“Something’s HAPPENING!”

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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

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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, …

Dear Boys,

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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 fundraising is at a really, really great place, we’re talking seriously …

On Being: A Missionary

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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 us being together as a family and healing before we leave. There has …

Hey! Remember me?

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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, go to Mayo… well you get the picture. I apologize for the radio silence, and I want to …

..and sometimes I just can’t.

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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 all of me. My sweet friend, of course, said yes. …

On Being Mad.

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  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 risk. If you get offended, guess what, you’re the one reading. So stop. (Winky …

Dear Shep, Lots to explain.

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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 grace from God over your life simply because of this. You’re going to be…unique. And I …

How to be.

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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 becoming a mom myself.  As these ideas have been rolling around in my head, Mother’s Day came and …