A long-overdue update...

I thought I would write. 

I thought I would share our story and work out our life changing in front of you.

I so want to share our struggles, our ups and downs, our months of adjusting to life here in China. But most days... I'm empty. I've jotted down titles and topics over and over again. But when I sit down to write, I get a sentence out and start over. Or close the computer and move to the next project.

Here's the truth: There are beautiful miracles happening around us. And there is so much to share that we simply can't.

If you've followed me on instagram, you probably know some the triumphs we've celebrated and the seemingly huge roadblocks we've faced. We've been snowed-in in tropical towns, celebrated the wine aisle at our local Walmart, spent an amazing month with friends from home before having to say one last goodbye, jumped through hoops to obtain visas, travelled to Thailand for a stress-filled "vacation", planned and designed the interiors for a new local shop with friends, and started the long road to learning Chinese. We share what we can and we pray through the days.

I've cried more lately than I'd ever like to admit. This move has been hard. If I can drop the adventure talk for just a second and be completely real: being away from family, moving to a foreign city (even though we "know" and love it), and generally living every moment outside of your comfort zone is tough. We are being stretched and taken to our limits constantly. But He is breathing new life into us. He is teaching me what trust looks like, when all I want to do is run home and hide out for a couple of months/years.

So we press on. We breathe deeply when there is joy and reason to celebrate. We hope for the future and the relationships that are already sprouting up. 


"Adventures in Stovetop Baking" - Join me in the Kitchen

I (Kate) recently developed a new blog & began writing for a long-time client that makes beautiful, stainless steel cookware.

We love 360 Cookware & I use it daily in my own kitchen. It is SO easy to stand behind a product that is made in America, guaranteed by a lifetime warranty, and has proven health benefits.

I am hardly a great cook or anything special in the kitchen, but I am a foodie at heart. I love to expiriment & fell in love with food photography a few years ago while shooting the 360 Vapor Cooks Better Cookbook. During my little love affair with food photography, I discovered that a love of cooking comes in handy with a new husband and a house constantly full of friends and family. We love to host, so cooking has become a natural expression of how we love on our friends.

My posts on the 360 Kitchen & Blog reflect my passion for healthy cooking, beautiful ingredients, and tasty foods from around the world. I provide tips for tailoring meals to 360’s Vapor method, healthy (& occasionally… totally indulgent!) recipes, and step-by-step how to’s for foodies & newbies alike (because, let’s face it… I’m still a newbie myself!).

So… let’s start with an indulgent recipe, friends!

Click to read my recent post: Adventures in Stovetop Baking

Back to Blogging

It’s been well over a year since James and I moved back to Central Florida. After 4 months in China, we returned to the U.S. and settled into another season of changes and new adventures together.

When we got back, I was determined to “take a year off” of photography and focus on my education and freelance clients. We got home on January 6th. Three days later, I was sitting at a client meeting booking my first wedding for the year. The beautiful thing about this ever-changing life is that it’s, well, changing. I am so glad my plans were derailed by that first client meeting. This has been an amazing year of personal growth – from learning new ways to run my business and the development of my artistic style to a renewed perspective on what I love and the work I hope to produce. This year “off” has probably been one of the fullest and most fulfilling years yet.

With incredible brevity, I will attempt to cover the past year of our life…

The Last Year (& Some Change) in Review:

  • Resolved to “take the year off” & failed miserably
  • Returned to UCF to continue my Bachelors in English for Technical Writing (forever “in-progress”)
  • Watched our best friends get engaged, while secretly creeping and taking photos in the bushes
  • iU continued to lead a monthly, outdoor worship night that still amazes me every time we gather
  • Started experimenting with film again and fell in love (all over again)
  • Celebrated some truly memorable birthdays throughout the year with parties that qualify as “extravaganzas”
  • Discovered my mother’s love for antiques and rejuvenation is genetic
  • Spent as much time with this cupcake as I could
  • Stumbled across an ad for an artist’s space in our town and fell in love with the idea of renovating it & make it our own
  • Played “Maid of Honor” at my beautiful sister-in-law’s wedding (& danced the literal night away)
  • Saw Luke (Li Jun Jie) meet his siblings, experience American soil, and begin his incredible journey through adoption and learning English
  • Signed a lease & began renovations on our amazing little studio in Mount Dora
  • Spent James’ birthday weekend with a nasty busted lip and mumbler for a husband thanks to a new skateboard
  • Finished renovations and opened the RaggaYoga / kate&co. studio
  • Made our tiny house a little more home-y and welcomed more people than we can remember through our doors
  • Fell in love with cooking all over again (made macaroons, homemade marshmallows, and enough Spoon Fork Bacon recipes to be considered a stalker)
  • Welcomed a new friend and sister from Mengzi for a year of studying abroad
  • Carved my first pumpkin
  • Decided to move back to China for an indefinite amount of time & began learning Chinese
  • Travelled to the Capitol 3 times and fell in love with a new city
  • Watched one of James’ lifelong dreams come true as he recorded iU’s first music video
  • Ripped our house apart for a few days while Megan and I took on the 1st lifestyle photo shoot for 360 Cookware
  • Had a ridiculously good time with friends on a road trip and weekend away serving at a youth camp
  • And finally, we celebrated our 2 year anniversary with a “better late than never” day away at the beach.

While the last year has been amazing in so many new and beautiful ways, I cannot begin to put it all into words. (Thank you Instagram!) However, as we begin to make plans for our return trip to Asia this summer and our move in the fall, I have felt the pulled back to writing: to telling our story and sharing the amazing work God keeps doing in us through narrative photography and blogging; to sharing the gifts, education, and tools I’ve been given; to welcoming new friends into our life as I continue on this journey as a follower of Jesus, freelance artist, photographer, self-employed expat, yoga instructor, writer, blogger, wife, and friend. I would love for you to join me and share your story along the way!

Cheers to a new journey!