What’s in a name?


Years ago, I named my self unloved, worthless and so much more…but then something happened at the end of my freshman year of college. I realized that my joy could only be made complete with the love that Christ offers. I was truly transformed. I could look at the life I lived before that moment I accepted Christ and then at the moment after and realized I was renamed. I was worthy not because I deserved it, but because He offered it freely.

But then years down the road other names came up as I continued on. Going through some pretty tragic storms I could have easily named myself hopeless. Working myself too hard became a very big part of my life. I loved the job I had, lived for it, breathed for it…and then three years later I finally allowed myself to hear what God was saying, what my husband was saying and what my community was saying. God had so much more in store for my life than just being named by my work.  Don’t get me wrong…I really did LOVE my job. But that was the problem. I was more in love with my job than I was with Christ. I was terrified to walk away because for so long I was named by my job.  I was named by my success. I was an achiever. I wanted affirmation from the world more than I thought possible…and then finally eight months ago, God rattled the depths of my heart like I never thought possible. He called me to walk a path I never thought I would. A path that walked me away from the job I had always longed for.

He calls me daughter. He calls to find my name in Him and not in those around me or my circumstances. He calls me to a greater purpose – to glorify Him in all ways. He named me forgiven – no matter how many times my heart wonders. He reminded me that my source of life would never come from anyone around me, not my husband, not my family, not my work and not my community – He is the everlasting source of life. He is the only one that can make my joy complete.

So now, four months into my new job and a completely different lifestyle..God has taught me so much. He’s revealed so much to me over my short time following the She Reads Truth Bible study.  Each day I am genuinely eager to see where He’s leading us, what He’s teaching me and how I can continue to glorify Him and the kingdom.

“Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out.” Ruth 3:18

What is your name? Share it here.

The She Reads Truth community is working through the book of Ruth, and I invite you to walk with us at SheReadsTruth.com.


God’s comma

This morning I was reminded how thankful I am for God’s comma.

Sometimes it’s easy to look at our current storm and be bogged down by the circumstances we’re in. If I look back at the past almost four years I’m shocked to see the things that God has thrown my family’s way. I’ve had to say goodbye to a father, a grandfather and so much more. We had the scare of my mom having a serious heart attack six months after my dad died. It was all too much. At times it felt like the world was closing in, but then again – there were so many people praying for us. There were so many people praying when we couldn’t. There was God carrying us when we couldn’t go any further.

I could have let these circumstances overwhelm me and throw me off course, but then I’d be letting satan win. Isn’t that his goal? He wants to take our focus off of The Lord.  My dad passed away four months before my wedding. It was such a delicate time, but thank God that He had a beautiful story for me. Yes, I lost my father who was my hero, my coach, the spiritual leader of our family and my friend, but I was about to gain a husband, a help mate and my anam cara. Our family has become even closer.

I’m not saying that the journey has been easy because I promise you – it hasn’t. I still have some days where I wake up and I forget that my dad’s gone. It’s easier for me to face each reminder of what we’ve been through by having Len, my sisters and mom to walk through the journey together.

I was graciously reminded of advice I received from a friend during a devotional this morning, “don’t put a period where God puts a comma.”  Over the past four years I could have easily looked at the storms my family was going through and allowed it to overtake me, but that isn’t God’s plan. He has a comma to the story. There’s more than just the storm. He has something great planned for each member of my family that’s going through these same storms. Our journeys along the way our different, but He’s carrying each of us through it – if we allow Him to. He’s going to make each of our stories beautiful, because His word says it’s so.



Over the past four years, Ecclesiastes 3:11 has become one of my life verses. When I’m going through a storm this is what the Holy Spirit speaks over me. He’s going to make it beautiful – whatever it is we’re struggling with. Whatever storm we’re facing, one day it will be beautiful. His Word is absolute truth, so why shouldn’t I believe this. When my heart doesn’t feel this way I speak this verse until my heart changes. Seriously. I promise it works!

So, no matter what storms come my way in the future, my prayer today is that I “don’t put a period where God puts a comma.” There’s more to the story than the storm we’re facing.

My Wide Awake Moment

When we moved almost two year and a half ago we decided within 8 months of moving that we were too far away from our home church. On Sundays We were commuting at least 45 minutes (without traffic on 635). It was tough…not to mention we no longer lived close to those we were supposed to be “living life with.”  It made it hard to have spontaneous plans with our friends because we weren’t just down the street anymore.  Needless to say for this reason alone I was sad that we moved. It’s not that we are THAT far away, but when it takes 45 minutes or more to meet someone it makes it difficult. So, when our foundations group ended we decided to officially make the switch.

We visited just about every church in our town. And every week I was discouraged yet again – why couldn’t we find people in our life stage at these churches? Apparently we’re the only ones in our small town that don’t have kids.  Maybe God’s trying to tell me something! 🙂

Then about 6 months into our church search we found Hope Fellowship in North Frisco. Immediately I loved it. The worship was fantastic. I could feel God the moment we walked into the building. You know what I’m talking about? I felt as if when we walked in the room I was walking right into His embrace. It was incredible. The teaching is fantastic and the people are so nice.

Now over a year later, we’re officially deciding it was time to find community and get connected. A few weeks ago I took the plunge and went to a women’s conference at our new church. The only person I really  know there is my best friend, Erin. SO glad her and her husband are going to the same church as us. It makes it so much easier.

Anyway, back to my original reason for writing this blog. Erin and I attended the annual Women’s Conference at Hope, Wide Awake.  And let me tell you – I had several Wide Awake moments during the course of the weekend.

  1. I really want to be a candy thrower again!
    One of the speakers on the first night talked about being a candy thrower and how she used to be silly, but then she got busy and frowned upon people being silly around her. I totally relate to that. I want to be fun again! I want to be a candy thrower. I want to make memories filled of laughter and bring joy to those around me. Luckily for me with my career change I have a lot more free time that has helped me develop this part of who I was years ago. I’m excited to gradually become a candy thrower and I already have stopped frowning on others who are candy throwers themselves. I now remember how much fun they are having!
  2. Don’t stumble over something behind you.
    Sounds simple, right? Well, for me it isn’t. Maybe it’s just human nature, but I have such a hard time (some days) letting go of things in my past. Sometimes it’s bigger things and sometimes it’s conversations I wish I would have had. If I’m focusing on what’s behind me then how can I run the race He’s set before me? (Hebrews 12:1) My prayer is that I acknowledge when Satan is trying to use my past as a strong hold and remember that Christ cleansed me of my sin even though I didn’t deserve it. His love is that incredible!
  3. We are called to do great & impossible things.
    This one is still stewing in my heart. I’m beginning to realize what I want out of my life may be completely different from what the Lord has in store for me. I’m just praying that He helps direct the desires of my heart to where He wants to lead me. I’m eager to see what He reveals to me in the months to come. I’ll make sure to fill you in when the time comes!

  4. Remember in your marriage – you are a sinner married to a sinner. It’s not going to be perfect.
    This one was really big for me. I always struggle with wanting to be the perfect wife. the perfect homemaker. the perfect organizer. the perfectly joyful person. at. all. times. And you guessed it – this is NOT possible! I’ll never be perfect, but I can rest in the fact that I don’t have to be perfect! It’s so freeing. Of course I still want to strive to fill my home with happiness and joy, but if I mess up it’s not the end of the world.

    For those of you who know me…you know how big this realization is. I’m a perfectionist at heart. And the fact that God is continually reminding me that I don’t have to be perfect because He is makes me laugh. I’m so glad that He’s persistent in reminding me this. He’s only been trying to reveal this daily in my marriage for over three years!

  5. How has God called me to serve?
    This one God has been working on me for several months now. Before in my previous position I didn’t have the time, energy or spiritual stability to serve — I know it’s an awful excuse. But I allowed so much of my life to be consumed by my job that it wouldn’t have benefitted anyone to serve. NOW…three months into the new job I’m SO excited to find a place to serve at our church. God’s really been revealing to me different areas where I could be serving. I really have a heart for high school/college ministry because I feel like that’s when I needed help the most. I needed someone to help lead me down the right path, and I didn’t have that in high school.  I’m continuing to pray asking God to reveal if that’s really where He wants me to serve. I’m so ready to dive in!

Okay, so that was a LOT, but hopefully as I continue to figure out how I’m going to use this blog and it becomes more a part of my routine they won’t be as long – though…no promises!

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without boards. Let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wonder and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior”


What has God been revealing to you? 


Family Vacay: Nashville, TN

We had a short trip to Nashville this weekend with the hubs family and let me tell you – we had a blast.  I absolutely loved the variety of music the city had to offer. Nashville really is music city.

The four of us ( hubs, SIL, BIL and I) loaded into my car on Thursday late afternoon and hit the road – after a mini hail storm. We drove through Greenville, TX and then 10 minutes later on the radio they announced that a tornado was on the ground in Nashville. That may or may not have lead me to slam on the gas to get out of there!  We ended up spending about 7-8 hours of the trip in awful rain. Lucky for me my leg of the trip was rain free – just had to avoid the hail and tornadoes. 😉

We got to Nashville around 7:00am on Friday morning, at breakfast at the hotel with the in-laws and then headed downtown. We walked around a bit, toured the beautiful Ryman Auditorium. They were prepping for a concert so we were’t able to get on stage.  The history of that place is beautiful. I fell in love with country music all over again in Nashville. Seriously.


After the tour we walked around and explored downtown Nashville a bit more. The SIL and I tried on beautiful dresses at the Bettie Page store. I fell in love with one particular dress and I’m now regretting not buying it. Might have to make another trip to Nashville.


We met our friend, Rob, who happened to be in town as well for lunch at The Pharmacy. I would definitely go back there the next time we happen to be in Nashville. The burger was one of the best I’ve had. The bread was delicious and loved their fries!  Not to mention they had a great beer/cider selection.

After lunch we headed to the hotel to get ready to head to Opryland for the Grand Ole Opry.  We had such a great time at the concert.  I absolutely love the history of the Grand Ole Opry and all the music talent they bring in. Love that they want to showcase a bunch of different music styles and the entertainment was awesome. We got to hear Kree Harrison, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Osborn & Rock Top Express, The Willis Clan, MercyMe and a few others.  It was MercyMe’s first time performing at the Opry and they did a pheomenal job. I cried just about the whole way through I Can Only Imagine and loved their two new songs they showcased. Looking forward to buying the album.

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Then on Saturday we had a delicious breakfast at the Frothy Monkey in Franklin, TN and store hopped for a couple hours. We made our way into a store called, Philanthropy, and were surrounded by worship music as we walked in the door. They donate 10% of their in-store profits to charity and 100% of their online purchases!  Loved their clothes and looking forward to shopping online!

Then we made our way back downtown to the Country Music Hall of Fame for the afternoon. Loved learning about the heritage of country music and learning about different artists. There was a Reba exhibit and I really enjoyed learning about her history. I’ve always been a fan of her music!





After we finished touring the museum I ventured down the hall and found the Hatch Print Show space and loved getting to see their letterpress studio. I purchased a print for my kitchen and I cannot wait to show it off once I have it framed!


Then we headed to Rippy’s for some delicious ribs.  I mean, seriously. These ribs were fall off the bone good. And I loved their spicy BBQ sauce!

We ended the night by walking around listening to street music and trying to find another bar to listen to some local music but they were all so crammed it was hard to find any space for the six of us.

All in all, I’d say it was a successful trip to Nashville filled with great food, music and family time. I could definitely go back there on a regular basis. It’d be dangerous if we lived there! I’d want to be out listing to music all the time!


Until next time. 🙂



Office Mood Board

So, since I started working from home I’ve been a busy bee with planning/designing my home office!  Below is a quick glimpse of my inspiration board for the space. I’d love to know what you think. My goal is to have my office completed by the end of April!

I could seriously decorate my whole house in turquoise, but then I realize that I would probably get bored to quickly…hopefully the blue below in my color scheme is different enough, but still cures my craving for some lovely blues!  Yellow is a color, according to research, that warms people and makes them feel happy – not to mention I just love the color. So I thought it would be a nice color to use in the office since I’ll be spending most of my week in there!



1) Desk – I love, love, love the legs on this desk.  When I saw this desk and how easy it was for the blogger to make it, my hubby and I quickly drew up plans. I’ll wait to reveal the desk as I still have to paint it. 🙂

2) Rug – I’m thinking about a rug with a similar pattern to this one. I love the trellis type patterns, but I want to make sure I don’t get carried away and have the same style rug in all rooms of our house.  I’m leaning toward a yellow/white rug, but would love to throw in one of the accent colors from my colors cheme.

3) Curtains – I am planning on making the curtains myself.  Cannot wait for this to come to fruition.  I was planning on going to a fabric store today during my lunch break, but then a lovely, lovely thunder/lightening storm blew in so I am not going out in that.  (For those of you who don’t know — I am terrified of thunder.  Lightening is fine, but the sound scares me crazy!)

4) Office Chair – I have a parsons chair that needs upholstering and thought that would be a fun office chair to have not to mention a neat statement piece.  The only problem is they aren’t necessarily ergonomic! 

5) Desktop Design – Love this DIY oversized mousepad!  Thinking about making something similar (maybe in the teal color). 

6 & 7) Closet Organization – I want to make sure my office closet is well organized.  This will house my work supplies, craft supplies and my gift wrap station.  I already have the hardware for the gift wrap organizer so I’m excited to install that this week.  I love this idea of buying wood crates and getting cute bins to store things inside of them.  We’ll see where I net out!

If you want to see the original posts about the items in my mood board you can check out my Office Inspiration board on pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/katbiemer/office-inspiration/.

Would love to know what you think!

Catching Up

Wow, it’s been WAY too long since my last blog post. I’ll be honest with you. I let a lot of things get in the way, but I’m excited to be claiming back my life and doing the things I’m passionate about in 2014.  Let me catch you up on what’s happened since May 2013.

1) Girls beach trip to Galveston with some of my beautiful girlfriends and made new friends as well. Those were beautiful memories made! I had the pleasure of driving with Carli down to the beach and so enjoyed our conversations. Even though we may go months without seeing each other we so easily pick right back up where we left off!

2) The hubs and I adopted a second puppy and she’s now 10 months old.  She’s as cute as can be and we are so blessed to have two beautiful furbabies!  It may have taken her big sister (5 1/2 years old) about six months to warm up to the baby, but now they are almost best buds!

3) We hosted Katina’s baby shower at my house and so enjoyed having all her friends and family here to celebrate her and baby Joy!

4) We had lots of family time and enjoy soaking up every moment. And this Irish gal has lots of family so anytime we’re together it’s a party!

5) Most of my sisters and I flew up to PA for a four day weekend to spend time with our beautiful grandmom, two of our aunts and a few cousins. We had such a great time! Wish I would have brought my real camera!  Those memories will last a life time and we will definitely be flying back up to PA this year!

6) Spent Christmas with Len’s family down in San Antonio and had a great time. His aunt snapped a few great family pictures that I unfortunately STILL need to print & frame. It’s on my list for this month for sure!

7) I took my first maternity photos for a friend of mine and I’m really happy with how they turned out! They are such a beautiful couple so that made it really easy.  They have since had their precious baby boy and I cannot wait to meet him.

8) I had my last day at LOOMIS. This was a change that God made evidently clear it was a part of His big beautiful plan. I never imagined how hard it would be for me to leave LOOMIS, but looking back almost a month later I am thankful and excited for what He has in store for me.

9) Started a new job with an agency based out of Kansas City and the best part about it is…I get to work FROM HOME!!!! God’s plan is so beautiful, sovereign and perfect. I don’t know why I think I should be in control when His plan is always WAY BETTER than our own!

10) Because of the new job I’m getting to spend way more time with my amazingly awesome husband! We are going on walks every day, going kayaking more often, and just spending more time together. I am just soaking up all this time!!!

11) I ran a half marathon a week ago with my sister and sister-in-law.  And let me tell you…it was ROUGH. But I am so excited to run my next one!  Who’s with me?!

There are many, many, many more things that happened over the past year – but this is just a glimpse!

Am I washing feet?

Yesterday we learned about washing feet. About helping those through the help we’ve received from Christ. God really shook me on this one yesterday. In John 13, Jesus washed his disciples feet. It’s incredible if you think about it.  Jesus, the savior of the world, knelt down and washed Peter’s feet.  The significance of this goes beyond Jesus being a Rabbi who ordinarily would never do such a thing. In this timing, it was the servants who washed the feet of those who entered a house – never a Rabbi washing feet!  

And then it shook me further. This chapter wasn’t just about Jesus washing Peter’s feet.  But about giving the disciples a glimpse of what was to come. John 13:8 “…Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”  The only way we can be cleansed is if we come to Jesus – no other way. It’s because of His actions, His death, His sacrifice that we are made new!  So grateful that He has cleansed me. 

As I’ve been studying God’s word leading up to Easter and preparing myself for this season in a way so vastly different than I have before my heart aches for God, the Father, and the sacrifice He had to make for this world.  He had to give up His Son in order for us to live.  Talk about a internal battle. The Father had to choose between His Son and us.  If that doesn’t rock your world and make you feel loved then I don’t know what will!

What’s more is He loves us as we are. He loves us regardless of the dirt we have on our feet. He loves us wholly. He loves us greater than we could ever put down in words.  How are we using that love?  Am I loving others around me well? Am I washing the feet of the people around me who need it?

We need to leverage our power for those who have none.  I pray that the Lord reveal to me how I can do that in these weeks leading up to Easter.  I want to wash feet.  Will you join me?

You really should listen/watch the message that we heard yesterday. It was fantastic: http://hopefellowship.net/watch

— Oh, and for those of you who know me really well.  You have to laugh at that statement above. I want to wash feet. I, the one who has been squeamish about feet since I was little, want to wash someone’s dirty feet!

Erin’s Baby Shower

This post is WAY over due…back in January I hosted a baby shower for one of my besties at her mother-in-law’s house. I had so much fun looking up cute projects on Pinterest and especially had fun with the vintage ladybug theme. Everything from red&black cake pops, burlap, red&black candies, cake, games, mason jars and more!


I was fortunate enough that my big sister, Kaelynn, happily volunteered to make the cake for the shower.  And it turned out BEAUTIFUL.  Look how cute the mom-to-be was!  Cannot believe her sweet baby is already here and is 7 weeks tomorrow.  Cannot get enough of that cutie pie miss Sarah.


Love this shot of the four of us….except that my eyes are kind of lazy-looking! We are so blessed by our friendship with Michael & Erin and looking forward to continuing to grow in our relationships together.  I’m praying that God has a plan fo us to be in community with this beautiful couple.


Erin made out like a bandit with cute clothes for Sarah and the awesome diaper cake on the table in the picture above.  Erin’s parents made the diaper cake and it turned out SO CUTE!  They did a fabulous job.  I’m definitely going to attempt to make one for another shower coming up in July.

We strung 10 onesies on the window with twine and clothes clips and I thought it added such a cute touch!


There were a few games/activities that we had going on at the shower.  Above was in the entryway as guests arrived to the party – loved an excuse to use my burlap again.  They could write sweet words of encouragement/prayer/advice for the parents-to-be.  We also played a “guess the parent” game – this was fun because Michael and Erin’s moms sent me fun facts about silly things they did when they were little.  Everyone had to guess who did each item on the list by raising a pink onesie or a blue onesie.

I also repurposed some quart size mason jars for vases all around the common areas of the house.  I think they added such a nice flair.  I also had pint size mason jars with the burlap and red/green ribbons to use as cups.  I absolutely LOVE using mason jars as party cups – love. love. love.


We had a candy bar full of red and black candies to go along with the color scheme.  Loved that people got to take home some treats.  We also had yummy cookies that Erin’s mom brought and they were so delicious.  I was definitely munching on them for a couple days after.


The party was so much fun, and now I cannot believe that Sarah really is already here!  Erin and Michael are such awesome parents and I love seeing them interact with Sarah.  My constant prayer is that the Lord continue to shape their family as He see fit, and that we do get to be in community soon!  So blessed by their friendship.

Next post will be a bunch of inspiration photos for another shower I’m helping plan for this summer. Love baby season!

Mother’s Day & Nephew’s Birthday!

This weekend was time to celebrate! My oldest nephew turned 13 on Saturday and, of course, Mother’s Day was Sunday. We had a nice BBQ at my mom’s house Sunday evening. It was still a bit chilly for pool volleyball, but I’m definitely looking forward to those weeks coming up soon. So ready for some fun in the sun…and of course looking forward to creaming the guys in volleyball! Here’s a few fun pictures from the evening.


My little sisters aren’t so little anymore.  Absolutely love the women they are growing up to be! I’m sure they’ll hate me for posting this picture, but that’s what you get when you steal my camera. 🙂  I think this picture is really cute and captures their goofy nature!


My niece is such a doll!  Cannot believe how much she has grown up over the years.  So grateful that God brought her family back to Texas.  Love, love, love my time with her!  Looking forward to summer movie sleepovers with this awesome girl. 🙂


Had to get a picture with the two party VIPs.  Cameron was doing his best to photo bomb a picture with mi madre, but we decided we’d surprise him with kisses!  Love his silly smile.  I seriously cannot believe this sweet boy is a teenager.  Makes me feel OLD, but that’s because I was 12 when he was born.


Love this picture of mi madre and me!  I am so blessed to have her as a mom.  She is a true example of someone who seeks after the Lord.  I’m encouraged by her strength to persevere and her love for her family.  I hope that when God decides to grow Len and I’s family that I love the way she loves.


I’m just going to go ahead and say it.  My sweet nephew is so handsome! Normally he’s being really, really silly in pictures….but I actual got him SMILING!!!!! I know I already said this, but I really cannot believe he’s 13.  He’s got such a heart for the Lord and I’m so excited to see what God has in-store for his teenage journey. And I’m really excited for the day he has baby cousins so he can tell them all about their papa. 🙂  My sister and her hubs have done a fine job raising this boy into such a gentleman.


That’s right, ladies and gentleman, momma’s getting a gun!  We all pitched in to buy her a pistol.  Next steps is we’re all going out to lunch in a couple of weeks and helping her pick it out together. Gotta love my redneck family. 🙂

I have to say it again…I am so blessed by my family!  God has definitely had us on a narrow journey full of sadness and tears, but through it all He’s offered peace, comfort and redemption.  So blessed. So incredibly blessed.  Couldn’t imagine a better family!

Kasling Gender Reveal Party

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I had the wonderful opportunity to throw a gender reveal party for my sweet friend, Katina!  Let me tell you….I was so nervous.  What if she could tell what I knew the gender was.  I was fortunate to already have guessed it was a girl so when it came time for the picture above I wore the pink hair bow because that was my guess two weeks before this picture!  I absolutely love this picture of Katina and I…definitely frame worthy!

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Everyone had to wear their guess – pink hair bow for a girl or green bow tie for a boy!  Let me tell you – there was LOTS of green bow ties worn.  I had so much fun trying not to act surprised by all the green bow ties!


We got to meet the cutest little ducklings from one of Katina’s neighbors.  I absolutely LOVE this picture of Carli.  I think it’s safe to say she was happy to meet such sweet little ducklings.  Not to mention her eyes are GORGEOUS in this photo!

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Love that so many people were able to come be a part of the Kasling Gender Reveal.  And it’s funny because most people thought it was going to be a boy….but oh how they were wrong! 🙂 Love the Joy in Katina’s facial expression and jump!  And now that they’ve picked a name, I cannot wait to meet her!! I had a lot of fun making the balloon box.


The colors for the decor were coral/peach and mint.  I made a couple banners “bow or beau” and “baby kasling” that hung in the dining room.  Loved how they turned out!


I had fun trying out a new cake recipe and top with whipped cream instead of frosting. Love the “whipped” look.  Saw a fun tutorial for a banner for the cake…it was supposed to hang tied to two dowel rods, but I left the dowel rods on the table up at our house. Love how the cake turned out.  And it was delicious!

Gender Reveal Party Guests

It was so great that Trey’s parents were able to come up to join the fun.  Loved that so many people were able to come together and celebrate!