Author: Kate

Finding Your Purpose Is Often Not How You Planned It

On so many days I struggle with myself, wondering why I am called to write. Thoughts of doubt creep in when I see how many people God has given the gift of making their thoughts come alive on paper.

Yesterday, I had a conversation with a friend that meant so much to me. I was told that my book had touched a young child’s life, but also had an impact on his mom. It was amazing to hear that my book has a powerful message for families that displays moral value. Even if I have touched one life, it is worth it all!

Today I woke up with a renewed sense of vision and passion for my pursuit. On a daily basis, I have found the strength and courage needed to continue on, despite the incredible challenges of wavering creativity and self doubt.

If God has given you a dream, embrace it and tackle it with persistence. I can promise you it will never turn out the way you had planned, but His unique work will be accomplished through you and around you.

SKIT Works w/Girl Scouts to Find Super-Girl Powers!

I absolutely love everything Girl Scouts! It is not just a place for young girls to come together and make friends, but an outlet for learning new skills and passions.

In my past I was a Scout, and some my favorite childhood memories came from the meetings and retreats we shared. I remember all the sights and smells of my very first camping trip we took as a Brownie troop. I developed my love and passion for bon-fires and marshmallows. We sat around the campfire singing songs and bonding over scary stories told with a flashlight on our faces.

One memory that I will never forget is the night I spent sleeping on the floor in the cabin in the woods, waking up to a small mouse crawling on me. The little guy spent the night curled up in my bag with me and was coming out for a snack. Although at the time it was my worst nightmare, I remembered how we all stuck together on top of the counter, while our brave leader caught and released the mouse.

I was recently called back to being involved with the girls and I literally can’t wait! I wanted to help in a way that would speak to the young generation’s heart and provide a foundation that will last into their adulthood. As a children’s author I feel I am called to inspire girls to reach beyond their normal day life, and exploring who they are and what they can only dream of becoming.

As the meetings are about to begin I have planned ways to get involved in my local council and throughout the country. One of the ways is for me to come and chat with the ladies on how to write a book, and teach them that everyone has a story to tell. I want the girls to have a one-on-one experience in an environment that is comfortable to them as well as an opportunity to learn.

I also have a reading patch that the girls can earn after reviewing my book (Superhero Kid in Training) and exchanging a letter of correspondence. This idea was given to me from a dear friend who leads a troop in Texas, and it has taken off in several areas around the US.

This upcoming season is so exciting to me on a personal level. I believe that the Girl Scout leadership experience can instill confidence, courage, and character. This is something I want to be apart of in any way possible. Let me know if your troop would like to book an event, I would love to attend a meeting or assist in any upcoming project you may have. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Life Lessons Learned in a First-grade Classroom

It was a beautiful fall day in Wisconsin, one of those Indian summer days we look forward to in the Midwest. Asian beetles were pelting me in the head as I made my way through the doors of Rawson Elementary School. This would be the first of many author visits coming this season after writing my book (Superhero Kid in Training.) AND boy did I feel prepared after combing Google and Pinterest for different ideas on how to present to the world of 1st grade. 

I had worked on my superhero craft for many hours and I was hopeful that the students would enjoy the project. As I finally finished gluing my last eyeball on the Popsicle stick it was time to go. I had written out a carefully planned agenda hoping to impress the teachers and the students… in a geeky sort of way. When I got to the school my stomach was filled with butterflies because I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. One thing was sure… I was right!

 The classes welcomed me with smiles and lots of questions. I was invited to sit-down in the “special teacher” chair that commanded attention. I started out by asking, “What do you want to be when you grow up.” I was overwhelmed with all of the hands, as every single student stretched their hands to the sky. This was the point that I had set my agenda to the side, because this class had other plans for my visit. I realized all of my planning had been thrown out the window with the Asian beetles… and I loved it.

 I had a variety of answers to my questions and some of my favorites were a veterinarian, police officer, and a dentist. The future generation already has such high hopes and I was impressed. I saw one young girl in the back that waited calmly to be called on. “I want to be an author,” she said. This struck a chord with me and I was filled with hope. I wondered to myself if her parents read to her daily, or what made this girl aspire to write at such a young age. 

 I began reading my book out loud and didn’t get far without one of the kids telling me that they couldn’t see a page, or different questions about the book. These kids were engaged, and it sent energy through me knowing I was living out my dream.

 When I wrote this book I had one purpose. I wanted to give children the ability to face their fears, and believe they can do anything they set their minds to do. I wished I could go back and be a first grader all over again. I wanted to be the girl in the back who was so confident about being a writer. It wasn’t until I learned how to tackle my fears as an adult that I was able to succeed. 

 Imagine what these children could accomplish if they learn this life lesson in first grade! This world would be such a beautiful place.

 

 

Interview w/Nedalee Thomas’ Princess Power

In August, I was blessed to share a podcast with Nedalee Thomas, the host of Princess Power. We discussed a wide range of issues related to foster care, my calling to write a book, family dynamics when you take on a foster child, and the content and purpose of my first book, Superhero Kid: In Training.

Princess Power interview:

A S’more Recipe for Busy Parents – My Treat…

Fall is upon us, at least for those of us not living in the paradise of California… and when the chill comes, the bonfire madness begins. And then there’s the tasty treats that accompany them.

I found a few recipes for S’mores that put a radical new spin on a traditional, if not routine nighttime affair. I’ve shared the latest of them below. Granted, they’re not all made ON the fire, but with one of these, you can make almost anything on the campfire!

Perfect for anyone experiencing a little nostalgia for warm summer days as well as a craving for something sweet, the Five Minute Chocolate Fudge Smores Mug Cake offers the perfect solution.

Recently featured on food blog ‘How Sweet It Is,’ this recipe for Five Minute Chocolate Fudge Smores Mug Cake is as easy to prepare as it is delicious. Requiring the same tempting ingredients as the classic campfire treat:

 

Ingredients:

A few marshmallows
Graham crackers (broken, not crushed or whole)
Chocolate (get creative! Dark, milk, white, etc)
3 TBSP of butter
Vanilla extract
Pastry flour

 

Instructions:

Place the graham cracker pieces, melted butter, vanilla and pastry flour in a mug and lightly stir the ingredients together.

Microwave them for a few minutes until it becomes a cake-like mixture, then add a couple of small marshmallows on the top for the last few seconds (not too early or they’ll blow up in the microwave!).

To get the toasty golden brown on the top, you might have to bake this and use oven mitts to drink it!

 

Happy Tasting!

Supermom in Training

Sometimes the messy bun, perfect supersize stretch pants, and #momlife shirt, aren’t enough to make a successful mom. We may have our lukewarm coffee (microwaved 3 times) as we exit the house, but that doesn’t mean we have it pulled together in the least bit.. I don’t remember the last time I left the house in matching socks.

The truth is sometimes our killer sense of style and painted on smile can be a mask we wear to cover up feeling like an imperfect disaster.

Last night “Little Bug” was having a difficult time getting to sleep and kept crying out for me. I was laying in bed wishing for one selfish moment alone… when finally I caved. We read Elmo’s Fantastic Picture Book for the millionth time, and prayed together (it was so awesome). It was in that moment I thought, “this is winning.”

So here is where I am going with all of this… It’s the little moments in life that no one sees, that make us a rockstar mom. Don’t miss out on the little moments in search of the unattainable supermom status. It’s alright to let our messy bun down and be who God created us to be… imperfectly His.

Kaden Is A Superhero You Have to Meet

Meet Kaden, a five year old boy who beat 5% odds of survival to begin growing into a beautiful young man. Kaden has a rare bone condition called osteogenesis imperfecta. He was given only months to live, so his parents’ doctor suggested abortion, because his chances of survival were near impossible. His parents bet on the 5% and refused to give up on him. Now, five years later, he amazes doctors every day.

Kaden’s brittle bones have broken 40 times so far, and he’s had many surgeries. Like Elijah Price in the movie Unbreakable, who had the same condition, he could have given into fear and bitterness, but instead he has great love for other people, is fearless even in his condition, and has dreams of becoming something great! His survival alone qualifies him as a superhero in the hearts of so many, but his attitude is even more powerful, and an inspiration to all of us. The full video is here.

His favorite hero is Superman. You can read more of his story after birth here, on his mother’s blog.

 

If you have your own story, or know of one and would like me to feature it, send me your info HERE. I will get you your own signed copy, and feature the picture or video on my Facebook page and here as well.

SKIT of the Day: Rosie and Big Brother

So precious… Rosie’s big brother climbed into her crib to read Superhero Kid in Training to her! 🙂

Keep sending me these adorable memories. I love all the little superheroes, all being powerful in their own way!

If you have your own story, and would like me to feature it, send me your info HERE. I will get you your own signed copy, and feature the picture or video on my Facebook page and here as well.

Thank You For Successful Book Signing!

Yesterday morning, Oak Creek Assembly of God hosted in on Thursday for it’s 2000 members, and invited me to participate with a book signing. It was an amazing success! We sold dozens and dozens of hardcover books at the table, and the church bookstore sold out of their stock too!

Thank you so much to the staff at OCAG for giving us authors the environment to display our work, and support our efforts. And thank you to everyone who came to the table and expressed so muh support! I am truly grateful beyond belief.

If you missed out on a signed copy, just request one here, and I’ll contact you about payment and shipment. I appreciate each of my little superhero readers and their parents!

Kate