Hi, there! My name is Aiane Karla. I’m a grateful wife, piano teacher, songwriter, piano tickler, vegan cook, children’s choir director, and creative entrepreneur. I am a believer of prayer and the life-transforming power of God’s Word. I’m incredibly passionate about inspiring women to live up to God’s standard of Biblical womanhood. As a wife and homemaker, I’ve come to appreciate the ministry of marriage and homemaking.
I was born in the Philippines. My parents raised me in a loving Christian home with God and the Bible as our foundation. They decided on Karla as my middle name, but they chose to give me a sentimental and meaningful first name. My first name, Aiane (pronounced “Aye-en”), is a combination of my grandparents’ initials.
When I was four, I started taking piano lessons. I quickly developed a desire to share my love of music with those around me. At the age of nine, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I answered, “I want to be a musician that makes people happy!” I felt alive when my ears were tickled by the sound of the piano. Music was my first love.
MOVED TO AMERICA
My family moved to the United States when I was a teenager. We moved to Georgia where I fell in love with Southern hospitality. I became a ‘Georgia peach’ and learned all there was to know about pecan pies, cherry blossoms in spring and freezing cold weather (cold for me, at least). My family and I loved being in the South. In high school, I attended a Christian boarding school tucked away in the countryside.
I studied to be a nurse when I was in college. Although I felt passionate about caring for the sick, I found myself feeling emotionally drained after returning home from the hospital. I learned much a lot nursing school, but felt wholeheartedly conflicted about my career choice. I knew nursing was an honorable career, but God hadn’t called me to honor Him in this career path.
In college, I discovered my love of songwriting. Playing music instruments and writing song was my way of relaxing while studying for nursing exams. It all began when my parents gave me a digital piano. They knew this was the longest I’d ever gone without a piano.
“LIFE IS GOOD”
A few months after I began songwriting, a video producer who had watched my compositions online contacted me about featuring my song, Life is Good, in a documentary he was producing. Single Creek, a documentary on Christian singlehood, was released several months later. I had the privilege of sharing my personal testimony as a young and (then) single Christian young woman.
BECAME A VEGAN
After college, I learned about the healing power of healthy food and natural remedies. After watching several food documentaries, I decided to be a vegan for one year. It took months of resetting my taste buds for me to fully appreciate my new plant-based diet, but I was excited to see my health improving. My new lifestyle inspired me to dream about going to cooking school.
MET THE LOVE OF MY LIFE
In 2012, I met the man of my prayers in the most divinely orchestrated way possible. Kerwin was living in San Diego, and I was living in Georgia. We had been attending the same youth convention for years, and had been in the same room at the same time during New Year’s Eve in 2010 and 2011, but our paths never crossed!
LONG DISTANCE LOVE
At the end of 2012, God changed all that, and after almost meeting on an online Christian site near the end of the year, we met in person for the first time and talked about our shared love of music…over delicious food! With God’s guidance and my parents’ blessing, we courted for six memorable months. Kerwin proposed six months later.
A LOVE TO STAY
After six wonderful months of courtship, Kerwin showed up unannounced in Georgia. He took me on a whole-day adventure. Unbeknownst to me, our family members were in on the entire surprise. He proposed at the top of Stone Mountain, where we first went on a first official date.
MOVED TO CALIFORNIA
Post engagement, I made the 2,000+ mile move to the west coast. This was the farthest I’d ever been from my family. It didn’t take long to feel so at home with my new friends and church family. Kerwin and I decided to have our wedding in California.
Sweet Kerwin and I planned our wedding in six months. We were wed under the clear blue sky on a beautiful February day! We were surrounded by our close family and friends. Marriage is by far our favorite adventure as a couple. We love being actively involved in various church ministries.
Kerwin has always had a passion for missions. I had always dreamed of traveling overseas to serve on mission trips, but never got the chance to. In 2015, God opened the door for us to go to on a mission trip to my home country. I was beyond ecstatic!
MUSIC AT HOME
One of the many things Kerwin and I share is our sincere love of music. Kerwin minored in music in college. I always look forward to his piano lullabies. On difficult days, he likes to have me lay on the couch while he plays Scripture songs on the piano and sings Bible verses to me.
The Aiane Karla blog is a faith-based food and lifestyle blog. It was created to inspire women to live intentional, simplified and Christ-centered lives, so they may discover the beauty and joy of Biblical womanhood.
As a young woman and homemaker, I have been overwhelmed with busy-ness and the pursuit of worldly perfection. I’ve learned that no matter how busy life gets, we must always keep God first if we are to live a life of purpose.
I’ve been inspired, blessed, challenged, strengthened and encouraged by the words found in Proverbs 31. This chapter in the Bible has been a compass to me as a woman in a constantly-evolving world. The woman described in this chapter is Biblical womanhood personified. The kind of woman God calls His daughter to be.
It’s hard to live up to such high standards, but the words found in Philippians 4:13 renew my strength and fill me with hope each day: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”