Welcome to K's Space :)
a safe place to navigate the trials and triumphs of marriage and motherhood
In addition to working in television, hosting live events, and creating fun, family-friendly online content with my husband Danny, I'm a homeschool mommy to our two children, Harper (5yrs) and Holt (2yrs). Trust me when I say that I NEVER in a million years imagined homeschooling my kids! Danny and I both attended public schools and believed homeschool to be a fringe, weird and unrealistic option for education. Now that I'm about to begin my second official year homeschooling, I can tell you with 100% certainty that it is in fact fringe and weird, but a highly realistic and incredibly rewarding journey for both children and parents alike.
I'll be expounding upon our homeschool experience in subsequent posts, but for now, with a new school year upon us I thought it apropos to simply share a piece of our school room with you and the inspiration behind it.
But before I do that, allow me to flashback to May of 2016...
It was then, after 14 years of living in California, that we moved across the country to my husband's hometown of Indianapolis, IN to be closer to family, and to remove some of the financial burden that comes with raising kids in LA. It sounds like an admirable and logical decision, but nothing, and I do mean nothing, has stretched our faith more than this cross-country move. I remember journaling a couple of years ago when God first put it on our hearts to pray about relocating - I heard Him clearly say, "Go, go, go. What may look like the end to some, will be just the beginning for you and Danny." See, God knew from the minute this move was on the table, that I would need a reminder from Him to push through fear - fear of failure, fear of what others may think - for me, the fear list was endless.
It's only been three months since our move, and we are living simply, building community and trusting God with this new beginning. There are still many unknowns and a lot of unanswered questions, but we are graciously learning the blessing of trusting and obeying.
When it came time to move into our new home, my priorities were the kids' room and the school/play room. I knew the move was going to be an exciting adventure, but also a bit sad and emotional, especially for Harper who is old enough to realize that she won't be seeing her California friends as much anymore. So it was important for me to create a sense of home as quickly as possible for the kids.
In the school room, I had this gigantic white wall just staring at me, begging for some color and creative direction. With our school curriculum being heavy on geography this year, I knew I wanted it to be something global and inspiring. I had some solid ideas, but the challenge was our budget - with the cost of the move and the fact that we are renting this home - I didn't want to invest much. First, I found this colorful wall decal on Amazon for $14. This became the focal point of the wall. I knew the decal needed a color behind it so that it would have more visual pop, and since yellow is my favorite color, boom, there it is! The wooden siding came from Michaels at just .99 cents a piece, and I spray painted them brown.
The global portion of the room was now complete, but how could I make this a bit more inspiring? Again, keeping the budget in mind, I looked to my craft stash to see what I already had in-house. I found a pack of 8 art canvases that I picked up from Michael's several months ago for $10. I love to paint, but since I'm not much of an artist I knew it would have to be something simple and doable; and what's easier than a sky and clouds, which happened to go perfectly with my decal of the world!
I'm also a big believer in the power of words, teaching the kids that our words have the power to create our worlds. There was the vision - our wonderful world, created by an imaginative God, surrounded by inspiring, life-giving words floating in the sky - all for under $30! So, I busted out the stencil and acrylic paints, and got to work.
When the final canvas was hung and I stood back to survey the end result, the song "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" instantly came to mind. It's funny how a little childhood ditty can pierce our hearts in a poignant moment - or maybe I'm just getting more emotional the older I get - either way, God used this wall-decorating experience to bless my heart and calm my spirit at a time when I really needed it.
Yes, there are still many unknowns and we are still adjusting to life in the Midwest - but no matter our geographic location, or what the future holds, I choose to say NO to that fear list - for I know Who holds the future - the God of the universe has me in His hands.
"The sea that He made belongs to Him, along with the dry land that His hands formed...let us kneel in the presence of the Lord, who made us." - Psalm 95:5-6
So, be encouraged. Whatever mountain you are facing today, just trust in the Lord. He will either move it, or walk with you over it. He'll even use the everyday, mundane tasks - like decorating a wall - to speak to your heart, if you're open to hearing Him.
Yes, He's got the whole world in His hands.
xo - K