Weekend Recap

I hope you had a great weekend like I did!

We spent the weekend in North Carolina. We had a great ending to our trip but it did’t start out so great! Anytime my bag gets lost with all my make-up and hair products, it’s kind of scary. On the bright side, when I was told I would not be getting my bag till the next afternoon if at all, I found a new make-up line.  Behind our hotel was a Walmart, not a Target for heavens sake, but a Walmart. As I meandered through the makeup isles I found this really beautiful line called Flower by Drew Barrymore. You probably already know about it! I’m a little slow finding this little stash of goods!  I am a make-up junkie. I have tried it all and will continue on.  I have 50 shades of red lipstick and I somehow see a different hue in all of them. This stuff really matters…ha!

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As you can see, the packaging is really pretty. And I like it all! I will be going back for more colors!

Thankfully my luggage did arrive. late.  I missed a morning session I was supposed attend but hey, I had a real excuse to stay in my hotel and sleep in!

The weekend just got better and better. God blessed our time in ministry, He blessed me with rest, and I was blessed with new make-up. So today when I arrived home, and the drill began with school pick-ups and baseball practices, I felt completely recharged and present with my kids.

I plan on being at my blog a little more this week and the weeks to come. I want to share some things that are going on, some things that are on my heart, some new endeavors we have ahead and stuff  like that. So come back soon!

Happy Monday and have a great week!

K

 

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What Day Is IT

Does your Tuesday feel like Monday too?

Im a little thrown off from the 4 day weekend we just had. It was too good to us and we are a little sad it’s over. I wanted to skip the gym today and Jaydon wanted to skip school, totally a Monday kind of day. We both pushed through.

So, this weekend we were all home. Landon had his 8th grade dance Friday night and he was super cute all dressed up.

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I think he had a good time. You know how boys are, the details go unspoken.

I can’t believe I will have two in high school next year. Time is passing so fast. It seemed like the days would never end when they were in diapers, and now I can keep daylight long enough.

Saturday the boys stayed at some paintball field all day long and I got lost in Target around the book section.  Once I realized I had read half the book, I came home with Gwyneth Paltow’s cookbook, It’s All Good.  I have started off this year eliminating some things from my diet and this book has some healthy inspiration in it, along with weekly menus. I like people to make it plain for me and they even spelled it out pretty good.  Really…who doesn’t want to look a little more like Gwyneth?

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And lastly,

We had a lazy sleep in kind of Sunday. The kind where you stay a little longer in your jammy’s, have a few extra cups of coffee, and find a late church service to attend. It was glorious. For the people in my life that this is your norm and you take it for granted, I will gladly drag you with me next Sunday into my world.  God must have had a hand in us going to the late service  because at the moment we all walked into the foyer of church, eyes met a couple we hadn’t seen in 20 years when I lived in another state.  Before we went to Lee University, Trent and I led worship in a youth group where this couple was on the leadership team. We all stopped and stared at each other like, “hey….I know you!” Come to find out we are practically neighbors, and I wouldn’t have known it if we hadn’t slept in! See…God wants us to rest!

ps. It was an Anthropology kind of Sunday too..

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Happy First Sunday 2014

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Cheers to a fresh start! This is my first post of 2014 and I decided to make it a fashionable one.  Today we enjoyed Sunday like a normal family and just attended church. It was nice to pick something random to wear. No people to coordinate with, no fear of pattern collision, no hang-ups. ha.

I go in a few different directions with clothing like someone with multiple personalities.  I love fashion and I love the many different styles out there, but mostly the fun for me is mixing it all up and creating my own look. AND… lately the fun is shopping my own closet and making something look totally new. I do have “stuff”.  My closet looks like it threw up most of the time. I hate getting rid of anything because I just know how things work together! I tell myself I’m gonna need it…eventually.  When I travel, I’ve learned to live like a minimalist and dress pretty basic or hear the frustration of the mister carrying all my bags and thats just not worth it.

One day, when things settle down, I hope all of this pent up fashion sense will make a great boutique.  Somewhere. Someday.

Happy days ahead to you! I am excited about this new year! I have a feeling there will be all sorts of new, good things coming!

XO.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Anxious One

imageThis is about Today. I can’t change yesterday and if you can, please leave me your contact in the comments!  I’ve already come to grips on this issue and I guess we should accept it already that we are all in the same boat moving forward in our earth time. The beauty in every day life is that while we cannot change the past, we are given options to make changes today and tomorrow.  If you don’t like your hair color, you can change it.  If you don’t like your job, you can change it. If you dont like your house, you can redecorate it.  If you are sick of your style, you can re-invent yourself. IF you don’t like your history, YOU can change , and make a better ending to that story! Every day that we awake , we have a choices to make. But.. Some of us get stuck! {me} Round and round thoughts swirl in our heads and this ongoing conversation we have with ourselves produces nothing! No change! I can think about going to the gym all day but if I dont get in my car and go there… All that debating in one mind can get you stuck. AND if you spend all day rehearsing those desires to yourself, you wind up becoming so isolated that no one else is present in your life!  Does this make sense? I am not just talking about the gym here guys. Im talking about what ever you desire in your heart to do that you arn’t doing. Look at these words: -worried, concerned -agitated -nervous -edgy, antsy, tense -wanting something very much, with feelings of unease It ALL spells ANXIETY and if you are just one of those adjectives, you are still in the category of being ANXIOUS! This is what we forget the bible says about it! Phillipians 4:6 Do not fret or have anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. There is an AND to the verse. It goes like this in verse 7… AND God’s peace { shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace} which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. I did a study of that word “and” and it breaks down to mean “increasing an added force”.  SO, here you go….when you let go of things making you anxious, you are increasing a force on peace that will guard over your heart! {so basically, don’t do this, AND this is how it will be for you!} Inner turmoil can cause you to be stuck like nothing else!  Instead of rehearsing these issues, try petitioning God with requests for help. (side note* petition means a written request to a supreme authority. How about journaling those prayers!) Don’t let anything rob you of being present and having joy today. If you don’t have joy then you are absent of the strength of the Lord! This is not the day to be living and lacking strength. We spend too much time worrying over tomorrow and regretting yesterday. There is a day right in the middle that needs to be lived out! Make it count! I love what Habakkuk said in the midst of fear, “Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. But this really breaks it down… The Lord God is my strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds feet and will make me to walk [not stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering or responsibility]! {Hab 3:18,19}

Today, you can make progress! Today you can get un-stuck!
You have a choice!

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How Much, How Many, How Big?

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How much..
How many…

How big is it…?

In the south we call that a pissing contest.
Sorry, that wasn’t very charming or how a southern girl should talk.

But are those questions charming? Polite? Nosey, Nosey, Nosey…..Mind your manners!

Egos, pride, vanity… the American way.

I recently heard a phrase in a conversation that hasn’t settled well with me. It’s not shocking or the first time I’ve heard this phrase, but for me, enough already.

In the joyous occasion of a particular lady sharing the news that they found a buyer for their home and would be building a new one, another lady couldn’t help herself by blurting out, “Well is this house gonna be bigger?”
And I couldn’t help my head from falling and my eyes from squeezing shut and my insides cringing like I had sucked an entire lemon.

I’m sure it just flew right by other listeners and most assuredly the answer was desired to know by some others present.

Why does it bother me?
Because I have been all over this nation and what I see is an epidemic. A disease of the mind. Dis-ease with one-self and desire for what others have. A desire for bigger and better and next. A generation that is obsessed creating perceptions through imagery.

So, what if the answer would have been a big fat NO! What if it’s not bigger? What if we were downsizing because our kids are Headed off to college, or perhaps we cant afford the home anymore due to a job loss? Isn’t it something that instead of feeling embarrassed we asked a shallow question that we project onto them pity with something condescending like “Aw, well that’s great, good for you”.

I’m not knocking having a big home or getting a bigger home. Quite frankly, I could use a larger home right now! Between our ministry offices, 3 kids, a live-in ministry assistant, and the mister with his Bulldog, I could use at least one extra room just to hide in! I’m knocking on the motives that drive us to question those things….homes, cars, churches, followers, IG likes…..how much, how many? Is it more than I have or bigger, or better than mine? Is that the real question?

Why are we given to sensationalism?
In our twisted culture if what I say is not laced with sensationalism and doesn’t make the headlines, nobody cares. It’s not interesting.

I moved recently. Moving is exhausting and it’s one thing I think people will have to do in hell. Move and move again, pack and unpack.
eternally.
So. If I was preparing for a move, let me make it real clear what I would want from a listener that is perhaps a friend.

I moved with intentions of getting into a better school district. My home aesthetics were not the priority although the home we found is a tremendous blessing and a retreat for our family. I could’ve picked a prettier home, or a newer home but it just felt like God said, “here”.
If I were to be in the seat of sharing my story, I would hope that questions about the schools or the well being of my kids were asked. Or how I was surviving another move. Or how maybe I would decorate it?

Not, how many square feet is it? Or
Awe, ______________.
You can fill in the blanks right?

How much, how many, is it bigger, what is next …

What if next is about being in the right place, not a bigger place?
What if we were so present in our now that next is not a highlight, now is?
What if..
I wanted to share what was going on in my heart with you. Would you tune me out if I don’t open with a headline news.
I’ve been in that seat many times and have been let down by the response of friends. I’ve been let down by disinterest. I’ve experienced people change subjects and play the deaf ear. Honestly, I am quite sure that in my past I have been guilty myself of such foolishness so I’m sorry if it was you.

And so the search continues for a deeper level of honesty, deeper relationships, and a greater awareness of others. A better ear to listen, and a softer heart of compassion. And for the record, when we talk……I’m not really concerned with how much or how many.

Sincerity goes a long ways.

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a tale of labor day

the cat has had my tongue a little while.  just saying i am fully aware i haven’t been here much. i thought i would make a come-back today.

i did have a half-way fabulous labor day and i hope you did too. i spent half the day laboring as i cleaned the house again.  but it felt great devoting the rest of the day preparing a fancy dinner. i let out my inner barefoot contessa and rocked it pretty hard in the kitchen. the part of the un-fabulous side of labor day was that I was the only adult at the table enjoying all that. i mean i made risotto!mackin b

 

and i made a blueberry crisp from a book im devouring right now Bread and Wine. it was yummy and a healthy moms dream dessert.

so earlier my mister hinted around that he was doing something to surprise the kids. i like surprises so i didn’t ask. just went on with my plans building a throne to be seated on and hailed as the queen mother.  i had intentions clearly that we would gather around the table for dinner.

after a few hours of hesitating to ask, i prodded. I’ll be home in 45 min turned into two hours+ 45 min.

short story, trent came home with two new toys…jet skis.  as you can probably guess, that outweighed the attention of dinner so it was left on the stove to be microwaved at everyone’s discression.  how could i make them sit down and eat with all that anticipated fun sitting outside.

nothing makes me happier than seeing my kids happy. i’m grateful i married a man that is a smile maker. at my expense, my heart smiled.

all joking aside, everything we do should be aimed at making our Creator smile. i know that when my heart is in serving my family, my true bulls-eye is the heart of my Father. it all goes hand-in-hand. i don’t get put out of place when things don’t go my way because i have a tight grip on this little helper…

Colossians 3:23 whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men

 

 

 

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Still Standing

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Finally…it’s here!

 

An accomplishment. A piece of me. A story.

I hope that you will take Still Standing on walks, on car rides, to the gym, to prayer. There is message interwoven through every song that is my song.. my heart. Still Standing is my testimony of my journey till now.  No matter how high the waters rise, we have a promise that they cannot overtake us. No matter how far the ocean is to cross, we have One with us that is walking on water, holding our hand.  I know who Jesus is. I know how he has changed everything about me, and I pray that somehow, you will hear my heart in lyric, phrase or melody.

 

You can help support our ministry by ordering or downloading our music.

If you desire a cd in hard with artwork and credits you can place all orders at our bookstore here

 

I have also had the privilege of being featured at New Release Tues and you can read the article here 

 

 

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Getting There

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I finally made it to my blog. The past few months I have only communicated in the 140 characters that Twitter allows. Lately, I have somehow adapted that to be my policy on listening as well! It’s sad, I know! I’ll explain…

Crazy how life goes….instead of doing one thing at a time, I simultaneously moved into a new home and launched a new solo project right smack dab on top of each other. Not only did we move into a new home, we started home schooling. My tolerance for the middle school my kids were in hit the ceiling and I found myself pulling them out of school before I had a plan of what was next. That week was also the week James, my producer, let us know that he had a window to work in the studio and if we didn’t take it, it would be a while. SO…I was packing up a home, home schooling, moving, and in-between running back and forth to a local studio handling my project “Still Standing.” The most hectic part was doing all of this during the week because our weekends are mostly spent on the road in ministry engagements.

During these weeks, we had to move two storage units of our belongings from Louisville, KY and coil out 17 years of our “stuff” that we have learned to live without for two years! Again, another task, and pulling off an estate sale was a new priority. It fit in really great sandwiched in one off weekend we had. We literally sold almost everything we had. Everything I have encountered over the past 5 years of traveling has changed me. I want simple. I want to a be a minimalist and streamline everything!

I’m almost there.

Once we moved in, the home school aspect changed. Quickly. The kids were miserable and so was I. Unpacking was on hold during the day as I tried to answer a thousand questions in three different grades. They begged to go back to school…I begged for them to go back to school…. so we re-enrolled to public school. This is no simple task. It was like we were foreigners starting the school system for the first time. Another thing to do is all…

All the burners have been on high, but slowly and surely they are going off one by one. I am looking at only a few more things to tackle at home. We are moving into summer, which blesses me like nothing else. My project Still Standing is finished and I’m just about to say “NEXT”… (I already have a list)

The next few blogs I want to work on will be DIY’s of things I have done around the house. Unless, of course, I am sharing new music.

 

In just a couple weeks and I will have music on Itunes!! If you want to preview it click here… Still Standing

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Still Standing

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I am sooooo close! My music is in the final stage of being set and I can’t wait to share it!

While I am waiting, I am building up a facebook page devoted to music and our ministry where-abouts. Will you please go and “like” it?

I would really appreciate your support!!

In the next couple of days I will be revealing my album cover and running a few contests with some cool give-aways.

Stay tuned…I think there may be an ipad in the mix:)

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Spicy Zucchini- Pineapple Bread

 

 

Whenever I am feeling un-inpsired to cook, I open up one Kate Lee Joel’s cookbooks. It has been my goal to make everything in her books once but this recipe I am sharing has become a repeat. It has zucchini in it and all of my kids devour it. Score!

I feel really  good about myself when this comes out of the oven. And when I am grating the nutmeg and the zucchini, I feel like I’m a pretty legit cook. just sayin..

 

SO here it is.. click the link and it will take you right to the recipe:)

http://www.katieleehome.com/spicy-zucchini-pineapple-bread/

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