Hi my name is Katy and I have just recently moved to my dream city- Fort Collins, Colorado from Sarasota, Florida! Fort Collins has all my favorite things- the most restaurants per capita, the brewery capital of the US ( I heard it described as the “Napa Valley of beer”) along with majestic Rocky mountains and rivers! It has been quite a transition from Florida, a place that will always have a chunk of my heart, but it has truly been a lifelong dream to live here. I am excited about having seasons again other than summer! I am originally from Arkansas (Go Hogs!) and am a Southern girl at heart. I have been married to my husband David for four years. We met while waiting tables in college. Some may think we are an unlikely pair (he’s 7 years older than me) and we are definitely opposites attract but he is truly the love of my life. We have grown especially close because we’ve moved away from friends and family twice. So often, he was my only friend. When we fought we only had each other to run to for awhile. He is my best friend.
One thing that makes me ME is my faith in Jesus Christ. Now let’s break that down a bit. I am of the faith that it’s “not about religion, but a relationship with Jesus Christ”, which means to me that it is incredibly personal, complicated, and nothing to do with organized religion. With that said, I do attend church. While the church has been the source of a lot of pain and frustration in my life I still believe it is the bride of Christ. I like to joke that I’m a recovering Southern Baptist and pairing that with the fact I am a pastor’s kid (oh by the way I married a PK as well) my faith is nothing short of complicated. And yes as a PK I definitely had my share of crazy years! I feel like I’m learning the same lesson over and over again. But some days I am glad that His power is perfected in my absolute weakness. My faith is comprised of humility, stopping myself so often to say “thanks”, struggling with doubt and guilt over my big mouth and my definite weakness for good booze…But all that to say I still believe. I am in awe. I am grateful. I remain forever a student.
We are parents to two furry babies- Lily, a Pembroke Corgi & Roman, an American Pit Bull. Roman is a rescued pit bull from a shelter that we raised from birth and he is both a joy and challenge. I love my bully boy and being an advocate for the breed, that unfortunately has a bad reputation. Lily thinks she runs the show & she definitely thinks she is the Queen’s royalty. I adore cats as well. My sister rescued a pregnant mommy kitty and I was able to take the mom who my sister named Patches. She just recently passed away after 13 wonderful years. (I am on the search for another one, shhhh don’t tell my husband!)
I just started a new job on June 19th. I will be working as a Transition Coach for teens without identified support networks. So whether they are in foster care, have history with juvenile justice or simply need help- my job is to assist them during the most difficult time of life—TEEN years! I have had experience working with teens at work and also at my church and I can honestly say I love them. I remember very clearly being an awkward, confused, rebellious yet open to advice teen. I am looking forward to helping coach teenagers and show them the support they so desperately need.
I feel incredibly thankful for all the blessings in my life despite my imperfections. I’m going through new changes in a new city, a new job, new life. I am happy to share this new chapter in my journey with you.