Hi!  My name is Kayla and this is my little corner of the internet.  I like to write about all sorts of things.  In this space, you’ll mostly read about my love for Jesus, growing my family, infertility and PCOS, attempts at healthy living and how much I love my husband and my dog.

I live in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, land of lake & loon, but hail from the plains of southeastern South Dakota, home of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen.  I live with a boy.  His name is Gregory.  He’s my husband.  He’s also very nerdy and enjoys cheesy jokes.  I have a dog named Winnie.  She’s a black lab.  She enjoys sniffing butts, testing patience and being too cute for her own good.

I started Completing Joy because I love to tell stories.  And over the past few years, it seems that my personal story has been transformed and added to in ways that I never expected.

So what’s in a name?  Why Completing Joy?  I believe that true, complete joy is knowing and being known by God.  This true joy is the one that remains, despite worldly circumstances.  I’m obsessed and enthralled with the knowledge that God loves ME.  Little confused, messy, seemingly unlovable ME.  And that is what remains day in and day out, whether I’m happy, sad, angry, grateful, fearful, hopeful or jealous.  My joy is being made complete the more I love God and understand God’s amazing love for me.

And I believe that part of stewarding that joy is sharing our stories with one another.

Other things you should know about me?  I drink coffee.  I hate makeup.  I dig hockey.  I love mountains.  I dislike shopping.  I married young.  I fear heights.  I love lipstick.  I hunt deer.  I crave adventure.  I enjoy extroverts.  And I binge-watch every Gilmore Girls episode at least twice a year.