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mix tapes & a bit more about me

A friend and I are in the process of a really interesting dialogue related to planning our futures and as a part of it, I thought I would open up a few more bits of myself to you. Mainly because I want to begin sharing parts of my new journey towards minimalism and share with […]

conversations, dark chocolate, & authenticity

This is a blog I wrote a long time ago, but never posted because I wasn’t sure how to finish it.  This morning, I think I figured it out. However,  I wanted to keep it in the same context, so just know that the “tonight” I refer to was actually almost a year ago before […]

things i carry

This is a passage from the Sermon on the Mount (Message translation) found in Matthew 5. When I did the 40 day fast back in the Summer of 2007 as I prayed through the adoption calling on my life, this passage was the main focus for that time.  I had always heard people say that […]

island life part 1

hell in a handbasket

troo!

things i miss

Mel street at midnight.

raw

When I wake up in the mornings I look pretty terrible. It usually takes me a few minutes to get my bearings, drink my coffee and generally get my day started. Some mornings are rougher than others. Recently they’ve been harder than most; mainly because I write best and most clearly at night. I think […]

haiku pickup lines

complements of one mr. joshua blankenship. thank you friend, this brightened my day.

another shout out

My friends are so much cooler than I’ll ever be. . .and yes, I was one of those people who asked if they know Michael Phelps.  I can’t help it.  My inner dork (I call her Mable) is just bursting at the seams and has to make an appearance every now and then.

frenemies

filling the ole lexical gap.

shout out to pielab!

Hello! PieLab from PieLab on Vimeo.

shout out

Quick shout out to my good buddy George and his new website. Check it out!

thoughts on easter

I’ve been thinking a lot over the past few days. About my faith, about my son, and also about how much our lives have changed in the last few months.  I wonder if Caleb feels safe? Does he feel loved? Does he know that he is precious? I hope as I try my best to […]

if

A dear friend recited this poem at lunch the other day. Poetry and lunch are not usually something that go together in my world, so it was a little breath-taking to have them merge in such a seamless way. It was a very precious moment and I hope I remember it for a very long […]

a lesson on grief and redemption

Sometimes God asks you for a little. A smile, a kind word, 10%. Other times he asks for a lot. A car, a difficult relationship, a mission trip. And still other times he asks for everything. Reinvent your life, move to Hong Kong, become a parent. For a long time I liked to think that […]

sledding on campus

Karlee and the bug + snow + inflatable fish = good times. Karlee and the bug sledding from Katie Brock on Vimeo. I also love that two days after the snow storm it’s in the 50’s.

2009

So I guess in blogland, everyone makes a big deal out of the changing of the year.  Best of lists, worst of lists, lists of memorable moments, yada-yada-yada.  We’ll if you know me, and quite a few of you actually do know me in ‘real life’, you’d know that I am a list maker.  To-do […]

this one bears repeating

. . . and is also what I’m going to teach Caleb when he’s old enough Beautiful_02- Single Guys Outtake from NewSpring Media on Vimeo.

hello, my name is ______________

This is one of my favorite pictures of my parents who are now (as of last Tuesday) grandparents!!! The first (and only) time I went to Africa, my mom went with me.  About half way through the trip we got the ick.  In what seems to be a trend with me and traveling in underdeveloped […]

Thanksmas

Thanks to everyone who came out on Monday. Thanksmas 2009 was a bit hit and fun was had by all. You are all loved and I can’t wait to see you again. You fill my house with laughter and great joy! Peace and love and good luck on finals.

his name

Brought to you by the country of Ethiopia and the letter C

BIG NEWS

The Brock Clan just got a lil’ bit  bigger!!!! Hey Everybody!!

then and now

Coming back home after this holiday season I was struck with just how very different this homecoming was compared to the one 365 days prior. Then I was dog tired, emotionally spent, and sick as could be. Now I am well-rested, have many more emotional tools in my toolbox, and am healthy as a clam. […]

this i believe

1. my value will never be determined in numbers 2. neither will yours 3. one cannot have too much love 4. one should always celebrate holidays with family (both real and those you collect along the way) 4. sharing a meal is perhaps the best way to get to know someone 5. everybody needs a […]

dreaming

The Missing Piece

Below is a precious email from my friend Bill.  He died a few years ago from complications from an epileptic seizure. Although I know in my mind he is gone, when I read things like this, part of me likes to pretend he’s still knocking around, wearing his white t-shirt and glasses, and as usual, […]

it’s amazing

how much joy these little creatures bring to my life.

things i do not like and why my chips are in the fridge

I have a problem. Mice inhabited my house. I am not happy. Thank goodness for George, the manliest man I know. He is not afraid. Tomorrow he comes. Mice beware! For soon you die. No tears will be shed.

easy like sunday morning

I’ve recently discovered that spending time like this with friends is perhaps the best way to spend one’s mornings. And because I couldn’t resist:

halloween half

This is the 3rd year I’ve talked about doing a halloween half marathon. The difference between this year and all of those other ones? I actually did it this time around. But more importantly, so did my friend Eric.  2 years ago Eric weighed 100 lbs. more than he does today.  And today he ran 13.1 […]

best day

clear skies at midnight a true Alabama end to such a great day This is Bella, and this is a picture story of our day at the park. This is why 5-year olds should not give themselves haircuts. This is the best thing E-V-E-R. Even for the big kids. This is why 5-year olds + […]

Chicago II

Heading to Chicago today for FUN and NOT for work.  It will be good to get out of town for a pure and true vacation. Also, I’m still looking for stuff to do/people to see.  Any takers? (Pssst. Aneel, John, & Turnbaugh. . .that means YOU!)

letters

So I’ve neglected this blog for a few days because I’ve been distracted with life and other writing endeavors.  Namely letter writing.  I’ve found great satisfaction over these last few weeks connecting with friends (new and old) directly.  It’s not that I don’t cherish this platform, but if I’m honest, I enjoy the direct connections […]

freebies

I enjoy free things But sometimes they’re not so nice Dog poo on my shoe

tribute to ms. vines

Ms. Vines, Best of luck on your new adventure. Auburn will miss you. Come back soon! xoxo, Us.

running

Hear ye! Hear ye! The Highlands Running Small Group is kicking off THIS Saturday with a short jaunt around the neighborhood. Meet at the church parking lot at 8 a.m. Requirements: shoes & a smile!

dang.

http://markscancer.blogspot.com/

Intentionality & The Social Justice League

First meeting of the season.  We are waking up from our hibernation & are launching the new semester THIS TUESDAY with  . . . wait for it . . . a potluck!  Hooray! 7:00 at the 528. Requirements: Humor and an Open Mind Be there or be circle.

for alana

dear rachel

I miss you and your technicolor heat transfer fancy pants.  Let’s build a time machine and go back to middle school. OK?  Or I could just buy a plane ticket.  That would probably be easier.  January? xoxo, me.

sift as wheat

I just finished reading The Healing Path and am sitting here in the library cafe, having also just finished my lunch, mulling over the last few pages of the book. In the last passage Allender writes about relationships, cleaving to each other as we progress in our stories.  He links this notion of ‘cleaving’ to […]

28 is (not so) great!

I dated a guy a few years ago who came up with themes for every year of his life.  When I turned 28 last year, my theme was, “28 is great!”  11 months in, that turned out to not really be the case. Although I did get to do quite a few cool and interesting […]

snails mails

Josh sent me this in the mail last week.  I laughed for about an hour. Thanks buddy!

Wanted: Narrator of Awkward Social Situations

While dining in Chicago my friends and I discovered a new game: narrating the internal dialogue of our restaurant companions at Harry Caray’s: Scenario 1: Ms. Lonely heart: Gorgeous woman on a date with 2 gay men, one of whom she was oh-so-obviously in love with.  I told my friend Brian I’d give him $20 […]

Breathe by U2

The lyrics that get me every time: Every day I die again, and again I’m reborn Every day I have to find the courage To walk out into the street With arms out Got a love you can’t defeat Neither down nor out There’s nothing you have that I need I can breathe Breathe now […]

Relationships & Elephants

Things are never as they seem. Over the past few years I’ve discovered that new relationships are somewhat like opening presents at a white elephant party where only half of the guests know about the ‘white elephant’ part. Sometimes you open an ill-wrapped and slightly-crumpled envelope, not expecting much, and instead find that you’ve just […]

on the edge

This is where I exist most of the time now.  Teetering precariously between hope and devastation. Most days I am hopeful.  I would be lying if I didn’t recognize the fact that sometimes this hope is merely optimistic denial, but more often than not takes the form of peace and rest.  A peace that God […]

Chicago, Part I

Favorites (and also a list of pictures that I did not take): 1. View from the lounge at the John Hancock Building. Really, if I lived in Chicago, I would make it a point to go here at least once a week. 2. Meeting some new friends, catching up with some old ones (Hi Tracey! Hi […]

cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater

Rules schmules.  I had to come up for air from the Allender book, and a little Sedaris never hurt anyone . . . although it has been known to make them giggle. Sidenote:  When I was in college, some friends back home played a fantastically annoying game called “TaDAOW.”  Essentially the game went like this: […]

Chicago

So I’m going to Chicago this weekend to do some stuff for work and also for fun.  As much as I’ve moved around this lil’ ole’ planet of ours, I’ve never made it to Chicago . . . kind of a tragedy now that I think about it.  However, it is a small tragedy that […]

dear facebook

I take it back.  I still don’t like you. Sorry Rachel (and everybody else) I just can’t bring myself to be a facebooker right now.  Until then, just pick up your phone and call me!  Or better yet, hop on over & visit in person!  (that’s the best)

Lil’ Ole Auburn

So I’ve been on a bit of an Auburn high recently.  Especially since we made US News and World Report’s “Top 10 Best Places to Live in America” list last month.  Although I moved here kicking and screaming a few years (read: almost FIVE!!!) ago and was pretty sure that when I moved here I was […]

Thanks & I love you.

On the day I lost the baby I had 26 voice mail messages, about 100 text messages, and dozens of missed calls when I turned on my phone that night.  The next day, I got even more. Even though I wasn’t in a place where I could take the calls, It made me feel really, […]

Good luck, my friends!

So I don’t know much about swimming, and I know even less (read *nothing at all*) about being a professional athlete. However, some of my friends know a great deal about both of those things. And for those of you who don’t know, next week is the FINA World Championships in Rome. Apparently, it’s kind […]

In my element

Getting back to basics and doing things that I love. Also, to all of my longboarding friends who are out of town . . . GET BACK HERE ASAP!  I mean it!

well apparently,

I am not a movie buff . . . and my friends have recently taken it upon themselves to catch me up to speed. This weekend’s classic: The back story, and the cat I never told you about: Before I left for the beach, South Carolina, or Greece, I found a cat . . . […]

2 things I love.

Potlucks and these people.

on being healthy

In my life I’ve learned that I have to do very distinct things to stay healthy. Not just physically healthy (although that’s a big part of it), but more so mentally and emotionally healthy. These are the things that I need. I need rest. Rest in many different forms. Rest as in sleeping. Rest as […]

hugs & healing & heart capacity

Over the past few weeks I’ve really come to cherish the warm embraces of people who love me. In other words, my friends give great hugs. Some of them were comfort hugs-like the kind where you can cry on their shoulder and stain their shirt with your pain. Some of them were “wow, it’s SO […]

dear facebook

I still don’t like you, BUT I miss my friends. Particularly this one, this one, and this one.

Starts with a V and ends with an -acation

Top 5 10 vacation moments so far: 1. Laughed until I cried, and then laughed some more 2. Saw the ocean & a few jumping fish 3. Ate good food, with great friends & a few divas (you know who you are) 4. Got lost jet skiing on the intercostal waterway in a labyrinth of […]

time for every season

Most of you know, but for those that don’t, I lost the baby on Wednesday. I’ll keep you posted as things progress, but right now I’m just trying to focus on the present. On being here, r-i-g-h-t n-o-w. And on breathing, and on being loved by the people around me, and on enjoying the beautiful […]

happy belated. . .

Dear Alana, You always make me smile. . .and laugh until I cry.  I am very glad that you were born.  Here’s to another year! Love, Katie (p.s. Want to go to the beach?)

crooked lines

Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage.  The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. -Matthew 6   The older I get, the more complicated life seems to become.  Someone recently told me that for me, some things are like crooked lines, and […]

today I have lived and loved. . .

1. grace 2. freedom 3. rain storms that catch you off guard 4. quirky friends who seek love in unique ways 5. being comfortable in my own skin 6. discovery 7. writing 8. being almost done with school.  FINALLY. 9. reconnecting with friends both old & new 10. realizing that the past isn’t so scary […]

prayers.hurt.grace

please pray for sweet friends, Allen & Courtney Tipping as they walk through these next few hours, days, weeks, and months. Specific prayers from their blog: “Pray for Courtney’s body to heal quickly. Pray for Allen and Courtney to hurt over the loss of their 6 babies in the healthiest way, but to also lean on […]

Happy Birthday Ben!!

My friend Daphne is adopting a little boy from Ethiopia and today is his first birthday.  We all can’t wait to meet Ben and are praying that he comes home as soon as possible!!

hello, my name is ___________________.

So the reality of adoption is beginning to hit me.  Soon, well, hopefully soon, motherhood will land on the brock house . . . and all I know is that everything in my life is going to change.   I was having lunch with some sweet friends and their kids from church today and asked […]

side note

Stevo moved to Italy & started a blog. . .and yes, he’s in Tuscany. . .that’s so awesome.

swimming swimming swimming

Just found this blog by my sweet friends Mark and Ashley Gangloff.  Its about Mark’s olympic experience in Beijing.  It was so fun (and amazing) to watch him swim.  Can’t wait to catch up with them stateside! So, so proud of you Mark!! WAR EAGLE!

going for GOLD

  Holy Moley! He WON, he really, really WON!! Never before have I been all that interested in the olympics. . .until now that is.  Surprisingly to me, the little town I now call home (Auburn, AL), is also home to many olympians, including Cesar Cielo whose swimming performance last night earned him the title […]