Happy New Year

Friday, December 31, 2010

Here's to 2011!

O Christmas Tree

Sunday, December 5, 2010

I love these wood Christmas trees from Wool and Wool Stool

via seesaw.

Gift Wrap

Saturday, November 27, 2010

In between writing papers, studying for exams, reading and creating presentations, this is what I think about....
I cannot wait until this semester is over so I can get started on wrapping gifts
(that I have yet to buy)

J.Crew, you kill me...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I am trying to do everything in my power to keep my mind off this dreaded oral surgery. J.Crew seems to be doing the job. I love it all. Enjoy...

Fall Wishes

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Welcome to Polyvore!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A few years ago, my friend Lindsay introduced me to the first book I've ever read in one sitting: Cold Tangerines. I think I've probably read this book a good five times. Shauna Niequist is a brilliant writer--raw and encouraging. She recently came out with another book- Bittersweet: thoughts on change, grace, and learning the hard way. I practically grabbed it out of the UPS man's hands when he came to the door. I can't put it down. My bible study is going through this book, discussing a few chapters at a time. I feel like I'm cheating, but I can't help myself. I have to finish the whole thing.

A few things I'm learning/loving so far:

  • "Change is not a function of life's cruelty but instead a function of God's graciousness"
  • "Grace is when you finally stop keeping score and when you realize that God never was, that his game is a different one entirely."

thankful: understatement of the year

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I was clinging tightly to this promise last year:

"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.' The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD." Lamentations 3:21-26

I have a hard time writing about this. I think it's because there is SO much to be said and I feel like my words just don't do justice…

Around this time last year, the world revolved around me as I anticipated the beginning of graduate school. Little did I know, graduate school would be the last thing on my mind. A year ago today, my mom's hospital journey began. It was also the day that I would start to trust in the Lord more than I ever had. My family and friends were shown miracles (plural) that would lead to a deeper faith and understanding in God than I ever knew possible.

I remember one early morning, when the intensivist’s first words encumbered some muttering of ‘Terri Schiavo’ and ‘vegetable.’ I don't even know what he said for sure. Those were the two words that stuck out. I stood up before he had finished. "You can't say that," I said. "It's only been a couple of hours! You can't say that!" I walked out of the tiny little room. My dad followed me. He hugged me tightly and said, “Katie, our God is a BIG God. That man is just a man. He is knowledgeable, but our faith is in the Lord.” I’ll never forget those words. I wonder sometimes how my mom impacted that intensivist. I would like to think that when he sits down with a distraught family, he’s not so quick to name-drop ‘Terri Schiavo’- because he too, witnessed miracles.

Not only was I shown the amazing power of Christ, but I was reminded of the intense love of our friends and family. I always knew my mom was loved, but WOW. Friends and family stepped in and cared for her/us in extraordinary ways… sitting with us at the hospital, bringing meals, researching doctors, painting my mom’s room at our house because they knew she was planning to do it that summer, mowing my grandma’s lawn because my dad typically did, checking on our dogs, cleaning my parents house, taking care of my mom’s classroom, helping Megan move into the dorms…. a list that could go on forever. What a great community my parents have.

My mom’s journey has revealed my desperate need for the Lord. It also reminded me that God intends for us to do life together. We can’t do it on our own.

The start of graduate school will be much different this year…


Monday, August 2, 2010

My cute sister-in-law is getting married in 2 months and it's been super fun looking at wedding ideas. Some inspiration...

What's in a Name?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Andrew is student teaching this semester. His freshman class is reading 'The House on Mango Street' (one of my favorite books). There is a chapter where the narrator talks about her name--what it means, what she likes about it, what she doesn't. The assignment for the class was to create a short essay about their name. This was the example Andrew gave them:

I don’t know what my last name means in any language. Sometimes I think it has a cool meaning, like “Maker of fine German automobiles,” but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t mean that. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t mean anything at all.

My last name, which is ‘Sterbenz’, fits nicely with the first two, Andrew and Stephen- my friends like to have some fun putting all three of my initials together. Sometimes they say something like “Your parents really must have known what kind of child they were gonna have, eh?” I usually just play along and sometimes tell old ladies that my initials are A.S.S.

It’s fun telling people how to spell my last name over the phone. I say “ ‘S’ as in scorpion, ‘T’ as in tarantula, ‘E’ as in endoscopy, ‘R’ as in reptilian, and ‘Benz’ like Mercedes.” Hopefully they are laughing at this point and they decide to give me the latest phone or upgrade me to 100 megabytes of turbo speed Internet service for free. This usually doesn’t happen, but it’s better if they like you.

My wife doesn’t like our last name. She says it’s too difficult to explain to people. I’ve tried to tell her how much fun she can have with it, but she just wants to switch back to Bryant. She used to say “Katie Bryant. You know, like Kobe.” Who wants to share a name with that guy? If I had been named Andrew Bryant and her maiden name was Sterbenz, I would have taken her last name because Andrew Sterbenz is a much better name.

House Inspiration

Inspiration board pieces...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Happy 3 year anniversary to my best friend!

Ecote Canvas Backpack

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New backpack for school? I think so!

Attic Love

Friday, June 18, 2010

I would LOVE to read for my voice/swallowing class if I could do it in this attic!

designed by Jessica Helgerson. Found via design*sponge

Anthropologie Rugs

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I am loving these Anthropologie rugs.
Now if only they could be budget friendly ;)


Saturday, May 29, 2010


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Graduate school has officially taken over my life (hence the lack of posts). This was a good reminder for me....
“It’s rebellious, in a way, to choose joy, to choose to dance, to choose to love your life. It’s much easier and much more common to be miserable. But I choose to do what I can do to create hope, to celebrate life, and the act of celebrating connects me back to that life I love. We could just live our normal, day-to-day lives, saving all the good living up for someday, but I think today, just plain today, is worth it. I think it’s our job, each of us, to live each day like it’s a special occasion, because we’ve been given a gift. We get to live in this beautiful world. When I live purposefully and well, when I dance instead of sitting it out, when I let myself laugh hard, when I wear my favorite shoes on a regular Tuesday, that regular Tuesday is much better.”
-Shauna Niequist; Cold Tangerines

Rifle: Valentines

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I'm loving the new Valentine's Day cards from Rifle Paper Co.

Exposed Brick

Monday, January 4, 2010

I've really been loving the look of exposed brick...

[image found via madebygirl]

[image found via Canadian House and Home]

[image found via Jo Carmichael]

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