My firstborn turns ten this week.

I might be a little sentimental about the whole thing.

Okay, fine, I even wrote Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before Becoming a Mom as a result of all this recent retrospection.


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Since we’re celebrating ten years of life this weekend, I thought I’d invite y’all to the party with this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt:




Ready? GO.


Ten years ago this week, I pushed with all my might when the doctor gave the command, and still you refused to budge. Never even dropped. Stubborn as they come.

So they cut you out of me, and then I sat for three days, reclining in the hospital bed with my knees raised, memorizing your tiny form as you rested on the pillow in my lap.

I birthed you in a land foreign to me, but through you, it became my own. You gave me a sense of belonging. Of purpose. I became more than just the American missionary, or the girl who married a South African man.


Bunny yawn


With the help of God, I brought forth life on African soil. And it became our home.

Your stubborn beginning remained. Now you work it in your favor. Persuasive you are, and you know your power. You employ every imaginable argument to win your case, and make sure to flash that dimple on your right cheek for good measure.

Persuasive and stubborn, but oh, so smart and compassionate.

I tried to push you out in that labor ward, but instead you’ve pushed me out of my comfort zone time and time again.


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You taught me how to crochet. How to braid. How to ask (and answer) questions.

You even have me training for our first 5k next week. <gasp!>

You’re motivated and driven, always cooking up new ideas and plans of action.

I call you my kitchen manager, for obvious reasons.


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You started walking at ten months, talking at eleven, and haven’t stopped — unless your nose is buried in a book. Which is often.



Reading my Kisses book

Emptying the bookshelf

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You’re double digits now — but you still squeeze me tight and ask me to sing for you every night when I tuck you in.

And I’ll keep on singing until heaven runs out of songs.




Before you rush off, I can’t let you leave without telling you about this great FLASH SALE from Dayspring!!

Because, you know, we’re celebrating a birthday this weekend, and we can’t have a birthday without gifts! (Well, we could, it just might not be quite as fun …)

NINE (count ’em … NINE) items from Karen Kingsbury collection at Dayspring are on sale through the weekend for only $4 each!!

Check out these lovely gift ideas, like this organizer box, magazine file, and pencil holder. Only $4 each!!





I’ve got my eye on this journal and this handy weekly planner:





So, there you go. Go ahead and treat yourself to a little something. You have my permission.

Then come on back and link up your own five minutes of free writing on the prompt, TEN!

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39 thoughts on “five minute friday :: ten

  1. Seriously? Those pictures Kate are just the cutest! I cannot even!!! Thank you for sharing about your ten year old and giving me a glimpse into your deep love for your kids. Beautiful!

  2. That last line broke me: “And I’ll keep on singing until heaven runs out of songs.” That’s the perfect sentiment for motherhood… no matter what it takes or how long I have to work, YOU are worth it! You know how I feel about this post. It’s beautiful, friend. Thanks for capturing motherhood so perfectly. Blessings on your next decades xoxo 🙂

  3. Ahhh, Kate. NOW I understand the prompt. And what beautiful words you shared about yours and your 10-year-old’s story. My boys are both avid readers as well. I’ve got pictures of one when he was six months old, cozied up to the book case and checking out the titles. 🙂 May your next ten years with this one be as fulfilling and exuberant as the past ten have been!

    And I’m with Karen . . . that last line? Moved me deep.

  4. Those photos are just precious. No wonder you picked the word prompt, “Ten” 🙂 May your family continue to be blessed with much joy! Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!

  5. kate… i can’t even! i don’t let myself read your posts before i write, and here i come back to see we’ve been so like-minded in our thinking… i LOVE your perspective, your story. so much beauty and hope. so much clarity. thank you and thank you. 🙂

  6. Kate,
    I think that you’re only two years ahead of me in motherhood and yet there is so much to gain from you in just that little bit of perspective! Thank you for such a beautiful memoir this week. Your daughter is delightful.
    And thank you for the prompt. I told you, I think, that I was in my kitchen preparing dinner when my post began to compose in my mind. God gently telling me that in the parable of the talents, I have seen myself as the five talent servant, but that I’m the ten. And that I’m not the only one who doesn’t see what He sees about them. So I was all set to write that encouragement and two hours later, there’s your prompt!
    I’m also excited about your first 5K! I did my first one two or three years ago. This weekend’s race is a “sprint” triathlon. 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 5K run. It’s my first triathlon. After I did my bike ride is when I checked in and saw the “ten” waiting there, and I was THRILLED!!!

    So thankful you provide opportunity for us to hear God’s voice and do something with His words.
    (#20 this week)

  7. Just love this, Kate…especially what you say about our kids stretching and teaching us. That’s so amazing, right? God gifts us these little lives that turn our upside down and right side up all at the same time. Happy Birthday to your previous one!!

  8. Happy birthday to your son. I celebrated my husband’s birthday this week. I hope you guys have a great retreat. Can’t wait to read about it. Please have one next year. I plan on coming. My husband wants to go to Nashville for vacation next year in June. (Hint, hint. LOL)

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