My life in 4 5 1/2 and counting ~ stages:

1. Birth Thru 18 years
Nothing spectacular about this part of my life, two main events worth mentioning, My (biological) father gave me up for adoption at the age of 2 yrs to my Dad.
My mom was married to Father for 7 years, and then married my Dad. They were married 20 years before his death.
My first love was a boy named Steve. He broke my heart. I vowed never to let that happen again.

2. 18 years to 26 years
After high school I moved to Anchorage, Alaska and stayed with my aunt and uncle. That is where the sowing of the wild oats began.
And continued.
Without too many sordid details (for the sake of the children), here goes; I decided I was not going to be hurt again, and never  be attached to any thing that could hurt me. (silly me)
My tasty morsel of choice was ‘The Married Man’ and I had many tastes.
I tried ‘drugs’, never smoked or injected anything, but alcohol was my drug of choice, plentiful, available, legal and, hey, I’m from a family of alcoholics.
I had lots of jobs to keep me busy. I was part of the Alaska Student State Troopers, a division of Explorers and Boy Scouts. I drove around with the officers, took the tests, I was in essence training to be a police officer.
I worked with the city police, buying drugs from the dregs of society downtown. I was a security guard for numerous companies, armed and unarmed.

I worked at a convention center/sport arena, at building sites, carrying a gun and brandishing an attitude.
I lived in Alaska 3 years, and then moved to Olympia, Washington a few months after my aunt and uncle moved there. It was lonely in Anchorage without family.
Then lived 3 years in Olympia, working, playing, very happy to be on my own and doing my own thing, with just enough morsels to keep me content. Of course the guys I hooked up with were idiots and 6 months before my 26th birthday, I decided to call the dating thing quits. Guys were off my list. They were stupid anyway and just a waste of time.
I had moved to Tacoma because of my new job.
I was working at a large clothing manufacturing plant. 2 families owned the company and all the kids worked there, except one of the sons.
He worked at a large airplane manufacturing plant. Softball that always been a big part of my life so when my friend started a co-ed softball team for the company i joined up and this son of the owner also got asked to play.

3. 26 years to 32 years
Now those of you who know me, probably know where this is going….for those of you who don’t. Here goes.
We met a week after my 26th b-day and I knew this one was different, BUT he was married, had been separated for about 1 year and his wife worked at said company that I worked at. We dated, we kissed, we fell in love, we talked about him filing for divorce, we got pregnant.

3 months into the relationship.

I remember one softball game I was out in right field, lying in the grass crying because I was pregnant and had no idea what to do about it. Crazy stuff then ensued.

Divorce proceedings, the fateful telling of the parents ‘we are pregnant and we lovvvvvvvvvvveeee each other’, the fight over my hubby’s son w/the ex., the having to come to work everyday with the ex stalking me and the future in-laws glaring.

Oh what a joy!
My son was born in March and the December before we moved in together. Nothing unusual about the boy’s birth, besides the fact he was and is the most beautiful thing God ever created! I’m biased, I’m sure. I turned 27 the week before his birth.
So, ok, before this gets too long winded. He was born, I got depressed, it probably started with the post partum thing, but quickly morphed into depression extreme and the drinking started. I never knew I had a problem with alcohol until the man and boy came into my life.

My life was a wreck for years, actually year 27 to 31. I got a job working for a check processing company, my son must have been about 2 or 3 years old.
8 months before I was 32 I moved out of our house (our current house actually)
I immediately went back to my old ways, yuck, don’t even really want to think about it.
On my 32nd birthday (in March) I told my babies daddy, I wanted to come home, BUT I needed security, we had to get married.
In April I moved back in and August we got married, in the back yard, with a pastor. Our pastor. Before he was our pastor.
So let me back up here, no I will start another stage.

4. 32 years to 40 years old
Timeline: year 1998
March; declared I wanted to come home
April; moved back home, started talking to this pastor guy about marriage
August; marriage
November; Funny farm
January; baptized with my son
ok, to the backtrack part, I was working with this angel, Leslie, who among other things, was a saint, not in a catholic sort of way, just an average, put up with the lunacy of a woman 10 years her younger, stealthily talking about God, church and pastor, sort of way.
And we kept running into this pastor guy, while we were in pre-marriage counseling (that’s a whole nother story), at the county fair, in the grocery store, etc.

My hubby was going to the church, but I was most of the time too hung-over and/or depressed to go.
Hubby and son loved it. (Side note: my hubby grew up catholic, went to catholic school, but fell away from it after high school and 1st marriage)
I went to church, but not often.
So, married and still wacked out. In Nov. of that year, one incident in particular, after many other similar incidents, played a major role in the conversion of Kristina.
I reared back to punch my precious 5 year old son for something he had done. I remember it wasn’t anything even that bad, 5 year old stuff, stuff people who are sane would not have even paid attention to.

But I panicked. I called my hubby, told him I was calling Western State, which is the scary, have to be a menace to society to get in there, straight jacket wearing, facility in town.
They told me I wasn’t crazy enough to get a room, so I called the doctor who called the local hospital and told me to go in.
It seams pretty surreal now thinking back about that day, my son and hubby there with me, the orderlies searching my purse, my son coloring at the table, taking me up the back elevator to the 13th floor, actually I think its the 7th floor. Being there for 7 days. Wanting so bad to just get better.

I was listening to a tape of the pastor’s sermon and contemplating this Christianity thing. (im done capitalizing the I’s)
If I was to believe, i knew i couldn’t ever walk away from it, i had to know EVERY thing about this Christ and God, basically had to be in control of it.
I bet God was laughing but He took my prayers, my confession, He took my self and gave me His Son.
It has been a long slow road to recovery, was on anti-depressants for a few years after that, still drank a little, but went to AA for about 6 months.
Went to counseling. Finally realized I could not drink anymore. Then after a few years I got off the meds. Sin was the driving force that kept me depressed. So that had to be eradicated.

I worked hard, God worked hard, my son and hubby put up with my working hard, my setbacks, my still besetting sins, we all have worked together.

Thank God my hubby has been with me thru this long hard ever-changing Christ following journey.

My son, even thru all the garbage he has been, seen, heard and endured, is the sweetest soul, i still learn lessons of kindness from him.
January of the next year, my son and I were baptized. The rest is history. Life has not been perfect, we are not perfect people, but the grace of God has found its way into our home and we live, not as we had before, but we live for Christ, God’s only Son.

5th stage: 40 years (2003) and going/Jan 2008

My life is ever changing, ever growing and never stagnant. There have been times of joy and times of terrible sorrow and tribulation. My God continually surprises me, comforts me and carries me thru all those times in my life. He sends friends to remind me of His words and promises to me. He sends storms and enemies to test me and frighten me.

He keeps me nestled in the crook of His hands and why would I ever want to be taken out of those hands.

5 1/2 Stage: January 2008 until….

Since January my family and relatives have been hit with terrible circumstances. I cannot at this time, go into details, but needless to say, we are devastated, distraught and well, being darn depressed.

This life-altering event has brought sin, tragedy, sadness and a tear in our family and relatives that can never be undone.

I personally have been subject to panic attacks, a rousting bout of depression and a hopelessness that consumes my every waking moment and most of the sleeping moments also.

Stress and depression has had a debilitating effect on my mind, body and spirit. I’ve gained weight, lost all desire to exercise, depressed and on meds, sleepless nights and my trust and hope in God has diminished tremendously.

I lack gumption to read the Word, to knit or craft, to go to bible studies, heck even to go outside. I have isolated myself. Too much.

Most people have no idea what’s up around here and I can put on a happy face and make through an event, to go home and feel sad and hopeless once more.

I still believe in God, I still believe He is my Lord and King, I still believe He works out all things for those who love Him. Am I one who loves Him? in big general terms, Yes. In my circumstances right now? no.

I don’t want to go through what I’ m going through, I don’t want to not trust God, I don’t want to be so wacked out I need meds. again. I don’t want my perception of normal to be changed. Forever.

I want things to go back the way they were before January 2008.  I want to be sanctified, any other way besides this way…..

6. Coming up on age 50  ~ 2015

Times are a changing. The boy has moved out and we moved to a new house. We have dogs and goats and a pig. An indoor 125 lb pig. I have a great job where I take care of animals. I am working on school to become a vet tech. Turning 50 is so life changing.

This past decade has been so crazy, so much has happened. Dreads, changing churches, braces, gaining and losing friends, on the board of a non-profit, operating my own business, new house, stepping out my comfort zones many many times, fostering animals, thinking about fostering kids, making amends, dealing with life issues.

Working out some medical issues that I wanted done by the time I rolled up on 50. 50! I feel 30-ish. I feel like I am on the uphill swing again, even  tho I am going downhill in age. I have recently had a 30+ burden lifted off my shoulders and it feels so ..  light.


26 responses »

  1. Thank you for sharing! Jesus is real in your life…there is a refreshing brokenness that can’t be faked. I read one of your comments yesterday on another blog and commented to my wife this morning on your sense of humor and straighforward ways….very refreshing….glad I stumbled across your blog…. doug

  2. Kris,

    I had never ventured over to your personal story ’till just now. Wow, now I understand how you can stand me. One of these days you, your husband, me and my redhead have to get together and swap stories over non-alcoholic beers.

    Thanks for your honesty.


  3. Kevin, if your ever in the seattle area, come on over.
    Catherine, Well, God knows all about me and He’s ok with me.
    My friend always says to me, ‘you have to love me, we’re christian sisters’
    She is not very love-able sometimes, but she is right, I’m called to love her. And i do love her in all her wackiness.
    As I hope others will love me for me, for being honest, for the wretched sinner I am. I can’t be a very good witness if im lying about stuff or keeping stuff hiddden so i look perfect.
    Perfect people don’t reflect Gods love very well.
    Thanks for great comments, Im humbled.

  4. Hey, I need to use that line more often over at the church, “You have to love me because I’m your freakin’ brother, you knuckle-brained, monkey-puss lovin’, WWJD for a Klondike bar wrist band wearin’, fundy-lovin’, neaderthal denyin’ redneck.”

    Ya think it would help? Thanks for the tip Cath and Kris. I’m sure I’ll be much more lovable now.

    And when I’m in Seattle next week I’ll stop by–6pm Tuesday good for you or would Wednesday be better?

  5. K,
    I don’t think I’ve ever told you how I appreciate your honest spirit. You are so real, in way that I am not. Not because I don’t have “real” issues, but because I generally don’t acknowledge them to others or myself.
    I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your friendship. Thanks for being such an open witness for Christ,

  6. Wow… this is quite the journey you have been on… and now to be a deacon’s wife!!! I will be back to your blog, you are an amazing woman with tremendous strength.

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  8. WOW thank you for your honesty. I am quite speechless after reading all this actually, but I came her because I want to thank you being a wonderful friend, for leaving an encouraging message at my blog. I really appreciate you for it.

    Just FYI, I had a quick chat with a friend over MSN and discovered that what I went through is very common thing, and you know, life will go on. Just that it was hard when you’re sitting in the middle of it.

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  15. Reformation is a gradual process for sure, but I know it is encouraging to be able to look back on the darker parts of our life and see how far the Lord has brought us. I think it was Martyn Lloyd Jones who said, “Nothing is lost in the Kingdom,” and that whatever experiences we bring with us from our past, the Lord is able to redeem those and use them for His glory. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    ~~Jamie, thank you for the comment

  16. Cousin Kris,

    Your story is awesome. God is the redeemer of broken lives, isn’t he? I am so thankful to God that you are my cousin! Let’s keep praying that He continues to break through in the rest of the family member’s lives!!

    I love you!
    ~~Love you too, cousin! 🙂 Thanks for reading my little blog!

  17. Don’t tell you enough, forgive me, but I love and respect you! Thank you for your honesty, you don’t know how encouraging it its for the rest of us!

  18. K.C., I was really touched by your story. I also lived in Alaska and had a penchant for the “UNmarried woman”. I have lived a hard life, cheated on my first wife, and generally lived a life of sin and degradation. I too have suffered the perils of life as you have. I thank you for your openness and honesty in describing your life. This is the first time I have EVER admitted openly to my life of sin and cheating. I feel your pain. God is good. He will only give you what you can handle. I will pray for you and your situation. Just hold tight and give it some time. I know you are OCD and want to always be in charge. You can’t this time. He spoke, “be still and know that I am God”. He is in control. Turn it over to him Kris. He works things out in His time, not yours. If He doesn’t repair it to “your” satisfaction, He will make it where you can handle it. “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain”. God bless you Kris.
    ~~Thank you, Joe, for your comment, I ditto your prayer to me, in time we shall all know the whys and hows of this life. we are put here for a reason such as this and we will know…
    perhaps we were put in each others life for the present and not the past? much love, K

  19. hey my sweet, sweet friend i am in love with you already, i had alot of bad storms in my life 2008 and 2011 again. i know how much God is to you, very grateful to read your story. I know we shall laugh loud one day when all will be over. Keep standing and remember it not finish until he says so. anyway i was looking for yarhouse book when i found your blog families therapies

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