A Life Update: Just a 2 Hour Drive but a Whole World Away

It was just supposed to be a work trip to the north side of Chicago, but since that day in 2015, a piece of my heart seemed to be forever stuck on the corner of Devon and Western Avenue.  I think it happened somewhere between walking the streets that made me feel like I was…

What Happens When We Cultivate Home

For about two years I lived in this absolutely beautiful, rustic home in a town that is the epitome of small-town America. For most of those years, I was one of three in the house until we finally convinced a fourth girl to move into the downstairs bedroom. To prove how rustic and antique-y this…

The World Will Know You by Your Love

Recently, I’ve had a lot of conversations with friends about the Church—that imperfect group of people who are the Body of Christ. More and more, I find that people are angry with the Church or feel hurt or betrayed or misunderstood by them. Honestly, I get it. I’ve been there too—frustrated and hurt, filled with…

What my Grandparent’s Fridge Teaches You and Me

There are two types of people in this world—those who keep the front of their fridge clean and organized, and those with an obnoxious amount of photos and little-kid drawings and reminders cluttering the front, both sides, and maybe even a bit of the back.  I—most certainly—belong to the latter group. I like to think…

I Think We Speak Different Languages, and That’s Beautiful

Every couple of Thursdays, our house fills with mommas and babies, aunties and sisters. We crowd around our table, sitting on the couch or folding chairs or the floor. Kids build towers with legos and throw a few at unsuspecting victims. The rest of us talk and laugh. We share about our day or tell…

One of the Most Important Questions We Can Ask the Father

Real talk—to my core, I am a worker and a striver. And sometimes, I turn into the worst kind of hustler—fighting to prove that I belong, that my voice carries value, that I am more than another number in this world.  It’s why I need to remember that I don’t make the trees grow. I…

Hey, Maybe This isn’t Your Race to Run

Can I be totally honest? This season of life is challenging, and these days are full of everything but normal. On the really rough days, I find myself looking around at those around me. My peers are chasing successful careers. They’re married and having babies. They’re buying homes and puppies and paying mortgages. Meanwhile…I’m single.I’m…

With Love from Your Single Friend in the Church

This feels like a really delicate thing to write about. These words let you see inside the world of Kate in a way that feels exposing and scary and deeply vulnerable. But I don’t think I’m alone here, so, dear friend, if you’ll give me the space, I’ll try to tell my story with courage. …

Why a Café in Mae Sot, Thailand Matters to You

I look back at pictures and feel as if I had been there, but I wasn’t. In fact, in 2016, I was 9,000 miles away and very much absorbed in my own little world. The happenings of a brand new café in Mae Sot, Thailand honestly wasn’t on my mind.  Three years ago Braverly opened…