It’s these little things, they can pull you under
Live your life filled with joy and thunder
Yeah, yeah, we were altogether
Lost in our little lives

Oh, oh, oh, but sweetness follows*

Routines of

working and

making dinner

and class and league night


bath nights and grading and

parent/teacher conferences

and communicating through email or

the occasional



bumps seem like mountains in this

scheduled life

and joys seem fleeting.

We are happy for you

and you

for us

and we are praying

as are you

but our lives don’t intersect

like they should

even though

you are our family

our friends

our joy and support.

We live in the same circle

put in totally different



a death

a birth

a sickness

a gain

brings us all to a stop.

We stand with each other.



the realization of our


for each other



*Lyrics from “Sweetness Follows” by R.E.M. (from Automatic for The People)

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Yes. That’s all I got in response. Just, Yes.

  2. A resounding yes. Sweetness, need for each other, yes.

  3. beautiful!

  4. I completely resonate with this. So well written.

  5. So true. Silly life, getting in the way of important things.

  6. oh how I loved that…..the sweetness in the sauce..for sure.

    This was just so eloquent, beautiful…dare I say it? “SWEET!”

  7. These words reaffirm my thoughts towards the holidays lately. I need to slow down and care for my loved ones.

  8. Amen.

  9. Love. That is all.

  10. Beautiful.
    Family and friends are awesome.

  11. life passes too quickly sometimes…. lovely reminders…