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Katie

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Katie left her home state of Tennessee to come pursue an interior design degree in Oklahoma fourteen years ago. She met a handsome young fella from Oregon while in school, and they decided to marry and settle down in OKC. A dog and two daughters soon followed. She has been a textile designer, showroom merchandiser, custom furniture draftsman and children’s minister, but her most challenging and favorite role has definitely been that of a mother. You can read about the adventures she shares with her family at Strawberry Ruckus. Katie enjoys reading, being creative, exploring old houses, eating peanut butter, zumba and watching complete television series all at once on Netflix.

A Mama’s Farewell Letter to Oklahoma

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Dear Oklahoma, I moved here seventeen years ago when I was a teenager. Eighteen years old to be exact. I had a lot of dreams and hopes for my future as I entered college, but...

I’m a Looker, Not a Cooker

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When I first got married 13 years ago, a friend gave me a magnet that stated "I'm a looker not a cooker." It's been on my fridge ever since. Maybe it was foreshadowing. How was...
Make 2018 Your Year of No

Make 2018 Your “Year of NO!!!”

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Happy 2018!  Wait, what?! Where did 2017 go? What about all those stinking resolutions/goals/one words/themes I made 12 months ago and abandoned 12 days into it?!  Anybody else feeling whip-lashed by father time?  Well I'm here to...

I See a Therapist, and I’m Not Ashamed

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I see a therapist. There. I said it.  I feel like there is a pretty big stigma around mental health so it's hard to discuss without someone jumping to conclusions. Does she have postpartum depression?...

Be Grateful….OR ELSE! {Raising Thankful Kids in an Entitled World}

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The Thanksgiving season is upon us. It's my personal favorite holiday, and I think it's because it truly doesn't feel like a commercialized one (maybe because with Christmas on it's heels it CAN'T be!)...

We’re All Just Winging It

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Upon leaving the hospital with their newborn, I think most people are astounded by the realization that they are now in charge of keeping another human being safe and alive. Oh sure we mamas...

Farewell Carefree Summer Days…Hello Familiar Routine

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I have such ambiguous feelings about the end of summer. It's such a bittersweet time with the school supply lists looming. I'm trying to eek out some last few carefree summer moments with my...

Ode to the Potty Training Mom

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There she stands. In the doorway of her home. Contemplating if she should dare brave the world today. Should she dare to step outside her home? The world can be a cruel place to...

I’m Raising Them to Leave Me

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When the Mamma Mia! Broadway show debuted and the movie became a blockbuster hit, most mothers knew if they needed a cry they could count on Abba's "Slipping Through My Fingers" to help get the tears...

I Wasn’t Prepared for This! {The Gross Side of Parenting}

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*Disclaimer: All of these stories you are about to hear are true. They may not have happened to me or my children but to people I know. If you have not had first hand...

5 Things I Learned From April the Giraffe

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Saturday morning, I had two friends text me the exciting news: "April's having her baby!" and "It's happening!" You might think April is a friend of mine or at least an acquaintance. No, April...

The Top 10 Signs It’s Time to Break Up…..with Facebook

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I know I'm not the only one feeling it. The climate of the social interweb right now is a stressful place. What once was a place to connect with friends that live across the...