Kristi is a mom and an author of applicable Bible studies and devotionals. These include Without Regrets: A Study of Ecclesiastes, The Daily Devotional Series: Gospel of John, and coming in Spring 2012 The Decay Within: A Study of Amos.
How many children do you have? I have two children, a daughter who is 5 years old and a son who just turned 3.
How did you come up with the idea for your books? I ended up doing the research for my first book, Without Regrets, after being told by my doctor that my husband and I would never be able to have children. Depressed and angry, I turned to the Bible and went through the book of Ecclesiastes. I found tremendous help and peace as I studied and applied the truths found there. My husband and I were blessed to have my daughter 3 years after that through Invitrofertilization. My son came two years later as a miraculous surprise.
Since then, I’ve discovered my joy and passion is in helping people take the truths found in the Bible and apply them to their own lives. I continue to write devotionals regularly and I am looking forward to my second Bible study coming out in the Spring of 2012.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? My favorite parenting tip is: “Know your children.” Both of my kids are different and respond differently to situations they face. This means I have to change my style of parenting depending on which one I am addressing. The discipline style that works with my daughter has no effect on my son. They both want to be shown affection in different ways and they both excel in different areas. It’s my job to be consistent and yet recognize, praise, and work within those differences to be able to show them how much I love them.
How do you get your family to eat healthy food and/or exercise? Exercise has been easy so far. We have a wonderful YMCA nearby that has lots of programs for young children, so my kids have enjoyed trying their hands (and feet) at dance, swimming, gymnastics, and even climbing the rock wall. Starting young, it’s just become part of their routine and they look forward to their time there. Plus, while they’re in their classes, my husband and I are free to take a class or two of our own.
Food has been a little more difficult. I work to introduce lots of different types of food early on. I have learned with my kids that texture is just as important as taste. My daughter likes softer foods so cooked carrots, honeydew, and the like are on her list of favorites. My son prefers something with a crunch, so he’ll munch on raw veggies like carrots, celery, and radishes.
How do you recharge your batteries? Every day I spend the first 20 to 30 minutes reading and writing a devotional for the day. This helps me to focus my day and get my thoughts where they need to be to have the most productive day possible doing the things that are actually worthwhile. In addition to that, when I get a chance I have several hobbies that I enjoy, a small list of which include reading, sewing, gardening, traveling, and mentoring.