Why, hello friends! Happy 2018

Thursday, March 8

{avie & I in Liverpool, about the enter the Beatles Museum!!}

Goodness me, it's 2018 and this is my first blog entry of the new year! Hello again:)

We've been busy this year, in a good and lovely sort of way. We spent almost the entire month of January in England. It was delightful getting the grand tour from our British friends Matt and Kate. You may remember them from when they came to visit us in California (overview, Newport and Laguna,  Big Sur and SLO, Capitola/Santa Cruz, and Yosemite ). There will hopefully be lots of lovely England posts to fill this space soon.

Then February came and with it I was caught up in Olympic glory! Guys...I LOVE the olympics. Like am obsessed with it. Just ask Kevin. Every day before work, and immediately after work, I would stream the olympics online (we don't have a tv) and go crazy wild with my excitement. I cried heavy tears of joy when Jessie Diggins crossed that finish line, clapped hard when Shawn White won the halfpipe (I brought the laptop into Avonlea's nursery and watched it while I nursed her to sleep...don't judge!), and pretty much lost my marbles in laughter and awe when Ester Ledecka (the snowboarder from the Czech Republic) won the downhill ski event.

So now i'm back in the swing of things (I think) and am hoping to get some England pics up on this blog, as well as Avonlea pics. You guys, she is So precious. Can I share with you something special that happened a few weeks ago? I wrote it down so I would NEVER forget it, it was that heart warming...

"Something truly magical happened. Being a mom is funny in that an ordinary day can turn into a most extraordinary wonder, all because your child does something so out of your mind's reach. Today for instance, I picked up Avonlea from her nap. She was so sweet and smiley, and as we sat down on the couch together, I took her out of her sleep sack. I reclined on the couch with my back up against some pillows. Avonlea a funny face which sent me into a fit of laughter. Seeing my laughter, she put her face right up against mine, and started genuinely cracking up. Which of course sent me into full on belly laughter. She would sit up, see me laughing, and then plunge back down cheek to cheek with me, and start seizing with laughter. She just laid on me, her face resting on mine, and we both went back and forth laughing for about 10 minutes. I couldn't even handle the situation, how precious and adorable our interaction was. We were bonding in this beautiful connected way. No words were needed...just laughter and some skin to skin. It was one of the most wonderful moments of my life. She was completely in synch with me in a way i've never experience before. I never want to forget this, hence the blog post:)"

How have YOU been? xoxo 


Sunday, December 24

December has come, and is almost gone...and with it has brought a flurry of so many emotions (good and hard), joyful Christmas parties, a family wedding, traveling, working, hosting a silent auction, and introducing Avonlea to the sights and sounds of the season.

It's been filled.... Kevin and I were just chatting and we realized that it may have been...too filled. We both vowed that next year we would say no to some events (even though it's all good things!), and yes to more time just being together and soaking in the reason for the season.

Introducing Avonlea to Christmas has been very special. She loves the twinkly lights and the Christmas music, she sings along in her little language:) At the beginning of December we drove up to the mountains to cut down our tree. No snow this year though, but it will still a blast! (Last year we go caught in a blizzard and it was absolutely magical!)

I love these pics of Avonlea helping decorate the tree. You can just see the wonder in her eyes. I was reflecting about how I crave that wonder again...the awe of a good King coming down to Earth, giving up his home in the heavenlies and choosing to dwell in a sinful world so that he could ultimately save us from it. Amazing. Truly.

While the bustle of the days are ever constant, when I slip into bed at night, in the stillness of our home, I say Thank you to our amazing father who gave up his son to be a radiant light in the world. A light that brings hope to my weary heart. This year, the chalkboard above our fireplace reads "a thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices". I love this line from my favorite Christmas carol O Holy Night, because it reminds me that Christ, and only Christ is our hope...so glorious.

Wishing you the most hopeful Christmas yet:) Love Katie

A few links i'm loving...

Thursday, November 30

(this photo doesn't have much to do with this post, but I was looking at my pictures from Saint-Prex Switzerland and just loved this one:) 

This year, with having a sweet baby and working in a profession where I don't need a computer...I find that i'm rarely online (which may reflect so few blog posts this year, haha!).  So...when I do get online here and there, I really enjoy making my time count and reading things that are uplifting, encouraging and positive for my soul. Here are a few links I think are worth your time...

1) Sarah Clarkson's website and blog
The past few years i've raved about her mother, Sally Clarkson, and the impact she has had on my life. Just recently I discovered that Sarah has a blog. She lives in Oxford, England and studies theology at Oxford (what a dream!). Her writing is deep and meaningful, and she always has great book recommendations. Just a few days ago she put out a blog post on advent books and music that was So exciting to me. I found one of the advent music albums on youtube, and have been listening on repeat!! So good!

2) Inspiration Cruises and Tours Newsletter
Remember the cruise line that we sailed in Tahiti with? Yep, that's Inspiration Cruises and Tours. They put out a newsletter 4 times a year, and blend together travel with faith. Just a few days ago they put out their Fall newsletter, and there was a great article by Chuck Swindoll (remember my buddy from Tahiti? haha!) where he was talking about Finding God on the waters. It truly ministered to my soul. If you're interested in getting their newsletter, you can sign up here. 

3) Bronwyn's Corner
As a junior in college, I met one of the most amazing women- Bronwyn Lea. She's a feisty South African woman that pretty much could take on the world with her intelligence (she's got a law degree AND a masters in theology) and wit (she's hilarious, which makes her an incredible writer). She writes a blog, but also contributes to Relevant magazine and Christianity Today and a whole slew of other well known online magazines. My favorite posts are when readers send her a question and she responds. This post she did recently from a reader asking if they should watch Game of Thrones or not was REALLY good and insightful.

4) Michelle's blog
Michelle was one of the first bloggers I connected with when I started blogging forever ago. I love her because A) she's hilarious...like seriously, I email her blog posts to my mom on a regular basis and we giggle forever. And B) she has THE BEST BOOK LISTS! If you are a reader, please check out her book posts...you will get some great ideas!

What are your favorite links these days?? Send me your best reading materials!! xoxo