All About the Memories

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Who knew American Girl dolls were so addictive? We finally jumped in the deep end of the pool and my mom took the girls and I to the Houston AG store last weekend.  Amazingly we stayed on a budget – no small feat. I really did enjoy the massive smiles on the girls’ faces when we walked into the store. It was a great, great weekend.

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If you’ve ever wanted to know what a Texan sounds like chatting about Holy Week and saying words like “Christ”, “light” and “holy week” with a twang, you’re in for a treat. You can hear my full EWTN Radio interview over at the Son Rise Morning Show (the podcast should be up shortly). I share my experience of celebrating Holy Week with kids without paving a one-way street to purgatory. It can happen.

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I’m finally jumping on the “24” bandwagon, like five years too late. Oh Jack Bauer, how am I going to get any sleep? 24 episodes a season for eight seasons? I’ll catch all y’all in 2025.

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If you missed First Communion week here on the blog, there are some great finds. While the giveaways are officially over, the goodness isn’t. We’re gearing up for a sweet girl’s big day and I can hardly contain the excitement. Hers and mine.

first communion week, team whitaker

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The preemie of the house hit a huge milestone. A big boy bed! Granted, we’re finding him sleeping everywhere else except the bed. Didn’t you know? Under the bed, behind the chair and behind the curtain are ALL the rage in sleeping areas these days. After twelve straight years of having a crib in the house, this is the first time it’s been in storage. I’m still not sure how I feel about that.

luke, blog_009

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SXSW was fun. I mean, where else can you chat with other Catholic mom bloggers, get hit on twice and ride the metro with good friends like Lauren, Brandon and Dorian? Austin, that’s where. Click here for the audio from the (Unofficial) SXSWi event. Sorry, no audio available from the random intoxicated guys. Next time you see me in real life, I’ll share the stories with you. They’re way funnier in person. Quote from the weekend, “So, are you married, or what?”

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Saving the best for last! My parents are joining the Catholic Church next Saturday. Easter Vigil will officially mark us as an entire family of converts – me, my brother and our parents. How cool is that? Please keep them in your prayers as they begin a new path on their faith journey. We’ll be taking two of our children with us to the Vigil Mass and it should be a great evening to remember. I promise to post pictures.


  1. Ann-Marie on March 22, 2013 at 7:53 am

    How wonderful that your parents are coming in!

    • Kathryn on March 22, 2013 at 8:02 am

      We are so excited for them!

  2. Amy Wood on March 22, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I would love to hear your family’s conversion stories. So neat!

    • Kathryn on March 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      I just might convince my bro to share his story. He’s a fabulous writer. Stay tuned!

  3. verdinalouisa on March 22, 2013 at 9:30 am

    How exciting!!!! I’m sure your example had a lot to do with your folks’ investigating and choosing the Catholic faith!

    God bless them!

    Blessed Holy Week to all!


  4. Claire Belby on March 22, 2013 at 9:41 am

    This last bit of news is HUGE!! A-mazing. God is so good.

  5. Valerie on March 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Great post! Loved everything…congrats to your parents…how exciting! Funny story…driving on I-70 across Missouri and hear a promo for the Son Rise Morning Show and “Kathryn Whitaker”. What???!!! I was thinking “I know her” (as if!!! LOL) Forgot to get up and listen yesterday so I will check out the link. So cool!

    • Kathryn on March 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      HAHAHA! You know me, probably better than some of my real life friends 🙂

  6. Susan on March 22, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Such a wonderful post – loved it all! Our George is getting ready for his First Holy Communion as well, and we are all so excited as a family. All of the boys wear the same outfit on their special day (passed down from brother to brother), and the tie and sport coat is most important. My oldest boy just volunteered to be the one who helps George dress for the special day. I love that they know what an important day in their lives it is!

  7. Kim Elkins on March 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Kathryn, Please tell your parents that I am very excited for them. They will be a true blessing to the church. 🙂

  8. Micaela @ California to Korea on March 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Congratulations on your parents’ conversion. So beautiful.

  9. Nicole on March 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I’ll miss reading your posts next week, but glad to hear you are taking the time. Have a blessed Easter!

    (and I am a 24 fan! enjoy watching!)

    • Kathryn on March 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      I do have a few posts I’m writing this weekend for a couple of guest blogging stints, so I’ll have the link on the blog. Technically, not writing, right? 🙂

  10. Cathy Thoman on March 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I am so excited to hear about your parents! Had no idea! Definitely want full details on their conversion (and your brothers!) as well as pictures! Have an awesome Holy Week!

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