Pregnancy, Pain, And My Perfect Husband

“You’re beautiful,” he whispered. Stretch marks race across my tightening skin, my wedding ring is in a drawer due to involuntary swelling fingers, and those extra 25 pounds have begun to give my face that “gathering-nuts-to-prepare-for-winter” look. Eight months into marriage and 34 weeks pregnant, my winter-white body is a long ways from the tanned, …

Skittles: Our First Fight

“You’ve had enough,” I playfully tugged the bag of Skittles out of Elisha’s hand, and sat back on the pillows to finish our movie. “What was that about?” I glanced over, shocked to see Elisha’s mortified face. What on earth was wrong? “Katie, give me back my skittles.” “Are you kidding? You’ve already had more than …

Get Used to Being Uncomfortable

Excerpt from my journal on November 13th, 2014. Pleased to say I can now cook…miracles DO happen. “It’s 3:37pm and I’m already dreading making dinner. I live in a family of wonderful cooks. Mother, Kyla, Kelsey, and even Karaline gain accolades with their domestic skills. Phenomenal salads, gourmet soups, homemade everything, and sometimes even “trim healthy Mama” …