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February 5, 2018



Each summer, starting after school was out, I would spend every weekend up north at my grandparent’s cabin. They had a small, long, one bedroom cabin just south of Two Harbors, MN. The smell of damp forest and mothballs still takes me ...

February 1, 2018

My Tree Benediction


A few months ago, a new sister, Allison, posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, “What some would deem ostentatious, you call it appropriate. While some raise their eyebrows suspiciously, you pour it out indiscriminately. Where s...

January 30, 2018


Let it be hard, Life, Our Family

Right now, we have our dog, Stella in obedience school. Why? Well because we aren’t crazy enough and adding 4+ hours in the truck each week with a shaking dog that needs to sit on the driver’s lap and pant seemed like the reasonable ...

January 12, 2018

When Things End


When I was young, maybe 8 or 9, my grandma told me something that has stayed me with me. She said, “Katie, I don’t always like to tell you the fun things we have planned for your visits because if something goes wrong and we’re not...

January 5, 2018

Off the hook.

Faith, Life, Our Family

There’s this picture of me and my parents right after I was born. From what I’ve been told, it was the day we three came home from the hospital. We’re on the brown, scratchy couch: me, a red-faced burrito in a thick pale pink crotc...

December 17, 2017


Life, On Being

I have a friend from college, more of an acquaintance really, who is a film-maker, a writer and director.  Super cool, right? You, like me, might wonder how she became these things and when her career started. Let me tell you how it all...

December 9, 2017

Hearing God, Part 2.


Before I really began my own meditation practice and dove into the mystics and understood the power of contemplation, retreats or events that had any focus on silence and used words like “room”, “space”, “gentle” and “slow...

December 8, 2017

Hearing God.


When I became a Christian, which was when I was a teenager, I spent a lot of time reading the Bible. I loved it. I look back on that season with fondness disbelief. I wish I loved the Bible even a fraction of what I did fifteen years ago...

November 15, 2017

Dear Me.

Letters, Life

    Birthdays always leave me a little nostalgic. Sometimes in a happy-melancholy way, which can be cathartic and leave me feeling more whole after some time of introspection. This year, being far from family and best friends, the melanc...

August 22, 2017



      For some time now, close to a decade probably, I’ve been afraid to tell the truth in various ways. The truth about me, my story, how I think, my experiences, me. The truth about me. From that period of time when I thought I was gay...

July 13, 2017

Small Summer


    Summer in Minnesota just isn’t for me. Well, let me clarify, summer in Minnesota just isn’t for Mom me. There is just something so unrealistic and high-pressure about summertime Minnesota. Everywhere I look on Facebook or Instagr...

May 1, 2017

Sad Mom


There is so much about motherhood, about having kids and being with them a lot, that I wasn’t expecting. I think that’s true for most of us with small ones, right? Like a million moments of, “Woah, I wasn’t ready for this.” I can honestl...

October 10, 2016

Being Chubby and The Locker Room and Healing


From not fitting into the clothes the other girls were wearing in junior high to being called chubby, fat and ugly since first grade, I was plenty aware that my body didn’t fit the bill of ‘pretty’. All my friends in high school we...

February 5, 2016

Katie Answers Questions


After our little update there were a few questions about how we’re doing. Also, people have been asking about home; where do we consider home, what’s it like being back America, does America feel like home. All that. I attempted to answer...

October 8, 2015

Body + Baby(s)

Real Messy Missions

I’ve never been skinny. I’ve been smaller and I’ve been bigger. There have been two times in my life when I was very unhealthy, lots of anxiety and not a lot of self care, and I got down to my smallest sizes then. Still, though, my ‘smal...

October 5, 2015

Unsanitary: Nose Flick.

Real Messy Missions, Unsanitary

Unsanitary is a series inspired by the brilliant Sarah Bessey and this post in particular on how we sanitize the stories we tell. I am really great at laughing at myself and turning the hard, scary, embarrassing, vulnerable things into ...

October 4, 2015

I can’t do this, either.

Real Messy Missions

One of the most common things we here when we’d tell people we were becoming missionaries was, “Oh, wow. I could never do that.” I understood the sentiment; in fact, I’ve said those things to lots of people about all sorts of things. Whe...

October 2, 2015

Hustlin’ No More.

Real Messy Missions

At some point, when I was a little girl, I started to believe the lie that who I was simply wasn’t worthy of love. I started to believe that I just wasn’t enough; enough to be loved, enough to spend time with, enough to spend money on, e...

October 1, 2015

Why I’m Basically Fergie.


If you don’t know this song already, do yourself a big favor and search for Fergie (ft. Luda, obvi) “Glamorous”. I don’t know you, and particularly how you feel about another word for one’s behind that starts with ‘a’, so you decide if t...

July 26, 2015

Giving In.


I am so thankful for things that seem to transcend time zones and culture. Things that I know are the same no matter where I am or who I’m with or what language I’m (kind of) speaking. Like mothering. What were once mundane tasks and cho...

May 15, 2015

Past Language

Life, Missions, Our Family, Thailand

  We’ve been in Thailand for a little over two months now. And in the last two months, we’ve picked up…very little Thai. Sure, there are phrases we know when we hear  them and we’ve gotten used to how Thai sounds (which is huge ...

April 25, 2015

The Chiang Rai Run


Valor is here. I know…. We were shocked too. The actual pushing portion of his birth was ultra-fast (like so fast I wasn’t even there), but the whole story is far more epic than the push. Did you really expect anything else from The ...

April 16, 2015

Massages are Rough


I really wanted my first post from Thailand to be serious; dripping with the anointing of the Spirit; and life changing … but then I got a massage and figured that telling a hilarious story about our life here might be better. (Don’t...

April 6, 2015

A Chicken, A Clock and A Call


So I hit a chicken the other day. I mean it was only a matter of time before one of us (me) hit something, and honestly, I’m sad for said chicken (may he/she rest), but I’m glad it wasn’t a dog or a human or a cement wall. Let me just pa...

March 28, 2015

To My First Baby

Dear Shep, Life, Our Family

My first baby. The one who made me a mom and made Stephen a dad. My sweet boy. My now one year old. My soon-to-be oldest baby, you’ll always be my first baby. Before you were born, Dad and I spent a lot of time waiting on words from God ...

March 25, 2015

Life in The Kingdom


We arrived to the Kingdom of Thailand a little over two weeks ago, and it has been nothing but a fun, confusing, sweaty adventure since.   Getting There This is our baby on the plane. How did it go? Well, it went. Shepherd was great, but...

February 26, 2015

Giants in the Land


“They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went ...

February 3, 2015

Big News!!! (Video Update)


We couldn’t be more excited to share this news with you! We got so excited that we had to make a video. Typed words would never be enough.   Posted by Stephen...

January 16, 2015

Dear Boys,

Dear Baby, Faith, Life, Missions, Our Family

Look at how beautiful you two are.   I mean, have there ever been two more perfect and gorgeous boys given to a mom? I don’t think so. It’s with an excited yet heavy heart that write, kids. As your dad is doing so, so well, and as our fu...

January 7, 2015

On Being: A Missionary

Life, Missions, On Being, Our Family

A lot of people ask us what life looks like right now. Well, there’s a lot of this. Shepherd  being cute and/or weird, and Stephen encouraging it and me being the lap on which to sit. We knew that this time period was going to be about ...

December 13, 2014

Hey! Remember me?

Faith, Our Family

This may come as a shock, but all of the surgeries this past year haven’t made it impossible to type. I’ve just been fairly slammed… Surgery, work 10 hour days, Surgery, work 10-12 hour days, have a baby, Surgery, work some more, g...

December 1, 2014

Advent: The Painful, Hopeful Wait


It’s December 1. The very beginning of the Advent season. It’s also the season of Christmas trees and Shutterfly cards and baking cookies and hosting parties and the season that has turned waiting for a Messiah into eating a piece of cho...

October 30, 2014

Arenas and An Announcement


When I was a little girl, I dreamed. I dreamed of big things, huge things. Places I had never imagined seeing, people with skin shades I’ve never known, skies of stars that made different shapes than the ones over Cottage Grove. I rememb...

July 7, 2014

..and sometimes I just can’t.

Faith, Life, Our Family

I was at a friend’s house last week and just as I was about to leave, I asked her to pray for me. To pray for Stephen and his healing, to pray for Shep and his tiny baby heart being protected and feeling loved, and for me. For me, just a...

June 9, 2014

On Being Mad.

Life, On Being, Our Family

  WARNING: This post is honest, not super pretty and doesn’t have as super great ending with a pretty bow on it mostly because my life is a constant, ever evolving thing and very few things have a clear ending…or a bow. Read at your own ...

June 6, 2014

Dear Shep, Lots to explain.

Dear Shep, Our Family

Hey Shep, Look how cute you are. I mean, your happy to screaming ratio has entered a much more manageable bracket. We’re really happy about that, so keep it up, kid. Here’s the deal: your parents are Stephen and Katie. There is a special...

May 29, 2014

On Being Scared

On Being

One of the hardest things for me to reconcile, to work out with fear and trembling, is the relationship between faith and fear. It seems, at least for me, that the two go hand in hand. When I am on the brink of experiencing something ama...

May 13, 2014

How to be.

Faith, Life, Our Family

I’ve mentioned before how I was, essentially, the best parent I knew before I had a tiny person to parent. And then, on the flip side, how because of my own judgmentalism and unrealistic standards, I had a ton of insecurities about becom...

May 11, 2014

On Becoming a Mom, Your Mom.

Faith, Our Family

Dear Shepherd, Right now you are sleeping in your/our room, all swaddled up and perfect. Before you went to sleep, I feed you and changed you and cuddled you and let you fall asleep on my chest. Before all that, we spent the day together...

April 3, 2014

The First 48

Life, Our Family

Well, Baby Shepherd, you are here. Outside. In the world. Borned. Birthed. All ours. It’s like you’ve always been here, kid. We just love you.  Now, you are probably unaware of this as of yet, simply because you’re tiny and don’t really...

March 27, 2014

Welcome to the table?

Faith, Life, Missions

 For more information on this image and the people behind it, please check out The Marin Foundation. The activity surrounding the World Vision fiasco has left my heart broken and hurting. Broken and hurting for the very real people who ...

March 18, 2014

Dear Baby

Faith, Missions, Our Family, Thailand

  Dear Baby, As I’ve let you know before, I’ve had to work through my share of guilt and insecurities about how we’re bringing you into this world. I think, for the most part, I’m at a really secure place with what your first few months ...

March 12, 2014

The Kleinjungs Video Update


We are well on our way to Thailand, and are so grateful for everyone’s support during the tumultuous time. We just wanted to make sure everyone is up to date on what has been happening. We are also officially starting our push for monthl...

March 6, 2014

Selfish Ashes

Faith, Life, Our Family

Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season. I’ve always loved this season for a number of reasons. There’s something deeply comforting in knowing that the God who created me is fully aware of my frailty, of my humanity. God k...

February 24, 2014

In Prevention of Making Jerks

Faith, Missions, Thailand

 One of my favorite verses in the Bible is from Mark 3:14. It’s from the story of Jesus picking the disciples, the ones who would be with Him the next couple years day and night, who would travel with Him and eat with Him and become His...

February 20, 2014

Dirty love.


I think I am a super shallow person. Like, my contentment is really fragile and based on, well, a shallow/trivial set of circumstances I see as acceptable. Before you get all judgmental, let me explain. Then, by all means, judge away. Th...

February 4, 2014

On being the perfect parents.

Life, Our Family

This is totally us and our future children. Totally. We are currently in the hospital for Stephen’s second surgery. The surgery went well, though there were a couple complications that have resulted in his recovery going way differently ...

January 28, 2014

Things We’ve Learned From Surgery


As you may or may not know, Stephen had a disease called Ulcerative Colitis. It got to a point where he was no longer responding to treatments and if we wanted him to be better, surgery was the only option. Immediately we saw all the way...

January 20, 2014

A Letter to our Son

Life, Our Family, Thailand

      Dear Baby K, Right now you have been growing steadily for about 30 weeks. Which means we are roughly 7 months along. You’re inside, doing your thing, making hair and nails and bones and learning to swallow, and we’re out here watch...

January 11, 2014


Thailand, , ,

I’ve been thinking a lot about this upcoming adventure and how much I’ll be asking of total strangers and friends. I mean, let’s be honest, being a missionary essentially makes you a professional beggar (at least it can seem that way on ...

December 28, 2013

The Fire

Life, Thailand, , ,

So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were...

October 30, 2013

Saying Yes – Part 3


Once we decided Stephen needed to step down from his job at our church, it was like a match was lit on a gas trail in our lives. Things started moving at warp speed, all pushing us toward Thailand. All confirming what we knew to be true,...

October 29, 2013

Saying Yes – Part 2


As January passed and winter slowly made its way through our part of the world, discontentment and a deep feeling that something was ‘off’ started kneading its way through our hearts. As soon as we said yes to whatever it was we were...

October 29, 2013

Saying Yes – Part 1


I looked around at the boxes and thought to myself, are we nuts? Those common, human, insecure feelings and thoughts  were gnawing at the edges of my mind as I wrapped yet another Ball jar in a scarf. Is this irresponsible? What will pe...