In 2013 Kate Merrick said goodbye to her 8 year-old daughter Daisy Love when she left for heaven. She wrote on grief, joy, and struggle on prayfordaisy.com. Kate is making her way back toward laughter and finding life to be filled with good things.
Kate Merrick is a pastor’s wife, writer, speaker, and mom to a teenager and toddler. She and her husband Britt cofounded the Reality family of churches in 2003, which began in Carpinteria, California, and has grown to include Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Stockton, San Francisco, Boston, London, and Honolulu.
That’s the official bio, but let’s be honest … she’s a nouveaux-hippie at heart, Kate has a fondness for her mom’s blouses from the 70s, loves to cook food she grew and meat she raised, and she is one of those people who uses coconut oil for everything—like Windex.
She willingly lends her chandelier earrings to her toddler, dances hard at weddings, opens the sunroof when she’s driving, and still checks to see if her dress twirls. Most of all, she enjoys the freedom of being wholly loved by God who has given not only his friendship to a total sinner, but every sweet thing in life.
My interview with Kate in Dear Daughters Episode 21.
- Kate’s book And Still She Laughs
- Reality Church
- Channel Surf Boards
- What’s IF? Where’s Lambert’s?
- My book: Unafraid
- Arthur Boer’s Living into Focus
- What’s a CSA box?
- The pound cake that is easy for pie people (and if it doesn’t turn out as pretty as you want, put it in a parfait glass with ice cream!)
- CS Lewis: Chronicles of Narnia
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- She Reads Truth by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams
- Grateful, grateful for Davis sharing their music for the DD Podcast.
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THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
If you’re the non-grieving, take your cue from the grieving person. ~ Kate Merrick
What does it look like to be a love note from God to someone who is suffering? ~ Susie Davis
Perspective is a giver, comparison takes. Perspective is generous. Comparison pares down the loveliness of your life until it appears a thin shred of its former glory. ~ Kate Merrick