Hi! I’m Karla, and I’m so happy you’ve wandered onto my blog where I’m likely to ramble about anything that catches my interest. I’m an avid reader, life-long learner, and most importantly, a follower of Jesus Christ. Over the years my plans have not always turned out the way I expected them to, but I’ve found life to be a joyful adventure.

2013-lylekarlaI have been married to my college sweetheart, Lyle, since 1985. He is my best friend and favorite driver. We love to go on road trips whenever we can. We both think we’d love to just live on the road, but so far that hasn’t worked out. Instead, we make our home within sight of the Rocky Mountains, where gorgeous scenery and miles of back roads are within a half days’ drive.

We’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters, Laura and Rebecca, who bring much joy into our lives every day. We are currently in the Golden Years of Parenting, when our children are pretty much all grown up, but still living at home. I was privileged to homeschool the girls from preschool through high school.

If you had asked me 20 years ago what I thought I would be interested in doing once the kids were grown, it’s likely I would have said, “Go back to school.” Instead, I find myself with a completely different goal. I have aspirations of writing a novel. I’m working on a coming-of-age story set in Oklahoma during the Great Depression, inspired by my Grandmother’s letters and diary. For 18 years I published a monthly newsletter for my extended family, as well as two family cookbooks. I have always enjoyed researching my family history and collecting our stories.

I am the oldest of five preacher’s kids. Our family moved around quite a bit, as Dad pastored several different churches during our growing up years. I’ve been privileged to live in 11 different states, and I’ve been in 39 of the 50. I always thought it was fun to move. Maybe that’s why I think it would be cool to be full-time RVers. So many places yet to visit.

Regrettably, writing and traveling don’t pay the bills, so I currently work full-time as a homeschool advisor and convention representative for Sonlight Curriculum. It’s a great fit for me because Sonlight was a such a great fit for our family all the years I was homeschooling. I do love my job, but I’m working desperately on my time management skills to be able to fit in more of my other interests during the evenings and weekends.
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I travel every chance I get… and read voraciously… and write as much as I can. I’ve been blogging since early 2002, sometimes more than others. I don’t know that I have a specific goal for my blogging, like “they” say you should… but I’ve found it a very satisfying way to record my thoughts, and share my experiences with others. I am also a regular contributor to the Sonlight blog.

I’m honored that you are interested in what I’ve shared. I hope you’ll stop by again frequently!

Warmly,

Karla