Body + Baby(s)

Katie Kleinjung Real Messy Missions 1 Comment

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 ‘smallest’ is what many people would consider big, chubby, thick, overweight. For whatever reason, …

Unsanitary: Nose Flick.

Katie Kleinjung Real Messy Missions, Unsanitary 1 Comment

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 good stories with happy endings and lessons learned. That won’t happen here. This will be all very unsanitary. I’m not going …

I can’t do this, either.

Katie Kleinjung Real Messy Missions 2 Comments

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. When I heard some good friends were adopting from Haiti, all I could think about was the …

Let it be Hard: Homesickness

Katie Kleinjung Let it be hard, Real Messy Missions 3 Comments

During this month, I’m starting a series called Let it be Hard. We’ll talk about all sorts of things that I think would be a lot easier, less frustrating and much more fruitful if we just stopped trying to make them not be hard. Being a missionary has lent itself to a ton of new conversations. A lot of those …

Hustlin’ No More.

Katie Kleinjung Real Messy Missions 1 Comment

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, enough to be wanted as a friend, enough to be a good student. …

Real Messy Missions, Take 2

Stephen Kleinjung Let it be hard, Letters, Real Messy Missions, Thailand, Unsanitary 0 Comments

Last year at this time, it was my full intention to participate in 31 Days blogging challenge. My favorite S.Rolli even made me this neat little button. But then life happened. Hospital stays (2), a pushed leave date and the hard reality that Stephen may need another surgery became my present reality and, well, blogging didn’t seem as important as …

“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. …