My Favourite Things


My Favourite Things

This post was originally meant to go live almost two months ago. 

It’s been a long while since I was able to spend much time in front of my laptop and add my noise to the blogosphere. I’ve missed you all, and sharing my favourite things.

I’ve been in a season on intentional and unintentional breaks. Life is full of the unexpected, isn’t it?

Those of you that follow me on Facebook or Instagram (I’m loving it over there!) may know that my brother is seriously ill. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain-stem tumor in the fall. We have been on a wild journey ever since.

There have been multiple ICU stays, nights of sleeping in the same clothes, and lots of take-out, and meals brought to us by many friends. There have been countless prayers, tears, and amazing people.

In April, early on the morning of the 30th, we almost lost him. Respiratory failure has to be one of the scariest things to watch. Yet God is gracious and isn’t done with my brother yet. The paramedics got there just in time and after almost three weeks in the ICU, my brother came home again.

Sadly on the 29th of May (the day post was written) once again he went into respiratory failure and was rushed to the ER in the nick of time. After almost six weeks in the ICU, he was transferred to a facility for patients on ventilators. At this time we don’t see any hope of him returning home.

Things still look bleak yet God is still faithful. 

We have been so amazingly blessed by ICU staff that have become like family, friends showering us with meals, prayers, gas cards, and countless prayers.

Amazingly in the midst of our chaos our Heavenly Papa has given me a greater peace and joy than I have known since I returned from Mexico. Transitioning from the mission field to life in the States is not easy. Someday I may be able to share more about that. (Update, God continues to give me that peace and daily little things in life bring an unshakable joy.)

Other exciting things like my little sister getting married (I was the photographer), my dear childhood best friend giving birth to a precious girl on my birthday, my sister’s wedding reception, family visiting, and a trip to Mexico have filled the last few months as well.

Wedding MFT

This is a long way of saying life happens. Life is full of the unexpected. My plan is to be on here more in the coming months but we shall see. When I started this post back in May I didn’t expect things to take the turn that they did.

Until then curl up with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy some things I have been savoring the past few weeks and just waiting to share with you!

Favourite Reads

5 Old-Fashioned Habits that are Due for a Comeback @ Richly Rooted

How to Decide Whether to Keep or Declutter Something @ Early Bird

Capsule Wardrobe: What it is, why you’ll love you’ll love it, and how to get one @ Red and Honey

Favourite Eats and Recipes

Nick’s Taco Blog

If You Aren’t Already, Start Saving Your Bacon Grease @ The Nourishing Gourmet

How to Make Thai Curries @ Rachel Cooks Thai

Favourite Books

Sweet on You by Chautona Havig

Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider


About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Charlotte Moore says:

    So sorry about your brother. Only GOD knows and it is in HIS time.

  2. May God give you the strength to do what needs to be done each day! Treasure each moment you have with your brother. This post brings back memories of when we were on the mission field, and had an emergency return for a couple weeks due to my brothers sudden and unexpected death. We gave since returned to the states and have lived here almost a year when my dad died. From the time we retirned, my dads health was declining, but I am forever thankful and grateful to God that he granted life for a bit longer so my children had time to get to know their grandpa. Blessings to you as you walk this journey. I’ll be praying for you.

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