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Feeling the Love (and not) at Edel ’14

This is the story of how I felt beloved (and not) this past weekend. Many of you have heard me blabber about the Edel Gathering, a conference for Catholic women giving us the opportunity to "refresh, connect and enjoy" as women of God. It was a weekend I'd been looking forward to for a long time. A very, very long time. Tonight reminded me that the Catholic Church is full of beautiful, faithful, unique and really funny women. #edel14 — Kathryn Whitaker (@kwhitaker96) July 26, 2014 There were the table centerpieces for Friday and Saturday evening that I created. Those things were a blast to design. Even when I was sweating from steaming off all the beer bottle labels (because helloooo, Catholic women love their beer), I was smiling because I knew the weekend had all the makings to be fabulous. There were the awesome women who I convinced to stay at my house. Bonnie, Alisha, Deme and Susan (and Joey!) made the best roommates. As Scott said just before the weekend, "So, let me get this straight. All the women staying at our house you've never met." Yup. I mean, they … [Read More...]

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The Thing You Need To Stop Doing

Last weekend, as I was rushing around trying to nurse a newborn, pick up a house, finalize Edel Gathering table centerpieces, do laundry and add on an addition to the house {kidding}, Scott looked at me and smiled. "What?" I replied. "Stop trying to do too much," he said with a small chuckle. By nature, I'm a doer. Always have been. Self-proclaimed Type A, OCD, take charge kinda gal. I'm … [Read More...]

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7 Quick Takes: The Wedding Anniversary Edition

Two decades is nearly upon us. How did that even happen? Back in 1992, I met a super cute boy on a blind date at Texas A&M. He wined and dined me at Duncan Dining Hall with 2,000 other cadets. How could I say no? Sunday marks our 18th wedding anniversary. Yes, there were the hard days and weeks that turned into months and finally, marriage counseling. Yes, there were jet setting trips … [Read More...]

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{Giveaway} The *Cutest* Bag from Drawstrings

I'll admit it. Sucker for bags, right here. So many uses, so little fabric. I've been on the hunt for a bag for A&M football games - one that the kids could tote around, had decent storage, was gender-neutral and machine washable. So, when Wanda, founder of Drawstrings, reached out, I knew I'd found a winner. She even embroidered it with a 'gig 'em'. And, to fully appreciate the … [Read More...]

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A Baptism Celebration: the Chrism, the Party, the Joy!

Baptism day can be spectacular. We've had our fair share around here. We poured the chrism on sweet Gianna back in June and now I'm sharing all the lovely with y'all. First up? The big event. Scroll on down to the bottom for all the party pretty! I have always been a sucker for the details and this chapel has so many I've lost count. It's located in downtown Austin at Scott's old office, … [Read More...]

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A Speaker You Don’t Want to Miss

For my Austin friends, mark your calendars. As a non-Catholic I was always intrigued by the notion of saints. They were somewhat of a mystery to me. I could rationalize the sainthood of the Apostles and early martyrs, but modern-day saints were an unknown. How did a person achieve sainthood? Why was the Catholic Church in the saint recognizing business? Did these "miracles" attributed to saints … [Read More...]

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7 Quick Takes: Clean floors, killer empanadas and what I have up my party planner sleeve

- 1 - This week's quotes of the week (QOTW): "You sure have good stuff in there." Luke, commenting on me nursing Gianna and her loud smacking. "Tell them how we sometimes lie about our age." Will, after we informed the national park ranger he was 12, not 13. That's probably a trip to the confessional. But, the Texas Forever family vacation sure was a blast. "Was he your Papa when you … [Read More...]

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This is Normal

It was my honor to participate in a breastfeeding awareness project this morning with the ever-talented Leilani Rogers. She captured Luke's personality (check out those rad Crocs!), Gianna's sweet demeanor and my love of motherhood all in one shot. I could not love this photo more. #normalizebreastfeeding @foxaustin @KVUE @cafemom to cover the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project? Yes! Let's … [Read More...]

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