Sunday, July 7, 2013

My "About Me" Page

Lately I've been working on updating certain sections of my blog. Last week I spruced up my blog header. Today, I worked on my About Me page. Most of you probably know as much about me as you care to... especially if you've been reading my blog for awhile. But for newcomers who might be interested, I thought I'd add a short bio. Obviously, you could click on the About Me tab at the top of the page, but I'll make it easy for you and copy-and-paste it here for you. (And I'm sure my Fan Club-- a.k.a. my husband, kids, and parents-- will be the most interested, even though there's nothing new here for them to learn!) Enjoy!


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.

I 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 in the panhandle of Idaho, where gorgeous scenery and miles of back roads are within a half days' drive in any direction.
We've been blessed with two beautiful daughters, Laura and Becky, 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 have been privileged to homeschool the girls from the very beginning. Laura graduated in 2011, and Becky will graduate in 2014. Then it will be on to a new season of life for me.
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.
For the present, 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'm honored that you are interested in what I've shared. I hope you'll stop by again frequently!



pse said...

And yes, I, your mother, am most interested! Keep writing. I will read you book one day!

Denise said...

And I, a kindred spirit since our childhood, am interested too! And I want the second copy of your book! If it is anything like the letters that use to fly back and forth between Africa and Louisiana and then from Florida to Ohio and then later Missouri, it will be very good reading!
~Another Member of Your Fan Club

A Romantic Porch said...

Well now that was all very well stated and written!! As it should be...for an aspiring novelist. Is novelist a word?
xo rachel

Easley Bible Methodist Church said...

I too enjoy reading your blog. I have some of the same interest, like crocheting & reading, plus I have known your family about all of my life.---Ella Ruth

Karla Cook @ Ramblin' Roads said...

Nice to hear from you, Sister Going! I hadn't realized you read my blog. Thanks for commenting!