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today i was stuck in a broken elevator alone for over an hour with no phone, just my keys and an empty tupperware and the Spirit of the Lord inside me. after 31 years of life I FINALLY GOT TO PUSH THE EMERGENCY CALL BUTTON!! (and they only dropped the call 4 times!! 😳) i banged on the elevator door to ask other residents to maybe get help, and to relay a message my workout buddy who i left jumping rope ("jump until i get back!" lol) of my sad predicament.

to pass the time and keep the walls from closing in, i did a push-up / sit-up / shoulder circle / squat circuit 8 times before being rescued and climbing out of the elevator (which was halfway between the 3rd and the 4th floor). here i am. that is my tupperware and my keys. the maintenance guy was confused about why i was sweaty and i said "all the push-ups." haha.

thinking about people confined to small spaces, or people who just feel stuck. thinking about how to care and hear them banging through the walls and not forget them, but to pay attention and be inconvenienced for the sake of their freedom. thankful for the people who have been lifelines in "tight spaces" for me, who call me out of darkness and foolishness and into the light of day.

pc: @mrhsarge, the workout buddy who eventually stopped jumping rope and came to my rescue 🤗 #bts #allaloneinanelevator

this little garden only gets a few hours of weak morning sun, so i didn't have much hope for its #flourishing, especially the tomatoes. and yet i have salads every few days from the ever-growing lettuce, the herbs are abounding, and the tomato plants, from tiny little seedling babes, are up to my hip! the fight for life with a lack of sunlight and the limitations of pots? this little porch garden encourages my little farmer heart. #farmerkata #pottedgarden #againstallhope #maybeonedayicanplantintheground #👩🏻‍🌾

andrew's special chocolate cake and my raspberry cream cheese buttercream frosting concoction for jonathan's birthday! the frosting may be a little on the un-neat side because the cakes were a little warm still but we can pretend it was for artistic flare. it was our first joint bake and KIMBY SAID WE ARE THIS WEEK'S STAR BAKER!! #gbbo #dreamscometrue #baeking #maryberry??

may you be fiercely compassionate and courageous to call true beauty out of monsters with great authority, like our girl #moana. #harperroseturley #adisneyprayer #mybaby #okfinenotmybabybutmyniece

i used to live for my weekly "to do" lists -- for the high of crossing things out and the feeling of self-satisfaction for how lengthy it was. so busy! how important i must be. in the beginning of sabbatical my lists were shorter than they ever have been which was very weird, and i tried to fill it with other things, hobbies, people, tasks. flailing around to distract myself from the most important thing. in month five, im realizing my own foolishness, seeing how ridiculous it is to idolize busyness as an indicator of our worth, and am longing to stop running to sit (sit!! me? yes. sit.) with the father. FINALLY. it is delightful. i will be paring down my schedule so i can, as brucey says in wisdom with his south african accent, "respond faithfully to what God is forming in you." my #bulletjournal will have shorter to-do lists and more flower sketches and space to create new things :) thankful for friends and family who, with baby snuggles and quiet nights and take out dinners and the gentle giving of space and thoughtful hospitality and a gift of a massage groupon(!) help care for me and slowww down the bullet train that is (was?) kata :) #bujo #bulletjournalspread #katassabbatical #slowdownkata #moreflowerslesslist #bujo200kgiveaway

besides my dad, ive never lived with any males. except taffy the boy cat. and so here i am now with my new roommates! they are very different from ali and moriah and kana and sindri and maggie and olivia and sarah and mere and dee and jane and kit and kimby haha. but lovely in their own way and we are family and laugh a lot and help each other and i like it!! tonight we celebrated and shared most everything because we are roommates and we are cute. #🍫 #birthday #roommates #brothers #andme #👱🏽👨🏽🙆🏻

specific rhythms are for specific seasons and cannot last forever in the same way, no matter how much you treasured them and were nourished by them. i no longer have a magical little boat porch with fancy lights that smells of rosemary and spicy tomato plants, nor time to be there every evening with my glorious single self and lady roommates haha. but i do believe that cultivating sacred spaces in our homes and schedules is vital to our flourishing - so after mourning the loss of the old faithful porch, i made an "evening tray of magic" for rooftop time, complete with journal, candles (i need a bigger one ha), wedding wands and celebration flags, and my special letter box. here's to quiet nights when there's no rain and some extra time, where your soul catches up to your body as you marvel at the sky, hear the rumble of the train, and sit with beloved humans (as long as the 30:70 talk:silence ratio is obeyed teehehe). #sacredordinarymoments #slowdownkata

i never understood the concept of delivery because making your own food is cheaper and usually the place you order from is down the street so you should maybe just walk or bike there? because $3 extra and tip to walk down the street is a lot if i can walk? 🤔but @eunicek.yo explained that someone doing it for you is precisely the point and @singhlalala helped me realize that sometimes it is a nice luxury. and i haven't had much energy lately and SO I TRIED IT. TODAY IS THE SECOND TIME I EVER GOT DELIVERY FOR ME AND NOT 150 STUDENTS (the first time was yesterday!!) AND IT'S AMAZING THEY KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR AND GIVE YOU FOOD. OUR DELIVERY MAN WAS VICTOR BOTH DAYS AND I HOPE HE COMES TOMORROW TOO 🙋🏻🍕🤓 in a weird way, this is a small victory in the "kata learns to not try to be superwoman" arena and so ill douse it in garlic powder and savor it! ( also yes, i am wearing a neck travel pillow and a sheet cape this is true 💃🏻) #slowdownkata #dontbikearoundthecityandsavetheworld #eatpizza #tranquila #másdespacio #sacredordinarymoments

marriage is very hard and should not be taken lightly because it means you have to reconcile with that person all the time (like ALL THE TIME) and they live with you all the time too so you can't just pretend it's not a thing (like is often casually done with friendships) and it's kinda a crazy idea slash new reality. but some days where there is victory you should go to the gym and then get your favorite comfort food on the empty rooftop and EAT CHINESE FOOD! #newlyweds #littlevictories #saltyspicypork #sacredordinarymoments

when andrew entered the ceremony, the crowd erupted with praise and clapping and lots of hollering. the photographer said there was so much joy, that it was so beautiful, and that she'd never seen a groom received like that before. i cried because i knew exactly who it was and how their warmth and affirmation has brought so much healing and life to andrew. even though i wasn't even there (i was hidden and hadn't yet made my grand entrance aka falling down the hill with my dad), it is one of my favorite moments of the wedding because the fierce love of family has changed my husband forever and helps him stand tall. one of the best things about these photos has been seeing the faces of all those who we have the honor of calling our friends and family 💜 more to come!

pc: @shiprapanosianphotography
#katayandrés #greenteaandcreatine #behindthescenes #ittakesavillage

LOLOL. some things will still always make me respond viscerally 😹 but in all seriousness, brenda and robinson: i am so proud of you for the ways you courageously obey God and fought for purity. no one talks about it much (and that's part of the problem) but for real, your understanding that sex is an incredible gift intended for the intimacy within a holy covenant has been stunning, refreshing, and powerful. your purity is a treasure that will bring sweetness in this new season. and maybe babies. LOL. happy honeymoon chulos 🍯 🌙
con amor,
your weird staff mom slash friend somehow next to you in your limo always chaperoning hahahha and still weirded out a bit when you're overly mushy which is all the time pero still full of cariño for you both 🙆🏻
@bebita_peralta @sent_1 #teamadames #adameswedding #waitforit #treasure

sometimes as a minister on campus you'll work with students and see things way before they do but will be quiet about it until they have ears to hear and wisdom to understand from a greater one than you, with a truer voice than your own. and you see these magical seeds taking root and sometimes, just sometimes, you get to see lots of beautiful things sprout and have the honor to tend to its growth, and to behold it's beauty and even taste its fruit. it's quite the honor, and one of the deepest joys.

yesterday felt like a very beautiful way for all that to come together 🤗 with a radiant couple, absolutely incredible dancing, a never ending homemade truly full-of-love dominican banquet complete with a nine tiered castle cake with a fountain of its own and stairs leading to each level of dominican cake heavenly goodness. a friend said to me, "wow, was their theme heaven? because everything is so heavenly." and i said it might as well have been. 🍰😹🤵🏾👰🏽 #chula #teamadames #adameswedding #wepa

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