Monday, September 15, 2014

Welcome to the new & improved Hot Tea and the Empty Seat!

Hey friends! Whether you are new here or an old friend, I am so excited that you are here!

Welcome!!
 
I hope you are enjoying Hot Tea and the Empty Seat's new look. I sure am! A special thanks to the awesome, creative, & kind Bella Lulu Ink for this wonderful blog design & for all of her help! I highly recommend her for all of your website/blog/design needs! She is seriously amazing!
 
As you can see, I have a total of like 3 posts. Since I switched blogging platforms, I lost all of my past work. BUT! No worries because overtime, I will incorporate former ideas into this new blog!
 
If you are new here or just need a little reminder of the girl behind the blog, here is a little bit about me!

 
Name // Katie
 
 
 
Status // Married to an amazing man! We have been married since July 2013 and are extremely in love. I'm not kidding when I say that every time he looks at me, I get butterflies in my stomach! 
 
 
 
Favorites // sweet & creamy coffee, hot tea with a spoonful of honey, Christmas & Autumn seasons, my big family, long hours in the Word, praise music on repeat while I get ready in the mornings, laughing until it hurts, coffee dates with my besties, our sweet puppy Penny, photography, traveling all over this country with my sweet man, & serving with our church family!
 
 
 

 
The pic above is from Magnolia's in NYC on a surprise birthday trip for me by my amazing hubby! It is definitely one of my favorite trips thus far. Besides that time we went to the Bahamas and got engaged!
 
 
 
Home // Currently, we live in TN. I was born and raised here while my husband was born a northerner ;) We love this city that God has placed us in. We will always be willing to go where He calls whether it be across the big blue or the city over!
 
 
 
 
Dream Job // I want to write women's devotionals one day. And create pretty stuff. And travel with my better half by my side. And continue in my photography business. And get paid for shopping. Hey, a girls gotta dream.
 
 
What I Blog About // I write about my life. Mainly, what God is teaching me & showing me in everyday life. I also write about marriage and life as a newlywed. Sometimes I post fashion and recipes. Oh, and sometimes I write about my sweet puppy. I'm pretty much a big mess of fun!
 
Favorite Food // Hands down, anything my mema makes. and queso dip! mmmm, queso dip. I love food.
 
Dreams // I just want to glorify God in everything that I do. I'm not very career driven or focused on success. I know that God cares more about how I love & what I do with what He has given me. My husband and I also want to travel to as many places as we can. So far we have been to the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, & lots of US. We are talking about our next adventures: Iceland, Morocco, Kenya, Australia. This week we are traveling to Canada & next month is Haiti!
 
 
 
 
For all of these things, I am so grateful. God has been so graciously generous to me and for that I am eternally grateful for His love!

I hope that you have enjoyed getting to know me a little bit more. Now it's your turn! I want to know more about you. What are some of your dreams & goals?
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Linking up with Ember Grey's Grateful Heart!
 

49 comments:

  1. What part of TN are you from? I live in East TN and it's really pretty! But I'm ready for a bigger city. I love your blog design!

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    1. Hey Nina! I guess my comment didn't go through.. I am in middle TN. Have you ever been to chattanooga or Nashville? A little bigger cities than normal :) thanks for stopping by! We should meet up for a bloggy coffee date one day!

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  2. I love the design! looks great. dreaming of a vacation to croatia!

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    1. Oooh that sounds amazing! And thanks so much!! Thanks bunches for stopping by!

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  3. Love this! And those pics of you two are wonderful!

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  4. Congratulations on the new design, Katie! It's super pretty. I can't wait to see what you do with it!

    xoxo
    Daisy @ www.simplicityrelished.com

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    1. Thank you! :) I am very excited! Can't wait to check out your blog! Have a blessed day! :)

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  5. Wow! Your design is beautiful:) I love that your dream is to glorify Him! I've never been career focused either so I related to you so well. Can't wait to get to know you more!

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    1. Ah, it's so nice to know someone who gets ya, ya know? Can't wait to check out your blog more :) hope you're having a wonderful start to the week! :)

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  6. I am loving your mint necklace and coral top in the first photo!

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    1. Thanks Elise girl!! To be honest, I'm kinda in love with that teal necklace. I wear it almost everyday, I should probably chill out haha thanks for stopping by!!

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  7. Loving the new blog layout!! And loved getting to read more about you!

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  8. Love the new layout! After "meeting" you via your vlog, I think it suits you. It's bright and cheery!

    LOVED your vlog, (I am SO glad I'm not the only one that doesn't go for the DIY posts), and I will definitely be adding your blog as one of my daily reads. :-) You also say "peony" much better than I do!

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    1. You are too sweet, Terri! Thanks so much! So glad to have a new friend.
      And I'm glad you enjoyed how differently I say "peony"! Haha!!

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  9. The design is gorgeous--totally you! Can't wait to see what God inspires you to write!

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    1. Me either, girl but I am ready! :) isn't He good or what?! Thanks for stopping by, new friend!

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  10. I'm new to your blog and I'm glad you linked up with Emily so I could find you! I love your love for husband and for God. You can tell you are completely devoted to both! Have an awesome Monday!!

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    1. I love new friends!!! Yay, yay!! So excited that you are here! I can't wait to get to know ya more! :) and yes, God has given me such a love for Him and a passion for marriage!! I hope YOU are having an awesome Monday, girl! :)

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  11. I'm so glad you did this today! Being a new friend of yours, this was a fun way to get to know you a bit better :) I LOVE your dream job idea. PS- My husband and I are moving to TN at the end of this year :) We cannot wait! Thanks for linking up today, Katie!

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    1. Well I am so glad that you are hosting such an encouraging link up :) it really does help me to focus in! And yes wouldn't it be fun to be a professional shopper/traveler?! Ah, one day. Haha!! Oh my, what part of TN? We must get together for a coffee date.

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  12. It was really lovely reading about you and all your pictures of you and your hubby are really amazing! I love your heart for God too. First time here by the way. Would love to stop by more :)

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    1. I hope you do stay! :) thanks so much for checking it out! Blessings!!

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  13. I stopped by from the link up and I plan on staying. Love love love your passion for loving people and Christ. Have a blessed week! :)

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    1. Jamie, your comment just made my day! I'm so glad to have a new friend! yay for bloggy friends! I can't wait to get to know you through your blog more!!! He is good!

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  14. Glad to find your blog on such a perfect day where you're sharing the ins and outs of you and your life. What a beautiful heart you are! Looking forward to following

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    1. Wow, thank you so much Shannon! That brightens up your day! Can't wait to check out your blog & follow along! Always looking forward to making new friends!! Blessings!

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  15. I love your new blog design! I feel like it fits you well! I would love to travel as my dream job! And I love queso dip and food in general! I'll be sure to stop by over here from now on!

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    1. Yay!!!! :) thanks so much!! Oh my like I could live on queso dip!! Haha I need to figure out a healthy queso recipe if that even exists :) yes come by soon!

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  16. Hello! I'm dropping in from Oak & Oak's "Week's End" link-up! I loved reading about your life adventures with your hubby :) The new page design looks awesome too! I'm excited to have found you, and am sooooo looking forward to all that you have coming in the future, Kaitie! :D

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    1. Yay I'm so glad to make a new friend!!! Xoxo I just love link ups. They introduce me to so many awesome bloggers like yourself! Can't wait to check yours out! See you soon! :) blessings!

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  17. It looks perfect :-) I love the new look and home!- How are you finding blogger compared to word press? Thank you for some more insights in to you!! I'm really learning from God right now and being convicted by him- see my post from Monday! Looking forward to getting to know you more

    L x

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    1. Eeeee! Thanks love! Honestly I LOVE blogger already. It's so much easier to edit things just the way I like. And it's prettier! I can't wait to check out your post about what God is teaching you! He is so good!! :) going there now!

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  18. I'm new hear but this looks great.

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    1. Great! Thanks so much! Hope to hear from you again soon!! :)

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  19. This is the first time I have visited your blog, but I love the design. Also, I am super jealous of your long hair, it is so pretty!

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    1. I'm so glad that you made your way over here!! :) thanks so much! Oh girl, I have been growing it out for years! I haven't cut it in probably 6 years! But thank you :) it gets boring sometimes because I never know what to do with it haha

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  20. You are so cute! Love the new design!

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    1. Haha, thanks Britt!! And isn't it amazing!? Bella Lulu Ink created it! Can't wait to check out your blog some more!!!

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  21. So nice to meet you and to find your blog! I love the new design and the colors :) Also, I would totally love to have your dream job one day too! Sounds perfect!!

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    1. So glad that you did find me!! :) Can't wait to check out more about you & your blog! Thanks so much. Bella Lulu Ink created it in case you ever need any design needs! And yes, I would love to be a professional traveler and shopper ;) what would yours be??

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  23. I'm do behind this week but I LOVE your new design!!! Congrats girl..it's perfect and totally you!! :)

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  24. Your blog design looks easy on the eyes. And your URL is just perfect :) Ahh, keep me posted on the women's devotional. I look forward to reading some of them on this blog too ;)

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  25. Hey there, Nice to meet you :) Cute laylout! Love the design. I really need to change my blog, I might have to invest in something like this! What an amazing place to be engaged too! How romantic :) You dream job sounds amazing too!! I hope you get it one day :) What do you do at the moment?
    Neive xx

    http://theaussieosborns.blogspot.com.au

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  26. Nice to meet you, Katie! I'm also Katie, married 2 years ago and just moved to New York City. Have fun in Canada and Haiti!!

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  27. So happy I stumbled upon your site! It's great finding other bloggers from around the U.S. who share the same passion and love for Jesus. Your dream job is so inspiring and I can't wait to read your other posts. I'm a brand new blogger and would love if you could find the time to check out my site as well: http://ashcatz.blogspot.com
    Thanks so much Katie, have a wonderful weekend!

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  28. I would love to go to Iceland! Traveling with my husband will always be a huge priority....I love discovering new places with him. :-)

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