moments often go into adding a few paragraphs or jotted down ideas. I also like to get my hands dirty in my garden or flowerbed. If I really had the time and the right vehicle, I would be off-roading and mudding every chance I could. I am never without my camera so I do spend alot of my spare time messing with pictures. Then, of course, I am a book worm. Currently, I am reading three books at once...sigh..."Beautiful Mess" about Diamond Rio, "Dragonfly In Amber" which to be honest I am not enjoying as much as some friends assured me I would, and "Twilight" for the second time cause, yes, I admit, I have been caught up in the hype. hehe

So you can see, Christina is definitely someone you want to follow just through her blessed words that she truly is Luvin This Life. Please stop by her blog today at Luvin This Life and leave her some kind comments and let her know what her interview meant to you.


Debby@Just Breathe said...

I loved getting to know more about you. You and your husband are so much fun to follow and very inspirational!

God a Have Faith said...

Great job on the interview and it was really great learning more about her! I will pop on over to her Blog and say congrats!


Denise said...

Awesome, enjoyed this interview.

Elle Bee said...

Wonderful interview. I love the story of the call to give her life to Christ. Those tugs at the heart are so important! We should all listen to them more often.

Edie said...

I love your interviews. I have been trying to think of ways to promote others more on my blog too. Not sure this is it but it sure gives me something to think about. I'm off to congratulate the interviewee. :)

Charlotte said...

Hi Kat and Christian,

Thank you for sharing! It's was nice to learn a little about you.

I'm so sorry to hear that your not enjoying "Dragonfly in Amber" because Diana Gabalon is one of my favorite writers. I guess I'm just a sucker for romantic historical novels.

I liked your choices of places to visit, especially the river walk in San Antonio. Speaking of river walks. At the rate the rain is coming down here in Atlanta,we may have to start building an ark soon!


Darcie said...

I just recently started following your blog, and wanted to tell you what a beauiful award this is to pass onto others. Very inspirational.

Loren said...


awesome job as usual and because your sweet DH introduced me to her this week I am soo glad to know more about her....hawaii??? DUH! how could you NOT love your life living there???

Thanks again for yet another new friend :)

Unknown said...

Thank you again for choosing me! I am so honored to have you (and Steve) as friends!
Hugs!! Hope you have a blessed week!

SusanD said...

Hey Kat, Thanks so much for introducing us to this wonderfully interesting woman. I'll be hopping over to read her blog posts and visit. Great interview. Blessings, SusanD

Deb said...


You do such a great job with your interviews.

We really learn about the interviewee--not sure if that's a word.

Thank you for the sweet words that you wrote on my blog.

That's one of the worst posts that I've written. Several times, I thought about deleting it.

And if you hadn't written what you did, I would have.

I'm so glad to learn that we could have been sisters!

Sweet dreams.

Mich said...

another great interview... said...

It was fun reading about this sweet the 40 things and how God was so clearly seen in HIS choice for her husband...neat!

Sarah said...

Sweet friend, you are a precious jewel in the realm of blogging, shining HIs glory for all to see.

Thank you for battling with us in prayer today!

May you be drenched in His unfailing love today,
Sarah Dawn

Gelie said...

Thanks for sharing Kat, that was very nice interview. I enjoyed that, I really love reading post like this. Have a bless week ahead!

Greg C said...

I have to say Ditto on #8. I could have written that. Great job on this list.

E @ Scottsville said...

So good to get to read a bit more about you and get to know ya! =0)

E @ Scottsville said...

PS - I just became a follower. {wink}

christy rose said...

I always love stopping by on Sundays for the Blog of the Week here Kat. I have met many new blogging friends from you. Thanks for sharing so many of your wonderful friends with all of us. I am heading over to check out Christina's blog now!