On Becoming a Mom, Your Mom.

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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, the three of us, looking at antiques and eating fun food and hiking up monuments …

The First 48

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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 know what’s going on, but your mom and dad can be morons. Yes, we love you and we’re …

Dear Baby

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  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 here in Minnesota will look like. It’s the rest that’s starting to get to …

Selfish Ashes

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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 knowing who He made when He made me, when He made all of us, is especially comforting when …

On being the perfect parents.

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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 than the first surgery. Apparently he was just a super freak who recovered way faster than normal last time and this time, …

A Letter to our Son

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      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 watching you punch and kick my belly like a tiny (adorable) alien. Here’s the thing, sweet …

The Things You’re Not Supposed To Say

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This whole season has been pretty intense. I mean, honestly, just being married is pretty intense some days, and it’s still relatively new to us! But aside from that, all the changes, the big decisions, the baby, getting ready for transition (or, more accurately, living in a constant state of transition) and now finding out Stephen needs to have major …