Lent: I Don’t Think That Means What You Think It Means

Lent is here and the Internet has a lot of opinions, doesn't it? I think we can sum it up like this: You're doing it wrong.Put on your oxygen mask first, before helping others.It doesn't require a public announcement. You're doing it wrong By "you" I really mean "we." We get sucked into all the details, y'all. So, at exactly what time on Sunday can I break my fast? Is it age 59 or 60, pregnant or nursing or what ...

Sweet Sixteen, Indeed: Happy Birthday John Paul!

I'm *about* a week late to getting this published on the blog. LIFE. I mean, it's been written in my head for a long time. Does that count? It's birthday letter time. Here we go. Dear John Paul, What an exceptional year with you. When you were a baby, you were such a stinker (in the best of ways), but I had no idea how that would translate to the teenage years. Oh, if only I could go back and ...

Merry Christmas from Texas!

The kids are taller, I'm a tiny bit more seasoned, the stress of taking family photos is lessened, and the memories? They are more precious. For 23 years, we've been wishing the world a Merry Christmas from our house to yours. Whether this season brings you great joy or reminds you of tremendous loss or pain, know that the Savior sees it all. He was born to share his big great love for you, no matter how much your heart ...

I’m Going to France…and I Want You With Me!

Ten years ago, I shared this monumental trip with you on the blog (yes, I've been blogging forever). And, if you read my book, you know that I chat about France in chapter one. Our visit to France and the many spiritual mountaintops really did help prepare my heart when we were sucker punched with Luke's traumatic birth. To venture back to almost all the same places (plus the bonus of Lourdes!) eleven years later on a pilgrimage with a ...

2019 Gift Guide

'Tis the season! I love putting these together. I tried to give y'all a mix of Amazon Prime, small business owners, companies that I personally know the owner and my absolute must-have favorites. Most of these companies and products are on sale now through Cyber Monday, hooray for that! I know it can be a season of over-indulging - in gifts, in food and in commitments. My hope and desire was to simplify some of that. Only you know your ...

The Inner Lie Nobody Wants to Say Out Loud

There's something that's been weighing on me for a while. As much as I love a good 1,000-word Instagram post (that's likely continued in the comments), I decided to ditch the micro-blog format, affectionately known as the 'gram, and just macro-blog, old-style. Raise your hand if you've ever said this, or heard it: "Oh my gosh, you're just like your social media profile!" If I can be Captain Obvious for a hot second, shouldn't we be one and the same? ...
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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 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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