BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!! We are moving!


That’s right! Hot Tea and the Empty Seat found a new home & it’s waiting for you to go get cozy and show some love! I will no longer be posting on this URL/blog page and eventually it will be deleted. SO, please check out the new blog! Let’s not miss each other for too long…

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See you soon! -Katie




Are you… Scattering Joy?



April is here! Honestly, where has the time gone? It feels like just yesterday my husband and I were walking the streets of NYC in the frosty month of February. I was reminded yesterday of my New Years Resolutions. And, umm, I can’t quite remember them. But I do remember my One Word for 2014. Okay, I have two words but I just couldn’t choose!



When this year, 2014, draws to an end and I am sitting with my husband, waiting for the ball to drop, I want to be able to look back at the year and realize that I truly did find joy by intentionally being in the presence of my Lord. And that I was intentional in my relationship with God, my husband, my friends & family, & others around me. I want to be able to say, “I tried my best to live each day with intention to serve and help others.”

I want to bear the fruit of my intentional living & I want to be living in such joy with my Savior

no matter how good or how bad my circumstances may have been throughout the year.

It all starts with today. Each and every day, every moment counts.

Because it’s the little moments that make up this big life.

How am I intentionally living right now?

How am I seeking the Lord’s presence today in order to find true joy?

Are you seeking Him?

Are you finding joy in Him?

& just like this adorable Katie Daisy print expresses….


Are you scattering joy?

I want to be known as a woman, wife, & child of God

who scatters joy wherever she goes…


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all of these little moments.

life is full of moments. little or big, happy or sad, unusual or mundane, these little moments make up our big life. I am learning more each & every day to hold on to each moment. Because life is passing by so quickly & I want to live intentionally. I don’t want to miss a moment. last night, I accidently shrunk my husband’s sweater. my feelings were hurt because of the way he reacted so that put a damper on the night. (he quickly apologized of course but I’m a sensitive baby when it comes to my feelings, for real. he’s patient & the best)  BUT. after we crawled into bed, for whatever reason, he started laughing. that got me to start laughing and i’m not kidding when I tell you that we laughed until we couldn’t breath for a good twenty minutes. when bad moments turn into good, happy, sweet moments. don’t let them pass by. put yourself fully in those little moments. I want to share some little moments of our life from this past week. Oh, and pray for us. tonight will be the first night we have ever been away from each other since being married. Duty calls for hubby so I’m heading back home & getting together with the girls. I love my life of little moments.

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1. We picked up our sweet Penny from her puppysitter Monday. For the first time ever, she played with puppies her age & older. She is quite spoiled now. This morning, she opened our bedroom door, jumped on our bed, and laid down on my pillow without even asking. how rude. it was a funny, sleepy moment.

2. I love candles. they bring a sense of coziness to the moment & never fail to make a dinner seem fancier. I’m always burning candles. this one was French Baguette from b&bw. yum. it was a romantic, sweet moment.

3. this was our view from the car window moseying on through Pennsylvania. I wish you could of seen it. snow covered every farmhouse and created a light blue hue off in the distant valley. it was an antique, quiet moment.

4. this was one of four crosses we passed from tn to nyc. I love taking pictures of crosses. my favorites were three little wooden crosses on the right side of the highway (literally like Randy’s song). it was a supernatural, serious moment passing those crosses thinking about my sweet Savior. reminders of the pain he took & the glory He shown.

5. quite possibly my and my husband’s favorite breakfast menu. Mary b’s southern style biscuits topped with HOMEMADE grape & blackberry jelly straight from the vine of my grandmother’s little farm home. I will never be able to go back to store bought jelly. sorry, Welch’s, but gmama has got you beat. it’s always a warm, happy, lovely moment opening a mason jar full of fresh berries picked by the hands of my beloved grandma.

6.  oh these make me laugh. I decided to put my little apron on last night & whip up some “homemade” cookies. chocolate & peanut butter to be exact. I used a sugar cookie blend and added Hershey’s cocoa & peter pan peanut butter to the mix. but I forgot to “soften” the butter so I just added more butter (melted this time)…they ended up looking like poop & tasting like it too. 😉 I’m taking them home to my siblings. oh, Paula Deen, I should of added more butter.

7. technically this was a picture from last week. it’s in the American museum of natural history in NYC. I love big turtles so I had to get my pic taken with this big ole prehistoric of a turtle. Minus the hat, I’m pretty sure we’re about the same height. sweet. I’m sure he was a nice turtle. Probably could have eaten me.

savor your little moments. they make up life.


He writes my story…



Last Friday, my husband and I had the opportunity to travel to see our parents for the weekend.  Being married and moving a couple of hours away from our families has taught Joe and I to cherish every moments we get to spend with them. The distance has made our hearts grow fonder to the sweet times spent with our families and enables us to never take one moment for granted. Many married couples have told us that moving away together truly strengthens marriages because living in a foreign place far out of your comfort zone teaches you both to cling to one another, depend and help one another in ways not possible if you were constantly around your family for help and advice. Whatever you believe, I can already tell that it is growing, stretching, and drawing us closer to one another as husband and wife and I am overwhelmingly thankful for the work that God is doing in our lives and hearts as we live as one. 

Six months have already sailed on by since we first stood in front of precious friends and family and committed our lives and hearts to one another until the end. Time is running by in a flash and I don’t want to waste a minute of this wonderfully scary and beautiful adventure that God has laid out before us.

It’s a new year and a new chapter in our life stories has begun. My husband and I have the opportunity to do anything in this world. Our hearts are being prepared, our eyes and ears waiting for our Jesus to send us wherever He wants us to be. But I refuse to just be.

I want to live.

 This life is a storybook authored by the Creator and I don’t want to miss all of the twist and turns He has written for us to experience and enjoy. As much as I want to experience all that He has for me,  I must remember that I am not the main character in this story. This life isn’t about what makes me most happy. 

The glory and love of Jesus shining out of my husband and I to this dark world is the exact reason we were written into the story of creation. Jesus is the center, the reason, the main character. He gives my story purpose!

When I get to the end of my life, I want to be able to look back and see Jesus. How He blessed us, used us, guided us, taught us, spoke to us, and loved us. He is my motivation. He is the reason for living.

As 2014 continues to go on by, I want every adventure, every twist and turn, every action and thought to be for Jesus and for others.

I want to be intentional and joyful.

I want more of Jesus.

It’s time to start living now!

Your story has been written. Don’t let the pages slip by.

be joyful always,


MY WORD; Joy + Intentional

So, I’m breaking the rules a bit.

My group of church ladies are choosing one word to focus on this new year.

One word instead of 20 resolutions.

One word to live out.

One word to focus on all year.

One word.

Of course, me being the indecisive person that I am, decided to choose two words. The good thing is, they work together. I can’t have one without the other.

My first word is J O Y.

I desire to have more joy. Over the past few months, I have been contemplating where joy comes from, what joy truly looks like, and how I can get me some more of that joy. Joy is not happiness. Happiness is a state of mind and it can come as often as it goes. Joy is a heart condition. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Happiness is based on your circumstances when joy is based on our LORD. I desire to have joy in every trial. I desire to have great joy in the mundane, boring days. I yearn to have joy when loved ones pass. I desire to have joy when I am persecuted. I want to have joy when the celebrations come and when they are over. I desire more joy no matter if I am happy or not. When I think about joy, my mind takes me back to my grandmother-in-law. She will scribe these words on any Christmas card, note, letter, anything she can get her hands on… “There is fullness of joy in the presence of the Lord.” This beautiful and absolutely true statement comes from Psalm 16:11. My heart fills with hope every time I hear it. Where can we find joy? In the presence of Jesus. Oh, not only joy but fullness of joy! Which brings me to my second word for this year…


I yearn to be more intentional in everything that I do. Most of all, I want to be more intentional about being in the presence of the Lord. Intentional time carved out in my day for sweet time at the feet of my King. Intentional prayer to Him. Intentional every day praise to Him. Less random and more intentional listening for Him. Intent giving. Intent words spoken. Intentional loving others. I want to be intentional in my relationship with my husband and intentional about loving and serving him. I want to be more intentional in my friendships… with new and old friends, with family members, with strangers. At the end of this year, I desire to be able to say, “YES, I lived with purpose. I was intentional about the important things in my life.”

JOY + INTENTIONAL for year 2014.

Will I find joy in being intentional? Will I be intentional about finding joy?

Praise God that He is always intentional about forgiving me, saving me, & loving me!

What is your one word for the year?

I would love to hear about it! Comment below or shoot me an email, girl!

Love y’all. . .