About Katie

My name is Katie, and I am a former teacher turned stay-at-home-mom (for now). I have two beautiful children, McKinley (who’s five) and Bradley (who is 2 and 1/2).

Photo by Shelley Foster

They keep me delighted and on my toes everyday and I am so lucky to be their mama. I am married to Hesston, a simply amazing husband who works hard for us and never pushed me into this new role, only supported me when I expressed interest.  He also gives me lots of time to pursue one of my true loves: writing.IMG_3181

We live in Texas, but have strong New Mexico roots, growing up in Albuquerque in the shadows of the Sandia Mountains with instant access to green chile (things we both miss). Our families still live there and we visit often. I attended TCU in Fort Worth where I obtained a Masters degree in Elementary Education, and then after our wedding we just kind of stayed here. But we love it, and it is home.

I love to read. Pretty much anything I can get my hands on. In fact, I kind of have a book-buying problem. My favorite genres include historical fiction (specifically WWII lit), realistic fiction, and recently I’ve gotten really into memoirs. I love to read children’s and young adult literature too; I find it refreshing and nostalgic all at the same time. IMG_3318Despite taking some time off from teaching in a school setting (I believe parents are their children’s best and first teachers, so I’ll never not be teaching), I am deeply invested in the education of young people and the idea that access to quality education is a basic human right for every person in our nation.

I also love to learn. I joke that if I could be a career student, I would. I hope to instill some of my love of learning into my own two sweet kiddos, and I plan on using my knowledge of teaching to help them get a good head start with reading and math skills before they enter school.

That being said, I am a complete work in progress. I by no means have anything “figured out” but I am constantly learning new things and discovering new truths about myself and my world. Things I’m working on now: getting back into clean eating (pregnancy really isn’t a good time to restrict food groups ha), getting back into shape (I LOVE CrossFit but in no way can afford it right now), cleaning and keeping our home orderly and comfortable, and keeping up with this blog, sharing my heart with you guys weekly. I also am in the process of publishing my first middle grade novel and I cannot WAIT to share it with you guys!