“Who is this girl trying to find her spot in the blogging world?” you ask. There’s not much to tell. I’m just another face in the crowd—a woman trying her best to please her heavenly Father, making mistakes along the way. My name is Stephanie Gilbert, and God has blessed me with a hunky husband, a messy house, an exciting teen ministry, and three little
terrors blessings to call my own!
I’m going to go ahead and get the truth out in the open—I’m a worrier with OCD tendencies. These traits can cause problems when you’re a mother of young, energetic children and you’re married to a care-free, self-proclaimed pyromaniac! Now, before you go all Smokey the Bear on me, just know that he is very careful and responsible when he plays with fire—no burning children or animals happening but lots of controlled bonfires.
She says with a twitch.
My other love besides my God, family, and writing is running—not necessarily because I’m a health guru who is well-versed in all things whole grain and all-natural but more because I really like to eat Butterfingers, Nutty Butter Bars, and basically any chocolaty, peanut buttery goodness without putting on a ton of pounds.
That’s me in a nutshell. My life is a beautiful mess of crazy, and despite my flaws, I wouldn’t have it any other way. God has taught me many spiritual and not-so-spiritual life lessons through it all, and I’m simply here to share with you what I’ve been learning along the way in my faith, marriage, and motherhood. So pull up a chair, grab an ice-cold Cherry-Vanilla Coke, and let’s share a few laughs and tears together. My friend, join me in a journey filled with joy, faith, and hope!
About the Blog Name:
You might be wondering, out of all the names I could have chosen for this blog, why I chose I Literally LOL. Honestly, I slaved away for days, brainstorming and penning idea after idea of creative, unique names. I looked into how other top bloggers picked the perfect names for their own blogs and after hours of researching, thinking, and creating a list of possible choices, I chose… none of them.
Have you ever experienced an “ah-hah moment”? Well, I did. It all happened one day as I was texting my sister-in-law. I simply responded to a humorous text she sent me with “I Literally LOL,” and as soon as I did, she texted back these life-changing words of wisdom: “That should be your blog name!” Lightbulbs went on, the Hallelujah chorus played, and all of life suddenly made sense…well, at least the name did! Everything about those words aligned with me and what my blog would represent. You see, life is unpredictable. It’s hard sometimes. Motherhood is tiresome. Balancing everything can make you feel crazy. But I believe joy can be found anywhere, anytime, with anyone. And laughter is after all the best medicine! So why not literally laugh out loud (LOL) when life doesn’t work out exactly as you planned (says the OCD girl)?! This would be exactly what my blog would be all about….helping women like me find joy in every situation.
About the Logo:
When it came time for me to choose a logo for my blog, I knew I wanted a crown somehow on display along with the name. “Why?” you ask. The crown first represents my name. Stephanie means “crowned one.” Plus, I am the queen of LOL on this blog as you know. But even more than that, this crown represents the fact that I am a daughter of the King (God almighty), and it’s because of Him that I can have joy in the midst of chaos and imperfection. He is the reason I can laugh when it doesn’t make sense to… and I mean I Literally LOL! Pun intended.