Father’s Day Weekend

Friday evening we got done with camp and John Luke, Sarah, Pippa, and me jumped in the car and headed over to Delhi to spend the weekend at my parent’s house. I realized this weekend how truly happy I am to be in Louisiana for the summer. The heat and humidity really does feel unbearable at times (most of the time), but if you find some type of body of water it’s manageable haha!

Saturday we slept late and just lounged around in the house. We rested as much as we could with Teagon running around us begging us to come play ha. (For any new-comers to my blog, Teagon is my 3-year old little bro!) We spent the afternoon swimming in the pool and reading and laying out on the dock.

Lately I’ve had some of you asking questions about what I eat and working-out. A few months ago I had some major eating changes and from it I’m feeling AMAZING. I’ll go more into detail about that at a later time, but just thought while I was at it I could share this quick and easy recipe with you!

2 pieces of gluten-free bread (Ezekiel flax is my fav…it’s got gluten in it, but if I eat it in small amounts it doesn’t bother my stomach!)

1/2 avocado

1 slice of tomato


Herby (a real game-changer) (and no this isn’t sponsored, I just LOVE it and want to tell the world about it haha)

Then just put it all together for a nice little sandwich and you’re set! We weren’t super hungry, so JL and I split one, but I’d say they are surprisingly pretty filling. Shout-out to my sister Kelly for the idea! Add some watermelon and La Croix and you’re golden. Also, if you have not tried La Croix you are missing out on one of the world’s greatest treasures haha. It’s flavored sparkling water and so refreshing. My favorite is coconut, but people either love it or hate it. If you’re wanting to try it, I’d say start with the strawberry-pienapple, lime, or cran-ras!

Saturday night my grandparents drove over for an early Father’s Day dinner and my grandfather blew me away on the ukulele. He used to be in a band, so I knew he was good at music, but I was so impressed with how much he can still play! Isn’t that so fun when you’re grandparents whip out their own talents and surprise you?! I’ve known him for a whole 21 years, but just last night discovered he could do that! We ended the night with a family game of Nertz, which is my absolute favorite card game (insert heart eyes).

Sunday for Father’s Day we all spent the morning together and then headed over to West Monroe for church. Our church just started a new contemporary service and it’s been incredible. A quick lunch then back out to camp!!

Today I am thankful for: my dad and all the other father’s out there who are leading their families well, a refreshing weekend, and all these middle-schoolers out at camp.





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21 responses to “Father’s Day Weekend”

  1. Amanda says:

    I love that you guys had such a relaxing Falther’s Day weekend! If you are eating gluten free due to dietary issues (a gluten intolerance or celiac) you have to be careful with Ezekiel bread because it does still contain wheat, barley, and rye! Just wanted to give a heads up to those with issues!

  2. Courtney Rogers says:

    Your camera and lens is wonderful!!! What is it?

  3. Teagon and Pippa eating watermelon have me smiling big! Sounds like a yummy little sandwich! What a sweet weekend!

  4. Ruthie says:

    Mmm that sandwich sounds and looks amazing!! Also, I love La Croix. It’s especially good when it’s so hot outside! But I totally agree, ya either love it or hate it. ?

  5. Lauren Leach says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend!! I love your blog and I’m from Oklahoma so I completely understand the humidity being unbearable!!! Glad you had a wonderful weekend!!

  6. Cute photos, and a heart-warming story. It’s cool that your grandpa can play the ukelele! I’m just starting to get the hang of it. Hope you had a nice father’s day with your family.


  7. Sarah Norman says:

    Coconut is my favorite flavor too! Is your hair naturally curly? It’s beautiful??

    • marykate says:

      I’ve got some wave in my hair naturally, but after I moved to VA where its more humid and harder water, I got a beach wave perm! I just love the natural, slightly crazy look haha. But thank you!!

      • Sarah Norman says:

        That is so cool!! I was was actually looking at the beach perm! Is it damaging at all?:)

  8. Allison says:

    Ahh I love Delhi! All of my family lives in south Lousiana, but from time to time we make trips in that area! So glad to hear y’all had an amazing and relaxing weekend!

  9. That recipe sounds absolutely AMAZING. Many people in my family love Ezekiel bread, so I definatly be sharing this recipe!

  10. Kenny Michelle says:

    Always love your blog & how you find joy in the little things 🙂 You really should do a post about food/exercise, I have a lot of food intolerances and things like that so I would appreciate it!

  11. Lizzie says:

    Favorite thing to do is read ur blog 🙂

  12. Mallory says:

    I love reading your blog! It is so encouraging and I absolutely love to see what God is doing through you! You are an Inspiration to so many!

  13. Stephanie says:

    I absolutely love your blog! Thank you for always sharing about your spiritual walk and life adventures! I think you’re such a talented photographer – what lens do you use? I read that you use 50mm but is there an actual name? I would love to buy it!
    Keep on writing and chasing your faith – I can’t wait to read more! Xo

  14. Emeline says:

    I don’t know if y’all have a Costco up near Monroe but the one here in NOLA has the best gluten free bread, it’s Udi’s Whole Grain and they don’t freeze it which makes a world of difference, and it’s the best gf bread I’ve had so far!

  15. Bett says:

    Just caught up on your last 3 posts! So glad you having such a wonderful experience at camp and getting to spend so much time with your family at home this summer. I will keep you in my prayers as you lead and serve others throughout the rest of the summer. You’re an inspiration, Mary Kate!

  16. Lindsay Kate says:

    Totally LOVE your hair and necklaces! Looks like a really fun weekend, and summer just isn’t summer without watermelon! Haha! I have been gluten free for a couple of months now, I love it! Udies is another GF option for bread.

  17. Kami Evans says:

    I’m so in love with the way your blog is set up and how cute you and your family are! I can’t wait to keep up with y’all and your blog 🙂

  18. Ellie says:

    this is so random and has nothing to do with this post but could you do a post on the makeup you use? i mean i know its summer but i’d looove to see your makeup favs! 🙂 love you and your blog, thank you for your wonderful and Christlike example to those you influence via your blog! 🙂 <3

  19. marti hortobagyi says:

    I really love your blog. 🙂 Can’t wait for your post about your eating changes!!

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