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Katie is a wife, mama to five kids in five years through birth and adoption, writer, and nurse at a crisis pregnancy center.

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  1. I certainly needed this today. Even with adult children, you can’t help but wonder if the things you have worked so hard on for them, are noticed or matters to them. Beautiful reminder…now…can I have your recipe? LOL!

  2. Beautiful post, Katie. As the mother of two adoptive boys, there are those days when it seems like nothing matters to them. Of course as a preteen and a teen, that may have something to do with it. πŸ˜‰

    Thank you so much for the reminder that we create family for our children. We get to pursue them. And even when they don’t seem to notice our efforts, they notice. As my guys begin to pull away from me more, I’m having to let go, and remember that they see . . . and even more, God sees.

    Thank you.

  3. What a great reminder! Everyday I remind myself that I live, move, speak, and love for an audience of One. Thank-you for your words!

  4. Moving into the parenting of teens, these words resonate for me! It used to be so easy to get a “WOW!” The appreciation is much quieter now, giving me opportunity to remember that I play to an audience of One.

  5. People who can really should foster or adopt. There is such a need. I help my mother with her two and it’s a handful. It’s a shame there are children who don’t know Jesus Loves Me, we have to look to Him to turn the chaos into peace. He sees what we do and rewards our efforts, and eventually the children will notice too.

  6. Katie, I praise the Lord and thank you for this great reminder that what is done for the Lord makes a difference and builds His kingdom. May each of us be loving kingdom builders today for Jesus, be it at rest or in loving acts πŸ™‚

  7. Katie,
    I remember reading the scripture about your children one day rising up and calling you blessed. There were times (toddler days, teenager days, moody days) that I thought this might be a cruel hoax. My babies are now almost 28 and 23. The notes they write me in my birthday or mother’s day cards are confirmation that they were actually paying attention when I thought all my efforts were in vain. It may be awhile before your children speak words of affirmation to you…decades even. In the meantime, I just clung to the fact that I was living my life to an audience of One and He noticed the love and care I put into what I was doing and even though I screwed up a lot…my desire was to introduce my children to His lifelong love.
    What beautiful ministries you are involved with…God sees! And so do your children…
    Blessings,
    Bev

  8. Thank you so much for sharing. I can relate to cooking not being my favorite thing, especially when it comes to deciding what to have. Thanks for the idea of Honey Lime chicken enchiladas! I am always more encouraged/ motivated to serve my family by cooking when I’ve got a good idea and a new recipe!

  9. I loved this post, Katie! And I smiled when I saw honey-lime chicken enchiladas, because they are my FAVORITE. I wonder if we have the same recipe from Pinterest. πŸ™‚ I use my stand mixer to shred the chicken, make four batches at a time, and use them as my go-to for when I’m taking a meal to someone. My kids actually don’t care for them, but I could eat them every day. Now they’ll remind me of this encouragement that what I’m doing in my home matters. Thank you!

  10. WOW!! Thank you, Katie! I needed this today! 2 of my 4 adult children have built such high walls around their hearts… I do hope that they remember the simple traditions of their favourite meals on their birthdays, sitting around the table together and laughing until it hurts, treasured memories as a family… It’s hard as a single Mum to know if all the hard work and selfless sacrifice to give them the best I could was appreciated or noticed.

  11. I was hoping I wasn’t the only one that was also thinking we need a link to the recipe πŸ˜‰

  12. Thanking God with you for this glimpse into your kids’ hearts, Katie. What a wonderful post!

  13. Katie,

    Your labors of love are not in vain; our Father notices you and your offerings of love. Thank you for this reminder. Caring for an aging parent is a labor of love. There are times & days when you wonder if anyone notices your efforts–especially dad. I was surprisingly told by another resident-(assisted living) that God will reward me for my efforts. After all we’ve been through I can feel a sense of joy & happiness that he is doing so well and that God & I played a big part in this!
    Blessings πŸ™‚