She’s 14!

Clare is another year into the teenager gig and we're all still alive. Ha! But seriously, with each passing day she looks more and more like her older sister. It's fun to see that budding relationship. Let's get to that birthday letter. It's a busy week around here! Dear Clare Bear, I just can't quit that nickname. Hope that it doesn't make you cringe. This past year, one thing has really stuck out to me: your heart. When your older ...

Happy 47! Another Lap Around the Sun

If you've been around here for a little bit, you know that I write letters to my kids on their birthdays and share them here. A few years ago, a priest friend of the family encouraged me to do the same, for myself. So, at the suggestion of Fr. Tom, here's this year's birthday letter! Happy birthday to me!! I am such a birthday super fan, so enjoying every last minute of today won't be hard for me. Pretty sure ...

Utah and the Big 5 National Parks

At the height of the pandemic in 2020, we did the only reasonable thing... We packed our bags, cooked our food, iced down the beer coolers and hit the road for wide, open spaces and almost no people. It was glorious! So many people have asked about our trip and just how we did it, so buckle up for a serious dish on national parks and roadtripping with a big family. And in about 6 weeks, I'll share this year's ...

Confirmed, on Her 16th!

This post is about three weeks overdue. May, am I right? On May 16, our sweet Anna-Laura was confirmed in the Catholic Church, on her birthday, by her Godfather. I'm not sure it gets any sweeter than that. Bishop David Konderla, or Fr. David to us (old habits die hard), was a priest in our diocese for many years. He worked at the diocese with Scott as the Director of Vocations and then as the pastor at St. Mary's in ...

Sweet Seven it Is

Seven. The baby of the family is seven. There was a day when I never thought we'd be out of diapers, or naptime or all the million other things that come with having an itty bitty. And, here we are. Babies really don't keep. So instead of wishing for the time back, I'm gonna be oh-so-grateful for the minutes God gave me today with my kids. It's all we've got, y'all. To Gianna, happy seventh birthday sweetheart. We'll party soon ...

He’s 17!

Every kid of mine on their birthday (through age 18) gets a birthday letter on the blog, from me. At first, it started out as something fun to do, but it has transformed into one of my favorite things I do on my kids' birthdays. The written word is powerful. It is forever. So, without any further delay, here's my letter to John Paul in celebration of his 17th birthday! Dear John Paul, You are the kid that brings the ...
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Howdy!

... and welcome to the chaos. I know a thing or two about big families (I've got 6 kids), carpool, Catholic converts, the Texas Aggies, prematurity, date nights with Mr. Whitaker, organization and party planning, but I still don't know why it's so hard for my kids to  put up their shoes. My Texas-sized heart is honored to have you here! Contact me at kathrynwhitakertx@gmail.com

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