Off the hook.

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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 crotched blanket; my mom, happy and bright-faced in a blue sweater; and my dad, in light …

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

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  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.

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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 …