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Welcome to a Decade, Luke

Ten years. Sometimes it feels like a billion years. And other times like a hot second. Just ask any mama of a preemie baby and she'll say the same. My gray hairs (that I now expertly color) prove it. Ten years ago today, at exactly 5 p.m., our whole world was flipped on its head. Ten years ago today I learned just how real God is, how much I depended upon my husband, how great our extended community was and ...

The Book Tour Starts Today!

Y'all. A book tour sounds so...fancy. It's only happening because of you. If you're Rachel Hollis, I'm sure you have a book tour manager and they do all the things. But, I'm just Kathryn, with no tour budget, no fancy first-class airplane vouchers and no assistant. I'm just willing to hustle because y'all are willing to do the same. Below is the tour, with dates and places. The details (like times and exact locations) are all on the speaking page ...

How I Really Feel About Launching My Kid to College

Here we are, the eve of college launch. By the time most of you read this, we will be College Station bound and I will be on the other side of taking my oldest to college. By then, my station in motherhood will have changed and I'm sure I'll have some wisdom to share. Either that, or I'll have a tube of waterproof mascara and some tissues to lend you. But first, before any of that happens, I wanted to ...
If you're feeling overwhelmed by the college scholarship application process, let this post guide you to putting your best foot forward!

Applying for College Scholarships? Let’s Chat.

Scholarships can be daunting, overwhelming, exciting and promising. They can also make you want to disown your teenager applying for them all. Ask me how I know. As the mom of a teen who applied to nearly 40 scholarship programs, a scholarship committee member and a recipient of scholarships that left me with two degrees and debt-free, I hope what I share here is helpful and informative. I am not a professional, nor do I have all the answers. I'm ...
Texas Forever

A Little Pilgrimage

A couple of summers ago, our family ventured around the state of Texas in search of BBQ and Jesus (it's all in my upcoming book, y'all!) and we had a blast. So, when Ave Maria reached out and asked if I'd share my favorite site in celebration of a new book by Marge Steinhage Fenelon, "My Queen, My Mother: A Living Novena," I was thrilled to do it. In the book, Marge takes you to nine different shrines around the ...
California

The Trip We Didn’t Know We Needed, Helloooooo California!

In November, when's Scott's boss (and our former pastor) was named the new Bishop-Elect of Monterey, California, we were equal parts elated and sad. It's never easy to let another good priest go, but our country and our world are in dire need of the good and holy ones like Bishop Danny. At first we joked that we should go to his installation Mass because, HELLO, it's Monterey, California. Then, we looked up direct flights from Austin to San Jose ...
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Howdy!

... and welcome to life at Team Whitaker where I share life as it happens: big families, carpool, Catholicism,Texas Aggies, prematurity, DIY/organizing projects, sanity checks and the occasional glass of wine at 10am. You get real Kathryn. Unedited, honest and a little sassy. It's a Texas-sized honor to have you here! Contact me at [email protected]

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