How To Know You’re Doing Okay

Katie Kleinjung Let it be hard, Life, Our Family 0 Comments

Last night, for whatever reason, I laid next to Stephen and made him pause Breaking Bad to watch an old video of Valor on my phone. It was from almost exactly a year ago. Hearing his snarly, raspy voice (this was before his adenoids were removed and he sounded like an idling diesel truck) and watching his big, expressive eyes …

The Middlespace.

Katie Kleinjung Faith, Let it be hard, Missions, Our Family, Thailand 3 Comments

  In third grade, we moved. I finished the year where I was and then started a new school in fourth grade. My teacher that year was nice, distant at first and not overly affectionate, but really kind. It was her practice to do a Weekly Report for each student. Your name was on top and then one of a …

Past Language

Katie Kleinjung Life, Missions, Our Family, Thailand 0 Comments

  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 as it’s a tonal language). But we still can’t order food in Thai and Heaven help …

Dear Shepherd, I’m Still Your Mom.

Katie Kleinjung Dear Shep, Life, Our Family 0 Comments

Shepherd. Oh Shepherd. Lately you’ve been… less than awesome. Things have been hard for you and I’m sure you don’t fully understand why. Dad and I have some theories about what’s going on in your tiny baby brain, and mostly we think it’s about the addition of Valor. And maybe some molars coming in. I think you’ve noticed that my …

“Something’s HAPPENING!”

Katie Kleinjung Life, Missions, Our Family, Real Messy Missions, Thailand 2 Comments

Frick. Oh no. No. No. We just got here…there’s no way. No way. It’s two weeks early.Drink some water, don’t panic, they’ll stop. You’re dehydrated from the sun. This isn’t real. Just take a nap and drink some water and you’ll be fine. Sorry, Valor, but those are the true and unromantic things your mother thought when the first contractions hit. …

To My First Baby

Katie Kleinjung Dear Shep, Life, Our Family 0 Comments

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 about you; what you’d be like, what you would need, …