About Kari

Hi, I’m Kari. (It rhymes with sorry not hairy.) :)

It’s a joy to meet you, and I’m so glad you’ve come to this little corner of the blogosphere where a rag-tag bunch of us gather together to celebrate life’s messy glory.

A little bit about me: I’m wifey to a pastor Jeff, who broke my heart and has faithfully put up with me for a long time.  Seven years ago, when I was terribly depressed, he bought www.karipatterson.com for $13 and told me to write everyday. Here we are.

I’m homeschooling Mama to two littles, who drink all my lemonade, suck my milkshake dry, and ask for one more snuggle a dozen times every night. Several years ago God wrecked us for “normal,” and we started doing weird stuff like selling our house and giving our money away. We now live at The 1601, an ordinary house stuffed with assorted extraordinary people. The roster’s always changing and the fridge is always full. I’m sister to many women at RENEW, our recent church plant, and writer for Simple Homeschool. Sometimes I’m over at (in)Courage and FrugalLivingNW too.

I write e-books (Go snag one; they’re cheaper than a mocha!), am trying my hand at a full-length book and speak at women’s events throughout the year. If you have a retreat or other event and need a speaker, let me know! I’d love to pray about joining you.

But above all, my heart beats for the Sacred Mundane. God is in every detail of life, and it is my life’s passion to draw attention to Him there. There is no sacred/secular duality. There is no ordinary work. All of life is worship. Every breath is prayer. But let me tell you some days I get dragged down by the drudgery.  I can’t seem to wake up, and life pulls hard and those dishes stack high and all I can see is cellulite and crows’ feet and that grime at the back of the toilet seat.

But God. (de theos)

He is rich in mercy. He is faithful and just. He is the lifter of our heads. And if we can laugh a little more, and stress a little less, and squint our eyes and see Him in the details of life, we will embrace the Sacred Mundane and live the abundant life. Where every moment matters, where a holy revolution meets our ordinary days, and the Kingdom of God invades the carpools and the kitchens, and we do justly and love mercy and walk humbly with our God.

And we change the world one ordinary day at a time. Discovering the joy of living outside ourselvesBy the grace of God for the glory of God.  

(Thanks for reading.)


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Annie DeYoung March 9, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Hello Kari,

I love this post! It was so honest. I was directed to it on the blog, (in)courage, by Selena. She mentioned mentioned it, as it related to our discussion that developed from reading the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Did you follow all of that? :) I am excited to visit your blog now that I have found it. You may not recognize me by my married name, but you probably remember me from Real Life in Corvallis. Although, kids do take a toll on the brain, (I would know) so you may not remember me. Either way, I am so happy to see that you are doing well and continue to have your same passion for Jesus.



Kari March 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Annie! I don’t have your email address to respond to you, but of course I remember you! I would love to see you sometime. Selena was just over last night and said you might visit WCC. We’d love to see you! Let me know if you’re coming so I can save you a seat and see your beautiful face. Thanks so much for saying hello. Blessings on you!


Gary Taylor May 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

This is a wee bit crazy. A heavily loaded morning posting on Gendads about the life of incomprehensible grace God has given wife and I (for 46 years). Self-weighted schedule trying to get to my book, then, somehow, ended up dropping in on this cool blog of my kinda fella. Yes, that would be Jeff, but I couldn’t find his name (is he really modest or likes to lead games?). Finally but was distracted by your name (Cari, spelled correctly, is my daughter’s name). Now REALLY distracted by your deft touch with “heart words”. You guys make quite a writing pair. I haven’t even written Jeff yet, but I think I’ll follow him and visit Sacred Mundane now and then. For someone reporting from the “finishing well” segment of the journey, come visit at http://www.gendads.com.


ginny wassink June 17, 2011 at 6:19 am

We will be having a women’s retreat next February. It will be held in Ashland, Oregon.

What do you charge for a weekend of speaking 3 times. We need to know if we can afford you.

Thanks, Ginny


Rosalyn Price English August 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Enjoyed your post about the hair color on the husband. Saints. Aren’t our husbands just saints? Reminded me of the first time I ‘cut’ my husband (then fiance’s) hair… Wasn’t much left. He wore his shave bravely though. :)

Rosalyn Price English


Sharon O November 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Have I asked you before where are you located? are you in the Portland Oregon area? willamette church … where is that located? I feel like we are in the same ‘general areas’.


Christy February 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

My name is Christy. I live in Florida, love the lord and my family. I’m a mother of 2 wonderful, loving, caring, energetic boys ages 4 and 5. I’m also the wife of a amazing, understanding, forgiving, hard working man Joe. I love your blog and can tell already I’m going to be spending a lot of time here. Thank you and look forward to your future posts.


Mindy Paul (McArthur) March 9, 2012 at 1:02 am

You sweet, wonderful thing! Janae Cruikshank told me about your website and I am here in the middle of the night, sick as the dickens and reading your blogs. I love them! I just finished reading the story of you and Jeff. I never knew! I miss you dear friend! It is so good to see your face and to hear your heart! Bless you!


Kari March 9, 2012 at 5:18 am

Awww, Mindy!!! I have thought of you often over the past few years, wondering how you are! Are you still in Bend? Maybe sometime when we’re over there we can meet up for coffee? Like old times! :) I’m so sorry you are sick, I am praying you get better quickly today! Love you, K


Kari March 9, 2012 at 5:19 am

Christy, Thanks so much for your kind words, I am so glad you are here! Please keep in touch; it’ll be fun to be on the journey together. Blessings, Kari


Clare August 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Hi Kari, I am interested to read more about your one year clothes fast. Please could you tell me where I can read more about it. Thanks so much! Clare


Krista March 10, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I loved your story. I have been out of church for a while but it’s because my grandson was born 17 weeks early and I’ve been with him since November 28. I too love God and want to be able to share his life.
Thank you for keeping yourself real.


rebecca floyd May 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm

found you in the world vision magazine, my husband and i moved to the portland area 9 months ago from Texas, i love (and share) your heart and passion for our Amazing God and the lost. looking forward to reading your blog


Stephanie May 20, 2013 at 1:14 am

Hey Kari
Just popped in to see your page. I am looking forward to reading your material. I really enjoyed meeting you this last weekend at our women’s retreat at Suttle Lake. The Lord really spoke to my heart through your words regarding flourishing and growing real and genuine fruit in my life. Thank you again for your obedience to God in your ministry. I will continue to keep you and your family and your church in my prayers.
Stephanie Mapes
(Calvary Chapel Crook County)


Kari Wright September 25, 2013 at 10:09 pm

First off love the name. How do you say it? Mine is said like this, “Car-ee” just like the babysitter on the “Incredibles”.

Anyway I came across your blog from a friend who posted it on Facebook. Wow isn’t it close to how I felt about your post. Thank you for letting a complete stranger read your blog. I needed that little extra reminder that is God is with us always. Sometimes as a mother I feel so alone because I give and give all day long and rarely get anything in return. I’m sure our Heavenly Father feels that way too. Once again thank you.



JanineW October 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I was looking for a picture of a woman yearning for God, and up popped your picture. I was intrigued (about copyright), and read your blog post. It was an absolute breath of fresh air. Thank you so much. I will be following you! And, while I haven’t settled on the right photograph to reflect a theme for our women’s retreat, I will be following up with permission to use [the one of the woman praying with the sunset in the backdrop] photograph if it’s a go. Peace and blessings


John Glantz November 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Hi Kari!
Are you the same Kari who started the Evergreen Bible Study, in McMinnville, OR?
We are still here and meet on Mondays, now in the new Evergreen Chapel.


Kari November 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Hi John! Yes, I am! I was just talking to David, the mailman–he was saying perhaps Jeff and/or I could come sometime to chapel. That’d be great! So glad to hear it is still going … Thank you for saying hello!!


John Glantz November 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Please call me at 503-434-4111 and ask for John Glantz.
Tell them it is concerning the Evergreen Bible Study.


Kari November 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Will do!


Diane campo December 6, 2013 at 6:26 am

Hi Kari, I’m a homeschool mom that is struggling every day it’s lonely at home. People keep saying Jesus fills that like to the woman at the well but, I love The Lord and spend time with him. Is it possible to have everything and everyone being going wrong and still be right? I have no degree I bring in no money just care for the children. One of which is in a wheelchair I am always positive finding the good trying to serve others to get my mind off of all this. There so much more but don’t want to weight down anyone. Diane


Kelly December 9, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Diane, thank you for sharing your struggles. Sometimes that is the first step in getting the support you need. I, too, have been going through a time of loneliness but have been reading articles, listening to messages, and attending support groups. Share your feelings and find a support group!


Dee December 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Enjoyed the site. Got here by googling “is begrudgingly a matter of the heart? I was promised something & told later it would be given reluctantly & begrudgingly. However, I am going to give it to you. When the time came for me to receive it, I couldn’t. How do one handle this?
Blessings over you & yours.


Kimberly Lawrence December 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I also feel blessed to have a faithful man whom God sent for my two beautiful little girls.He took them in as his own and become the only father they will ever know here on earth. They are so much like him now even developing traits of his. I feel I was lead to your site purposely because of my need for this kind of insight. I look forward to following your work and look forward to this quiet time my husband has respectfully granted with. Have a blessed night everyone.God bless you all and remember our roles to or generous and faithful husbands.


Bevin Wilder December 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Just found you while doing a little link hopping on a Christmas break day – so glad I did! Several little bits in what I’ve read that sounded like me, resonated with me, connected with me. My husband is the music minister at our church, my main motivation for starting to home school was to raise my children to know “there is no sacred/secular duality” and that all of life is worship, and yet I am way too often overwhelmed with the mundane and all the “opportunities” to serve. :) And I love Micah 6:8. Look forward to reading!


Kari January 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm

So glad you are here, Bevin! Welcome!


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