Birthday Throwback

Today is my 36th birthday.

When I told my students how old I am (because yes, I do that), there were some who were genuinely shocked I was out of my 20’s.

While being 36 does not bother me, it made me smile that my students thought I was so young.

I don’t have much to say about this day, so I will just do a big ol’ #ThrowbackThursday for you.

Enjoy some “Vintage” Katie.

Katie - Bibs & Boots

Just Kickin’ it Katie

Katie - 6 months

6 months of Katie

Katie - ANTM

Model Katie

Preschool Katie

Preschool Katie

Tiger Fan Katie

Tiger Fan Katie

high school Katie

high school Katie


Senior Picture Katie

college. nuff said.

College Katie


mid Twenties Katie


Married Katie

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First Time Away from Son Katie


Mom Katie

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Mid Thirties Katie

Huh. 36 years and my smile has changed zero.


Happy day to me.

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. Happy Birthday to you!
    I was going to say as well, that your smile remains the same. Sweet as ever!
    Have a great day!!

  2. HAPPY Birthday Beautiful girl…
    your smile and your spirit is the same, through the years.
    May 36 be filled with ALL THE GOOD THINGS!

  3. Happy Happy Birthday, my friend! Fabulous at any age. xoxoxo

  4. Okay, now I see from “preschool” Katie that your oldest looks JUST LIKE YOU, omg!!

    Happy Birthday, my friend! I hope your day is filled with love and light and laughs. Oh and cake. Or whatever treat you love!


  5. You really haven’t changed! Your smile, seriously, like sunshine. It’s the best. And that preschool picture is SO much Eddie! Happy birthday, beautiful friend.

  6. I love all those Katies and I want to hug every single one.
    The smile says it all.

    Katie at any age, is a friend.

  7. oh my gosh – the overalls one – I die!! so cute.
    love the curls too.

    Happy Birthday!

  8. Happy Birthday, Katie!
    Love this look back to celebrate your day! You’re right, your smile has not changed. 🙂

  9. I spy the Katie Face in those photos! I think College Katie and I would have gotten along famously. And drunk. (But the Mom Katie pic is my favorite.)

  10. Love those through the years pictures! You are a doll. xoxo