P is for…

‘p’ is for Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers… which basically define ‘snacks’ for me as a child all the way through adulthood.  They are a given on any family road trip, can be found in any family cupboard, and are acceptable at any time of day.

praying‘p’ is for prayer… which I believe in deeply but am terrible at, discipline-wise.  My brain… there’s something wrong with it, People.  When I close my eyes and try to focus, I can only last for about 10 seconds.  Then it starts to wander… re-creating conversations, making lists, writing stories, dreaming, picking out paint colors, planning dinner.  Truthfully, this is why I started seriously singing.  Singing was a way for me to pray without losing focus.  A way to talk without getting sidetracked.  Pauses are intentional, notes are purposeful, and everything put together tells a story.  I love music.  It’s how I pray. 

‘p’ is for pizza… which I could eat every day of my life and never complain.  Every. Day.

‘p’ is for Pride and Prejudice… a favorite Jane Austin novel.  I love both movieadaptations for completely different reasons.  But I must confess, Matthew Macfadyen’s Darcy makes me weak in the knees.  He’s a genius.

‘p’ is for pregnant… which I am-  7+ weeks.  [pause]  Everyone ok?  Truthfully, I am scared to death but more comfortable every day.  Physically, I feel really good.  I could, however, sleep about 20 hours a day if I didn’t have a 2 year old pestering me all the time to help her grow, eat, and take her to see horses.  We have seen the baby’s heartbeat, which is a comfort.  My first actual appointment is not until the 13th, and I’ll have another ultrasound then to check on things.  My niece is thrilled… she has named it ‘Jesus’ (for a boy, obviously) or ‘Lil’ Sprout’ (for a girl).  I have explained to her that growing a child is hard work… and growing a Messiah even harder.  We are just taking things one day at a time.  Celebrate with us now and, please, pray with all your might… in silence and in song 🙂


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39 responses to “P is for…

  • Rachel

    Katie, what an I answer to prayer! I’m so excited for y’all! I will continue to pray…

  • kateohkatie

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and your fam 🙂 Have you told Rylie yet?

  • Jim

    Congradulations, our thoughts and prayers are with you….

  • Jessica "Haynie" Carr

    oh Kate!!!! Praying for you and the butter bean

  • Cathy

    Oh my..congrats to you and the family, so happy for you!

  • Carley

    OMW! That was so sneaky the way you did that!! Congrats! So happy for you and your family! = )

  • Miss Laura

    That WAS sneaky! NIce work, you. Chris Dornan is SOOO going to pump his fist in the air when he reads that 🙂 You are a champion baby-grower, Miss Kate, and you have all the Mike-rits’ prayers with you.

    Though, truthfully, I am also very bad at praying, AND I can’t sing. I’m sure God will overlook this for your sake.

  • AmyD

    yippeeeee! praying!

  • Amy L

    Keep singing! Prayer – ah yes I agree the mind starts running. I love the emotion of singing and how it brings things to surface!

    Congratulations! I’ll be singing for you and the family.

  • Kathy Westendorp

    Oh, this is great news!! We will be praying for you guys.

    And here I thought I was the only one who’s brain goes wandering when it’s time to pray. LOL! I am glad to see it isn’t just me. When I was little in church and we’d have the loooooong prayer, it was like absolute torture. Usually now I find that song lyrics go through my head while I’m supposed to be praying!! Thanks for sharing. You have a true gift and a way with words, and I look forward to reading what you have to say and what’s in your heart. Blessings!!

    Oh, yeah….and I totally agree with you on the pizza. This is what I lived on while pregnant … and also why I probably look the way I do right now!

  • Amy B.

    Congratulations, you sneaky girl! I wonder how you would have worked that in if you weren’t on P in your Katie encyclopedia. You’re giving me hope. I’ll be keeping you in my equally wandering prayers and thoughts (I re-create conversations, too! Why do we do that?)

  • Cathy

    I have to add, I didn’t want to admit my mind wanders too during prayer and I thought I was the only one. When I get a prayer request from a friend, I will say a prayer and when I am thinking of that person even reading their emails I will remember their prayer request and talk to God then for their request.

  • Nancy

    Oh how happy to be expecting a little one… I will keep you in my (wandering) prayers…

  • Amy


    i am so happy for you! Now you just need to do the fun things…rest and eat 🙂 You’ll certainly be in my thoughts~

    and being prego with a toddler? We did a lot of laying in bed looking at books and magazines. It was fun.

  • amanda

    Woohooooooooooooooo! O Happy Day!

    Celebrating and praying!


  • Kim Bushman Aguilar

    I am so happy for you! I don’t know what your challenges have been, but I will pray that all goes well. So there ya go, you’ll get some Mormon prayers too!

    Oh and by the way, we have a scripture that says, “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.” You can find it here: http://scriptures.lds.org/en/dc/25

    Good stuff.


  • wende

    Yay! I’ve been hoping all along that “P” would stand for pregnant. Congratulations to you all–and you’re in my prayers.

  • Elizabeth

    YAHOOOOOO!!! Kate I’m doing a happy dance for ya! Very fun!

  • sunday

    i am SO thrilled for you!!! i was thinking an announcement would come like that soon! everything will be great, i just know it. you are deeply loved, even in our wondering brains.

  • Erin

    Yay! So excited for you. I’ll be praying 🙂

  • texasnorth

    So, I guess no one is ‘in’ on the goldfish crackers, eh? 😉 Just kidding. Thanks, Folks. I’m so glad to share this with you!

  • Cortney

    Woo Hoo! I’m a little late, as today was my first day decorating at the bakery (usually I’m off on Mondays and the first thing I do is check your blog, stupid work!), but I am so totally thrilled for you! Congratulations, Mamma!

  • Zoe Speer

    Yea Katie!!!!!!!!!!!
    So excited, we will keep you in our prayers. 4 year olds make great praying partners. B will remind me of anyone I forget 🙂
    What a blessing!

  • annie

    I love P. It’s my favorite yet.
    You have a beautiful voice, I remember that about you, it’s wonderful that you can sing to Him, you know he just asks us to come…..
    And….yeah yeah yeah. I’m so excited, encouraged, in awe at your pregnancy. That is awesome Katie and I will be praying for you, not in song, because my voice is a little not on the great side, but get down on my knees style.
    I’m so excited for you that you heard the heartbeat, that is a load off and a wonderful feeling i’m sure.
    Wow, baby Jesus, what a task….that is hilarious.

  • ellen


    I love finding out such beautiful news as a surprise on here!

    Praying for you and that little miracle hard hard hard!

  • madjeepgirl

    okay, but i’m going to pronounce it Hay-Zeus. on principle.

  • Lisa

    Yeeee Haw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please note I whispered that kind of softly so as not to be overly enthusiastic, but heartily optimistic. Oh, and I adore that picture of you. It is soulful.


  • Becky

    YEAH!!!! We are so excited for you in Black Mountain!!! P is for Praise God from whom all blessings flow! P is also for perfect which is how Sunday and I described your blog today, yeah so what if we talk about blogs at the pool! 🙂 She told me you landed on P for Pregnant and We just think that is awesome:)

  • jtp

    oh I am so mad that I didn’t check your blog early this morning…and I was up…then i would be the first to type how excited i am and how cool it is, and how funny “growing a messiah” would be….oh, i would’ve liked to have been first to comment today!!!! What a lucky baby to have chosen you for a mommy!!!!! Yeah for you!!!! and PS I have my fingers crossed for lil sprout…the girl that is 🙂

  • Margie

    Oh, Katie. I’m so happy for you! Loved that you worked that into the P post. I also really liked the picture and the words about prayer. Can’t wait to read more.

  • Susannah

    Wonderful news! I’m so happy for you and your family. Hope that the tiredness fades as the wee one grows!

  • Mary Carol Phillips

    Happy news!! Congratulations! I know exactly how you feel- 7 weeks was when we decided to tell everyone because we had finally seen a heartbeat. Now I’m almost 10 weeks…I know 3 little (possible) March bundles of joy now!!

  • heather

    hey girl!! BIG congrats on the baby!!!! YEAH for you guys! I will be keeping ya’ll in my thoughts and be sending you all my well wishes for a healthy and happy pregnancy!

  • chad

    Great! So happy to hear the good news. Congratulations.

  • Kristen Moore

    congratulations Kate! This is wonderful news! please congratulate Curt as well!

  • elly

    grow baby grow. with all your little might. you are blessed already with sweet parents. and a fantastic big sis. and all kinds of crazy animals. they love you. and so do we. we will pray and pray that you come with no surprises into this world. you are special. grow baby grow. xo

  • ginny

    Congratulations! I’ll be praying. 🙂

  • Grace

    Praying for you. Congratulations!

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