travel log: big sur

Tuesday, February 19

this past weekend Kev and I went to Big Sur 
with his brother Nate and Nate's girlfriend Jenna. 
although i've been before, I still find myself in a pocket of magic,
 absolutely, utterly, completely amazed as we drive along the coast,
our car ascending higher and higher up the cliff,
with sheer magnificence below us
in the form of turquoise waters, sandy beaches, cyprus trees, and waterfalls cascading onto the beach. 

we laughed a lot,
and let the wind whip our hair.
we stopped for lunch at one of the vista points,
and chewed and stared at the naked beauty below us,
raw and rugged and beautiful. 
it took my breath away.

randomly, we also saw elephant seals mating.
which as a side-note, is about as awkward as it sounds.
as in, I probably don't need to ever see it again. 

we also stopped in Carmel-by-the-sea, which is {in my humble opinion}
one of the cutest towns along the coast. 
we drank coffee, and visited the candy cottage, and snapped pictures. 

this morning I sat in the sun on my porch and thanked Abba for his sweet blessings. 
thankful that i can run free and wild through His beautiful creation. 

i'm learning more and more about being in a moment. 
all there. 
and claiming my heart content. 

to thank God that i'm alive in this moment. 

this weekend was refreshing to me. 
a chance to remember that I can breath DEEP into the wells of gratitude,
claiming each moment as a precious gift of my father. 

hope your day is full of freedom and centering and a thankful heart:) 

love Katie 


  1. Ooh, I loved these photos, looks like a fun time away. What I wouldn't do to have Jenna's hair... :P

  2. Looks absolutely beautiful. I've never been to California and it was one place I'd love to visit. x

  3. Your pictures are beautiful!! Definitely makes me want to visit Cali!

  4. These are the CUTEST pictures ever! I love how they're all pretty candid. & how beautiful is Big Sur. Wow!

  5. sounds perfect :) love the pictures!

  6. What happy and joy-filled photos!! Each one was better than the one before...thank you for the big smile they gave me =)

  7. wow, absoutely beautiful--the scenery and people! I can't imagine elephant seals mating; what a site haha!

  8. Hahaha, your elephant seal sighting made me laugh out loud. Last weekend we went to Harewood House, a large estate nearby that has a great bird collection, and we saw parrots mating. I never knew how birds made babies I kind of wish I didn't. Love you!

  9. Ah beautiful words, beautiful pictures. I had such a wonderful time with you, love love love you!

  10. I just found your blog and I've been reading through old posts and all of the links from your about me section. I've been so inspired by your words and by all that you and your husband have been called to do. I'm excited to read along!

  11. umm you are the cutest EVER.
    I love these pictures!!!

  12. You make wearing a ponytail look beautiful... Adorable pictures of you & Kevin :) you're a gem! && I love your new design! Did you create it? :)

  13. Wow, that looks like such a wonderful time!

  14. I've recently discovered your blog and I'm in love ;)
    Your words are truly inspiring and you take beautiful pictures, such as the above!
    xoxo, The Brazilian Way of Life

  15. Oh it looks like a beautiful weekend Katie! So glad you go whisked away!

  16. Girl-the whole world should know you. Because then they would know Jesus. Love you, Anna

  17. You are so beautiful! California seems like such an adventure! There are millions of places to go 20 minutes away it seems like! So fun! I'm so happy that you had such a sweet weekend! Such sweet and precious photos!!! I absolutely love your new blog layout! It's perfect!

  18. Wow! What beautiful pictures! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog today- I'm always looking for and welcoming new 'bloggy' friends:) Looking forward to following along, sounds like you have an exciting adventure approaching. Blessings to you both!

  19. these are such beautiful photos! big sur is on my travel list for sure, what breathtaking scenery :) i love being near the ocean, makes you realize how big God is. love your blog, Katie!

    grace & love,

  20. Incredible pictures!! My husband and I took a trip from san diego all the way up the coast than over to Napa and Yosemite, it was so beautiful and so much fun!


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