Pray for Kate

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sweet Kate McRae was diagnosed with a brain tumor yesterday. She is the daughter of a pastor at Cornerstone, and is only five-years-old. She is one of the cutest little girls I have ever laid eyes on, and needs prayer immensely. I know our God is a big God, but this kind of news is tough to wrestle with. You can follow Kate's story here

It's a girl!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Andrew and I bought a puppy yesterday! She is a 10 week old golden doodle. We have been wanting a dog for two years, and since we are moving into a house with a yard, we feel that now is a great time for a new addition to our family! We won't be able to take her for a couple weeks until we get settled into the new house... which is a hard thing! I've been concocting ways to sneak her into our apartment, but it's just not a good idea. She is such a great dog--she is already potty trained, and can sit on command. She is really mellow and has a sweet demeanor. Her name is Olive, and I love her already!

Recycled Peacock Print

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Father's Day

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

My dad is amazing... He is the best dad ever. I am thankful for him and love him very much.

"Guad" Lives in the White House

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Yesterday, while I was working with one of my kindergartners, O, I showed her a picture of the White House and asked her to tell me what she saw. Our conversation went as follows:

Me: What is this?
O: A house
Me: That's the White House. Do you know who lives there?
O: The President... and "guad"
Me: Guards? (O can't say her r's)
O: No....guad!
Me: Guards?
O: No... guad!! You know, the one who made us?!
Me: Oh! The President and God live in the White House?
O: Well... I guess Guad doesn't live there, He lives in our hearts

PRECIOUS. I could eat O and her pigtails right up!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I am prepared to go into debt to buy this puppy. I have lost my mind, but I am in LOVE.

Session 9 Photography

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Our good friends, Jason and Jessica Williams, started a photography business called Session 9 Photography. They took our family pictures a couple weeks ago at Tempe Center for the Arts. My family has not had pictures taken since I was seven or something ridiculous like that. I think the pictures turned out great!! I'm excited to see where Jess and Jay's talent takes them. You should check out their pictures and book them for a shoot! Here are a few of my favorites...

** This one makes me laugh because we look like Arrested Development. It's a great picture!

So Rewarding

Saturday, June 13, 2009

This summer I am continuing to work for Speech and More, Inc. On Wednesday, one of my little kindergarten girls gave me the sweetest note in a sealed envelope. Notes like these make work so worth it!


This is a little late, but I still wanted to post! My sister graduated high school last month! Yay :) My parents officially have no more kids in high school...

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Monday, June 8, 2009

I am no Martha Stewart- lets just get that out of the way. I'm ashamed to say that Andrew and I spent our entire first year of marriage eating frozen Freschetta pizzas and pasta. Cooking scared me. Fortunately, I've faced my fears and Andrew and I now eat like semi-normal people. My mom on the other hand, is an extraordinary cook. One of my favorites growing up was/is chicken tortilla casserole. People always ask for the recipe because it is THAT good. I take no credit... thank Susan Bryant. (She has a facebook now by the way! hah!)

Here it is:
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • Small can of green chilies (I usually buy the small Macyos one)
  • Dash of garlic powder and pepper
  • Chicken (you can buy rotisserie chicken and just throw some in, and use the rest of the chicken for something else the next day)
  • 12 white corn tortillas (just tear up the tortilla in small pieces)
  • A cup of shredded cheese or more
Mix everything together and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes

* My mom usually doubles this recipe when she cooks for our family of six


Sunday, June 7, 2009

I miss Africa today...

Rifle Design

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I've been meaning to post about Rifle Design for awhile now. Anna Bond's illustrations and designs can only be summed up as amazing. Look at her blog and be inspired! Have fun!

Faith like a Child

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The moment I most cherish from this past school year happened while I was testing a kindergartner, S. I was giving an evaluation to see if he qualified for speech. I showed S a picture of a king, and he was supposed to tell me what he saw in the picture. He responded appropriately, and said "king." Then he paused for a second and declared, "Jesus is my King." I was floored. A five year old just professed his faith to me. He continued, "Is Jesus your King, Ms. Katie?" Whoa. Holding back tears, I said, "Yes, He is my King, S." He went further and claimed, "That's good. Jesus is going to come back for us someday, IF we believe in him." Oh my goodness. How cool to be witnessed to by a kindergartner.

I didn't get a chance to tell his mom what S had said until this morning. I figured that if he were my child, I would want to know that every moment spent teaching him about the cross and Christ's love had grown deep roots in his heart. I told her the story in the parking lot, and she started crying. She grabbed my hand, and said, "Thank you for sharing that with me." I thought I would share it with the rest of you.

I pray that my kid is so in love with Jesus, that he witnesses to his teacher in kindergarten :)