Tuesday, May 27, 2014

He Comes to My Rescue

Woke up this morning with what I thought might be the flu. Knowing my mom was at work all day and pretty much unreachable I called my dad. Asked if he would meet me for coffee but as I sat and tried to talk with him I felt more and more sick. (side note: I turn into a 4 year old when I feel sick) Went to my parents house where he fixed up a bed on the couch with me and we sat and talked as much as I was able to. I hate being alone when I'm sick and when your friends and family have lives with full time jobs you pretty much have to be alone. I wish I could go to my sister in laws house but I wouldn't want to get my nephews sick and Lord knows I wouldn't be able to not kiss them...
So here I am still at my parent's house laying low and feeling uncertain about my stomach. I am certain though that my dad so often comes to my rescue. He is a rock for me and I try so hard not to take that for granted. I realize there are many women out there who do not have fathers like mine. They don't have a dad that makes them up a sick bed and meets them for coffee at the drop of a hat. My dad wants to hold my hand and make sure I'm ok. He wants to fix the hurt even if he doesn't know how. It was probably easier to fix hurt when I was little and would just fall down. Grown up hurt is different and less fix-able by dads even if they try really hard. So very grateful for the dad I have, and for my family in general. I would be so very lost without them and I pray not one day goes by where I don't realize that and thank the Lord. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Companion Series: Shannon


Shannon and I first met serving on Summer Staff with Young Life out at Washington Family Ranch for a month. We were a group of college aged kids who wanted to serve high school and middle school kids by helping run the camp. She was on the zipline/swing crew and I worked in what is called the Sarsaparilla (AKA Sassy) where I served all of the campers fun drinks and treats. Shannon and I didn't have a ton of interaction during that month but shortly after our summer staff realized the vast majority attended Oregon State University Shannon wanted to be a part of our Corvallis crew too. Shannon lived in Washington but decided to make the move to Corvallis to experience the community we had created there. After Shannon started hanging around our group a spot in my house opened up and I knew Shannon was the perfect fit. She moved in for what was my final year at Oregon State and ohhhh the dancing that was had!! This was the year me and my roommates finally got into country line dancing and it was a rare occurrence to come by our 447 house and not find someone in their room trying to learn a new dance. Our house was so awesome. Seriously. Awesome. I miss those days but am so fortunate that Shannon and I have remained close. 

Shannon is extremely artistic. One of the most artistic people I have ever known. I think that based off her tattoos you might put this together already, but she is truly talented. She is such a creative too. She blows me away with her ability to design and imagine, such as when she designed her Halloween costume for last year. She went as cotton candy... She made the whole costume herself and I was in shock it was so well done. Shannon is incredibly witty and she has this amazing ability to go with the flow. She is laid back and she is always game for a good time. Shannon is also one of the most real people I know. She isn't a sugar coater (like I often am). Shannon has also recently gotten into Roller Derby. I think this is a great example of how Shannon is different than any other friend I have ever had. Because of Shannon's tattoos and piercings some might think of her as edgy. Tattoos and piercings tied with Roller Derby might really make people think this but really she is just unique and I love her for that. Shannon is one of the sweetest people with a humor that lies on the sassy side. She is processing through leaving Oregon to Pursue a career in tattooing and as much as I want her to stay here, I get excited for her to figure out what she wants to do in life! 


I am so glad you decided not only to do Summer Staff so we could meet, but I'm also glad you decided to move into our house so our friendship could grow. You made my final year at OSU so much more fun and I will forever look back on those years with a smile on my face. I will never forget coming home from class and either you, me or Adriana had learned a new dance to teach each other. I'm excited to see how God uses you and your creativity to bring Him glory. You are such a light to the people in your immediate circle and to your family. You are a joy to be around and I love just sitting and talking life with you. Thank you for being a friend who cares and a friend who is up for anything! Love you dearly and praying for certainty from the Lord of where he wants you!

Love Katie  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

How I Wear My Overalls

I remember in middle school when I would wear my Old Navy overalls. I remember thinking I was hot stuff... But recently I have been seeing overalls all over Pinterest. One of those outfit combinations that I thought "looks cute on them," but probably not my style as flash backs of baggy overalls came flooding my mind. Until one day when Savannah and I were headed to the Pearl for Barista training and she was sporting some skinny fit dark jean overalls. I instantly felt a pang of jealousy! She looked so adorable in them, and I knew I had to get a pair. I had some friends recently ask me how I wore my overalls so I figured I would post about them!

Below I have posted some different ways to wear overalls. The most fun part is that you can dress them up or down. On Pinterest you will find girls rocking their overalls with heels, which is a fun look, but not so much me. I stuck with my chucks :) Also below is a girl pictured with a crop-top which I know is really in right now, but I struggle with wearing those. Does anyone else? I feel super immodest if I try to wear one. But I willingly admit that they look so cute under overalls. 

Dress them up with high heels

Sandal flats


Hope this is helpful for those trying to decide if they want in on this look that seems to be timeless. Have fun with them and remember you can wear anything if you wear it with confidence!!

Love and Confidence