About Me

Hey there, friend. 

My name is Kristin Hernandez and I enjoy sharing my heart and my reflections on faith and grief here at Sunlight in December. Whether you stumbled across my site, have been a lifelong friend, or anywhere in between, I'm so glad you are here.

I started Sunlight in December as a blog after my firstborn son, Ethan, died due to a fatal birth defect in 2015. Since then, this site has grown into a place to share what God has been teaching me and to encourage others as they walk through suffering and sorrow. 

I am the author of Sunlight in December: A Mother's Story of Finding the Goodness of God in the Storm of Grief and Hope When the Holidays Hurt, and have contributed writings to various other websites and ministries. I have the joy of working with Hope Mommies, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that exists to bring bereaved families comfort, relationship support, and biblical hope and encouragement, and serve as the host and director of the Hope Mommies Podcast. I enjoy speaking and have had the pleasure of speaking at conferences and women's events on topics such as biblical grief and suffering, lament, wrestling with God without walking away, biblical rest, and abiding in Christ. 

My relationship with Jesus is the most important part of my life...and it has certainly been tested, stretched, and grown throughout the years. While I once (unintentionally) internalized some prosperity gospel-ish views on theology, God so lovingly and gently used suffering and hardship to lead me to untangle these misconceptions and come to a deeper understanding of scripture, the gospel, and the Hope we have in Christ. 

I make my home in Southern California with my husband and son, where I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outside, sipping on coffee (both hot and iced), and riding rollercoasters.

I’d love to get to know you!

Lots of love, 

*Photo by Veronica Gutierrez.