October BASU – Kris Camealy

It’s a new month and I’m so very excited to introduce you to my dear friend Kris Camealy.  Kris has one of the most beautiful hearts.  She feels and writes deeply and it’s beautiful.  I absolutely adore Kris’ writing because she never fails to take me straight to the feet of my Jesus and lead me to worship.

Grab a cup of something pumpkin spice settle in to meet my sweet friend Kris.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Sure…I am a homeschooling mom to my four kids, wife to my “high school sweetheart” husband (of 18 years) and we live in middle Ohio. I’m also a writer, a teacher, an amateur photographer and a lover of all things connected to the kitchen. I run a contributor blog, called GraceTable.org, and also host Refine {the retreat}, a spiritual retreat for women.

Coffee or tea?
Coffee please, with coconut milk and sugar.

Exercise or nap?
Hmm. I try to work out daily, but I don’t get nearly as many naps. I love a good walk, but also, believe that naps are a gift—so, both I guess!

Cake or pie?
Chocolate fudge cake with peanut butter frosting, or pecan pie—once again, both!

High heels or sneakers?
Ha—both! Depends on my mood and where I’m going.

Vacation or staycation?
My gut answer is vacation, because I LOVE to travel and see things, but I also love to stay home and disconnect. So I guess you can see where I’m heading—both!

Early riser or sleep in?
Here’s one I’m definitive about—rising early. I’m a morning person. It’s hard wired into my being.

Read the book or watch the movie?
Read the book, THEN watch the movie, and then get mad about all the terrible ways it’s been altered for the screen.

Dogs or cats?
Dogs. Always dogs.

Introvert or extrovert?
Ok, so my Myers Briggs has me balancing between an ENFP/ENFJ, but I feel like I am evolving into an I. The older I get the more introverted I feel I am becoming. I wonder what that means…

Country living or city girl?
Country, with the city close enough for visits.

Do you have any hobbies? 
How much time do we have? I have many things that I enjoy, but I think in this season, my top ones would be cooking, writing and reading.

What are you listening to, reading, or watching that you are loving right now? 
This Is Us is finally back, so I’m watching that again, listening to Lauren Daigle and Audrey Assad on repeat, following every episode of Mike Cosper’s podcast, “Cultivated” and Emily Freeman’s, The Next Right Thing, and reading a mound of books including, The Art Of Slow Writing, Come & Eat, The Sacred Slow, The Furious Longing Of God, my Bible and a few others…I never read just one book at a time.

What are you passionate about? 
Jesus. Good food. Writing. And community. I am passionate about my faith, about being in the kitchen and feeding people, and just PEOPLE. I am passionate about these things and connecting them through writing.

What/where are you writing?
I currently write at GraceTable and occasionally on my own website. These days, more than blogging I’ve been trying to devote more time to writing my newsletter, because it feels more personal and intimate. I’m working on a few other projects, but that’s a story for another day. 😉

Are there any other projects or ministries that you are working on/with?
I spend most of my time working with my GraceTable team and on Refine {the retreat}.

How can we connect with you (website, social media, events?)
I am easily found on social media @kriscamealy on Twitter and Instagram. And on Facebook.

What is an area that you’d like to grow in?
I am always wanting to continue to grow in my faith. I feel like if I continue to grow in Christ, the overflow of that will impact every other area of my life. If I put energy into anything, it’s into working to grow in the Lord.

How can we build you up?
Hmmm, such a generous question…I think right now, I would be most grateful for prayer. With my hands full of some really good, hard projects right now, I always covet prayer for me to balance all the things, and to remain tethered to God in the midst of the work.

Is there a parting thought you would like to share?
I would only like to say “thank you” to the friends and community that encourages me daily. I am deeply grateful for each person who takes the time to reach out to me and say something kind, offer prayer or simply engage in conversation. I love that—it’s a gift.


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