50 year old Christian lady who  works hard at a lot of things, knitter, pet sitter/walker, bible collector, crafter, co-ed, blogger, church volunteer, thrill seeker (only when shopping at thrift stores for tremendous bargains) my animals servant, a child of God, saved, redeemed and trying to be joyful in a fallen world.

I’ve been at this blog since 2007.

My business site is hopemercantilecollective.com



Philippians 4: 4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.




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  1. This beautiful woman is my wife. Not only is she beautiful but she can write too!!!! I call her my Fred Meyer girl….she has EVERYTHING! I also tagged her with the “Home Engineer” title. It had a nice ring and it fits. While I am busy at work I do not have to worry about the Home Front. She has it in control, tip top shape as a matter of fact. Well…I’m am glad she has found an avenue to express herself and hope you enjoy reading her articles. God bless my “Heffa” I love you Baby!!! XXXOOO Love, Jim

  2. Thanks so much for your comment. It’s great to see that there are people out there that have the determination to make changes and well done with your success! I’ll keep checking back to watch your progress.

  3. Hi …

    We sort of “met” on Stuart’s blog (Youth Worker Lost in the Pacific NW) … you agreed with my Jeremy Camp comment. 😉

    I thought it was interesting that you were sitting through apologetic lectures at that seminary in Tacoma. Is the apologetics class an ongoing series? Can people come in partway? It sounds like something I’d love to sit in on … I’m not that far from Tacoma … Auburn, actually.

    Hey, tell your son that people look like zombies at our Wal-Mart too. I was just there today and spent too much money … how do I do that when I go there to SAVE money? lol

    the Taber Lectures are an annual event usually held the last week of March. If anyone wants more info or would like to be on their mailing list, they can email the seminary registrar.

  4. Numbers 10 and 69 are very similar. Otherwise quite informative to learn new things about someone you’ve known for a long time.

    Tim VP

    ~~That’ because I really, really like animals more than people!!!!

  5. Hey. I’m Mettygurl. I think that you should like people more than animals. Being an animal lover as myself(Being Dog obsessed), even I love people more than animals. Its wrong to put animals first befor Humans anyways It’s great to hear how much you love God. I think that more people should be like us christians. I Love God also. My mom Would probably like to learn more about you as she is also a Christian. Email me: snubbies2002@yahoo.com and heres my other email: i_love_shopping_4ever@hotmail.com

    jesus Freak

    ~~Well, Hello MettyGurl.
    yes, you are right in saying its wrong to put animals first.
    As you know animals are cuter and nicer than humans, most of the time, and they don’t talk back to you
    But as a Christian, I am called to love people and care take of them, that’s part of a home engineer and a child of God’s job description. Which I do. But I volunteeer at the local humane society and have animals and I love the ones that ‘people’ don’t take care of and try to get them into homes of loving, caring people that will love them and respect them as companions to the human race.
    Did you also know God made all the animals from dust, just like man?
    I think more people should come to know God and strive to love Him every day.
    So, as our commission in life, get out there and preach God to people you meet, Jesus Freak!
    have a great day, Kristina

  6. Hi, Kristina …

    Hey, guess what? You’ll never guess … well, unless someone told you already, that is. My girls and I came to your church on Sunday!! But you weren’t there … as everyone kept telling me after they’d ask how we found out about the church. 😉

    ~Debi (in Auburn)
    ~~Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry!
    Did you like it?
    Are you coming back?
    Oh man, I’m totally bummed now!
    That’s so cool, I’m sure people didn’t even know where I was, my son and I went to orientation at the humane society for his training for this summer.
    They only do it on Sunday cuz the shelter is closed.
    Did they introduce you to my hubby, Jim?
    He would have been the one sleeping…..

  7. Don’t forget #70. I love to embarrass my husband when ever possible.
    I love you anyway. Don’t forget to refernce #19 and #57 (especially on line for all to read)

  8. Hi there.
    I saw that you’d asked (on another blog) about a felted slipper pattern by Cynthia Hyslop (me) and I thought I’d tell you where you can get it, if it’s something you’d like. It’s a single pattern for a pair of knit-then-felt slippers in three sizes and it’s available from River City Yarns (LYS) in Edmonton, AB. Come by the store or send an e-mail to rivercityyarns@shaw.ca and we’d be glad to get the pattern out to you.

    Cheers, Cynthia

  9. You are too much! I love that as a Christian you can tell the world that you have tatoos, double piercings (you heathen), love animals more than humans (ain’t it the truth), don’t always wear your seat belt (me neither), and I’m going to heaven (even though I was in a cult and almost lost my relationship with God).

    I love authentic, real, down-to-earth, Christians. Thank you for being one.

    Wendy J. Duncan
    Author: I Can’t Hear God Anymore: Life in a Dallas Cult

  10. If God calls our body a temple, why would you be proud of permanently scarring your temple with tattoos and then wanting more…? God made out bodies exactly as they should look, didn’t he?
    ~~please see this post for the answer

  11. Also, how can you lead Bible studies if you yourself are just a babe in your walk? What can you lead with right now? I am not trying to be critical by any means. I just want to know how you can lead if you are fresh on the path.

    If you still curse and do other sins as a bad habit, have you really been born again and are you really living for God? I invite you to explore what this verse means:
    Romans 6:1-5

    “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”

    This, of course, doesn’t mean we will never sin again. That’s impossible. By being dead to sin means we are no longer sinners (or people who sin as a way of being). Little things, like cursing, just can’t be a way of life for someone who is living for God.

    If any of these things bother you that I said, please mark that as a good thing because it stirred something in you. Why did it stir something? Please pray on it and seek it out. You might be surprised at what you will find.

    Congratulations on starting to turn your life around and getting rid of your addictions. That is a great start. I just hope that you will seek out your own understanding of God (which will take quite some time) before you lead others in study…
    ~~Please see this post for the answer

  12. Wow klk you are really messed up.

    First you rebuke anonymously–you don’t link back to your own blog (though it seems you may not have one.) That’s a bad sign. I will respond to you only because I care about Krislinatin, but you are one messed up puppy if you think anonymous rebuke is in any way Biblical.

    Second you misunderstand grace. While it would take a book to show you the Biblical doctrine of grace, I doubt even a book could cut through the shame and fear that drive you to be the person you are. More on that in a minute.

    Third Kris chooses to live honestly–not just before God but before us as well. Because she is willing to talk about her struggles you condemn her. Would that you really knew Jesus and could see yourself honestly, let alone someone else.

    Do you know how we can have peace when we stand before God? Not because we live free from sin, not because we have “accepted Jesus” or that Jesus has accepted us.

    We have peace before God when we have lived in such a way as to give up our own lives for others. That how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us.

    Why are you driven to do this kind of anonymous rebuke? You are full of guilt and shame. Your low self-esteem drives you to bully other people who are honest in their struggles to follow Christ and so to demonstrate to yourself you are somehow superior.

    But once you malign and harm those who are attempting to follow Christ you quickly find your guilt and shame return. The fix doesn’t last long so you have to go out and do something else to build up the facade you attempt to maintain.

    Most people who struggle with the kinds of things you do also struggle with secret sexual sin, a distant relationship with one or both parents and a rigid, controlling family relationship style. Christians who exhibit these characteristics often feel it necessary to inappropriately keep their children free from any sort of “worldly” contact, are overly harsh and unyielding in punishment and are verbally abusive to their spouse–whom they see as inferior.

    While I don’t know how many of these in particular apply to you, I’ll wager more than a few of them hit home.

  13. “While I don’t know how many of these in particular apply to you, I’ll wager more than a few of them hit home.”

    The only one that hits home is a distant relationship with my parents, but that is by choice. I choose to be distant because there is too much ungodliness that goes on in their house.

    “While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Matt. 12:46-50

    So that’s how I feel about who my family is.
    ~~I would just like to interject a little something here about your family, without knowing the details of your family life, and from someone who has been there, you are the single most important christian influence in your parents life. you are to be the perfect christ-like example of self sacrificing love to them. {unless they are abusive or you are in physical danger in their presence} and its a commandment. Kristina

    I wasn’t trying to attack or criticize at all (as I stated in my second message). Shouldn’t we challenge one another’s faith? How else will we really know where we stand? If I see things in someone that will lead to destruction, it is very important to point it out. Even a little sin will ruin a person. After all, “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” (Yeast is commonly used in the Bible to represent sin).

    I am not shameful or fearful in what I am bringing up here. I am stating what I know because I am proud to challenge others not to be too comfortable just staying the same and being who they are. We should be always changing and always heading down the narrow road to righteousness. That means it won’t be easy and many will fall off the path on the way because they like things to be broad, not narrow.

    “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

    I dont know how I ” malign and harm those who are attempting to follow Christ”. I never did any of those things. I just posed a few thoughts and questions. Now I will quote myself from a past message:

    “If any of these things bother you that I said, please mark that as a good thing because it stirred something in you. Why did it stir something? Please pray on it and seek it out. You might be surprised at what you will find.”

  14. p.s.

    My message is no more anonymous than yours is. You didn’t use your real name. Like I want to use my real name on the internet. And no, I don’t have a blog.
    ~~His name is Kevin Scott and he lives in Tennesse.

  15. Just a quick comment here, the tone of Klk’s comments are very similiar to a 16 yr old young christian I read on a “house church” website earlier this summer…l wouldn’t be at all surprised if you are not the same young man. 🙂 by the way, my name is Doug.

  16. WOW…first off, if we see a “problem” in a brother (Or sister’s) life or walk we are to go to them IN LOVE…and while I see what you are saying (sort of) I don’t see two things, first, you aren’t her brother and second this isn’t coming off in love. You have walked up to her door and blasted it off the hinges. She didn’t invite you in to tear her apart, she invited you in for coffee and to have someone to sympathize with if you are going thru similar trials, tribulations and troubles. Now if you are so high, mighty and perfect that you have no sin I would suggest that you take the plank of pride and religion out of your eye before mentioning the speck in your sister’s eye.

    Amen, Whorechurch, Amen.

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  18. wow. it is good to know people love you, isn’t it? I am glad to know you. Chrys says thanks for the hat, and I missed you today. Hope you ate the food I sent home with your boys.

  19. I don’t think I’ve ever read this. Pretty cool.

    Especially this part:

    Coty Wild Musk perfume since I was in high school

    Yeah, my redhead does too. What is it about that stuff?
    ~~no way!? too cool, me and your wife smell sweet!
    i added that one a little later, i add few more every month or so.

  20. Yeah I actually wear Musk for Men when I want to get my groove on.

    I need your input…

    When we moved a while back I found negatives of pictures from High School of Kendra and me. I thought she would think it was cool if I got the prints. Then I thought she might think she “looked so much better” then (she looks great, but she’s not 18, she’s…um…well, you get it.)

    Whatcha think?
    ~~That’s funny you should say that, my hubby only will wear cologne when he ‘wants to be nice to me’
    He hates the smell of it, so he never wears it, funny thing about that, tho, I might be nicer to him, if he wore it all the time, ya know, the walking by and smelling him smell so good thing.
    Ok, change subject:
    YES, get the pics, it would be totally cool to buy one of those frames that you can put lots of small pics in, and she can hang somewhere she likes it.
    If she gets offended by looking at her younger self, it can go somewhere sort of hidden, like back room.
    But it would be a nice gesture, I love looking at old photos. Maybe even get them done in black and white, they can look so cool.
    Ok, im done saying cool, that SO dates me 🙂

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  22. I just stumbled upon you and added you to my blogroll. 🙂 I like finding people I have things in common with. I homeschool my only child/son, a Christian since my marriage in 1995, a newly blogger addict, and I LOVE thrift stores. I’d rather buy my clothes from thrift stores than anywhere else. I’m sure we have more in common, but I don’t have any tatoos and my ears are only pierced once. I also LOVE Jesus! I’ll be back later to check out your blog some more.
    ~~ and you are left-handed, which means you and i are right-brained and brilliant! i will check your blog out also, welcome sister!

  23. #27 – remember when we were about 8 years old and decided we wanted to be right handed? We kept practicing but thank good ness it didn’t take!

    Your childhood friend, Bridget Kampen

    • Hey Bridget!!
      How did you find me?
      Im glad we arent right- handed either!!
      gonna make it down for the 25th reunion?
      Are you on Facebook, im pretty much hooked and its fun to interact with people…
      see ya, God Bless

    • I have no idea, I tried to find him a few times but he disappeared. He owned an online company and i contacted them but he had sold it. sad. I wonder what he is up to.

  24. Hello Kristina! Thanks for your post your favorite Reformed..Christian websites. I also like Ligonier. I was clueless about Reformation before until I found out about it from my churchmate and our church’s pastor. They are into Jon Bloom, Piper, MacArthur, and sometimes quoting something from R.C. Sproul. Nice blog! Soli Deo Gloria!

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