It’s not the first time that artist Mari Andrew has made an appearance on this blog, and—spoiler alert—it will not be the last! Mari draws a weekly cartoon for one of my favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo, and today’s sketch was particularly relevant for me. It’s a funny thing…since my mom’s stroke, I’ve just been kind of off. Grief is weird like that, huh? I’ve been working on speaking more truth to myself, which includes Scripture + good ol’ fashion self-encouragement. (I particularly loved the “child” mantra below!)
It’s tempting at times to feel isolated, particularly during tough or transient seasons, (of which, I currently reside). But for me, the opposite has happened—throughout the past few months I’ve realized how very loved and known I am by my Dallas, Nashville, and Nebraska friends. I’m so very thankful for them.
Here’s to a beautiful weekend!
Currently listening to “In The Blood” by John Mayer
It’s February 14th, and you know what that means: it’s Valentines day!
…and the first day of lent. This timing is rather unfortunate, as I decided to give up sugar for lent. So, I can’t partake in any Valentines treats.
(Just for future reference, I say we never align Valentines Day + the start of lent ever, ever again.)
Anyhow, if you’ve been around this blog for a while, you’ll remember this Valentines day blog that divulged my take on the best fictional couples + this blog that showcased the best and worst love songs to listen to on V-day. This year, I went the lazy route and simply threw together a bunch of love quotes (because, quite frankly, I’m running out of ideas). Enjoy!
Have a wonderful, love-filled day!
Currently listening to “Cowboy Take Me Away” by The Dixie Chicks
It comes in many forms, but for me it is often most felt in the early mornings when I first wake up.
My typical mornings include: Coffee. An open window. My journal + Bible. Prayer.
Though not long, eloquent, or flashy, those precious minutes represent a quiet communion with God, bringing peace and perspective to a day that has yet to unfold.
A month ago, I woke up early and began my normal morning routine. My Bible reading that day focused on Genesis 11—the story of the Tower of Babel.
For the first time ever, this felt profoundly sad to me. Imagine losing the ability to communicate as you always had. Your whole world would be different—how you function, how you process. Everything would change. Though Genesis 11 does not say how the people reacted to God’s decision, I can only imagine there were feelings of frustration, isolation, and perhaps, complete panic.
But the beauty of this story is that it was not hate that propelled God to confuse the speech of mankind; it was love. His decision—which may have separated families, friends, and communities—could seem cruel at first, yet it was rooted in a deep desire to shepherd man’s personal holiness and dependency on Him. He knew what the people needed.
A few hours later, my phone rang while I was driving down Northwest Highway on a perfectly normal, sunshiny Friday afternoon. It was my dad—one of my favorite people to talk to—but he sounded different when I answered…the voice of someone with bad news to share. I then learned that my mom had suffered a stroke. My beautiful, vibrant mom—a “perpetual 35 year old,” as my aunt Beth had once said—was facing possible paralysis + loss of speech…all in what felt like a blink of an eye.
I’m not going to divulge much more about her health; I believe that is her story to share. But I will say this: in that terrible, heartbreaking moment, I could relate to the people from Genesis 11 so very much.
The knowledge of my mom’s stroke felt like a loss. It felt like panic.
…But it also felt like peace. A peace I hadn’t truly experienced until that point. Even in the sadness, there was abundant comfort in the knowledge that God was constant, faithful, loving, and near. Though the Williamson family may not like it, we truly, deeply believe that God saw it fit for our wonderful mom to have a stroke and that He is taking care of us in ways that we do not see, nor fully understand.
His nearness sustains us, and His peace overwhelms any sign of panic.
Currently listening to “Abide with Me” by Sara Groves
…and personally, I think I’m ready. No offense to 2017, but I think we all could use a fresh start.
Though I’m usually all about new year resolutions, I’m taking it easy on myself this go-around. No resolutions; just a general attempt to do my best in 2018 (…and drink more water, because that will forever be an unattained goal of mine).
Anyhow, here’s what’s been going on recently.
A good time was had by all this Christmas in Little Rock, Arkansas. Becca and Matt stayed in Houston with the in-laws and Sarah was only able to stick around for a few days, so the holiday this year included a lot of Mom/Dad/Kat bonding time, and it was bliss!
If I’ve learned anything in the past few years it’s that December doesn’t just equate to Christmas season; it also equals engagement season. This past Saturday, my dear, wonderful friend Shiloe got engaged to her boyfriend Chris. It was such a joy-filled day and I actually got to play a small role in their proposal—how fun is that? Shiloe + Chris are the coolest, most God-glorifying people, and I can’t wait for them to marry this summer!
And finally, the week before Christmas I made the trek out to Argyle, TX to see my Grandparent’s house. Though they’ve both passed, I still like to drive past the sweet home on Brush Creek Road for some good ol’ nostalgia from time to time. It’s funny, what I truly loved about that place were the people who lived there, and yet, sometimes it feels like I miss their house like I miss an old friend.
Ok, time for me to run. Happy first weekend of 2018!
Currently listening to “Heartless” by The Fray
As you may have heard, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
But, if you’re anything like me, it’s also kind of a strange time of year. December is a month where my work life and personal life pull a 180—all of a sudden, I don’t have enough to do at work and wayyyy too much going on in my social life. As a kid who thrives with a routine, this throws me off every. single. year.
1. You may remember that I recently moved into a Lakewood back-house with my friend, Christen. Well, I’ve been nesting, and part of that process has included building these bookshelves in my new room. Upon looking at the picture below, you may think that the word “building” could easily be swapped for something like “installing,” but I assure you a lot of sanding, painting, measuring, and drilling went into creating these babies, so I stand by the statement that I built something. And for the very un-handy Kat Williamson, that is an impressive feat.
2. While the shelves may be nice, the best thing about my new home is definitely its proximity to White Rock Lake. Runs around this place are spoiling me rotten.
3. Tis the season to ring bells with the Salvation Army. In all honesty, it can be easy when surrounded by friends to forget why you’re ringing in the first place, but then ads like this one stop you in your tracks. I’m so thankful that I’m not in need this holiday season, and having the opportunity to help those in need—even if it is simply by standing outside of a Starbucks and collecting some dollars—is such an honor.
4. Let me tell you: with sisters like mine, there’s a lot to be proud of. I feel like I’m constantly highlighting some cool event or achievement in their lives on this blog, and today is no exception. Our beloved “middle sister” celebrated her 30th birthday this past Friday, and in my opinion, Sarah represents all the good things in life. She’s a kind, old soul and a true friend. Can’t wait to see what this upcoming decade has in store for your beautiful life, Sarah!
Oh, and remember how I write my other sister Becca cheesy poems on her birthday? Well, there are birthday traditions for Sarah as well—homegirl gets a birthday playlist every year. (Somewhat awkward/immature birthday traditions are my forté.)
The playlist for the big 3-0 included my all-time favorite songs for my all-time favorite girl. You can check it out here (but please don’t judge me on the dumb playlist title…or the fact that there is a Flo Rida + Justin Bieber song on there).
5. Up until about two months ago, I had every card that I’d ever received in a few really large plastic tubs under my bed. I love receiving cards, notes, …shoot, even just really friendly text messages. Words are my love language.
Anyhow, Target recently up’d it’s card game. They had tons of super cute cards for fairly cheap—definitely worth checking out. Also, Trader Joe’s cards are usually cute + only $.99 (SCORE).Alrighty, that’s all I’ve got this fine Friday. Enjoy your weekend, friends!
Currently listening to “Syndicate” by The Fray