Welcome to the Smart Living Mama blog.
I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m Kristine, the blessed wife of David and mama to four amazing kids – Nathan, Matthew, Ava, and Eliana (“Ellie”).
I’m a perfectly imperfect child of God and owe everything I have to Him. I’m passionate about glorifying God in all that I do and I strive to live each day pleasing the Lord as best as I can.
I work at home part time in the mornings before my kids wake up for the day, and then I spend the rest of my day homeschooling my kids, keeping the household running as smoothly as I can, and of course, blogging here at Smart Living Mama.
The love of my life is my amazing husband, David.
He is my heart, my best friend, and my biggest supporter. He is a faithful man of God and a prayer warrior. David was the one who introduced me to Jesus, and my life has never been the same.
We met at work in early 2002, and we quickly became friends as he spent the next few months teaching me a Bible study. By the end of the year, I had fallen in love with the Lord…and eventually fell in love with David as well. We were married in the summer of 2004 and I thank God every day for bringing this man into my life.
My Journey to Motherhood
We found out we were expecting our first child on Valentine’s Day in 2008, and welcomed our first son, Nathan, into the world that fall. Our second son, Matthew, came fast and furious in the spring of 2010. Three years later, in the spring of 2013, I gave birth to boy/girl twins – we welcomed our daughter, Ava, and minutes later, we mourned as I delivered our stillborn son, Logan. That is a truly bittersweet story of God’s grace and His peace that surpasses all understanding; a story for another time. The end of 2014 brought us our precious “rainbow baby,” Eliana. Our hearts are full, and we are truly blessed. God has been so good to us.
Like many other stay-at-home moms, I had struggled through the various sleep-deprived stages of motherhood. I’ve suffered through sleepless nights, breastfeeding struggles, teething babies, potty training toddlers, and ruthless tantrums. Of course, I’ve also experienced the joy and love being a mama to four little ones brings.
Even though my heart has always been full, I had found myself struggling through the days – trying my best at working harder in order to accomplish even the bare minimum of tasks, only to eventually realize that working smarter would be the key to a happy, thriving household.
My mission at Smart Living Mama is to share with other tired, overwhelmed mamas the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years to living a more simple, intentional, and productive life. The lessons I’ve learned – through trial and error – have helped shaped my life into a more fulfilling one, and my desire is to help you cultivate a blessed and less-stressed life as well.
More About Me…
When I’m not “mommy-ing” or blogging, I enjoy cooking and finding new recipes to try, curling up with a cup of coffee or tea and my Kindle, making handmade soap, chatting about all things Disney with my sister, spending quality time with my family, and connecting with the Lord through prayer, Bible reading, and Bible journaling.
I am a work in progress – spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally. I strive to be the best wife and mother I can be, but I often fall short. I am grateful for the grace, mercy, and love of the Lord and my family as I try to be my best version of myself each and every day.
My passion is to help encourage other mamas in this season of life; to help them know they are abundantly loved by God – even in their blessed yet messy life – and to help them grow both in their walk with God and in their ministry as a wife and mother.
I am delighted and honored that you’ve chosen to spend some time here at Smart Living Mama. I hope you will join me on this journey, and I pray my blog is a blessing to you, sweet mama! Thanks so much for visiting, and I hope you stay awhile!