About Me

It's always a little awkward to write this kind of page about yourself.  Even worse when you're writing a bio of yourself in the third person for something, so I will be grateful that I don't need to do that. Let's start small--I'm Kirsten (pronounced like Ear-sten) but you can call me Kiki.

This blog started when I was first pregnant in 2008. I was living in Texas with my close family and friends mostly in Virginia, so this was basically my platform to show off my baby bump and try to explain why I'd do something so crazy as try a home birth.  More than five years later, my blog is a whole different animal.

To understand my blog, you have to get a little about me.  I'm eclectic. I'm busy. I really love life, and a lot of parts of it.  This means on any given week, I might be talking parenting. I might be talking writing. I might be talking Jesus. I might be baking or DIY-ing or sharing bargain secrets. I might be talking roller derby or birth choices or reacting to something I read on Twitter.

Blogs work best as niche blogs: you have one particular type of content and you stick to it. I never liked rules, so I won't be niche, unless that niche is me.  Apparently this makes me a Lifestyle Blog. My lifestyle is a little wild, so my blog will be too.

I like humor. I love Jesus. I have my MFA in Fiction and want to be a successful writer, though we can debate on what "successful" means. I like thinking outside the box. I love my kids and family, but feel a little out of place in the typical "Mom" hat so many women wear well. I set small kitchen fires on the daily.

Some of the writing on my posts is more intentional than others. You can identify this pretty quickly. I edit and pour into some posts, and then I might assault you with a post with 20 photos of my kids. Though the writing has definitely become more central and more important to me as my blog and followers have grown, sometimes I still throw something up here on the run.

It is, after all, a blog.  I will claim (if nothing else) to be real with you in this space.  I love it here. I hope you do too.  I'm on Twitter and Pinterest and Facebook and have Instagram and would love to connect with you there as well.  Shoot me an email if you want to chat: kirstenoliphant at gmail dot com

If you want to get to know me a bit, here are some of my favorite posts in some of my favorite categories:

The Inheritance of Burning
Generations of Beach
Surviving A Road Trip with Your Mother
Trashy Family Photos
Why I Am Who I Am ( featured in Awkward Family Photos)

Roller Derby
What Roller Derby and Labor Have in Common
We're Not Strippers on Skates
Why Is Mommy Knocking People Down? 
Women's Sports: Popularity vs Legitimacy
Learning Parenthood Lessons from Roller Derby
On the Eve of My Last Derby Bout

Birth Choices
Birth Choices Part 2: Medical Myths
Sawyer's Birth Story
The (Legal) Business of Being Born (at Home)
Hospital or Home Birth
Reflections on Sawyer's Birth
You Selfish Home-Birthers!
Lincoln's Birth Story
The Fight of a Mother 
The Story of My Scars
C-Sections: A Diverse Experience

Working at Home with Kids--Is It Worth It?
Mommy's Work Isn't Real Work
Carving Out That Writing Space
Self-Pub Via Kindle Part 1: Adjusting Expectations

When the Tower Falls
Feelings Aren't Theologically Correct
Jesus, Justice, and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Wallpaper of My Heart
Vampire Blood, Puritan Prayers, and the Quest for Eternal Life
My Faith Has Teeth
What If the Most Interesting Man in the World Were Interested in YOU?
Skinny Mirrors, Fun House Mirrors, and the Bible
The Thanks of a Child
Trusting in Princes and Presidents
A Bible Story from Jaws



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