Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Add Another Candle




As you get older birthdays seem to come eerily sooner than the year before. It seems I was just writing you all of my hopes and dreams for 2014 and here I sit to tell you of what I dream for 2015.  To be honest, adjusting to the idea of being a 26 year old is a little crazy to me. I'm now closer to 30 than I am 20 and my twenties seem to be blinking away from me.

Here is my favorite blog post from last year.  Also one of my favorite things from this year has been my Companion Series. I had a dream/ vision of how I wanted that series to turn out and I am so happy with how it all came together. I sadly missed My Companion Post for the month of July, but I successfully completed 11 months of highlighting some of my favorite people. 11 of the most lovely women I know. There are people I would have liked to have featured but due to geography it made it difficult. Thank you to all of my companion series friends, you are so special to me.

I'm not going to recap 2014 this time, but as per usual I have listed below my mostly accomplished goals from this year and my dreams and goals for 2015.



2014

-Settle into a job I love (November)
-Fall more in love with Jesus (Overall true of the year from learning and listening to him)
-Be living in community (Lake Oswego Young Life September)
-Run at least 2 half marathons (This I failed, decided it was best to take time off for my knees)
-Fly to at least 1 place (June: California; August: Washington DC/ New York)
-Memorize scripture weekly (Failed this too, I SUCK AT MEMORIZING!!! I need to be better, I want to be better!!)
-Better my photography for my blog (I am excited about how my photography was bettered for my blog even if it is just with an i-phone)
-Be selfless with my time (Young Life)
-Be better at graciously and effectively speaking up for myself (...still learning hahaha)
-Be better at encouraging the people in my life that I love (Guess you would have to ask my loved ones)

2015

-Stay with the same company for a minimum of a year
-Run at least one half marathon
-Focus more on my fashion passion for my blog
-Start a bible study with my Young Life girlies
-Grow closer in community with my YL leaders
-Do something I have never done before (I realize this is vague and that is on purpose)
-Go somewhere I've never been before
-Try lots of new recipes!
-Invite new people over for dinner
-Keep the same hair color for a full year (This will be a struggle)
-Go to a Timbers Game
-Go to a Seattle Mariners Game
-Plan my trip to PARIS!!

Wishing you the bubbliest of New Years'. May 2015 bring you clarity into the things that matter most in this life, and praying you experience love from the one who created you and who loves you more than you know.

Love and Two- Six

-Kate 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Companion Series: Adriana



Meet Adriana: Big thanks and photo cred/ creative direction from my cousin Leah Wailes.









 This is Adriana Derrah. Formally a Jasso, but a man named Ryan decided to put a ring on it. He saw the quality of this lady back in high school and snatched her up. (Insert all of the deeps signs from all the young men reading this because they realize they missed out). Adriana plays a big part in my coming back to Christ, and for her I am truly grateful. Continue reading for the full story.

I met Adriana I think officially in middle school. She was the cool hot girl at Conestoga. We weren't friends by any means because she was a grade older and I think I would have cramped her style. But in high school she was really involved in Young Life and once I had gone to Young Life camp I was determined to be involved too. I thought Adriana was hilarious and our friendship was solidified when we took a group of middle schoolers to a weekend camp at Breakaway. We bonded over Kelly Clarkson and Ciara... We were cool, I swear. From there on out Adriana and I were good friends but it wasn't until college that we became really close. My freshman year at Oregon State was wrapping up and Ryan (Adriana's boyfriend at the time) was telling me how Adriana was transferring from Pacific University to come to OSU. I jumped on that quick and called Adriana up to see if she would be interested in living together and she said YES! We quickly found an apartment and moved in before the start of my sophomore year in 2008. LONG STORY SHORT------> I was in the middle of my party times. I was choosing to not walk with the Lord while Adriana just loved me and was a constant example of Christ in my life. By the spring of my sophomore year I had given up my party days, and toxic friendships and decided it was time I stopped running from the Lord. I had made few friends my freshman year that impacted my life in a positive way and so I quickly discovered that a very best friend was right under my nose. Adriana and I started doing everything together. Cooking, exercising, watching movies and boy oh boy was there dancing in that cute little apartment of ours. She made me laugh, she built me up and we encouraged one another. I was such a goofus for not realizing it sooner! From that point on we did Summer Staff together and then spent two more glorious years living together in Corvallis and growing an even deeper bond. Adriana was my community before I understood what that meant. She was the one I was silly with, and the one I would bring coffee to in the morning so I could wake her up to talk to me. You see Adriana is special to me because she helped me realize what was important in life, and she also made everything better by making me laugh. I will let you in on a secret... if you make me laugh, you will have a piece of my heart. Well lets just put it this way... Adriana holds many pieces of my heart.

Adriana is so full of life. She is incredibly thoughtful in the ways she gives gifts and in the way she goes out of her way to make you feel loved and appreciated. She is loyal in the "I have your back way." In the "Oh no you didn't **shake your finger back and forth** way. In the "you hurt my friend you deal with me," kind of way. Adriana is an incredible dancer!! She is brilliant and has the most amazing memory. She is the craftiest person I know and will plan my wedding some day. She is compassionate and loving. In college Adriana would (somewhat often) find me crying over my scheduling issues. Instead of just saying she was sorry and going about her day, she would stop what she was doing and immediately turn into my college advisor. She would register me for classes and remind me that I was not only capable but that I was talented. I honest to goodness believe that Adriana was very purposely placed in my life by God to help me through the hard stuff. And you know what's so fun? Adriana picked ME to stand beside her at her wedding as her Maid of Honor to watch her marry her best friend and love.

Adriana,

You are irreplaceable. You are my best friend. You are a wonderful, caring wife. I love the ways you selflessly consider others. Thank you for loving me well, and understanding when I say things I don't mean. Thank you for helping me graduate college haha! But seriously... Some times I wish you weren't married so that we could still be roommates (Sorry Ryan). I miss the days of early coffee talks, and coming home to you teaching me a new line dance. You are part of my favorite memories from college, memories that I will probably lose sight of and then in our old age you will remind me of. I love your "down for anything" attitude. I love playing volleyball with you and I love doing nothing with you. You are going to make the most amazing mama someday. The kind of mama that is compassionate and patient. A mama who teaches her children about Jesus and models how to love others well. I can't wait to be an auntie to those babies whenever that is. I love you so very dearly my friend. Thank you for many years of beautiful friendship. Cheers to many more!









Love Katie


Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

This Is Me- Lover of Cooking

 
 
 
 

I really enjoying cooking. I like to be creative, and I love trying new recipes or making up my own concoctions. The picture above is a dish I just made on the fly and it was a very pleasant surprise!

INGREDIENTS: I bought all of my ingredients from Trader Joes, but you could but from wherever!
- Ravioli (Any kind, I used a pesto cheese ravioli)
- Brussels Sprout
- Chicken Sausage Pesto flavored
- Red Peppers
- Pesto Sauce
- Mexican Cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:
I boiled the brussels sprouts first as they take the longest. Boil them until they are easy to stick a fork through. Once they are soft, throw them in a skillet with olive oil and cut up red peppers. You could add more veggies if you wanted to, I just decided to stick with two. In another pot start boiling water for the ravioli to be cooked. In a small pot add pesto to be cooked on low to warm up. Next cut up chicken sausage and throw in a skillet with a little olive oil. Right now you should have veggies cooking on medium in skillet, chicken sausage cooking on medium low, pesto sauce cooking on low, and you should be throwing in ravioli to cook. This part cooks really fast. Last step once ravioli is cooked, is add some Mexican cheese (1/2 cup) to pesto and stir until melted. Drain ravioli and add all ingredients into a big bowl and you are set! I ate this meal 4 times in one week because it lasted for so long!!

This dish is healthy for the most part (just a lot of cheese). It feeds a whole family or if you are single like me, it feeds you for almost a week. This is what I'm all about! Lots of clean up unfortunately, but well worth it. I think my love of cooking goes hand in hand with my love for hosting that I wrote about last "This is Me" series. I love cooking a warm meal and enjoying it with a good glass of wine. Excited for a family of my own to do this for someday :)

Have fun with cooking my friends, it's easier than you think! Just follow the recipe, or create your own. But you can never go wrong with chicken sausage, veggies and pasta.

Love and Cooking for Fun

-Kate

Friday, December 5, 2014

My New Bling

Sweater: Target Necklace: Charming Charlies
I just did a little Christmas shopping on Wednesday, and may or may not have picked up a couple of things for myself... (Don't tell my mom!!). Shopping for yourself in the month of December is kind of forbidden in our house. Whoops. #worthit

I have been looking for months for this exact sweater and this necklace. All of the chunky diamond pieces were too tacky that I had been finding until I stumbled into Charming Charlies. In my defense I went there to buy some gifts for my mom, and ended up finding this gem! I couldn't say no. I even picked it up and put it back down. Somehow it ended back in my basket. Charming Charlies is a great place to buy gifts this holiday! If you are a man and reading this (I am impressed and thank you for reading) you can go there and find many fun items for the women in your life. Or a gift card is always a great idea. Charming Charlies is located at the Tanasbourne Mall, and recently was put in at Bridgeport close to Pete's Coffee. My necklace was $18.00, just to give you a price point idea. I hope that is helpful, no woman would be mad at a gift from this store. If you are a lady reading this and have not been to this store...brace yourself!! This place is deadly in the best way possible! It's every girl's dream come true. You should probably stop reading this blog (wait don't stop reading..) and go to Charming Charlies, right MEOW! Ok or later. Maybe after work. Today though. Definitely today. Or tomorrow because it will be Saturday. Just go. That's all I have. Ok, bye.

Love and BLING

-Kate

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Hair Struggle is Realllll

You guys I am driving my roommate nuts. I can NEVER make up my mind on my hair color. This is why when months go by without seeing me you barely recognize me because I have gone blonde, and then brown in a matter of 3 months. I'm annoying, I get it. I'm actually pretty certain I did this exact same post back in June because I couldn't decide what to do after I felt like my hair was too dark. I recently got my hair highlighted and don't love it. Too stripey and not natural looking. I am leaning towards going back brown but more subtle. However it never ceases to surprise me that the second I see a cute blonde girl I want blonde hair too. I watch one episode of Dancing with the Stars and I am ready to book an appointment to go ALL blonde. So I am here to say the struggle is real, and that YES I am being melodramatic. I just can't talk to Christina about it anymore because she just laughs... HELP!!! Am I better as a brunette? Do we like the ombre look, or is that just on the out and I need to move on? Blonde subtle highlights maybe?



OMBRE' - I loved this
When I had dark hair and a lot of subtle warm blonde highlights


When I went brunette, but felt it was a little too dark, washes me out



Love and HELP ME OUT!!

-Kate