On Mondays, we’ll take time to meet the women of NAOBC. Five questions followed by how you can connect with the NAOBC women on social media. Today’s interview is with Carolyn Kile.
Q: Tell us about yourself
A: My name is Carolyn Kile. First and foremost, I am a follower of my Lord and Savior, Jesus. I am also the wife of Kent and Mom of four girls – Macy(20), Molly(17), Moriah(10) and Mia(8). Kent and I will be married for 25 years this July. I went to Georgetown College and earned a teaching degree. I spent 7 years in the classroom before “retiring” when Macy was born. During the first years of her life, I helped Kent run our small business, KileSIGNS. Then the Lord led us to homeschool. So that has been my full-time job since my oldest started Kindergarten – 16 years ago.
I was born in Lansing, MI – where my Mom and Dad went to college (Michigan State). But Kentucky has been my home since I was 4 years old.
Q: Tell us about your time at NAOBC
A: Our family has been at NAOBC for just over a year now. And what a joy that has been for us! Our NAOBC family has welcomed us in and loved us. One of the things that we love so much about NAOBC is how friendly it is! It is not easy finding a place for a college, high school and two elementary school girls. We are so blessed that we found that in NAOBC.
Kent and I are in the IC5 BFG. And we are currently serving in the children’s ministry with the 4-5th grade kids during the 12:00 hour.
Q: What is a fun fact that most people wouldn’t know about you?
A: I learned to sew at the age of 36. When Macy turned seven, she asked for a sewing machine and sewing lessons from my mother -in- law. So, I learned right along with her. Although, I still have to go to Macy for lots of sewing advice.
Q: What woman has made the most impact in your life?
A: Although there have been a handful of women that have had an impact on my life, I would have to say two stand out in my mind. They would have to be my two big girls- Macy and Molly. Obviously, I am their Mom. But over the years, we have spent so much time together that I have watched them grow into beautiful ladies that genuinely love the Lord. If I could pick anyone to spend my time with, other than Kent, it would be the two of them. I have a Godly jealousy of them. They are years beyond where I was at their age. If I need encouragement, an ear to listen or advice – nobody knows me better than these two. Two verses that come to mind: Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” And 1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” God knew I would need these two. They were the ones that actually started praying years before Kent and I did regarding adoption. Which led to our two younger girls joining our family.
Q: What is something the Lord has taught you in the last year?
A: The past year has taught me how much I value family time. When COVID hit a year ago, our family was going many different directions…. And the country shutting down, allowed our family to spend a lot of time together. (With Macy getting married in June and Molly graduating this May- things will be changing in our house quite a bit this next year.) It has helped us re-prioritize things that are most important to us. It has also helped me learn to be thankful for the small things. This year, during my quiet time, I am writing three things from the previous day that I was thankful for in my prayer notebook. I am learning to praise the Lord in the big and little things.
You can follow Carolyn on Facebook (Carolyn Mae) and Instagram @carolynkile1996