where we've been and where we're going...

Friday, November 8

 hello sweet readers, old and new:) 

this year has been quite a ride for Kev and I! 

so many of you have emailed asking me what's next {I love you for that!},
and so today I thought I'd take a minute to share a small tidbit of 
where we've been this year, and where we are going now. 
It's exciting {and nerve-racking!!} all at the same time:) 

let's go...

Kev and I spent 5 months in Nepal working for an aftercare home. In that time our lives were changed by the love and beauty we saw each day! We miss our girls! To read more about Nepal, see the archives between April-Sept of this year:) 

This summer my parents generously flew Kev and I out to Europe (from Nepal) so we could go to the wedding of our old swiss exchange student. We had so much fun traveling around with my family between france, belgium, luxembourg, germany and holland. More posts coming soon! 

We spent a week on Railey beach, debriefing life and recharging after an emotional goodbye from the girls house in Nepal. It was glorious...

From Thailand, we continued on to Cambodia...a country that will remain in our hearts forever. So so much history from the ancient Angkor Wat temples, to the devestating reign of Pol Pot. We loved this place and the people. 

Without a doubt one of my favorite countries I've ever been too. Unbelievably breathtaking matched with a crazy yum-yum food scene. A great place to end our travels before heading back to the USA! 

Northern California: 
After flying back to LA to see Kev's parents, we drove up to northern california to work on my dad's farm. Our motto was "why not?" and we had such a blast seeing the rice harvest through from start to finish! {and I got my own tractor, which um...is pretty darn awesome! }

Southern California: 
Welp, we are back in the saddle in our hometown. It's scary trying to figure out what is next. 
Can I get an amen from anyone else in a transition season? haha

At the moment, here are a few things coming up in our life...
1. Grad School: I'm applying to go back to school to get my masters in counseling. After seeing the incredible breakthrough our counselors in Nepal were having with the girls, I knew I wanted to spend my life working in the sacred space of healing. 
I feel so good about this decision, which is rare for me. I tend to second guess my decisions a lot. 

2. Photography: Lately, I've been having a lot of people contact me about taking professional pictures of them. I've loved doing it, and I'm praying about where this might take me:) If you are following along this journey, my pictures from Europe and SE Asia will be making appearances on the blog soon! 

also as a side note...the theme for this month's "photo-shoot link-up" on the 15th is:
"yard sale/thrift store finds!" 
post some pictures of you either wearing some sweet clothes you scored second hand, 
or, snap some shots of the way you've decorated your home with rockin deals!! 
can't wait to see them! {last month's Fall themed photo shoot here}

3. Housing: Kev and I are praying about where to live. Both of us feel a strong call to live amidst immigrants, as we LOVE building relationships and welcoming people. I'm praying big, and just have this feeling God will show us exactly where he wants us to be, 
wether that's our old neighborhood or a new one! 

4. Travel: Welp, if you've hung out here long enough you know that Kev and I can't go more than a few months without jetsetting. We're spinning the globe to see where to go to next:) I'm itching to get back to Nepal too!! 

Oh friends, I cannot even sincerely tell you how thankful I am for you walking alongside us! 
I am infinitely grateful! 

And to new readers, I'm so excited to meet you...so please introduce yourself!! 

love love love,


  1. I love love LOVE following along on this journey God is taking you guys on. I love your heart and the way you care for people all over the world. I can't wait to see what God does through you two as you settle in (for now) in California.

  2. It's been such a big year for you guys! It's so fun to see your plans for the future taking shape!

  3. Wow, what an amazing journey you've both been on in the last year. Hoping you have another year of excitement and adventure coming your way!

  4. I'm so excited to see where God leads you! I'm in the middle of a transition season of my own, and it's so scary! I'm trying to trust Him more.


  5. Amazing....I see the grace of our sweet Lord in all of it!! He is so good and will continue to lead! Have loved being on this journey with you for so long...it's been a beautiful ride! love you sweet girl!!

  6. I LOVE that you have traveled the world. Beautiful pictures. Everything happens for a reason and I know you will get an answer of where to go! I'm excited to see where life takes you! xo

  7. Popping over from Story of My Life. I'm excited to follow your blog and read some of your old posts to catch up. :)

  8. Amazing journey. I have loved watching you both from afar. Thankful for the beautiful and inspring couple you are and excited to see what the good Lord has in store. Ephesians 3:20.

  9. what a beautiful year and such an amazing journey God had planned out for you this year! i think he loves it when people travel the world and delight in his people and his lands.

  10. I'm SO happy I discovered your blog form SOML and I can't wait to read more about you. From just this post I can tell you are such a genuinely beautiful person inside and out!

  11. Hey there! New reader here. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog! Your work -- both your photography and your heart for service projects is phenomenal. Excited to see where God continues to lead you!


  12. Praying for your "what's next?" and continuously inspired by where you have been and what you have done!


  13. So exciting to see where this journey will take you! Looking forward to updates.

  14. I love following along on your journey Katie. You two are amazing and I can't wait to see where you end up. And please come to Ohio and take our picture. I love your work!

  15. You have a lovely blog Katie and the post is beautifully written. I love Nepal, never been there bug we have family friends who are from Nepal. One of the places I would live to visit. Don't know what but I love places that are high up in the mountains away from all the hustle and bustle surrounded with beautiful mountains and greenery.

    I discovered your blog through story of my life and I am glad because you are a such a wonderful person and the silly to help others is something I respect.

    Naaj Ronas Lifestyle

  16. i'd love to hear where you land. maybe we can join you! :)

  17. i tried to comment before but my google account isn't working : ( but i just want to say how excited i am to see where God takes you next! you have such an amazing story that helps so many people!

  18. I'm really looking forward to the link up on the 15th! It's such a great idea!

  19. You're going to be a great counselor Katie! =D

  20. Hello Katie - this is the first time that I've been to your blog, and I'm so happy to have found you. Your travels, life and mission are so refreshing - I can't wait to see what the future has in store for you and I look forward to following your adventures!

  21. I can't wait to see what the Lord does with you in your time studying to be a counselor! :-D

  22. So much amazing traveling! I bet you have so many incredible stories. I'm going to Uganda in January, and I can't WAIT to finally get out of the US!

    Where in Socal are you? I'm in Santa Barbara! :)

  23. I know we've talked about this already, but I am so excited for you with both the counseling thing and the photography thing. You will be such a wonderful counselor and you are already SUCH a talented photographer! I love getting inspiration from your shots. :)


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