In the beginning the parents created the children and the home. Now the house was formless and empty, cleanliness hovered over the surface of the counters, and the Father was hovering over the mother. And the parents said,“Let there be a baby,” and there was a baby. The mother saw that the baby was pooping […]
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(So depressing that I started this post four months ago and yet it’s still relevent to my life.) I am shamelessly ripping off Jen Hatmaker’s worst mom series because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and I love her. Plus, while she may be worst at many things, all her kids are (apparently) potty […]
Imagine standing in a dusty frontier town, bustling with horse-drawn wagons. Maybe it looks like Walnut Grove, or El Paso, or an imaginary town populated by Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. I can’t be sure exactly who lives in your town. With its clapboard walkways and swinging saloon doors, this town […]
In honor of Halloween, I’m reposting this “Horror Story” from last December. It is much more fitting for today and contains all the terrors of motherhood, including disastrous messes, opened bottles of tincture, and growing up. I’m sure many of you can identify. (Today’s horror was that the darling girl mentioned in the story below […]
Posts where I tell you to spend lots of money are few and far between, but this is one of them, so you will probably want to read to find out what inspires me to relax my vice-like grip over our money. One of my budgeting victories was figuring out how to allocate money for […]
A previous version of this post was published last summer, June 2011. By way of disclaimer, I might add that a week without make-up seems to be altering my sense of humor. Dear Body-o-Mine, When I was young and hairless and svelt, I was paralyzed by anxiety and modesty; thus, I hated you. Now I […]
Since blogging at the beach on our decade old laptop is a bit wearisome, I’ve decided to do the ultra-poorganic thing, which is recycle some beachin’ posts from the past. Here is one of my most favorite posts from the days prior to knowing that great blogs are 700 words or less. If you are […]
I was going to do a post about drying your own herbs. Because our winter was really mild, my oregano, thyme, and rosemary were going berserk. I thought drying my own herbs would be a great thing to do and blog about. You know, really cheap and poorganic?! I googled how to do it. I […]
When I lived in Papua New Guinea, many of my wonderful friends and family members wrote me e-mails, chatted with me online, and sent letters and care packages. But there was one particular friend of mine who went the extra mile and CALLED me despite the 15 hour difference. (This was before Skype worked or […]
I’m so excited that my little sister, Laura, has agreed to do a link up at Five Minute Friday for me every week. Unlike me, she can think on her feet and come up with succinct brilliance in five minutes. (This is not a disclaimer–just the truth.) Let’s encourage her, so she’ll keep it up. […]
Hi! I'm Katrina. I'm married to an elementary school music teacher and am mom to three crazy kids. Formerly a high school teacher and missionary, I now stay home and give myself pedicures and eat bon-bons, while never avoiding sarcasm. I blog about faith, finances, food, and family. I founded You Go Girl! groups to encourage, equip, and empower women want to support or participate in missions. I love Jesus, missions, hip-hop dance, gardening, country music, Henry James novels, talking too much, wearing makeup, and eating crusty bread. I am available for freelance editing and speaking engagements.
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