Hi, I’m Kathleen, but my closest friends call me Kat. Welcome to this cozy corner of the world wide web.
I’m married to Andrew, and we have four kids. In 2020, we moved to Greenville, SC in the middle of the global pandemic. I’m currently working toward my master’s in counseling at a graduate school in Seattle, WA that intersects theology & psychology and is closely tied to the work at The Allender Center. Our kids’ ages range from elementary school to high school and soon to be college (eeekkk!).
I started blogging back in the old-school blogging days when my oldest was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2010 at the age of four. My blog became a safe space for me to process how to stay tethered to Jesus during a difficult season of our lives.
While my oldest was healed from epilepsy in 2015, this health crisis began a journey for our entire family toward healing. What I didn’t realize at the time was that we were being invited into a deeper kind of work in each of our stories, beginning with my own.
Over the past decade I’ve been on a healing journey, of connection over perfection, that largely stemmed from trauma in my upbringing. In addition to my graduate program, I’ve gained wisdom from professionals, mentors, and friends who have walked alongside me over the years. With curiosity and compassion, I’m expanding my capacity to integrate the complexity of my story with God’s story. I’m living in the truth of both/and — grief and hope, rupture and repair, brokenness and beauty, trauma and healing.
I’m learning that for many of us, the ongoing process of becoming unfolds in a way that looks less linear and more circular. Transformation and freedom can emerge in ways that may be messy but feel more honest and expansive.
I’m still learning. I’m learning how to pay attention to my body, mind, and soul and how to see the connection between my past, present, and future. And how this attunement impacts how I love God, others, and myself.
I hope you’ll join me on the journey, as we explore what it looks like to live a more connected life, that looks less perfect but is more grounded. Thanks for showing up in this space.
Walking with love,