Monday, January 7, 2013


There was one point in time on my blog that I vowed to be more personal.

But it's hard for me. I don't really know why. It's not that I'm afraid to let all of you know more about me. Maybe in the back of my mind, I don't think I'm interesting enough to have a post just about me or something personal. And I guess that's why you only see design posts, recipes, trips, and photography on my blog.

But I AM interesting, darn it!!

So I'll be on a journey this year to open up. To be vulnerable. To let you (and others in my life, even loved ones) know more about me than what they see on the surface. More than just the good things.

And here is where I start. This is my family, on Mark's side. The in-laws, if you will, but I don't like that word very much. They mean much more to me than that.

This was back during Labor Day weekend. We aren't often all able to be together at one time. Possibly because there are so many of us. So when we realized that we were actually all TOGETHER, we had to get a photo. 

Don't they look awesome?! Well, they are. I'll tell you a little about them.

From left to right:
  • That's Matt, Mark's older bro. He's the most giving person I know.
  • Then there's Jana, Matt's wife. She has the best laugh and she never meets a stranger.
  • We have Jill next, Mark's older sister. She's an actual rocket scientist. For real. She is also SO witty and the most humble person I know.
  • Next is Mark's dad, Rick. He has a story for everything. And it's a GREAT story. He is also very knowledgeable.
  • Then Mary, Mark's mom. She is such an inviting person. She'll make room in her life for anyone and make them feel like the most important person in the world.
  • Then we have Jonathan, Mark's younger brother, who happens to have cerebral palsy. Even though he's in a wheelchair, he's the most joyful person ever.
  • Next is Ezekiel, my nephew, Kim's baby. He is already SO talented, and makes the cutest faces.
  • Then we have Mark, (with the baby he commandeered). Mark is the best husband ever! :)
  • Next to him is Kim, Mark's oldest sister (and the rightful owner of that baby). She can put herself in anyone's shoes and is the least judgmental person I've ever met.
  • We go on to Sean, Kim's husband. He is very wise. I learn so much from him whenever I spend time with him. He's also hilarious.
  • Then there's me!! :)
  • Next to me is Andrew, Mark's younger brother. He has so much love in his heart, and he has never been afraid to be himself.
  • Last, we have Michael, Mark's youngest brother. He is good at pretty much everything he tries, but is also just a true, loyal person.

I could, of course, tell you more. How they are all amazing musicians, and how Christ is the center of each of their lives. How family-oriented they all are, and how much they have helped others. But these lists of accolades could be forever-long, and who would want to read that? :)

My family on my side got family portraits done while we were in Puerto Rico, and when I get my hands on some of them, I'll do the same type of post with my family.

So this is me opening up. Kinda. I guess I talked more about others than about myself. Hah! But they are a part of me, and I am so blessed to have them.

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  1. so there are 7 of them? lovely!

  2. So I have to do this for you :)
    Then there's Bailey. She has the sweetest soul and honestly wants the best for everyone she encounters. She is always ready for fun and adventure!!
    Love you sister! I'm so blessed to have you in my life!
    <3 Jana

    1. Aw, thanks Jana!!! Love you like crazy!

  3. Lovely writing Bailey! Keep it up! We are so happy Mark found you and that you joined the Klentzman Gang!Someday,,,,,maybe we will get to know you a little better - when life slows down a little??lol!
    Cindy ( Mark's Cousin...another in-law:) )