Being Thankful In The Hard Times- Part Three

Thanksgiving

Continued from Part One and Part Two… Nov 16- Before the clock strikes midnight and I go down in history as not being grateful for anything on the 16th day of the Thanksgiving month (a horrible fate to be known as an ingrate on the 16th…), I want to express my gratitude to all the […]

Being Thankful In The Hard Times- Part Two

Thinking

Continued from Part One… Nov 1- October has come to a close. It was one of the hardest and most painful months of my life, and I’m almost relieved to turn the page on the calendar to November. I mostly keep my grief off social media, because I could very easily turn your newsfeed into […]

Being Thankful In The Hard Times- Part One

Praying

In early October, my family experienced an extremely painful and heartbreaking loss. I can’t say I handled the grief very well. I was a wreck, but I didn’t WANT to be a wreck. I wanted to be able to stand in quiet confidence and say, “It is well with my soul.” A lofty goal for […]

Unexpected Outcomes

Unexpected Outcomes

“Now listen, you who say ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you […]

Intervention Of The Creator

Caravaggio

This is a guest post written by Leo Cloutier (who happens to be my father). He has given me permission to swipe his written materials every Friday and post them here. Actually, it was more of an “exchange of goods” really… a barter system… I bake him many cookies and he lets me post his […]

The Truth About Happiness

Happiness

“It seems to me quite disastrous that the idea should have got about that Christianity is an other-worldly, unreal, idealistic kind of religion that suggests that if we are good we shall be happy… on the contrary, it is fiercely and even harshly realistic, insisting that… there are certain eternal achievements that make even happiness […]

Christmas Lights In November

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So guess what?! There are only 36 days, 16 hours, 58 minutes, and 32 seconds left till Christmas!!! WOOOOOOOOOT!!! I don’t wait for December 1st-25th to celebrate Christmas. I celebrate all year. I listen to Christmas music all year. I watch the Polar Express whenever I feel like it… in April, August, October… whenever! My […]

Why I Write

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Why do I write? I’ve asked myself that a lot… I’m a non-confrontational introvert with an approval addiction the size of Texas, and I battle crippling fear (wow- that was a whole lot of raw naked honesty in a single sentence! I feel faint). My words are like close intimate friends of my heart, and […]

It’s Not My Story

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My name is Katie. Not Katherine or Katelyn or Katerina… Just simply Katie. It’s a simple name that suits my quiet laid-back demeanor and my child-like faith. I like it (Good job, Parental Units! Gold Star!). I used to have a simple easy life to match my little name, and my easy comfortable days always […]