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Category Archives: Relationships

ephraim & caleb’s adoption story

Here’s the video Here’s the prezi

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 […]

confide entirely

I came across this quote the other day and it made me stop and think and wonder if the same is true in my life? I’ve given it a good thinking for the past several days and  I’m still not sure.  I think for me the faith part has certainly been a growing and a […]

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 […]

welp, it’s a maybe!

Just a quick update because I still have to go pack and try and make it to the airport on time, but the birth mother gave her consent and I’m still waiting on all of the letters to go through (see 50/50). There’s a chance they could be there by my court date on the […]

island life part 1


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 […]



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 […]

thanks jack

“We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words-to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it…”

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.


I feel long overdue in posting, but MY GOODNESS, what a whirlwind the past week has been.  We’ve been stateside 4 days and I’m just now starting to feel human again.  My brain and my heart are so full I feel as if they are going to burst at any moment.  I was putting away […]

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 […]

So Thankful

make your life count

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christmas gift idea

Sponsor a Compassion kid.

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.

holy moly!

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


I’m an INFP, what are you?

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 […]


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 birthday

Mr. Caleb has 5 fingers on each hand and 5 toes on each foot. He also turned 5 months old today. Dang so I get excited when I think about birthday parties and birthday posters (thanks to lou’s mom for that idea), special meals, showing him about giving and loving and laughing.  I can’t wait […]

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 […]


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, […]

lectio divina

I’ve recently *read: today* started a new devotional book.  I’m not usually one for reading daily devotionals, but recently *read: the last 12 months* I’ve started feeling a bit unraveled and not quite settled.  Of the few solaces I’ve found, the primary core consisting of reading, meditating on scripture, shopping, drawing, running, and working, scripture […]


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:

on reading

I heard this the other week on This American Life, a podcast I listen to it almost every Sunday night.  This particular quote stood out to me like a red rose in a field of daisies because I think it fairly accurately and succinctly sums up why I love reading so much.  Reading good books, makes […]

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 + […]

olive trees & poetry

Every semester I make my students read Thomas Friedman’s book The Lexus and the Olive Tree.  Every semester they moan and groan and complain that it’s too dense, too long, and too complicated for them to understand.  But I make them read it anyway.  And every now and then, I catch moments where I can […]

thoughts on life and the future

Awake every day I work, run, write, teach, and try to be more human. Discovering who I’m made to be in this life, what I’m meant to do. My thoughts sometimes race emotions well inside me insecurities. And then I relax simply breathing and loving learning to let go.

connecting the dots

My brother and I used to play this game whenever we got really bored somewhere (although mom never actually let us say “bored”, but that’s another story for another day).  ANYWAY, the point of the game is to draw a bunch of dots, and take turns connecting them.  The objective is to make a square […]


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 […]

precious announcement

When my dad was a kid, his dad died of cancer.  When I was a kid, my granddad died of cancer.  My Nana bravely buried two husbands and then tried as best she could to figure out life as a single female.  The first time, with three kids. The second time with three adult kids, […]

happy birthday brother

To my brother, on the day commemorating his birth You have no idea what type of influence you hold in my life.  I know I always tease you about being strange and quirky (mostly it’s because you’re a Brock and it’s true) and that sometimes I’m not all that great of a big sister. When […]


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



The moon is perfect tonight. Round, white, behind hazy clouds peeking through the trees. I feel as if it’s saying to me, “Come flirt with me, dance with me, imagine, remember. Remember when you were a kid and grownups seemed so big and you seemed so small? Remember when simple things like playing hide and […]

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

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 […]

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 […]