Know a Graduate? 60+ Gift Ideas!

The older our kids get, the bigger the pile of graduation announcements that fill our mailbox. It's just as much fun as receiving Christmas cards! For many of these kids, we've known them since birth or the early years, while some are new friends to the family. Either way, I love celebrating college and high school graduates. The hard part is knowing which gift will be the most appreciated. Last spring, we put together a guy and girl basket of ...

Rock on! Anna-Laura is 15!

Quarantine has been a big birthday stretch for us - three in two months! We're postponing the party until next weekend because we wanted it to double as a "praise the Lord school is over" shindig, too. And, we should be in Phase II here in Texas, which means a bit more social interaction. Y'all know the drill. Anna-Laura, this birthday letter is for you! Dear Anna-Laura, You're fifteen and I am pretty sure as soon as you wake up ...

“Donut Grow Up” Quarantine Birthday Party

Last September, Gianna started talking about how much she loved donuts. I said, "Maybe we could do a donut party?" And lo and behold, that little stinker never forgot. In fact, we've been hearing about this infamous donut party for 9 solid months. When COVID-19 hit, I was like, oh hell no. We are having a party no matter what (socially distanced and CDC compliant, of course). So we did. I texted her Godparents, family and a handful of her ...

Six, How Sweet it is

Scott looked at me yesterday and said, "Is she really six?" As I put Gianna to bed last night, I glanced up at the framed photos in her room. They're some of my favorites. As she snuggled in tight, she laid her head on my chest and said, "Let's pray, mama. I'm tired." And I wanted to broadcast the moment - not just because of its pure sweetness - but also for the many people who raised their eyebrows at ...

About That Book Tour…

As we await the release of my audio book (soon, y'all!), I can't help but reflect on a spectacular 2019 book release. The thing I only dreamed of happening, did, in fact, happen. People keep asking me, 'How was the book tour?' And, I never really know how to respond. I mean, of course it was spectacular and soul-filling. Yes, I loved meeting every single person and hearing the stories of each of them. You bet I ate all those ...

My Experience with Spiritual Direction

Just before I began my book tour, a dear friend of the family (who's also a priest), pulled me aside one afternoon and said, "Kathryn, do you have a spiritual director?" He had looked at my travel schedule and while it was shaping up to be the time of my life, he also knew the spiritual toll it was going to take on me and my family. His parting words echoed in my heart, "Satan's attack will be real." He ...
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... 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 beer 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 teamwhitakerblog@gmail.com

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