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happy birthday my prince

  Dear Ephraim, This is one of the first pictures I ever saw of you. It’s from the day I got your referral–February 4, 2009. You were 2 months old and from what they’ve told me, you were an amazing little baby. Today’s your birthday. You just turned 3. I can’t even hardly believe it. […]

to infinity and beyond!

too cool for school

happy campers.

we love breakfast foods

The Slurp The Smile The Aftermath

cute meets uke


love it

sold the freezer, now on to the car

2008 Honda CR-V EX-L Excellent Condition, both interior and exterior well cared for Location: Auburn, AL or Columbia, SC Price: $23,500 Mileage: 42,100 Exterior Color: White Interior Color: Grey Transmission: Automatic Engine: Inline 4 Doors: 4 Bodystyle: SUV Drivetrain: Four Wheel Drive Great Gas Mileage: 26 MPG Hwy/20 MPG City Clean Carfax Vehicle History Report […]

cutie pa tootie

the boogie


simply lovely

alabama stereotype, check!

happy new year! from our family to yours

Happy New Year! from Katie Brock on Vimeo.

by far the cutest lion I’ve ever seen. . .

skype:sanity that keeps you pleasant everywhere



i say ummmm way too much

So this semester I’m team teaching my first video based course in the Executive MBA program here at Auburn. Today William, our super fantastic office helper, gave me a copy of my class.  He also recommended that I NOT watch the video because it would weird me out. Welp, he was right. In conclusion, I’ve […]

alabama parking lot

love you dad.

via my Dad’s blog

the countdown.


t-minus 13 hours and counting


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 […]

Really Parker? Really?

Here’s to Alabama being relevant as our coast line faces one of the worst environmental disasters of our time.


dissertation purgatory

this is alabama

And for what it’s worth, I won’t be voting for this guy tomorrow. Maybe it’s the business person in me, but it makes sense, does it to you? /p>

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.

Dear faithful reader (hi mom!),

As you know, I’ve been furiously working on my dissertation recently which is why I’ve been somewhat at a loss for words in this forum. This blank-ness is also why I’ve been posting multitude of Caleb pictures and videos (which I’m convinced is the main reason you come to this site anyway) BUT, hopefully I’ll […]

food haiku for you

Hooray C.S.A.! Starts with delicious berries mouth-watering good.

so that just happened Taylor Swift In Auburn :: April 26, 2010 :: from Robert on Vimeo. More Info

sweet sound to my ears

I’ve known Caleb for 3 months today. I feel like I’ve known him forever. That’s crazy talk. laughing from Katie Brock on Vimeo. laughing from Katie Brock on Vimeo.


*NSYNC from Katie Brock on Vimeo.

old 280 boogie

shout out to pielab!

Hello! PieLab from PieLab on Vimeo.

not always happy

. . . but he is most of the time not always happy from Katie Brock on Vimeo.

old 280 boogie

updates coming soon!

cute meets band-aid

cute meets band-aid from Katie Brock on Vimeo.


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 […]

love of my heart

You are. Photo by Studio A Photography

small things with great love

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa Photo by Studio A Photography

scenes from an extraordinarily regular life

wouldn’t trade it for a million bucks. Photos by Studio A Photography

nap time

Photo by Studio A Photography


Photo by Studio A Photography

he’s a talker

Photo by Studio A Photography

cute while crying

I know, I know, I shouldn’t think this is cute. . .but I mean, COME ON, He’s SO STINKIN’ CUTE I couldn’t resist taking a quick snapshot before coming to the rescue.


helping mommy finish her dissertation

knock knock

Who’s there? a cutie A cutie who? a cutie-pa-tootie Photo by Studio A Photography


Photo by Studio A Photography

yep, we’re happy.

a happy, messy affair

Days with Caleb are a very happy (and sometimes messy) affair. He’s fun and funny. He is all boy. He can make sounds (and smells) come out of almost every orifice. He likes to make farting sounds with his mouth. He dances to Feist and Gnarls Barkley. He LOVES to watch sesame street on youtube and […]


How to keep my kid entertained for hours? EASY. Give him a big giant piece of paper and let him go to town. keeping my child entertained for hours from Katie Brock on Vimeo. Also, if you look closely, you’ll see a few cameos of the motherhand.  Hovering as usual.

love this kid

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.


so fun

my valentine


So despite all of our pre-adoption brainstorming, my mother is still nameless, and grandma just isn’t going to cut the cake.  Suggestions?



love so strong and true dear Caleb, how I love you! my precious baby

travelin’ man

shark attack!!

away we go!!

See you in a few HOURS buddy!!!

this time next week

The recycling will be picked up again The work week will begin anew The milk will probably need to be replaced The weather in Auburn will be beautiful and in the mid-60’s Mom, Meredith, and I will be in Addis Abba, Ethiopia I WILL MEET MY SON FOR THE FIRST TIME I truly can’t wait […]

surprise and the answer i did not want to know

So I had a little surprise waiting for me when I got home from the holidays . . . Question: What’s worse than having rats in your house? Answer: Smelling dead ones in your air vents. In case you’re curious, YES, I am totally grossed out and YES, I have lysol-d my house from top […]


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 […]


Caleb got moved to the foster home in Addis yesterday. That’s where Mom, Meredith, and I will meet him in January. This move is a pretty big deal for the kids because it’s the first time most of them have been in a car and they’re exposed to all new people in a new place. […]

holy moly!

We’re going to Africa to get that baby!!!!! January 23-29, 2010 T-minus 37 days and counting


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.

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 […]

woodland creatures

a field mouse, two slugs and a rat came to visit so long mouse and slugs rat has decided to camp behind the oven he thinks he’s so smart but soon, rat, very soon you will be food for that snake that lives with matt just wait until you slip up and enter the trap […]

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:

juror number 21

Last week I had to report for jury duty.  Having never done it before, I had no idea what to expect. And boy was I caught off guard. The week was full of only criminal trials and they were trying to process 500 of them over the course of the week. That’s right, 500 CRIMINAL […]


They fixed the typo. Kind of.

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 + […]

syrup soppin’

That’s right folks. Today is the annual Syrup Sopping Day in Loachapoka, AL.  Just a hop, skip, and a jump over from Auburn. The festivities are entertaining to say the least and the people watching . . . simply AMAZING. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend stopping by. There’s also a wonderful pumpkin […]

crossroads + holga

creepy crawly things

When I was a kid I was really into creepy crawly things.  Snakes, spiders, worms, fish, frogs, whole nine yards.  I used to LOVE dissecting things, especially in science class.  Figuring out how creatures worked, what their hearts looked like, where their guts were. . . all of it really.  I’m not sure when I […]


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 […]


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

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.

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 […]


I usually operate at about 96%.  In other words, I never usually have my act COMPLETELY together.  Although I do give it my best shot, it never fails, that elusive 4% gets me every time. Take last week for example.  It’s 8:00 am and I’m geared up to teach my first class of the semester. […]

Charlotte’s Web

About two weeks ago a spider moved into my back yard.  I know, I know, there are probably HUNDREDS of spiders that live there already, but this one is like the King, or rather, the Queen of all of the spiders.  She is gigantic and her name is Charlotte.  And every night for the past […]

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 […]