I came across a lovely little slice of the internet recently and knew I needed to tell you about it!
Just four more minutes is a DIY blog written by mom of 2, Kristi. Married to Clint and mom to Jesse and Jack, she is a work-from-home mom who lives in Pietermaritzburg in KZN after stints in Zimbabwe, California and Mauritius (where she met her South African husband)
Kristi is also 186cm tall and wears a size 9 shoe, which is why she launched Love Long Length – a clothing line that caters to tall women in South Africa.
She and her husband have a pretty tight decor budget to work with which is why her blog features great cost-effective, do-it-yourself ways to make a home beautiful.
Read on to find out more about Kristi…
I know that when it comes to people – what you see on the outside is almost always not the full picture of what is happening on the inside. After struggling for over a year with post-partum depression, I see everyone in a totally different light. I daily remind myself not to judge or presume to know what someone is going to in someone’s life, but rather to love and ask questions on how I can support the precious people I come into contact with every day.
I also know that it’s literally not all about the money. I am so happy and grateful when I get to do fun stuff around the house or take the kids out for a special lunch, but when there are times that we don’t have those luxuries, we are just as happy – if not happier. We have God and love in our family and there isn’t a rand value you can put on that.
I love where we are as a small family right now. My husband and I just celebrated 7 years of marriage. I feel like we are definitely at that point where the small arguments are becoming less frequent and less intense. You know what I mean? We have so much fun together – but oh my goodness, we took ourselves SO seriously when we first got married. Who honestly cares about most of the dumb stuff we’d get worked up about?! The same goes for parenting our two boys.
I love that there is peace in our home, even when it should have been a bad day. I love that when someone in the house, big or small, truly says sorry – that’s it, all is forgiven and we move forward. I love that we are learning to live in Grace.
Not nearly as much as I would like. I really love to read. Our complex has a clubhouse library which I am really looking forward to getting stuck into these holidays. Since moving city, I haven’t got into a rhythm with the kids yet with weekly local library visits. We used to do that all the time in Waterfall, and I miss it. I absolutely love catching up with my favourite local and international blogs each morning after coffee. My husband is really good about sorting our boys out with breakfast and giving me a little space to start off the day. I try to read my bible when I can – it’s sometimes the last thing I feel like doing, but I’m always happy I did. Nadia also put me onto this awesome app for daily devotionals called First 5 that I am thoroughly enjoying when I am out and about.
I cannot honestly say there is anything I want right now. Those who know me will tell you that besides loving to be able decorate, do fun stuff with my family and grow my business, I really really just want people to fall in love with Jesus like I have. I know it’s cliché, but you asked 😉
I’ve toned down A LOT since my glory days (pre-husband, California days!) – I was all over the place! Now, I dress for how I feel or want to feel for the day. If I want to be a super cool and collected soccer mom for the day, I’ll get those worn jeans out with a pretty shirt. If I need to go kick some butt at the factory and need a little confidence, I will go full on chic with heels. I’m not into trends at all. I like to buy classic pieces as much as possible. Thankfully, my business of running a clothing collection means I get everything made in sample size! Free clothing – yay!
I need to go squeeze my child right this second and tell him how much I love him – then make some peanut butter sandwiches, and hit the road to pick up his brother from school – and then I need to squeeze him too and irritate him with a thousand questions about the total of 4 hours he was away!
Images: Kristi Kyle