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    If you're looking for a blog where people whine, life is boring and our children are the only things of value we have to talk about, this is not the blog for you. BUT...if you want to challenge yourself, put YOU first every now and then and maybe try to change your life in ways you never thought you could then stay and play a while. You'll like it here.

    I'm Kelli and I'm on a 1 year journey to redefine and reclaim SUCCESS. I'm in the middle of a messy battle to get custody of a 14 year old and I'm also 32 weeks pregnant. I'm a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a volunteer and a career woman. I'm also a complete and total mess. But that's OK.

    T.S. Elliot said "Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things".

    So in 365 days I plan to see if Mr. Elliot knew what the heck he was talking about. I have one year to get out of the slump I'm in, to do better than it seems likely I can do and to figure out, once and for all, what success really means and if it's something I can ever achieve.
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I’m Kelli and I’m a long time career woman who is about to become a mom to a 14 year old and a newborn simultaneously. Yep I hit the adoption and fertility jackpots at the exact same time! Guess I like to live life on the edge. Either that or I’m just freaking nuts. Who knows! But it’s what I signed up for and I’m both thrilled and petrified. Glad you’re coming along for the ride.

Oh yeah, and I’m an actor too. Are you gonna IMDB me? Well if you do it’s Kelli Kirkland (my maiden name) or Kelli Kirkland Powers (my married name). Just not Kelli Powers. Kelli Powers is some chick who did one film called “Tales From The Crapper”. It’s Vampire Lesbian Art. I have nothing against, vampires, lesbians or art, but just so you know…that chick ain’t me!

I’m married to a computer genius hottie. Sounds like an oxymoron I know, but it’s true. His name is Matt. I call him Matty P. We’ve been married for 4.5 years. He plays guitar, is an excellent gift giver and he remembers our anniversary better than I do. Did I mention he also cleans the house, takes me shopping and goes to therapy with me without complaining?! I know…you want to know if he has a brother don’t you? No, but he does have two very hot and awesome SINGLE cousins who live back east. Get in line ladies! He comes from good stock.

Right now I’m on a downward spiral in my life. Things are changing so fast I feel like I’m totally losing control. But maybe that’s good. Maybe I’ve been way too in control for way too long and this is my time to reevaluate everything I used to think made my life great.

My passion…eating. I’m sure I should say family or God or something selfless but really it’s food. I’m not going to bother doing this blog if I’m not going to be totally and completely truthful. BBQ is my all time favorite so if you have a favorite BBQ recipe or restaurant please let me know. I love pie, Ruffles potato chips with Lays ranch dip. AHHHHH…intermixing brands! I’m bold I know. But I’m telling you…it’s the best combo ever!! And hot out of the oven cookies and brownies. Yum! Food can bring me to there verge of orgasm. Once Matty P was watching me watch Paula Deen cook on the Food Network. I guess I was moaning and groaning without realizing it and he said “this is your porn isn’t it”. Sheepishly I said “I think so”. I don’t always need a penis, but I ALWAYS need pie! (Hmmm, that might have sounded like a vagina reference…I assure you it’s not). I mean key lime, apple, cherry, pecan…oh ANY KIND of pie! See, now I am actually a little hot and bothered.

OK…moving on.

Ah, yes…and impending motherhood. I love how I’m having two kids, yet I don’t strike myself as the motherly type. I hear people goo goo and ga ga at babies and I think they’re idiots. When I become a mom do I have to disregard all knowledge of basic English? Do I have to have play dates? Is that really a thing? In my day you just went out back and jumped around in the creek or climbed a tree or rode your bike around the neighborhood. You played with whatever kids were outside and got totally ticked off when your mom would stand on the porch and yell for you that dinner was ready. We didn’t pencil anyone in or type it into our IPhones. We just went outside in the field, played and that was that. But today if I just leave my kid in a field for a few hours they’ll call Child Protective Services on me. Maybe I should have gotten a dog. Nope…can’t leave them in a field alone either or PETA will hunt me down.

It’s not that I’m totally UNMOTHERLY I just consider myself to be more of an old school mom. Talk to your kids like they’re humans, don’t freak out over every little thing, make sure to sustain a life with my husband and my grown up friends, don’t allow the children to boss around the adults, take em to church whether they like it or not, make sure my kids don’t act like lunatics when they go out in public, be respectful, have good hygiene, mind your manners, and know that I will always love you, but if push come to shove I know how to kill you and make it look like an accident. (And if you’re not smiling just a little at that then you’re taking life way too seriously!! Lighten up!)

There’s so much to know about me. Too much to list in one post. If you want to know anything in particular ask me and I’ll answer it. I think the most important thing to know is that I believe wholeheartedly in laughing out loud every single day. If I can’t find a reason to do this then I’m doing something very VERY wrong.

You can use a lot of words and phrases to describe me, but a friend of mine from high school said it best. Actually she didn’t like me when we first met, but over time I grew on her. Someone asked her to describe me and she said “If there is one thing I can say about Kelli Kirkland it’s that she’s an individual. She doesn’t worry about what other people think or say. She doesn’t follow the crowd. She doesn’t change who she is for anyone or anything. She’s true to herself. I wish I could be more like that”. It’s to date the greatest compliment I’ve ever received.

33 Responses to “ABOUT KELLI”

  1.  Bob Says:

    where is the field and creek and trees to leave your kid in LA?

  2.  Lisa Says:

    Hey Hot Mama! We’ve already shared some hearty guffaws today. But that’s nothing new! So proud of you.

  3.  Lisa Says:

    ps. Henry saw this and said, “She’s not wearing her black shirt. I think it must be in the wash.”

  4.  admin Says:

    Tell little Henry it’s clean now and I am wearing a black shirt today:)

  5.  Mom2Ky Says:

    Kelli, you are a beautiful, talented woman. And, your life will definitely change with motherhood. It will never be the same, but it will be SO worth it!

  6.  Success is Relative (Day #39) @ EMBRACE THE DETOUR Says:

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  7.  Trece Says:

    I hear ya about the playdate thing. But, my observation has been that there aren’t a hord of moms like you (or me, for that matter). My husband still bemoans the fact that our kids were unable to play pick-up baseball, like he did.

    As far as how the whole mothering thing goes, many’s the day when I told DH as he got home, “Hey, they’re still alive; I’ve done my job”.

    Like they say about the military, “It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love”. Or is that the Peace Corps?

  8.  Syd Says:

    Yeah! So glad you are blogging! Motherhood is upon you…so exciting and crazy! You are awesome!

  9.  sarah Says:

    love this!!

  10.  Priscilla Says:

    you crack me up. I laughed out loud so many times reading this. I love you and I’m glad you don’t change for anyone!

  11.  patti Says:

    wow…what a great devotional on 10 and 11! i picked up your blog from katherine wolf……. you have a great writing talent! blessings to you, your husband, and your new family!

  12.  Susan Says:

    love your blog — so fresh and open — please keep being your lovely self. God bless you as you welcome your new babies into your home. No matter what age, they’ll always be your baby.

  13.  Ethel Powers Dugan Says:

    This is totally fantastic…. What more can I say !!!! Love you !!!!

  14.  Christie Jurgensmeier Says:

    Excellent! If I could write like this I would be well happpy. The more I see articles of such quality as this (which is rare), the more I think there could be a future for the Web. Keep it up, as it were.

  15.  admin Says:

    Thanks for your kind words Christie. Your encouragement means so much!

  16.  Becky Hubbert Says:

    Oh, Kelli, thank you for the opportunity to share in this incredible time in your life. Your cup will be emptied and filled in ways you cannot fathom. We all will be standing by: cheering, laughing, praying. Thanks for your wisdom and transparency.

  17.  Julie Garlington Says:

    I laughed hysterically at your first picture. Love you girl and I think this blog is a great idea!

  18.  Michelle Boehle Says:

    What a nice surprise to have your fun little blog fall into my email. You are hilarious!! Good luck with the new children and I will be following!

  19.  rosemary malone Says:

    You made me laugh out loud! I am right there with you when it comes to raising kids. What a refreshingly honest and smart blogger. Looking forward to reading!

  20.  admin Says:

    Thanks Rosemary. I’m glad I gave you a chuckle!

  21.  admin Says:

    Thanks Michelle. So nice to get back in touch with you!

  22.  Detours, Part III (Day #53) @ EMBRACE THE DETOUR Says:

    [...] heartfelt.  A trifecta of bloggy awesomeness.)+     +     +     +Choosing the Detourby Kelli PowersMy detour came in November 2008 when I got a random call from a woman I only barely knew and with [...]

  23.  NotTheMama Says:

    I’m not really remembering how I found your blog, but I have spent the afternoon/evening reading it (yes, all of it) in pieces…. Between picking up the dry cleaning, dinner and a movie, and driving home. (Don’t worry, my husband was driving, and I managed to put down the phone during the dinner and movie part)
    So, we don’t know each other, but I LOVE YOU!!! Those were a lot of deep thoughts I read this afternoon, kind of like reading a great book in one sitting, then shaking your head and saying “Man, I gotta read that again!” You sound like my lost twin or something! From pies and brownies, to old-school mama(to-be-eventually, for me), you could be my twin! My husband and I will finally get to begin working on adoption in May.
    Congratulations on Son #1, and I look forward to hearing that your second has arrived!

  24.  admin Says:

    Well we must talk for sure. I’ll also fill you in on my 9 years of infertility. Can’t wait to check out your blog! Hang in there. I’m rooting for you!!!

  25.  PiterJankovich Says:

    My name is Piter Jankovich. oOnly want to tell, that your blog is really cool
    And want to ask you: is this blog your hobby?
    P.S. Sorry for my bad english

  26.  admin Says:

    Thanks Piter. That’s very nice of you. Yes, the blog is my new hobby that I started 3 weeks ago. And FYI….your English is much better than you think. Thanks for reading!

  27.  David Says:


    I’m proud of you for being so honest with your site, and with yourself. Good Luck on gaining your 14-year old, and I wish you and Maverick the very best. Keep on writing, and never lose your focus.
    DLS JR

  28.  Ernestine "Orr" Lopes Says:

    Kelli thank you so much for creating this blog, and helping me to get to know you better, your honesty and love for family, friends and fans.
    I don’t think, I know you will be an excellent mother even though it seems a little overwheming right now.First of all you come from old school major plus and you are part of my family :) which means failure is not an option and we are born with Motherly instincts that just comes natural.

    You will be fine, just by me reading and following your blog, success is in you. With or without kids you stepped out of your box long ago I just wish I would have step out of mine a lot sooner.But as they say better late than never.

    Keep doing what your doing, you are an inspiration to more people than you realize.

    I make a mean apple pie and sweet potato pie they are my specialties(LOL)

  29.  Ilene Says:

    Kelli & Matt;
    1st I have to say Mozel Tov again.
    I feel so proud to be able to say I know you, have met you & have even been to your wedding. Over time I have come to respect you & be amazed at all your varied interests, loves and endeavers. You are a much more interesting person than I first imagined. Meeting you for the first time at your wedding, I knew in advance you had to be something special for Matt to have chosen you as his lifelong mate. As I read ‘Success is Relative’, I see how special you really are & that your growing more & more each day, (if that is really possible). The maturity, character and intellegence that you convey is something I am jealous of, respect, envy and admire. And here I though you were just some pretty face trying to get into acting & had possible matched hormones with this young attractive guy that I saw grow up.
    well enough of the complements… just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog & getting all the daily updates. Just wish the two (oops, 5>>>> Matt Kelli big boy small boy & feline) lived a little closer so we could get to know you even better & have some of this great Karma rub off a bit.
    Keep up the great work.
    Ilene >^..^<

  30.  Ilene Says:

    Oh one suggestion……. spell check…..

  31.  Mom "K" Says:

    To the Most Loving, beautiful, considerate, kind, caring, talented,wonderful, spirit filled wife, mother, daughter, family member and friend that anyone could be blessed to have. First to let you know how deeply we love, admire and respect you. From a very little girl you always had definite dreams and aspirations and worked hard to achieve your goals. We are proud of all of your accomplishments, but most of all we are proud of the beautiful person that you are that shines from the inside out. Many people have outer beauty but the inside ugliness takes over the outer beauty. But you, my daugter, your beauty, compassion, love, devotion to family & friends and honesty comes from the very core of you inside out. What you see is what you get. There has never been any pretending about you and your honesty is just one of your characteristics that I admire. Keep of the FANTASTIC work in every aspect of your life. GOD has truly, truly blessed you with gifts that continue to amaze us.We love you, our very brilliant and handsome son-in law Matt,(who is son not in-law, Tall Baby & Small Baby more than words can express.Continue to honor GOD as you have and as the saying goes “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” Hold on my daughter you are on your way to a wonderful & fantatic voyage of success in life.

  32.  Mom "K" Says:

    See #31 for comments,
    With Much Love & Pride From Dad & Mom K

  33.  Mom "K" Says:

    Wow I don’t know what happened #31 were our comments but didn’t print. You know me and the computer. Anyway Sweetheart, We love you, Matt, Tall Baby & Small baby soooooooooooo much. You are a strong and talented young woman. We are so proud of you, we admire and respect you and are glad that GOD blessed our lives with you. You stand for honesty, respect and dignity and your strong relationship with GOD has always kept you on the right path. He has blessed you with many, many gifts and you continue to amaze both family & friends. We love your honesty and straight talk. You have always been that way, no pretenses, just being yourself and for those who like real people and don’t like fakes, phonies and dishonesty, then they will LOVE you because you are truly the real deal. I only wish that your “NANA could be alive to see how you continue to blossom into the woman, wife, mother &friend that she would, and I know is admiring you from HEAVEN. You were a gift to us from GOD. We are so proud. Hold on daughter, because as the old saying goes “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” Your journey to success is just beginning and you are going to reach heights of success farther you you or we can ever imagine. Congratulations Our Dear Daughter for another Job Well Done and Thank all of you who are reading. We appreciate all of you.

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