Weekly Rundown.

It’s the weekend. Here’s what I’ve been in to and up to lately…

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In my humble opinion, few shows rival the greatness of Friday Night Lights. And lucky for us, Amazon Prime just released all 5 seasons for our binging pleasure.
  1. I have a thing for tiny homes. Though there’s nothing wrong with sprawling estates, my dream home would likely be more “quaint cottage” than “zero lot line showpiece.” And very few homes are smaller than this one that was featured on The Everygirl. This 175 square foot apartment proves that small can still be a perfect depiction of home.
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  2. Anyone else love reading Refinary 29’s Money Diary articles? Call me weird, but I love seeing how other people spend their money. (And stay tuned, because I might just do my very own “money diary article” in the next few weeks!)
  3. Number one on my reading list right now is Kate Bowler’s “Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I Loved.” To learn more about Kate, check out the beautiful paragraph below and this article from Time Magazine.
    “I became less invested in milestones and also those lovely hallucinations we have… I also decided that my job is not to try to make the world safe. I think I thought you just create a beautiful, Instagram-y bubble for your kid, and then that’s parenting. And then I realized that I was going to be the worst thing that happened to him if it went badly. I couldn’t live with that. I decided that my new parenting philosophy is that I can’t protect him from the pain of the world, but I can show him that there is truth and beauty in the midst of it. And if I can make him that person, then I have won as a parent.”
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  4. And finally, though I’m a little embarrassed to admit this: I, Kat Williamson, have a podcast, affectionately known as the PODKAT. It features yours truly and two of my best friends/co-workers, John and Derek. It’s stupid and goofy, but my friends and I have SO much fun working on it. As my sister Sarah said this morning, “yeah, it’s ridiculous, but that’s what makes it so much fun.” So, if you’re into fun…or just some good ol’ stupidity, check us out on iTunes.
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KAT

Currently listening to “So Will I” by Hillsong

Weekly Rundown.

It’s one of those Fridays where you open all the windows + listen to John Mayer non-stop. In other words, it’s a top-notch Friday afternoon.

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…I can only wish my sink will someday be filled with pretty flowers  instead of the countless dishes it currently holds. If I were a “vision board” kind of girl, this picture would be front + center.
  • Speaking of John Mayer, his latest hit revolves around something we all love…Lush bath bombs. For a song about bathing, it’s actually pretty catchy.
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  • 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!)
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  • 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.
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Here’s to a beautiful weekend!

KAT
Currently listening to “In The Blood” by John Mayer

Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid.

It’s February 14th, and you know what that means: it’s Valentines day!

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…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!

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flat,900x900,070,fHave a wonderful, love-filled day!

KAT

Currently listening to “Cowboy Take Me Away” by The Dixie Chicks

Panic + Peace.

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Peace…

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.
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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.

KAT

Currently listening to “Abide with Me” by Sara Groves

Weekly Rundown.

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Ready or not, 2018 is here.

…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.

  1. 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!

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    Another year; another self-timer Christmas Eve photo.
  2. 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!

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    Sorry for the blur. This was a really cheesy boomerang turned screenshot and the quality is sub-par at best.
  3. I already know that 2018 will be pretty great due to these two simple words: ROYAL WEDDING. Anticipating the wedding coverage, the sure-to-be gorgeous gown, and little George as a ring bearer (are ring bearers a thing in royal weddings?) makes my heart all aflutter! One of my favorite stories to come out of the Harry/Megan marriage annoucement was this hilarious montage that bid farewell to Harry’s “third wheel” lifestyle. See below for further explanation.
  4. 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.
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KAT
Currently listening to “Heartless” by The Fray