Simple Joy Saturday #32

Simple Joy Saturday #32

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

simple joy saturday logo from kats9lifes

Sorry…I am a little late to posting.  It has been quite the week, and the upcoming week will be even busier!

April 21-27, 2018

1. Songs that recall happy memories.

Do y’all have songs that transport your mind to a time in your past?  It seems like the radio has been playing such songs all week.  I have mentally traveled from my first cheerleading camp to the Grand Canyon with a stop in Victoria, TX.

What songs bring back memories for you?

2. Speaking of  music, this pianist is incredible.

My mom told me that I would regret my childhood refusal to practice the piano…

(…and those ten songs just took me on a mental journey my freshman dorm room to the Woods Family Camp.  After that, I sat in my car for a while, attended a PIU chapel service, arrived back in Tyler, TX, and visited my high school youth group). Music is truly incredible.

3. Coffee-flavored yogurt is back at Aldi. 

Enough said.



How to Celebrate Your Birthday for a Full Week

How to Celebrate Your Birthday for a Full Week

I don’t know about you, but

I’m feeling 22!!

I know, I know.  I am so lame, but I have been waiting like 3 years to say that I am feeling 22.

Anyway, let’s move on to today’s post.

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Look at the above picture of Taylor.  Doesn’t she look disappointed at the measly 3 cupcakes that she has?  I mean, sure, she is only one person, but doesn’t she deserve lots of cupcakes? Ariana Grande has lots of cupcakes.

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And, I mean, sure, you were born on one day, but you are unique!  Your birthday celebration should last for at least seven days!  Here are some ideas to keep the celebration going all week long!

  1. Enjoy Sunday brunch with your friends.20170319_124043
  2. Eat cake and ice cream with your family to conquer Monday. 

  3. On Tuesday, get a free drink at Starbucks.20170321_160504
  4. Eat free fruit from Sheetz with your lunch on Wednesday.20170321_153444
  5. Thursday is for a long supper with your closest, dearest friend.  (We always stay at Chick-fil-a for several hours because we talk so much.  In fact, we were so busy talking that I forgot to capture a picture for the blog.)20170323_195454.jpg
  6. On Friday, grab some more birthday freebies and join a casual volleyball tournament (or a whatever your favorite sport might be). 

  7. Finish out the week with a relaxing swim and a birthday present (green tea) from the YWCA.20170325_084411.jpg
Dear God

Dear God


Dear God,

In light of my upcoming college graduation (only 7 months away!), people often ask me what my plans are.  But, God, I don’t know what the plan is. Since You haven’t let me in on that information yet, You might still have time to change the plan, so here is some information to help You out.

I really love taking pictures, and I have experience as a camp photographer.  If You could just make Your plan for me be that I will travel and take pictures the rest of my life, that would be great. 

Yet, for some reason, You led me to major in elementary education.  God, here’s the thing:  I don’t really want to be a regular classroom teacher, so if Your plan is for me to use that degree at an elementary school, can I be an art teacher?  Or maybe a P.E. teacher or computer specialist?  Thanks.

Also, I prefer to be outside, and I hate being cold, so can you keep me in the Southeast?  I really don’t want to go too far from my family.  If you want me to move, I will go to Texas or Arizona, but don’t make me go to New England.  I would freeze to death. 

And while You’re at it, I want a healthy paycheck (I promise I will still tithe), and good grocery stores.  If Aldi and some thrift shops are within 10 minutes of my house, I will be happy. 

But really God, that’s all I am asking.  That’s not too hard is it?

Most nights, this is the prayer I want to pray.  I want to give God my list of personal desires and requests for my future.  In search for worldly happiness, I want to bend Him to my will.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.

I Corinthians 9:19-20

But I am not my own…

For you are His Workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God hath before ordained that you should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10

…and God’s plan for me has been set from the foundation of the world.

What is more pleasing to the Lord, your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice?  Listen!  Obedience is better than sacrifice.

I Samuel 15:22

He doesn’t need Kat to plan her own future, despite her type-A personality and attempts to be perfectly organized.  What He desires is for me to be obedient, whatever the call, wherever the place.  As terrifying as that faithful obedience is, I know that His plan is much better than mine could ever be.

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification.

I Thessalonians 4:3a


Christmas Checklist in Review

Christmas Checklist in Review


On the first day of December, I made a list of ten things that I wanted to do before Christmas Day.  Here’s how I did:

Ten Things I Plan To Do Before Christmas Day

1. Read Luke 2. – DONE

Re-reading Luke 2 inspired a Top Ten Tuesday post.

2. Wrap presents. – DONE

3. Make Christmas cookies. – DONE
Check out these yummy gingerbread men trees I made!


4. Watch a Charlie Brown Christmas. – DONE
So… it is virtually impossible to find a full-length version of a Charlie Brown Christmas online.  Thankfully, ABC had it available in their app.  I downloaded the app, watched the movie, and deleted the app.

5. Cut snowflakes. – DONE
I snipped these lovely flakes while watching a Charlie Brown Christmas.


6. Attend a Christmas concert or play. – DONE
I attended my school’s annual concert known as Candlelight Carols.  I have been 4-5 times now, and I think this year was the best yet.

7. Eat something gingerbread-flavored. – DONE
Here are the tasty gingerbread men ducks that I made.


8. Give (or at least prepare to give) a homemade present. – DONE
My brother is receiving a handmade gift from me this year, but since he hasn’t opened it yet, I can’t tell you anything about it 🙂

I also gave gingerbread men trees, angels, and stars to my bosses at work.


(I really need to buy a gingerbread man cookie cutter.  This is the closest thing we have.)



9. Decorate the Christmas tree. – DONE

10. Listen to all of my favorite Christmas CDs. – DONE

As promised, I started with Let it Snow Baby, Let it Reindeer.  From there, I listened to Christmas CDs by Matthew West, Point of Grace, Steven Curtis Chapman, and many others!


Did you finish everything that you set out to do before Christmas?

Top Ten Tuesday: Christmas Checklist

Top Ten Tuesday: Christmas Checklist


It’s December!  And you know what that means – Christmas is coming!

We have twenty-five days before we open presents; fill those days with holiday cheer and merry events!

Ten Things I Plan To Do Before Christmas Day

  1. Read Luke 2.
  2. Wrap presents.
  3. Make Christmas cookies.
  4. Watch a Charlie Brown Christmas.
  5. Cut snowflakes.
  6. Attend a Christmas concert or play.
  7. Eat something gingerbread-flavored.
  8. Give (or at least prepare to give) a homemade present.
  9. Decorate the Christmas tree.
  10. Listen to all of my favorite Christmas CDs (I will be starting with Relient K’s Let it Snow Baby, Let it Reindeer).

What do you want to accomplish in the next twenty-five days?

Sunday Snapshots: November 15-21

Sunday Snapshots: November 15-21

november photo challenge

November 15 – In Your Bag

Since I don't carry a purse most days, my backpack is my only bag.
Since I don’t carry a purse most days, my backpack is my only bag.

November 16 – Begins with “K”


November 17 – Something You Cannot Live Without

17 - Can't Live Without
My family means the world to me.

November 18 – Horizontal

I thought it might be whimsical for my "horizontal" photo to be vertical :)
I thought it might be whimsical for my “horizontal” photo to be vertical 🙂

November 19 – Large

19 - Large

November 20 – Shine

20 - Shine

November 21 – Nature

21 - Nature

Kaleidoscope Lives: Teardrop Blue

Kaleidoscope Lives: Teardrop Blue


Twisting the Present


Barren, Provoked

Crying, Praying, Waiting

God twisted her situation

Singing, Praising, Rejoicing

Blessed, Pregnant



Rather than the traditional Bible study, let’s play a game.   How well do you know the story of Hannah praying for a son?  How well do you know Taylor Swift’s song lyrics?  Your knowledge of both of these subjects is about to be tested.

Flip through the following questions and try to determine if each statement is (a) from the biblical account of Hannah or (b) a lyric written by Taylor Swift.  Some of the answers may surprise you!

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So how did you do?  Did any stump you?

If you would like to use these slides for a personal lesson, you can download my original PowerPoint presentation by clicking this link: Hannah or T Swift