Laura Asks Away!

Here we go again! It’s Friday which means it’s time for #AskAwayFriday hosted by Penny of The Real Housewife Of Caroline Country and Amber from Bold Fab Mom. Typically for Ask Away Friday, bloggers pair up, swap 10 questions,answer them on their blogs, and link up their posts with Penny and Amber. It’s such a great way to get to know someone better.
Plus it’s way fun.
This week the lovely Laura of Mommy Miracles came up with the questions I had to answer, and she has some good ones! So here we go!
1. While I know that there are always plenty of reasons to become a teacher, I have to assume that at some point one of your teachers really inspired you to pursue this career. Tell me about that teacher.
I had a couple teachers that really pushed me into my current career, but I would have to say my first inspiration was Mr. Torgerson. It was in his twelfth grade English class that made me stop and say out loud, “this is what I want to do with my life. This. Right here. I want to read books and then talk about them. How can I get paid to do that?”
He looked at me and said, “That’s MY job.”
I started looking into the education programs at the colleges and universities where I had been accepted that evening.
2. I know you and Cort are all about continuing your education. What is the next degree that you hope to complete? If you had all the time (and money) and could get a degree just for the fun of it (and not related to your career), what degree would you pursue?
If money was no object, I would go back to school right now for my PhD in English Education. It’s a dream of mine that I fully intend to pursue when the time is right, but that is not yet. We are still in family-growing mode.  But someday I will be Dr. Katie Sluiter!
May of 2008: Graduating with my Masters of English with an Emphasis on Teaching

May of 2008: Graduating with my Masters of English with an Emphasis on Teaching

3. Why (and when) did you start blogging?
I started blogging July 7, 2007. Yup, 7/7/07.  Lucky, right?
My very first post is about our recent trip out to Montana for a wedding I was in. To be honest, we had been married for two years, didn’t have kids yet, it was summer, and I was bored. I thought starting a blog would be a good way for all our family and friends across the US to see pics of us and know what was going on in our lives.
I had no idea at the time what signing up for that blogger account would mean to my future, my sanity, and my life.
4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
It sounds cheesy, but I would stay right where I am in West Michigan. I love it here.  We have all four seasons (right now we have a bit too much of winter) and our summers are gorgeous.  We have the best fresh water beaches in the country!  Our family is all close, we can head to the beach whenever we want, and we are within three hours of both Detroit and Chicago.
Plus I live in the state shaped like a mitten. I mean, I’m in America’s High Five, yo.
Our life in the summer months

Our life in the summer months

5. What will be on your MUST-HAVE list when you shop for your next house?
We hope to move in the next few years and Cortney and I have actually started a google sheet of “must haves” and “want to haves”.  Among the must haves of things we don’t currently have in this house is more kitchen area. Daily I crab about the lack of space in our small kitchen.
6. What part of your day is usually the hardest? What part of your day is usually the easiest/most rewarding?
This is a tough question since my days are so structured by the school day, yet are very unpredictable because I work with teenagers. I can always count on the time after daycare pick up and dinner to be a challenge, though.  The boys are tired, hungry, and ready to be done with the day. This is when the most meltdowns happen.
The easiest part of my day is by far lunch time because I am in the teacher’s lounge without any children. Ha!
The most rewarding part of my day tends to be the boys’ bedtime. It doesn’t matter which boy I am putting to bed that night, the cuddles, the soft whispers, the conversation that is had in the shadows of the nightlight.  Those ground me and remind me of what is important.
7. You’re a boy Mom which means you will possibly have a daughter-in-law or two one day. What type of Mother-in-law do you think you’ll be?
This question is hard! I hope I can be a warm and loving mother-in-law the way my mom is to her two daughters-in-law. I have two brothers who are both married and my mom counts them as daughters.  That is the way my mother-in-law makes me feel too. I hope I can do that for any future children-in-law that I have.  Make them truly feel like part of the family–because they will be!
8. What is your favourite drink at Starbucks?
Lately it’s a venti cinnamon dolce latte. mmm.
9. What are you currently reading?
Two things: 11/22/63 by Stephen King and Rethinking Homework: Best Practices that Support Diverse Needs by Cathy Vatterott
10. What are you most proud of in your life?
I am most proud that I have turned out to be a fighter. I grew up thinking I was a wuss because I quit every athletic thing ever and I hated pain…or anything that sounded like there might be any pain involved.
But in the past ten years, I have fought hard for my family, my friends, my students, and my own life.  And so far I have been victorious.
Did you learn anything new about me this week? Are you curious what questions I came up with for Laura? Of COURSE you are!  Head over to her blog, read my questions, and fall in love with Laura.
Happy Friday and Happy Valentine’s Day!
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. It has a nice ring to it – Dr. Katie Sluiter. I have all the confidence in the world that you can and will do it. These are really great questions!

  2. Being Canadian, I could not put all of the US States on a map. But thanks to you, I always know that Michigan is the mitten. 🙂

  3. Great answers! That time between daycare and dinner is always extremely hard in our house too. So many hangry and tired people bumping into each other!

  4. OMG! Cinnamon dolce latte is MMMYYY drink these days. Did we just become best friends? Also, I don’t doubt one day it will be Dr. Sluiter. p.s. I love continuing ed too. I want to go back and get all the degrees!!!!

  5. You’re all kinds of awesome. I loved your answer about education and your house, I truly enjoy these swaps because it’s questions you’d want to ask yourself, just sitting on the couch, chatting. Now we get to know the answers.

    love you, (DR!!!) Katie Sluiter.

  6. I loved what your 12th grade teacher said – that’s MY job!

    You make me want to visit Michigan for the first time. No wait, I think I went to Detroit once. No, that was just the airport.

    I also do the must have want to have lists – it takes the pressure off to just write it down somehow.

  7. I love these posts. They bring out all kinds of little tidbits that we wouldn’t know otherwise. Dr. Sluiter…

  8. Dr. Katie Sluiter sounds perfect! And I love the story of how you wanted to be a teacher. You probably made your high school teacher feel great.
    I think I love where I live too. Winter is..dramatic..but the rest of the year is so wonderful. Three months. I think I can, I think I can. I do.

  9. Hi! New visitor to your blog. I love that you call it America’s mitten! I’m originally from northwest Ohio, but I used to live in the mitten state as well. The question about what type of mother-in-law you want to be is a good one! I just had a boy last year and I’ve got 3 girls before him so it is different for me to think of all the things I have to look forward to in the future, with him.

  10. Love getting to know you better! A fellow mid-westerner, sweet! I want to definitely be that sort of mom-in-law, too! Both of my mother-in-laws have been that way with me, and even after the first hubby and I divorced, she still treats me like her daughter. It is such a warming feeling! Hope you are having a great week!

  11. America’s High Five. I love that. You don’t mind that I now think of you as Dr. Katie, do you?

  12. I am thankful that I have an awesome mother in law and hope that I can be good to my two boy’s future wives.