August Ann Inspired

 

“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.”

Abraham Maslow

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a stirring in my soul to write. I was that kid in class that actually really enjoyed any and all writing assignments. I still remember (and probably still have it somewhere in the attic) the paper I wrote over Huckleberry Finn in high school.  I KNOW I still own the poetry notebook I did in sophomore English class.  Writing has been a lifeline and an anchor for me over the years. It has been my therapy and my release. Life has not always been kind, and so, I write. For the past five years I have toyed with having a blog. I have had numerous people encourage me to start one. Fear, for one, has kept me from doing it. Being intimidated by the technical side of it has held me back. But, I think…I know, that when the Holy Spirit is prodding you to do something, you will either be driven crazy in your attempts to ignore it, or, you suck it up, find the courage, and DO IT. So, at last…here goes nothing…

Let me officially introduce myself…

I am a wife, mama, Jesus follower, old soul and lover of simple things. I have also had a lifelong love affair with photography. I think my husband hung the moon and my kids, oh man, they are my heartbeat. I love sunflowers and fried green tomatoes. Campfires and summer nights.  I love antiquing and I LOVE spending time on my grandparent’s farm.  I am sentimental to a fault and I could spend hours researching family history.  On our happy little farm we own a lazy horse, two sweet little donkeys, three dogs, three cats and a handful of sassy chickens. I spend a lot of time with my boots in the mud and the muck and I could not be happier.

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Me and my husband. One of my favorite pictures of us.

I was born and raised in Indiana. I have Kentucky roots on my mom’s side and my dad’s side is from the hills of Southern Indiana. My parent’s divorced when I was eight years old. My dad is a retired airline pilot who flew all over the world and my mom was a business woman who worked more hours a week than I could ever keep track of. Both were amazing at their jobs, respected and admired. My childhood was not one that I would want for my own kids. It did have it’s moments of joy, and happiness. It also had it’s moments of fear, sorrow and heartache.  Ultimately, it shaped me and prepared me for some of the toughest days of my life.

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I’m in my mom’s lap, my brother clearly enjoys smiling for the camera and my dad has always been Mr. Photogenic. Circa, 1983.

In January of 2008, I was 27, and in a month’s time, I lost my first husband to kidney cancer, gave birth to my second child and that February lost my mom to breast cancer. That same year, I remarried, and the following year I gave birth to a little girl with a life-long and life-threatening metabolic condition called a Urea Cycle Disorder. It was a year that marked me. Scarred me. But a year that my faith in God became ROCK SOLID. Unshakable. God works for good all the time and my life, my story, is a testament to that.

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Me with my oldest daughter and my little boy. He was born nine days after my first husband passed away.

Life is hard. Gut-wrenching some days, but there is beauty and goodness to be found everywhere, even in the darkest of times. I can find humor in almost any situation. It’s that skill that has helped keep me sane. I KNOW there is always a silver lining. Sometimes you just have to look extra hard to find it.

Writing is cathartic for me. There are moments I feel as if I’ll combust if I don’t get the words out of my head and off of my heart. So, here I am, ready to share those words with anyone that wants to sit a spell and read them. It may not always be polished. At times it will be raw. But I can promise it will always be honest and authentic, and I pray that through it all, I can be a light, a source of hope. I truly believe that’s why I’ve had to endure so much.

 

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36 Replies to “{At Last}”

  1. Katie your work is beautiful! I ask that you keep taking pictures and more pictures and making beautiful pictures of art … Expressions of life! So proud of you! You captured everything with heart

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  2. Katie you are amazing. I love your writing and you know that I love your pictures. You have endured more in your lifetime and you have stood tall and faced it head on. I truly can say I don’t think I could. Keep writing and being the beautiful person you are. I am very proud of you.

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  3. Katie…I love it! I remember a lot of those days, and I’m so glad you’re willing to share them in hopes of helping others. I don’t “read” a lot of things online, but I will follow this! Giving hope to the hopeless, help to the helpless…it’s so Christ-like and I couldn’t be prouder of you. Remember when I always called your then-new husband Shane? Anyway, I’m so happy that he’s made you this happy and empowered; I only hope to find something similar myself…one day.
    Love, Joe

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  4. Love this Katie!! Almost as much as I love you! You have and continue to inspire my in ways you will probably never know… I am so proud of you!! Keep this stuff coming!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  5. I remember telling you at the funeral home that if anyone could get through what you were going through, I knew it was you. You’ve always been such a strong person! I’m so happy that you’re happy! I’m also so glad that I happened on this…I am a fan will look forward to reading more from you in the future!

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  6. Katie,
    Man am I proud of you. You say it is healing for you to write, but what you will see is how healing it is for others to relate to those words that you put down so eloquently. You have so many special gifts and seeing them all captured in this space is a blessing for those close to you especially those you love and who love you. I know it’s hard for you to show the world what is in your heart but it sure is beautiful when you do it. I can’t wait to see what lies in the next chapter for you and the souls the Lord puts in your path to inspire, because that’s what you do. Inspire. Sincerely,
    One of your cheerleaders

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  7. Katie,
    I am proud of your courage and following your passion. Your old English teacher loves that you are writing from your heart. Blogs are a great way to publish your thoughts, sentiments, insights, and encouragement. In fact, you have inspired me to start up my blog again. See, you are already shedding light on others. You have many beautiful stories to tell, and I am eager to read them. Blessings to you.

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    1. I was really hoping you would read this! Although, I’m sure my grammar skills are not as sharp as they once were! I love your kind words and your support so much. Means the world. And yes, you need to start blogging again, because I always love reading what YOU write!❤️

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  8. Daughter,
    Don’t know where you got the gift to write so beautifully, surely not from me as I do not like to write 😊. At any rate, I am, and always have been proud of you.
    Love❤️,
    Dad

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  9. Simply beautiful! I have been told I need to start a blog…. your genuine honest described me and how I feel. How did you do this??? It is no coincidence I read this… God wanted me to see this….. thank you

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  10. Katie Lew, I am incredibly proud of you. You have talked for years of doing doing this. I have encouraged this to happen because I know you have a story to tell. While telling your story there will be SO many that won’t feel so alone while reading. I love you and can’t wait to read more. Your my “tall oak tree” and always will be. Love you forever and always❤️

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