Weekly Rundown.

Well, it’s been a hot minute, has it not?

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September was a bumpy ride for me and my family, but we’ve made it to October—the best month of the year!

Here’s a peak at what’s been going on the past month or so…

  1. Dallas is always late to the party when it comes to cooler fall temps, but crisper weather is starting to make an appearance in the mornings. I’ve been taking advantage of our pretty October mornings with some long runs in my hood. Those who know me know that I love to run—it’s a way to learn a city, it’s an avenue to tone your legs, and it’s more-or-less free therapy. But for whatever reason, I didn’t run this summer. (Like, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I ran from May to August.) I’m not sure the cause behind my running slump, but the love is back and it’s real. I also changed up my running route to include a quarter of a mile down the historic Swiss Avenue. The residents of this street are probably getting sick of the runner who keeps taking pictures of their gorgeous homes, but what can I say—I have a thing for white houses…
  2. My friend and co-worker Philip married his beautiful bride this past weekend in the Texas hill country. If this wedding doesn’t scream “Texas forever,” than I don’t know what does.
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  3. My sister Rebecca turned 31 a few weeks ago, and in birthday tradition, I wrote a poem. Not my finest material, but I did get a Drake lyric in there, so it’ll do.
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  4. A blogger I admire wrote a really good word on God’s providence in her life. To read the full thing, check out her Coffee Date post.
  5. And finally, I leave you with my favorite fall find: a $20 pair of coral booties from TJ Maxx. Will I look back one day and roll my eyes at my unpractical shoes? Probably, but for now, I’m in love!
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This is where I leave you this fine Friday. I’m off to a fall retreat with 70 middle school students. Prayers for fun, safety, salvation (…and my personal sanity) very much appreciated.

KAT
Currently listening to “Hills and Valleys (The Valleys Version)” by Tauren Wells

Friday Favorites on a Sunday Night.

Well, it’s a Sunday. But we’re going to do a round of “Friday” favorites, because why the heck not.

Here’s what I’m loving as of late….

  1. Last weekend I attended my dear friend Emily’s wedding in Annapolis, Maryland. Emily is a woman of grace and integrity, and I’m proud to call her my friend. It was a true joy to stand beside her as she married her man, Jeff.
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    We flew into Baltimore—one of my new favorite cities. I tell you, I’m completely smitten with that place.
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    When in Baltimore, do as the locals do and cheer for the Ravens. #GoJoe
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    Call me a southern wimp, but that night at the game was downright frigid.

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    While in Baltimore, my pal Kara and I stayed at the coolest Airbnb—a supa sweet row house.

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    Oh, and just so happened it had a rooftop deck. SCORE!
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    I think it’s safe to say that Kara and I could get used to the rooftop life.

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    And this was the moment I thought to myself why in the world do I live in Dallas? Moral of the story: Maryland is gorgeous.
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    We headed to Annapolis on Friday for the rehearsal dinner. 
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    Em and her maids.
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    The beautiful and historic St. Mary’s Cathedral where Emily + Jeff were married.

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    The venue could not have been prettier.

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    And finally, the weekend ended with a spur of the moment trip to DC/Virginia. Oh HEY, White House!
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    Fun fact: my friend Sarah and I met a Secret Service guy while walking around DC. Never have I felt more cool than when walking around with him. Never.

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    Ok, I just have to brag on the girl in this picture. This is my best friend Sarah and she is a refreshing and steady presence in my life. It never fails that I feel encouraged and loved after conversations with her. Sarah, you’re a good, good gift in my life. Thank you for being my friend!
  2. Oh, how I loved this article. Numbers 3, 22, 23, and 31 are my favorites.
  3. A few friends and I celebrated “Friendsgiving” this past Friday night. Is there anything sweeter than celebrating the gift of friendship? I say no.
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All the best this thanksgiving week,

KAT
Currently listening to “The Middle” by Jillian Edwards

My Best Friend’s Wedding.

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This is the story of my best friend’s wedding (not to be confused with the sub-par 90’s chick flick that featured the ever lovable Julia Roberts).

I met Bailey my freshman year of college at a winter conference with Campus Crusades for Christ…an event that I was less than enthusiastic to attend because it was smack-dab in the middle of my Christmas break. But, it was in the beautiful city of Denver, so I decided to give it a go. Little did I know that I would meet one of my dearest friends that week. I remember thinking that Bailey was sweet and gentle.

Well, two years later, we became roommates and I found out that, though she is sweet, she’s also goofy and fun, relatable and genuine, strong and loyal. Everyone needs a Bailey in their life.

To showcase what a good person and friend she is, I will tell you one of my favorite Bailey stories (that also happens to be one of my most embarrassing moments in life). I moved to Nashville after graduating from college and began working as a production editor at a publishing company. That first week on the job was absolutely overwhelming (I have a clear memory of calling my sister and saying something to the degree of “How did I get this job? I’m not even 100% sure how to use a semicolon.”), and it also happened to be the week of my 23rd birthday.

Bailey called me the night before my birthday and asked me how I planned to celebrate. Since I had no friends in Nashville yet, I think I responded with something like, “I’ll probably get Pei Wei takeout and bake myself a cake.” Bailey felt sorry for my pathetic self, so she decided to take matters into her own hands by calling the human resource department at my company and saying, “My best friend just moved to Nashville. Her birthday is tomorrow, and she doesn’t know anyone. Please make sure someone tells her happy birthday.”

Bailey’s message was forwarded to my publishing director’s inbox, who then told everyone on my floor something like: “It’s the new girl’s birthday. She has no friends. Please stop by office 402 and tell her happy birthday.”

So, throughout the day, I had tons of new co-workers come by and wish the “girl with no friends” happy birthday. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty mortifying. But, how many people would call up human resources just to make sure their friend is acknowledged on her birthday? Not many. That Bailey is one special cookie.

A few years ago, Bailey mentioned that she was going on a date with Jared (her now husband). I had heard Jared’s name a few times, but only in a friendship context up to that point. I was excited about this relationship, though, because I knew he was a kind, humble man who loved Jesus. And when I first met Jared a year ago, I knew he was the right guy for my gal.

It’s apparent when you’re around Bailey and Jared that they are better together than they are on their own. They both love the Lord deeply, and together, they serve Him through their words and actions. I’m overjoyed for them and am excited to support and pray for them as they navigate married life.

So, here’s to Bailey and Jared.

(Also, that was my maid of honor speech, in case you couldn’t tell…)

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Waiting for my Uber driver in Dallas. Wearing fall clothes to fit Nebraska weather. Sweating like a pig.
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The blushing bride herself! I got some quality solo time with Bailey on Thursday, which was fun and special. We got our eyebrows threaded, bought Bai some wedding night lingerie (I was WAY out of my league with this M.O.H duty), and ate our fill of Nebraska-style Tex Mex.
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We made a pitstop before the rehearsal dinner at the boutique I worked at in college—this place taught me the value of having strong interpersonal skills when dealing with customers and strong folding skills when dealing with clothes.
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And while at said boutique, I couldn’t pass up some $10 fringe stilettos.
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Rehearsal dinner!
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My bachelorette gift for Bailey. The southerner in me just had to have her new initials monogramed on her robe.
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Bailey gave each of her bridesmaids these super cute clutches (which actually worked out perfectly because I forgot my clutch at home in Texas).
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It’s wedding day!
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This visual goes out to my mom…the only person who would be interested in seeing a bird’s eye view of my up-do.
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And another angle of the hair for Cindy Williamson’s viewing pleasure.
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The loveliest bride. Oh, and you see those buttons…I clasped those bad boys. Harder job than one would think.
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The wedding party was SO FUN. I knew most of the bridesmaids (and two were besties from college—score!), but I didn’t know any of the groomsmen/ushers. Turns out, they were super fun and laid back. We bridesmaids approved.

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#collegefriends #glorydays
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The most special title I’ve ever been given.

Bailey and Jared’s wedding—and love—is simply one for the books. Congratulations, McCoskeys!

KAT
Currently listening to “Cleopatra” by The Lumineers