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My name is Karen Sue (McGlamery) Ballou. I was born in Michigan in 1975 and have always lived in the Great Lakes state. I currently reside in Lansing, Michigan, with my husband, Ben, our two children, two cats and two dogs.

As a child, I often played school with my brother and sister. My sister and I also played ‘office’ and were secretaries. Another favorite was setting up a desk as though we were news anchors, shuffling papers and giving serious reports about the weather and heaven only knows what else. In those early years, I wanted to be a veterinarian, a teacher, a reporter, a secretary & a mom. I later aspired to being a writer, a novelist, in particular, and still aspire to be a poet. Two of my childhood dreams came true, as I am a mom and a lowly secretary – be careful what you wish for!

I enjoy playing board games with friends and family, love all kinds of music, absolutely adore games involving words, I get lost in photography and I am energized by others who are creative. I continue to write poetry and start the occasional novel, though I’ve yet to finish one. As I said, I enjoy photography & also manipulating/editing photos. I paint when I have time and find working with my hands to fill an empty space with color, movement and design, even if the painting is awful, to be very rewarding.

Many hats, I wear, then. I am a Christian striving for a closer relationship with God. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend. Other words that describe me have to include my diagnoses both physical and mental, though they don’t define me. I live with Type II Diabetes, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder (mainly depression) and Borderline Personality Disorder. I am a survivor of child sexual abuse. All of these things have shaped me, but I continue to be a work in progress.

9 responses »

  1. Hello Karen,
    Thank you for subscribing to my blog. I shall return to relish your posts too.
    All good wishes,

  2. Any way for me to subscribe to your blog via email?

    • I honestly don’t know…

      • Don’t know if it’s the same on all WP blogs, but on mine I learned that it wasn’t too hard to add a “subscribe via email” widget to my page:
        Go to the Dashboard;
        Left column: select Appearance: Widgets (click on it);
        Under Available Widgets, click and drag Follow Blog: Follow Blog via Email to the Main Sidebar (right hand column)–
        that’s it; a click-able little thingummy that (apparently) works for email feeds and lives on my blog page now.
        Hope that works for you, too! Your blog deserves a wide audience and it’s always nice to make it easy for us to subscribe. 😉

      • I can’t figure out how to do it on my phone, which is currently my only source of internet access…

  3. My daughter suffers from some the same things you do. I’m glad to see you are relying on the Lord to see you through. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing. Connie

  4. Gentry Kestner

    Karen, you blow me away.

  5. Hello Karen…thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian


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