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? ...

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 ...


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