Noel: Advent Week 3

Noel: Advent Week 3

Leave it to the grad student who is studying English to research the etymology of noel

Noel is a French word which means Christmas (go figure), but it is derived from the Latin word nātālis, meaning birthday.  As I thought about nātālis, I geekily marveled at the phonestheme: natalis, natal, nativity, native, nation, natural…

But I digress; I am not giving an English lesson today.  Instead, I want to talk about the first noel, the holy nativity.

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Humble King: Advent Week 2

Humble King: Advent Week 2

Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion knew exactly what they needed:  a trip home, a brain, a heart, and courage, respectively.  They were also very certain of how they would receive the necessary gifts; after following the Yellow Brick Road, they would find a Wizard who could give them what they lacked.  If you are familiar with The Wizard of Oz, then you know that these four travelers all received what they needed, but they didn’t receive what they expected. 

The same statement can be said of the nation of Israel.

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Simple Joy Saturday #46

Simple Joy Saturday #46

On Saturdays, 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!

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1. Finally finding that song about rain!

After spending entirely too much time searching the internet for the song that I mentioned last week, I emailed the radio station.  The song I had heard (and forgotten) was “Rain On” by Brother’s Keeper.

2. A surprise visit from my brother.

On Monday afternoon, a typical PIU student in a hoodie and sweatpants wandered past my office.  I assumed the student was looking for the English offices, but, to my surprise, the “student” was actually my brother! He qas on a roadtrip with friends, and they stopped by PIU to say hi.  He made my day!

3. Carving Pumpkins

I always think that I can carve a pumpkin without drawing on it, and I always carve an ugly pumpkin (It was supposed to be a flower).


Simple Joy Saturday #45

Simple Joy Saturday #45

On Saturdays, 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!

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Sorry that I’m posting later today than normal. I could make excuses, but they are the same excuses we all make when we are late 🙂

October 20-26

1. Laughing uncontrollably with college friends.

Last Saturday, I attended the wedding of two college friends.  At the reception, I sat between two girls who lived on my hall when I was an RA.  I am sure that anyone sitting across the room from us was annoyed by our obnoxious laughter and my weird expressions, but we had fun.

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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!

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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