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.

Moms, It’s OK to Ask For Help!

As a mom, I often feel like I'm juggling too many things. From our family life to our church priorities to my job to my social obligations to holiday plans to neighborhood projects to...

A March Spring Cleaning Any Mom Can Do

I'm not sure who decided spring was the time to clean. Maybe with the earth's renewal, the days becoming longer, the change of seasons, it just seems the right time for a fresh start....

A Mother’s Winter Rant

Raise your hand if you're ready for Old Man Winter to go ahead and buy the farm, kick the bucket, meet his maker? I know I'm not alone. I'm actually over it about 24...

What “Being Present” REALLY Means

On a day to day basis I change several diapers, comb and style hair, drive to school, make meals, wipe noses, breastfeed, read Thomas the Train 400 times, sing songs, comfort cries, discipline and...

How to Keep Your Sanity During the Holidays

The holiday season is here (or as I like to call it "eating season.") While the memories made and family time are always awesome in hindsight, the reality of them can be a tad...

To the Mother Who Didn’t Immediately Bond with Her Baby

Dear New Mom, Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! I know these days are chock full of emotions. Seeing that precious face that you've been trying to imagine for 9 months, counting those fingers...

Yes, My Kids are 5 Years Apart – ON PURPOSE!

One of those questions moms seem to get asked as soon as their first child is born (literally like before your body has healed from giving birth) is "Soooo, when are you having another...

A Back-to-School Bucket List JUST for Moms

The school supplies are bought, the uniforms are clean, and there is a scent of sharpened pencils in the air. While I am always a bit bummed for the summer to end (seriously HOW does...

Boredom Busters: Photo Scavenger Hunt

When the weather is too hot (or too cold) for being outside, when the kids have exhausted all their summer bucket list items, when the idea well has drained dry, here is an idea...

An Olympic Party for Kids!

What can I say? I love a reason to have a party, and the Olympics are a fabulous reason to have fun with your kids! This year the opening ceremony starts August 5 in...

When Do You Let Your Kids Quit?

My oldest daughter has been involved in a few different activities in her short 6 years. She's still pretty young, so I think just exposing her to many options is a good idea to...

My Wife The Blogger {Father’s Day Series}

In celebration of Father's Day this year we thought we'd bring you some very special guest contributors - our husbands!  We hope you enjoy this unique view into #dadlife from the men in our...