Swimming

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Each summer, starting after school was out, I would spend every weekend up north at my grandparent’s cabin. They had a small, long, one bedroom cabin just south of Two Harbors, MN. The smell of damp forest and mothballs still takes me back. The highlight of those summers for me was going on the Circle Tour for an extra long …

My Tree Benediction

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A few months ago, a new sister, Allison, posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, “What some would deem ostentatious, you call it appropriate. While some raise their eyebrows suspiciously, you pour it out indiscriminately. Where some only see scarcity, you reveal excess extravagance. When some, out of brokenness, play the game of withholding, you play the game of …

When Things End

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When I was young, maybe 8 or 9, my grandma old me something that has stayed me with me. She said, “Katie, I don’t always like to tell you the fun things we have planned for your visits because if something goes wrong and we’re not able to do it, you get really upset.” At some point, I came to …

The Middlespace.

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  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 …

Transition

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      For some time now, close to a decade probably, I’ve been afraid to tell the truth in various ways. The truth about me, my story, how I think, my experiences, me. The truth about me. From that period of time when I thought I was gay to drugs to being unsure on certain theological issues to fully …

Small Summer

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    Summer in Minnesota just isn’t for me. Well, let me clarify, summer in Minnesota just isn’t for Mom me. There is just something so unrealistic and high-pressure about summertime Minnesota. Everywhere I look on Facebook or Instagram or in the sky (billboards) or in magazines or on blogs, there are images of moms and their happy (not sticky-faced …

Sad Mom

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There is so much about motherhood, about having kids and being with them a lot, that I wasn’t expecting. I think that’s true for most of us with small ones, right? Like a million moments of, “Woah, I wasn’t ready for this.” I can honestly say that I’ve only been caught off-guard by a select few of those unknowns. This …

Being Chubby and The Locker Room and Healing

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From not fitting into the clothes the other girls were wearing in junior high to being called chubby, fat and ugly since first grade, I was plenty aware that my body didn’t fit the bill of ‘pretty’. All my friends in high school were, in my opinion, pretty. And skinny. In fact, my best friend to this day is one …

Katie Answers Questions

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After our little update there were a few questions about how we’re doing. Also, people have been asking about home; where do we consider home, what’s it like being back America, does America feel like home. All that. I attempted to answer it. Kinda. Again, the production quality is high, the script flawless and there isn’t anyone screaming in the …