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 ...

Organized Simplicity: How a Mindset Matters

Anybody else drowning in clutter? Do you have a closet or a junk drawer (or five) that need purging? Feel like you keep things for no real reason except you can't part with them? Several years ago, I embarked on a 10-day whole house purge using the book by Tsh Oxenreider, Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-free Approach to Intentional Living as a guide. I wrote about my first experience with the purge in my book, but the super short story is: ...

Giving Gifts with Purpose

In the book, The Five Love Languages, one of them is gift giving. But, truth be told, it's not my primary love language. With six kids and a lot of birthday and holidays, I'm getting better, though! At Casa Whitaker we have a mish-mash of family traditions. Scott grew up Catholic and I grew up Protestant and had never heard of St. Nicholas. Well, technically I had, but that's a story for radio. I had no idea that guy was ...
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... 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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