Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy Birthday... I mean New Year


1 more hour, and this girl is officially a twenty-three year old. One year older, and hopefully one year wiser. It's funny having a birthday on New Years Eve, because not only can I reflect on my year as a 22 year old, but I can reflect on the year in general too. 2011 brought a lot of ups and downs. Probably more than ever before in my 23 years of life.

I moved away from Corvallis in 2011.
The last time I will live with my bes fren Adriana Jasso was in 2011 (and she got engaged in 2011!!)
I fell in love in 2011 for the first time
My brother got married in 2011
I became a Portland State Viking in 2011
I ran my first 1/2 Marathon in 2011

I have so much to look forward to in 2012! I pray it is a year that I can grow closer and closer with each day to my patient Heavenly Father. That I learn better how to have patience for others. That I think less about myself, and more about those around me. That I may be a better friend, daughter, sister. I look forward to 2012, and here are some reasons why:

I will be a college graduate in 2012
My best friend is getting married in 2012
My brother and sister in law might get pregnant in 2012
I will God willing run my first Marathon in 2012

Happy New Year my friends may you stick to your Resolutions! But also I pray that in this year (if you haven't already) you find a relationship with our living God. 2012 will bring ups and downs, that's just life. But if you have Jesus, you can get through anything! Be safe tomorrow everyone.

Love and the New Year Ahead,

-Kate

Saturday, December 24, 2011

In Remembrance of You

The eve of the birth of our Savior. What a humble spirit our Lord has, that he would send his son to the womb of a young woman. A woman he had great favor for. That this Son called Jesus would be the Savior of the generations to come. That by him we find eternal life.
Working in retail during the Holidays is always a very contradictory experience for me. Thousands, and thousands of people come to the Nike Employee Store to shop for gifts for their friends, loved ones, and I would say a lot more for themselves typically. But during this Christmas time how easily we all forget why it is this Holiday was to be celebrated in the first place, or worse, people don't know why, or don't care, or do not believe. I pray that on this day, and tomorrow we would take to heart the remembrance of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who saved us from ourselves. It drives me up a wall having to be careful about my "verbiage," when talking with customers. They tell me to say Happy Holidays, or Season's Greetings, but I want to scream from the Mountain Tops, Merry CHRISTmas!! That all who were created by him, would know the importance of December the 25th, and would share it with their families, their children, their friends.

Luke 2:14
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." 

Thank you Lord for the gift of free will, I choose YOU! I choose relationship with you, Lord will you grow me each and every day that I may learn more what that looks like. That I may be a woman more like Mary with absolute trust and loyalty in you and to you. Happy Birthday. I love you.


Love from my heart to yours on this Christmas,

-Katie Gwen


Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Burning Fire

One week til Christmas my dear friends, and I am curled up next to the most beautiful fire while my parents wrap Christmas presents, and I listen to Reggie snoring inbetween the crackling of the fire. For those of you who understand the beauty of a "Christmas Break," and to those who no longer have Christmas break, well this one's for you.
Christmas Break is so nice and relaxing. I'm not working that much so a lot of this break has been spent with some good R&R. Watching some favorite Christmas movies, hanging with my mama, reading, lots of time on pinterest, and spending time with friends. I love Christmas shopping and I am getting so excited for the actual day, but so much of the excitement of Christmas is wrapped around the build up. In Church this morning Evan Wickham sang a song off his new Christmas Album. It was a song about Mary. It was such a beautiful song that I started tearing up, (what's new?). The song just reflected on the strength of Mary, and her relationship with the Savior of the World, and how he was Sent to rescue all of us. What would it look like if we all started acting more like Saved Children of this world? If we didn't take our salvation for granted, and woke every morning with an incredible feeling of thankfulness for he rescued all of us sinners. Thank you Lord for coming to this world to set us free, and save us from our own filth and problems. Thank you for family, friendships, love, may we keep those we love the most close to us this Christmas, and bless those around us who need help this Season!

Happy Christmas,

-Kate

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

All that Glitters

Life is short right? Perhaps it's time for some Glitter in my life, God willing of course. The things in life I look most forward to. I am so blessed as it is, and with recent events in my life, I am really understanding that nothing is promised other than my salvation the love I receive from my Father in Heaven, and hardships in this mortal life. Here's a look at some fun things I want to do before the Good Lord Calls me Home, if it is in His will...
 (Please note these photos are actually in order)

These are just a few of my favorites, or the ones that are most attached to my heart. Also on the list though: Become an Auntie, Have a career I am proud of, Run a full marathon, Be proud of my cooking abilities, Be financially stable all my adult life, Make Jesus Christ known wherever I go. Just a few of my "Bucket List Items."

What is on your Bucket List?

Love and the Little Pieces of Glitter

-Kate

Monday, December 12, 2011

Inspired by Pinterest

This lovely project I found on Pinterest. What fun it is to make Christmas presents instead of just buying them. I encourage you all to Do It Yourself! It didn't even cost that much at all, and took care of so many friends on my Christmas list. What projects have you been inspired by this Holiday Season??



Love and Cookies

-Kate

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Soon to be Mrs. Campbell





Take a journey down memory lane with me won't you?
It is the 6th grade. Rumors were spreading that there was a new girl moving into my neighborhood. She was my age, and she was from California. My best friend Lindsey lived up the street from me, so I wasn't particularly in the market for a new friend. I had heard from another friend that this girl was pretty cool, but I wasn't sold until I met her.
I remember I was shooting hoops outside on my driveway and this girl came up to me. She introduced herself as Katie. Two Katie's in one neighborhood, I wasn't so sure. However... this girl was special. Not only did she play soccer, and basketball (two of my favorite sports), she also was a singer, dancer and she knew how to handle a Razor Scooter like you've never seen any other 12 year old handle one. I was sold. All it took was one afternoon. Quickly Lindsey, Katie and myself were inseparable.
Throughout middle school Katie became lovelier by the day. I think that is how I would best describe her anyways. She is just lovely. She radiates beauty in the simplest of ways. Always elegant. Into high school Katie was an even more lovely version of her younger self. Always kind to others, and always put others before herself. Her senior year of high school she met a boy named Tim.
Katie and Tim started dating that year, and all the way through college. Tim at the University of Washington, and Katie at Oregon State University close to me. Katie and I stayed close through our 4 years in Corvallis, even through when she went to France to study abroad. Tim and Katie's love only grew, until this past June when they were engaged to be married!
Katie and Tim have not lived the typical relationship of two people in love, about to me married for Tim was diagnosed with Bone cancer in August. As Katie stuck by Tim's side, they decided an early wedding would be best. I am proud to say that this coming Saturday, December the Tenth, my lovely and dear neighbor from down the street will be a married woman. I am also honored to be standing up in her wedding as a Bridesmaid. Tim and Katie's love story is inspiring in the ways they have trusted and continue to trust in the Lord. They know that whatever they have before them, they will handle it together as Mr. and Mrs. Campbell.

Katie: I am in love with your spirit, your honesty, your friendship, your courage and spontaneity in life. I am so proud of who you are, the woman you have let God mold you to be, and the wife you are about to be. Never forget to keep the Lord in the center of all that you do, and respect Tim with all you have. I have no doubts for your marriage, and I know the Lord will bless this marriage. Thank you for your friendship as a single woman, I can't wait to see what the Lord teaches you through marriage.

All my Love,

-Kaddie Sue

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Get-Away

With 3 finals down and 1 to go, I told myself it was okay to watch a Christmas movie for a short break before hitting the books again. I decided upon "The Holiday." I do love it, and all of a sudden I wind up wanting to talk like a true Brit. Sometimes at work I will pretend with customers that I have an accent, almost always a British one. I probably shouldn't do that but whatever, I'm a goof, its what I do. Also from watching this movie I got a bad case of wanting to get the heck outa here. The whole movie is about going on Holiday far away from your home to escape your loneliness at Christmas time. I don't feel I have a bad case of the "lonelies," but I would like to get away for a bit. With the stress of finals nearly over, and with the small amount of hours I am receiving at work now, it would be nice to escape for a few. Go snowboarding, read a book, relax and soak up the beauty of winter. Above is my pretend get-away cabin, come escape with me!


Love and Holiday

-Kate

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My Projects


These lanterns seem easy enough to make, so this will be one of my projects


This Centerpiece will be one of my projects too, for our big Meal on Christmas Day



Christmas Break is nearly here friends!! I wrote my last paper of the term today. I have a presentation tonight, and 4 finals, and then time for My projects. These are exciting projects though! Lets take a look at my list shall we??

1) Focus on those who need help/ support this Christmas
2) Read "Breaking Dawn."
3) See "Breaking Dawn."- Looking for a viewing buddy, let me know if you have any interest. You can even let me know in private if you happen to be a closet Twilight fan, I know you people exist.
4) Read "The Help."
5) Watch "The Help."
6) Learn a New Line Dance
7) Visit my Family in Bend for a few days of relaxation in the mountains. Talk about romantic.
8) Focus on my blogging! Thanks to my friend Sarah (see her beautiful blog here) I have a much larger understanding on how this whole blog world works!
9) Serve my community at work, and in my neigh-ba-hood.
10) GIVE PRESENTS! I loooooove giving presents.
11) Spend time with my family and friends.
12) Continue my obsessive running patterns, but increase distance.
13) Work on my closet
14) Try realllllly hard not to turn 23, but I think that one might be unavoidable. Poop.
15) Come up with a great New Year's Resolution- like... Run a full Marathon this year!

This is a lengthy list. I am aware. But the possibilities are endless, because it's a magical time! Let us always remember during this magical time, that Jesus was born in this season. What a magical gift He was. Thank you Lord for the blessings in my life, they are endless. Let us remember those less fortunate, and help however we can!



Love and Christmas Projects

-Kate

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What I am Thankful For


Feeling the inspiration of the Holiday tomorrow I thought I would make a list of all things I am thankful for. This list is good to make a on a daily basis, for it is all from the Lord anyways.

I Katie Gwen am thankful for...

*My family of course- immediate, and extended may they all be blessed on the Holiday tomorrow and feel love and rest, all the way from Portland to Redmond to Ohio.
*Thankful for Reggie- One more Thanksgiving with my baby (my 15 year old puppy)
*Thankful for the health of my loved ones and myself
*The amazing friendships the Lord has blessed me with
*The ability to go to school even though school knows I snarl at it from time to time
*A roof over my head, a car to drive clothes on my back, and a warm comfy bed
*My job
*Portland Oregon and it's beauty
*My house church

So many more things I am blessed with, but for now we will leave it at this. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, may we remember tomorrow and everyday how we are surrounded by love and joy in our lives.

Ps. Did I tell you I am in charge of the apple pie tomorrow? Talk about PRESSURE! Pray that I don't ruin it for everyone else. I found the greatest apple pie recipe here SO here is to trying new things!

Love and Apple Pies

-Katie

Monday, November 21, 2011

Love and all the Gushy Stuff





Have you ever been in love before? Ever felt the butterflies, the rush when they walk into a room? Do you remember specific things like the way they smell, the way your hand fits into theirs, what you wore on special dates? The comfort you have in "knowing" he will be the one by your side to face the day, to jump over the hurdles, to do life with.

Great Love Vs. Adequate Love: Is there a great Love out there for me? I was in love once. I miss that feeling. But what I have to look forward to is this: First dates, First time he reaches to hold my hand, First Kiss, First "I love you." I look forward to my private thoughts of: "Is he going to open the car door for me, I hope my parents, brother and sister like him, Wow he loves Jesus a LOT, woahhh... did he really just do that for me? He makes me feel like the only girl in the world, I have so much respect for this man, He inspires me to be a better woman."

So I wait patiently for that great love for now. For now, I listen, I be the best sister, daughter, and friend I can be. I pour into the relationships in front of me. I love Jesus with all my heart, and I continue to let him shape me, as I learn what it means to be a wife someday.

So Honey, whoever you are, wherever you are, I pray for you. Love Jesus, and the rest (me) will fall into place.

Love and All That Gushy Stuff

-Kate

Thursday, November 17, 2011



This photo really inspired me this morning, so I wanted to share it with you! I got it off Pinterest----> which speaking of Pinterest... Can anyone show me how to make words in your text into links? I would love to be able to quote people from other blogs and have them click on a link to their page. So I just wanted to apologize too for how I keep changing my blog layout. I am still in the process of figuring out how to make my blog look like I want it to look. Thanks for your patience with me!

Love and Brighter Days

-Kate

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

God is in Control

Let me start by giving you a little piece of my sob story that happened today and then show you how God took my horrible day and made it all better.

So on a normal day I wake up at 6:45 to go running. Waking up early is nothing new. Well this morning I had a paper I needed to work on before class so I had to skip running to work on that instead. I worked on my paper for a little while, then went downstairs to make coffee when I quickly realized I needed to register for my Winter Term Classes! I ran upstairs to register only to find I had "holds" on my account keeping me from registering... wah wah wah. So immediately I of course (knowing myself all too well) go into freak out mode. I call the admissions office, the lady tells me what my holds are about, I hang up the phone, steam coming out my ears. Next step in my mind... call dad. He usually makes things better so why not call him? For a brief second I thought, "no Katie you should probably calm yourself before you call him," but my impatience won out on that shoulder angel scenario quickly. So I attempt to explain my issues to my dad over the phone when all of a sudden I am just crying. Full on crying on the phone to my dad, who the poor thing just doesn't know what to do when that happens. Can I just tell you, that poor man has witnessed my tears more in this 6 months I have been at home, then probably ever in my life, even when I was tiny and would scrape my knees all up. He deserves a free pass of not witnessing tears until at least my wedding day. Good Heavens. Back to the story: I am crying on the phone, telling my dad I am this close ---><--- to quitting school! Just at House Church last night I wrote as my prayer request that I am so easily discouraged by school, so this to me was just the icing on the cake! After I did a bunch of phone calls, I got my holds taken care of, even though I am still waiting to be allowed to register. So then I get to school this morning. I got a D + on my pysch test. I was 1 point away from a C-. But even so I thought I did really well on this test, but apparently not. From there I went to the library where I proceeded to nearly dump my lap top in the potty. It missed the water and just fell right to the ground. I then started crying again, in the bathroom stall. Why am I such an emotional girly girl today?? When did tears become an active participant in my life? They used to be strangers to me. Is God softening my heart, or am I just too sensitive?
Anyways.. I was having myself quite the "woe-is-me" day until God reminded me I better get my act together and just take everything one step at a time. At least I have parents, siblings, friends supporting me! Also in the midst of my saddness I received a nice text from my bes fren Evan asking me how my long day was going. I swear that boy always knows when I am having a rough time. Thank you Lord for Dad's like mine, and friends like Evan. I am one blessed girl.
God thank you for being in control of my life especially when I am not! I cannot run my household someday on emotions alone. That won't get my family anywhere. Thank goodness he made men logical, because Lord knows that is not my strong point!

Love and Long Blog Posts (Sorry)

-Kate

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Picture This

Lazy Sunday afternoon. Just got home from church and lunch out with my cousin. Comfy Clothes, coffee with pumpkin spice creamer, in my bed working on homework while watching "You've Got Mail."

I am really starting to get into the Christmas Spirit. You've Got Mail I suppose isn't a Christmas movie per say, but it has Christmas in it, so that's a great compromise to me. Sometimes too on the way to class I listen to the new Justin Bieber Christmas Album, no judgements!! Just wanted to write a quick hello, back to studying/ watching my fave movie.

Love and Lazy Sundays
-Kate

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Short Hurr... Don't Curr

Came home from the beach on Sunday and I felt a strong urge to cut off all my hair. I miss my curls, but this way my hair is really healthy! After all it's just hair right? It grows back. I put a picture of my "sassy" face up too, because wearing leopard with short hair makes me feel kind of sassy!

Love and New Hair!

-Kate



Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Bubba is Sick


I took Reggie to the vet last Thursday for an ear infection, well turns out there are alot more things wrong with him than we were aware of. The next day, I went to give my puppy a big hug and kiss (as always) and he comes walking towards me with a HUGE tumor looking swolleness on his face. The poor thing. I of course immediately freak out, and call Dad. Dad took him in, but at this point I was half way to the beach with my sistas, but I was a nervous wreck in the car. I guess Reggie had an absess (sp?) tooth. So I took him in to the vet yesterday morning for surgery! ahhhhhh!!! How do Mom's do it?!?! I was freaking out, and this is my 15 year old dog we are talking about here. I am gonna lose it, when it comes to my children being in pain. Oh goodness. So Reggie is all drugged up, but I thought I would post a super pathetic picture of him, because he's breaking my heart. I wish Reggie would live for the rest of my life. What in the hay am I going to do without him?? (please note the green bandage on his poor little puppy leg, where they had the IV in him, sooo pathetic)

Love and Sick Puppy Dogs

-Kate

The Weekend of Leopard






This weekend marked a much needed Beach Getaway with my sisters. We had been scheming about this weekend for awhile now and I am so glad we finally made it work! Stacey's beach house is in Depot Bay, so you know what that means! Lincoln City Outlets! We did have a little shopping trip that was so fun, but I had one thing on my mind the whole time: I needed to find something leopard! Between the 3 of us, we were on a mission. In the end, I found a cute leopard belt, and Summer bought me a ridiculously cute leopard blouse from Old Navy. I was so excited! This weekend also marked my first adventure into the world of Antique Thrifting. I was so excited to find a cute red clutch, and a little something for my best friend Katie's Bridal Shower this Friday I am hosting at my house. Her bridal gift is pretty fun, if I do say so myself.

This weekend I got to run along the ocean water, spend some time in the word, and just relax and enjoy my sisters without worrying or stressing about homework/ midterms. Everyone needs to get to the beach every once in awhile and remember the beauty God is capable of. The power He possesses with every rushing wave. I got to stand by the ocean and Praise His name, and to worship my Mighty King. Praise the Lord for no internet at the beach house. haha. Here are some photos from the weekend, Enjoy!

Love and Get-aways

-Kate

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Finding Joy in the Small Things

To me Joy and sincere Happiness are usually found in the small things in life. There are days when big big things make me happy like my best friend getting engaged this past weekend, or when my brother got married, or when I got a puppy when I was 7. But really joy and happiness are found in small ways like when an old friend calls and you can catch up, or when I read a really great Blog post and feel inspired. I thought for encouragement purposes I would make a list of some small things that bring me Happiness:

1) Free time when I get to play my guitar or dance around in my bathroom
2) Drinking coffee in the morning after a really good run
3) A new pair of shoes
4) Talking with a customer at work and making them laugh
5) Talking in silly accents with my friends
6) A great 2-step with my bes fren Evan
7) Church on a Sunday morning
8) Worshiping Jesus as I'm driving in my car
9) A great hair day
10) Baking something that actually tastes good
11) Holding babies- Someday I will have one of my own- God willing.
12) A good grade on a paper
13) A great book that I just can't put down

These were just a couple things I came up with off the top of my head. I'm sure there are tons and tons more.

What little joys do you have?

Love and Looking for the Sunshine

-Kate

Monday, October 24, 2011

Haunted






So remember how I told you that I love the fall? Well there is maybe something you should know about me... I LOVE Halloween. But it's not because of what you are thinking. I don't enjoy dressing up in costumes very much, it's more that I love the whole month of spook-tacular events in October. I love scary movies, love them. I will try and make people watch them with me no matter what time of the day, and no matter what month we are in. I tried explaining to my friend that I like the idea of being spooked because it's a bit of an adrenaline rush. One that I have control over. I don't have control of a situation if I jump out of a plane... All that being said, my friends and I went to the Haunted Corn Maze at Sauvie's last Friday. It was fun for sure, but it didn't live up to my expectations. I still think it's worth checking out, especially because the scary men let me take their pictures!
I could just really go for a good solid scary movie, a blanket, some warm cider and a buddy to watch it with. Most of my friends wimp out on me. The classic "Halloween," is on right now with Jamie Lee Curtis. That's the one with Michael Myers, he's a bit of a social outcast. I heard Paranormal Activity 3 is the best one so far, I think I'm going to see it tomorrow on my day off. Sorry if you think I'm creepy now, I promise I'm still normal Katie, it's just fun to be a little scared every once in awhile.

Love and Halloween

-Kate

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Back in the Hood





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That's right, it's that time of year again. My FALLVORITE time of year. With the leaves turning colors, the crisp air, Pumpkin making everything better, it is time for the annual Moon Family Hood River trip! So here's the thing. The Moon's ( my dad, my mama, my brother, myself and my brother's new wife Summer) set out for Hood River this past Saturday. Not alot of sunshine, but no rain, Praise the Lord! The morning begins with coffee (standard) and continues with an hour long car ride where we chit chat and listen to the best of James Taylor, where we usually end up harmonizing like my sister in law said, "we are the VonTrap family." This trip has somehow turned into this annual harvest adventure that we all look forward to every year even though it's our own silly tradition. I suppose every family has em' so this is ours. The only way you are allowed to come is if you are by blood a Moon, or you are dating a Moon, or are of course married to one which Summer now is. This meant... Katie flew solo. Ordinarily I wouldn't care, but this year I think my dad and I came to a strong conclusion... we cannot beat Ben in the family football game unless there is another male thrown into the mix. No pressure right?! WRONG! Next year it's possible I may not be allowed to come unless I hold up my end of the bargain. We shall see I guess. Haha! With all that being said, it is fair to state that my brother who played on and off with my mom and his wife, outplayed me and my dad pretty much single handedly. He is a true athlete, I have to hand it to him. It really was a wonderful day of much needed family time, and when we got home that night we celebrated my Dad's birthday too. It was a Hood River trip to remember! Can't wait for when my brother and sister in law start having little babies that we can take with us. I am going to make the best Aunt everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Love and Family

-Kate

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Who Am I?

Who I Am...

I am... a 22 year old soon to be college grad living in Portland who loves Jesus with all her heart!
I want... a family of my own someday, with a house to care for and a golden retriever named Bubba Gump.
I have...so many blessings in my life starting with family and friends, and my health.
I wish...to point other people in my life to Jesus
I hate... when I get self-obsessed, and I pick on myself.
I fear... "The Lord is my light, and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?" -Psalm 27:1
I hear... my own voice over the Lord's, when I should be better at listening to Him. But I also constantly hear country music... Love me some Carrie!
I search...for Love.
I wonder...what my life will look like 5 years down the road.
I regret...not alot of things, for I know the Lord can use my testimony.
I love...my family, my friends, blogging, coffee, coffee dates, gaining knowledge, my church, feeling pretty, running, new clothes, my puppy, the fall, rain on a Sunday when I have to study, cuddling up watching movies, road trips, line dancing (I could go on, but I will stop here).
I ache...when I find people that are unaware of what Jesus has done for them, and can do for them in their life, and the life He has for them.
I always...try to be positive and love the people in my life as Christ would (but can I just say that is NOT always easy!)
I usually...wake up early, run, have Jesus time with my coffee and then head out for my day.
I am not...perfect, a size 0, a mathematician.
I dance...on Thursday nights at Bushwhackers- I love 2-steppin' in my cowgirl boots!
I sing...ALL THE TIME- I blame my parents.
I never...go anywhere without my planner.
I sometimes...do impressions of people, or pretend I am on a talk-show in front of the mirror in my bathroom... by myself. Weird? yeah okay maybe a little.
I cry...everytime I watch Steel Magnolias (Refer to the clip I posted a few posts ago and you will too!)
I am not always...The most logical thinker, but that's why God created Man and Woman to join together right?
I lose...alot of things, just to find them 2 minutes after I have declared out loud to everyone in the house at the time that my item is missing. (Ask Adriana Jasso for proof)
I am confused... when I read the Old Testament, I try to do algebra, and when my dad won't let Reggie inside when it's raining.
I need...to get an apartment with my friends ASAP, but I am so blessed by my parents letting me stay with them for the time being.
I should... Remember everyday than I am a reflection of a living but invisible God, and that people look to me to see how I handle things knowing that I have confessed Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

Who Are You?!?!
(This post was inspired by "Running on Happiness"- Cutest Blog by a girl named Katie :)

Love and Self Exploration

-Kate

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A New Love


7:00 am, I roll out of bed. I put on my tights, my jacket, my Nikes, and I hit the pavement. Anywhere from 3 miles, to working up to 13 miles and then I'm home again. That's all it takes. 30 minutes to an hour, stretching out my leg muscles, pushing myself beyond what I thought I was capable of. Running.
Sometimes I realize I have a very love/hate relationship with running. There are days when it is the last thing I want to do, but mostly I just have to get going and then I don't regret my decision to get out of bed and just run. I have about 50 days left to train before my half marathon in Seattle at the end of November. It's so exciting to have a goal to work towards. It makes running so much more purposeful, not to mention that my clothes have started seeming a bit larger on me than I am used to. Oh the perks! I run, then I have coffee, its like my treat that I work towards. I highly recommend running. It is freeing yes. It is invigorating yes. But more than that, it just makes you feel so healthy and good about yourself.
Lately I have been running with a guy friend of mine. It's been great because he naturally runs at a faster pace, being that he's a guy with longer and stronger legs than I have. Running with a partner makes it so you can share the burden of the run, and it keeps you accountable to waking up and just doing it. It also makes the run go by faster when you can carry a conversation. My church leader John Mark calls it house church. A new way to view running with someone, rather than just putting my head phones in and being hyper individualistic which I am very guilty of at times.
This running thing, might have to be a new lifestyle choice for me. After the Seattle 1/2 marathon, who knows where I will go from there. Start training for a full maybe? Or do another 1/2 before I do Hood to Coast next summer? I'm not sure. I just know me and running will hopefully be dating for awhile. I have a little bit of a crush.

Love and endorphins,

-Kate

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Country Night Out on the Town






Evan won tickets to the Chris Cagle recording in the Bing Lounge last night! So we went. We even got to meet him, and take a picture with him! So Evan and I walk up to take our picture with him, and he looks at us and says, " First date, second date?" At the same time Evan and I reply, "We're best friends." Chris says back to us in his slightly twangy country man voice, "That's usually how it starts." We laugh and shake our heads simultaneously.

Love and Best Friends

-Kate

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Day of Firsts



Yesterday was a day of many firsts for me. It was most importantly my first day as a Viking. I felt like a freshman all over again. Wandering around campus with a map in my hand searching for my classrooms. I found my first class with ease (psych 311- Human Development), it was my second class (comm 200, a basic level comm class that OSU did not have, so I have to take it with a bunch of under-classman :/) that was alot more difficult. Jesus sent me a helper yesterday when I was so lost I couldn't tell up from down, right as I was about to give up and drive home, a girl pointed me in the direction I needed to go. I decided it was best that on Wednesday I grab a coffee from Starbucks and walk around finding my classrooms, and it might make me feel like I fit in better. Like maybe I do know what I'm doing, and I won't have to keep telling people "I'm new," "I'm a transfer."
Yesterday to match my season of newness and openness, I tried a pumpkin spice latte' at Starbucks. Gonna go ahead and say... not my favorite, but at least I tried! After I had class I also had my first shift at Nike as their new permanent employee! Last but not least I decided that I better take a picture of my first day of school, to not only document the first day of my last year of college, but to also begin exploring the idea of fashion on my blog. I am trying to branch out, oh and I just bought the cutest brown boots, that I got 70% off from Cathy Jean. Gotta love that! So I am posting my first ever picture of my outfit for my first day as a PSU Viking. (Disclaimer, I have not, nor will I ever forget that my Beavers are first in my heart, but I have to be open to new things).



Love and Fresh Starts

-Kate

Saturday, September 24, 2011

30 Days Has September

Tis the season! Well... almost. I must say the transition from summer to fall isn't always easy, but for me this year I welcome fall with open arms. Rain it's ok to come out now! Time for a new chapter, new lessons, new opportunities, new friendships, and a much needed fresh new outlook on my school year ahead. Life ain't always what ya think it outta be, or at least that's what The Band Perry tells me...
As some of you may know, I keep a pretty extensive planner with me at all times. Some would say I'm an organized person. So I made a list. A list of 14 things I am excited about in the school year ahead.
1) I will a college graduate in less than a year's time.
2) I only have class 3 days a week
3) I get to live in Portland where alot of my friends are
4) I have made new relationships with people that live in Portland that I am excited about exploring more.
5) I want to focus on being a great friend, daughter, and sister, and I can practice on the people that live here.
6) Bible study on Tuesdays nights with other women who are stumbling after God at a similar pace that I am.
7) I am continuing to work for Nike, in hopes that it will lead to a job when I graduate.
8) Excited for what the Lord has for me, and is continuing to teach me as I am a single, 22 year old woman, finishing school, and trying to do His will, not my own.
9) Learning to budget money, save money, and really start acting like a grown up (which isn't easy when you live at home with your parents again)
10) Continuing to pursue music, playing my guitar, and possibly having my Grandpa teach me Spanish.
11) Training/ running in my very first 1/2 marathon!
12) Working on my fashion. Affordable, but grown up.
13) I get to be apart of a church (Solid Rock) where God is doing big things!
14)Continuing to learn what it means to be selfless.

So here is to working towards being a woman who lives her life for others, but also gets her own ish taken care of. Happy Fall y'all!

Love and falling leaves,

-Kate

Friday, September 9, 2011

Crazy Girl

Ever heard of the Eli Young Band? If not, you need to listen to their latest song "Crazy Girl," (which I so kindly added the youtube clip for you to make it easy). I was listening to it the other day, and the lyrics made me think so much of my relationship with my Father in Heaven. The chorus goes like this....

"Crazy girl, don't you know that I love you?
I wouldn't dream of going nowhere
Silly woman, come here let me hold you
Have I told you lately I love you like crazy, girl?"

It made my heart melt a little, slash conviction started creeping up on me. This song is meant as a love song from a man to a woman, but I like to look at it from God's perspective. Whenever life has me down, or I get in a rut of sadness I can just picture him saying those words to me, "Katie you are so silly, come here let me hold you." Like a father is supposed to love and cherish, hold, and protect his daughter, our Father in Heaven is even better at these things, if we let Him be. So why don't we always run to Him? In times where we can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, why do we look to other things? He is the only one who can clean up our boo boos, kiss it and make it better, but yet continually I run to other things, other people for the comfort that God knows how to bring me better than anyone. He reminds me often that He is not going anywhere, and when I think myself dizzy over situations He is there to hold me and bring me comfort, and tell me I need to stop being such a crazy girl.

P.S The Eli Young Band will be at Dukes on Halloween this year, anyone interested? I think I just might have to be at that one. Until next time, I'm going to work on running to Him as my shelter.

Love and Protection,

-Kate




Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Home Sweet Home

I'm home! And I don't mean Beaverton. Corvallis, home of the Beavers! Even with how vacant the city is right now with students still absent, this city is home to me. Driving down Hwy 34 into town just brings a flood of memories. So good to be back in my city. This city is the one I will tell my children all about. I still remember my parents showing me one of their old houses back when they were single living in Salem. They were so excited to show us their old digs. I just know I will be equally excited to show them the 447 house. I might even be bold enough to ask whoever the renters will be at the time if we could have a quick tour. Haha. Too far? When I drove into town yesterday I didn't have the guts to drive by my old house. I don't know what it is. I'm happy that the new girls moved in, and that I know them. They are going to make that house look so adorable I bet. It's not my home anymore. It's theirs. I can visit, certainly, but... it's not my house.

Still I just know my children will be the ones dressed in Beaver gear straight out of the womb, bleeding orange and black just like their mommy. I will take them to football games down here, and they will have it instilled in them, that the ducks are bad, and Corvallis is where they should probably go to school (unless they choose a bible college of some sort, in which they better be getting a scholarship to go there, ya heard?) All of that to be said though, it just does feel so good to be back here. I am staying in South Town with one of my old roommates right now and it just feels so good to wake up to a quiet house with 1) french press of course (standard) 2) a beautiful backyard, the perfect scenery to inspire a blog post and 3) a whole day off from work with endless possibilities! Ok Jesus here we go today, lets live for you, and lets live in pure JOY! Nothing is getting me down today, nothing is stopping me from living life to the fullest! Now it's time for a 5 mile run, and then I think my roommate and I might have a photo shoot out by a barn that I see in the backyard of this house.

Love and Possibilities

-Kate

Friday, September 2, 2011

Laughter Really is the Best Medicine



Sometimes I feel as though I take my life way too seriously. My dad sometimes says (more so when I was a little younger) that I think the world revolves around Katie, and everyone else is just living in my world. In the times where I have a healthy grasp on this life in the here and now is when I feel like I'm truly living life to the fullest! I went to see a movie last night with one of my good friends. It was a serious movie, but there was a part in it that both me and my friend could not stop hysterically laughing at (even though that was not the intention of the scene at all). In that moment I was thinking about how no matter what it is you may be going through, whatever valley you might be in at this time, laughter can make things better if only for a short time. Any ounce of drama I may have, any hard time I am going through, is not only making me stronger but it is healed the quickest I have found when I am able to laugh about it. Not right away, certainly not in the moment itself, but eventually when I can take the seriousness out of it all and laugh is when I find the deepest healing. I included a scene from one of my favorite movies of all time, "Steel Magnolias," because it shows in cinematography what I am trying to describe with my words. So here's to dropping our heads back, showing all our teeth and holding our tummies, let's let laughter in our lives more! Sound good? And you can start by watching this clip because it never fails to put a smile to my face.

Love and Giggles

-Kate

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Come to Me



In the mornings when I do my devotions, I will typically open my bible to the Psalms to gain inspiration for praise, and to work on memorization for my bible study. In the midst of my chaotic thinking of all of the things I need to get done in the morning before work, I try to spend some amount of time in worship. Music is the best means in which I have to connect to my Father. My spirit is alive through music. So for the past few weeks I have been listening to this song by Aaron Shust called "Come to Me." It speaks of just the peace the Lord will bring you if you lay your burdens at his feet. We are not meant to walk through this life alone, for HE is with us!! Hallelujah!! which means "a joyous praise in song, to boast in God." What freedom worship brings! In my opinion it is so personal. My soul is crying out, and my emotions are released when I am in worship with my creator. However, I will put this song on loan to you if you would like to spend some time in worship too.

With all that being said I am going to say this: I spoke in an earlier blog about "coveting" other people's blogs. I quickly discovered how silly that was. To me blogs are personal, and show a great deal of people's personalities, so for me to want to have a blog just like someone else makes no sense at all. I started writing this blog about 2 years ago, and it was for a creative outlet. Whether or not people read my blog didn't matter (and still doesn't). So I am here to say that my random ramblings about whatever is on my heart/ mind is simply going to have to do. Perhaps my theme now is random ramblings of Katie Moon. I apologize for the moments of insecurity I had with this, and I promise to stay true to who I am in my blog from here on out! That doesn't mean I won't try to be more artsy, but I just love Jesus too much to not talk about him, and how he connects and meets me in my life on a daily basis. So to the 2 people out there that might read this (hahahahaha) thanks for sticking with me, and note an earlier blog of mine called "Is it Ok If..." and add in "My blog is a bunch of random ramblings that makes me really happy, and is something I am actually proud of?"

Love and Random Ramblings (as always)

-Kate

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Coffee Mate


Last year at Christmas I received a french press from my mom and dad. It was one of my most treasured gifts I had received that morning. I was so excited to try it out! My roommate has just introduced me to what I would like to call the art of the french press last year, and I apologize to the legalistic souls out there, but I fell in love. I knew it was for me. Every morning without missing a beat, I would wake up throw on my sweat pants, and head for the kitchen. My most favorite moments in my house that I already miss, was when I would make extra coffee and bring a steaming hot cup to one of my roommates to enjoy as they woke up (typically after me because I'm a morning person). One of my best guy friends works in Beaverton so he asked my parents if he could stay at our house for one night so he wouldn't have to commute a long ways in the morning. It was fun having him over. In the morning I woke up around 6:45 and went downstairs to find him sitting at our kitchen table reading his bible and drinking some coffee. I made myself a cup and pulled out my bible as well. We both sat at the table and just read the word of God and drank our coffee. It's funny though, I use "Coffee Mate" (french vanilla) it's a brand of creamer, and I was thinking about how that's what I desire in life, a coffee mate. Someone to sit with in the mornings and sip coffee and read our bibles together. I'm a pretty simple girl, and I know that would make me smile in the morning. However right now, in my life, I am content being "satisfied by the Lord as with the richest of foods, and with singing lips my mouth will praise him." (Psalm 63) My bible study girls and I are memorizing Psalm 63 right now. It has truly been a blessing to start forcing myself to memorize scripture. I want the Lord's wisdom on my lips at all times!

Love and Coffee Dates

-Kate

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Blog Makeover?


Confession time. There is this side of me that is artsy and creative, hence why I play the guitar and I have this blog. But I think I need help, or reconstructive surgery on how to better express my creativity. I was doing a little blog soul searching this morning, and I came across a couple of the cutest blogs I have seen in awhile. So much creativity expressed through their blogs, that I think I started coveting their blog skills? Is that silly or what? Just figured I would be truthful. I realized just how random all my blog posts are. The title of my blog is "My Life As Katie" so I guess I have a theme in some ways because I'm writing to you from the perspective of what is going on in my life and what it is I am learning or thinking. I just want to find what it is that is my niche. It is certainly not fashion (although I wish) I'm not much of a baker, but I think it could be cute to try something where I am taking photos of my work, or my hobbies so you can see it. I just feel a need to express myself more. Every woman longs to be known right? So my blog is a simple way for me to feel understood and known even though hardly anyone reads my blog. That's ok with me. I just think the creative side to me has yet to be understood by many people. My dad is probably the one person I would say that gets me the most, and it's because I'm just like him. I look forward to the day when I know a man other than my father not only understands my creativity, but loves me for it. So here is to my blog makeover, may I stick to it!

Love and Renovations

-Kate

Monday, July 25, 2011

Our God is Greater, Our God is Stronger



I was at the Solid Rock "One" service yesterday with a bunch of my good friends and we sang that song together, "Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other our God is healer, awesome in power our God, our God... and if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us, and if our God is for us, then what could stand against?" And then just last night we all heard the enormity of the thunder that was all around us. Oh my goodness we serve a Mighty King. Just think of what the Lord is capable of? I couldn't sleep after that. I was in amazement of how small thunder is in the grand scheme of just how Powerful our savior is. Thunder is terrifying and beautiful in it's own mysterious way, I praise His name for keeping me safe, and I know I am safe because I am in his hands. I do love thunder storms though. We hardly ever get them, but I just find such beauty and romance in them. Could be due to movies I have seen, but I would like to think it's the mysterious work of God that I find so intriguing about them. The world is so full of beauty that it is sometimes hard for me to fathom what the Lord is going to do when he sends Heaven crashing down to earth. I am unsure what it will be like, but I can tell you this, I am excited!! I own the fact that I am ready and excited for the coming of a new age, when Jesus claims what is rightfully His! Oh Glorious Day!
Friends own that our God is Greater, stronger, bigger, more mighty, more capable, than any other man, spirit, "god", King, President. Know who it is that created you, and know who it is that is capable of something as beautiful and scary as thunder and raging storms.

Love and Thunderstorms,

-Kate

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Keep the Faith

I woke up this morning to do my devotions, and spend time with Jesus and I read a passage from "Streams in the Desert." The Lord always knows what we need to hear. "O you of little faith, God has not failed you yet! When all looks dark and gloomy, You do so soon forget- Forget that He has led you, and gently cleared your way; On clouds has poured his sunshine, and turned your night to day. And if He's helped you to this point, He will not fail you now; How it must wound his heart, to see your anxious brow. Oh doubt not any longer, To him commit your way, Whom in the past you trusted, and is the same today."

Yesterday as I was celebrating our country's freedom, I was talking with my friend about losing hope, which in my mind is losing faith as well. I am not going to disclose what it was that we were losing hope in, but I can assure you it is something that we need not to worry about. It isn't always the most comforting to hear that God has a plan for you, and all of those things your mom tells you to make you feel better. You just want to see those results, NOW. But you have nothing if you do not have faith. My life has been pretty blessed along the way so far, why be anxious about tomorrow, when I know the Lord loves me, and he does have a plan for me?! Friends, those of you who know me well, do not let me lose faith! I pray that I will wake up each day with hope in my heart, and my mind at peace with the fact that I have no control over my life anyways because I decided a long time ago to give my life to our Savior. Best decision I ever made. If you are reading this by any chance, and you do not know Jesus, please please start asking questions. Look into this Jesus character, you will not be disappointed. I promise He is the only one who will not disappoint. He shows up to every coffee date on time, He is always there when you need someone to talk to, He comforts, He loves, He never rejects.

Love and Faithfulness

-Kate

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Psalm 62

"My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. 8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge." ~ Psalm 62

I pray this with all my heart. I woke up this morning to incredible pain, and after not being able to sleep I decided to open my bible. Psalm 62 was laid upon my heart and I pray that I would cling to this truth in knowing that I do not have to be broken on my own. That God loves me and he can be my rock. I pray that in all ways as I live my life today I would honor and glorify him with my actions and with my conversations. I want to be a woman who "speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on my tongue." (Proverbs 31:26) Lord make me wise, and help me to learn from all situations I am placed in. Lord only you know the plans you have for me, and I pray that with every passing day I am more and more open to the will you have for me. Father hold me in your mighty hands, as healing occurs and I can continue to find forgiveness in my heart. "Find rest O my Soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him."

Love and a Heart Filled with Hope

-Kate

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Big Girls Don't Cry

God is really good at letting me know that He is in control not me. Just when you start making plans for your own life, He reminds me that it is not my life to plan in the first place. Heart ache comes, but I also know that it leaves and eventually you can move on and accept that what the Lord has waiting for you is better. Today is a day I would not enjoy repeating, but I have faith in knowing I am in the best hands of my creator. I really didn't see this whole thing coming at all, it's weird no longer holding to a countdown that I have been obsessing over for the past 60 days about.
I pray for the day that I can be loved for who I am, and that that man finds me beautiful in so many ways.
I feel crushed and very defeated, but I know the Lord won't give me anything I cannot handle. I want to grow from this experience and become even closer to the Lord because of it.
Of all the days though. I am laying here with gauze in my mouth soaking up blood. I am on 4 different medications and I'm bed ridden today and tomorrow. It has just been a perfect storm. Trying to be strong, and level headed, I hate when I over analyze everything. I am going to do my best at thinking positively and leaning on my friends when I need their support. I have a wonderful family who takes care of me, and I am very blessed because of it. Please keep me in your prayers as I go through a process of healing. Thank you so much.

Love and other drugs

-Kate

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mother

Last week I went out to lunch with an old friend. He ended up bringing a friend of his and I brought my roommate. The 4 of us were sitting at Block 15 talking about our upcoming future plans, and what we were doing with school. It came around to my turn to share, and so I spoke about my plans with PSU, and how school is important to me to finish but how I am longing to be a wife and mother over being some great career woman. Well my friend's friend proceeded to tell me how I am perpetuating the awful stereotypes of woman being only good for the bedroom and the kitchen. I tried defending my stance on all of that but quickly gave up because I could see he was the "I have to win" type. My friend and his friend started asking me why it was that I felt I needed to be married right out of college, and how I could just move in with my significant other to sort of test the fields in all areas, and one area in particular that I believe you understand, but I won't put in print. I explained that I did not believe in Sex before marriage, because God wants to protect us from the hurt that is involved with sex. So his friend started going off about the most inappropriate things I had ever heard someone say to me about the importance of testing the field. I asked my friend to make his friend stop talking about it, but neither of them did anything. I felt the tears rushing to my eyes, and I got up and left the table. I honestly felt so harassed, but there was so much more to the situation than that. My heart broke for these 2 young men, that were raised in Christian homes, but have fell into believing the lies of this world. But I also hated how they degraded the image of a mother staying home with her kids while her husband worked and provided for their family. He tried to make me feel bad for desiring the role of a stay at home mother. I don't want to put my babies in day care. God willing that my husband and I can afford me not working, but I want to raise my children, I don't want someone else doing it.
The Lord has truly put it on my heart to be a wife and mother, and it makes me sad that our society tries to diminish those roles when parents so frequently fail their children. Maybe adults need to worry less about their profession, and focus more on their families. I think this boy has it backwards. I desire so desperately for my children to be so in love with Jesus and that has to start with a strong foundation in our home. Proverbs 31:28 "Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her."
These boys tried to make me feel dumb for the choices I am making. But really it just breaks my heart to see the lies that they believe. Prayer. It's the only defense I have against the enemy speaking lies into their lives. Praise the Lord that I know who I am in Him, and he has given me such a beautiful passion for wanting to be the best wife and mother I can be to my ability. He is good.

Love and the Beauty of Forgiveness

-Kate

P.S I go to a church called Solid Rock. The pastor's wife Diane Comer is a woman I respect and a woman with great wisdom, here is a link to her blog, and her thoughts on being a stay at home mom. Maybe her words are easier to understand than mine
http://www.hespeaksinthesilence.com/2011/07/just-a-mom/#comments

Thanks for the Memories Corvallis

1 week from tomorrow and I will officially be moved out of my house in Corvallis. I have been so caught up with school and Brad being gone, that I have not been enjoying my lasts in Corvallis. As much as I want time to go by because yes I hate school, there are so many things I am going to miss. I will miss my purple/blue room that smells like my perfume and bath and body works candles mixed together. I will dearly miss my friends coming over to hang out at our house. So many family dinners, bon fires, and Prom was at this house. I will miss my roommates sooooo sooooo sooooo much. I already miss Adriana alot. I will miss having a place to call my own, and I have taken for granted the past 2 years of living so close to campus. I will miss being only a mile from the majority of my friends in Corvallis. I will miss when my roommate Jessica comes into my bedroom at 2 in the morning because she wants to talk. I will miss McMenamins hang outs with my friends, and going to Eagles to dance on Thursday nights. I am going to miss being on the Oregon State Campus. Portland State is beautiful, but it's no OSU. Corvallis has just done a great job of making me feel at home. Since the day I moved into the dorms as a freshman, I knew I was at home. The past 4 years I have had alot of ups and downs, but the community God gave me in Corvallis helped me through all of that. I met my best friend Shauna in Corvallis through Young Life. What a blessing she has been in my life. I prayed to the Lord that he would put a new friend in my life that lived in Corvallis and then boom Shauna Kopra is placed right in front of me. God is so good to me. I also met Brad through Young Life last year in Corvallis. When I met him last year, little did I know the impact he too would later have on my life. The Lord has taken care of me in Corvallis. I have learned alot of hard lessons, but I have grown so much. The people I have met in this city will be with me forever. I will miss you Corvallis, I will miss you 447 house. Thanks for the memories, I promise to come visit.

Love and Goodbyes

-Kate

Monday, May 16, 2011

Love and All That Gushy Stuff





Have you ever been in love before? Do you think love has turned out the way you always thought it would, or is it entirely unexpected? The feelings, the thoughts, the looks, the vulnerability of it all. Would you say its beautiful at the same time that it truly scares you? You think about your future and how that person will fit in. Or maybe your future doesn't look like much that you are sure of, but you are certain that person will be with you as you figure that out. Is there just one person out there for you? Or are there multiple people that God would be pleased with you partnering with for the rest of your life?

Great Love vs. Adequate Love. Who is my great love? Where is he? Wherever he is, I pray for him. I thank the Lord for him today. Wherever you are in life, whether I have met you or not, I pray you are seeking Jesus with all your heart, mind, spirit. That is what matters most, the rest (me) will fall into place.

I was in love once. To me it was comfort. To me it was excitement. To me it was the future. I take hope and I take faith in feeling those feelings again with someone else. First dates, the nerves, the outfits, "is there food in my teeth, I hope not," "Is he going to open the car door for me, he better pass the brother inspection, wow he is cute when he smiles, I hope he calls me tomorrow, wow he Loves Jesus a lot." I can't wait for these thoughts again, and these feelings again. I have this to look forward to. For now I wait patiently in my singleness, I focus on my relationship with God my Father, I pour into the relationships in front of me, family, friends, sisters, house church, fellow employees.

Love and All that Gushy Stuff

-Kate