I AM KATE. I'M AN AUTHOR, SPEAKER, AND APPARENTLY A BLOGGER. I WRITE ABOUT SURVIVING KIDS, VISION LOSS, AND MY TWENTIES WITH MY FAITH AND SENSE OF HUMOR INTACT.
I HOPE I MAKE IT.
WHAT DO YOU BLOG ABOUT?
I tell about things I notice. Mary Oliver wrote, “Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” I notice things about the human experience, like hope and love and the importance of telling the truth. I notice things about parenthood, about God, and about relationships, so I tell about those things. I notice funny things, because I think most of life could be told as a comedy if you see it right. This blog is like a lifestyle blog, only a little less style and a little more life.
SO, YOU WROTE A BOOK BASED OFF A BLOG POST?
Yep. And here's the gist of it...
Respect > Attention.
You Are Beautiful, Just So.
Be Nice on the Internet.
Replace Drama with Passion.
Don't Follow Your Heart.
Emotion Is Good.
Smoking is Not Cool.
All Opinions Are Not Equal.
Dumb is Never Cute.
You Are Enough.
CHECK OUT SOME OF MY FAVORITE POSTS...
But God - God is surprising. Which is strange, since He’s also the same yesterday, today, and forever... [READ MORE]
Do for One - Trying to be a moral person feels like a minefield some days – there are just so many things one is supposed to care about. And not just care about – pray about... [READ MORE]
Tiny Home - This is a love letter to my tiny house... [READ MORE]
Life, Inch by Inch - My two best friends from high school both had babies this month, just a few days apart... [READ MORE]
WILL YOU WRITE ANOTHER BOOK?
Yes. Enough and 10 Things for Teen Girls were such a surprising project. The post struck a nerve and went viral without my planning—without my knowledge even—overnight. I am so thankful for it, because I was a gift. I could never have created something that touched so many people if I’d tried. Those books chose me, but now I get to choose the books. The proposal I’m working on now is the book I dreamed about writing when I thought about the possibility of being an author someday.
ARE YOU STILL IN YOUTH MINISTRY?
Not vocationally. This season of my life is parenting and writing. I love teenagers, truly, and I suspect I always will. Now I am serving my church and loving my neighbors in a different way.
CAN MADELINE SEE AT ALL?
Yes! Madeline can see color, and she can see things that are high contrast, enlarged, and close. Her impairment is severe (legally blind is 20/200, and Madeline’s acuity is 20/1000 in only one eye), but she uses that vision in remarkable ways. She reads braille and print, but will use braille almost exclusively as she gets older. (It is one thing to read “See Spot Run” visually, and quite another to read a textbook.) She walks with a white cane, but climbs playgrounds fearlessly. She is a treasure. You can read about our adventures in vision loss here.
OTHER MADELINE FAQS:
What is her diagnosis? Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
Will it ever get better? There is no known treatment or cure for ONH.
Can your other children see? Yes. ONH is not a genetic or hereditary condition, and the chances of my having another child with ONH are less than 1%.
Are you learning braille? Yes. I enjoy it because I love languages and codes and puzzles. But it is hella hard.
DO YOU SPEAK?
THANKS FOR READING. Y'ALL ARE THE BEST