Today is super exciting…even for a Monday!

In the spring, I was excited to announce that I was published in an anthology of essays, art, and poetry about child loss called Three Minus One: Stories of Parents’ Love and Loss.

Today another anthology is being released that I am blessed to be published in: My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends.

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don’t mind the post-Sunday-afternoon-nap face I have going on here.

I got my own copy just this past week and I as flip through all of the stories, I can’t help but feel honored to be included besides such fabulous writers.

But as I read over my words, I can’t help feeling a sadness. Because I am still struggling to find the balance in my life that nurturing and maintaining friendships require. I read a viral article online recently about how it doesn’t matter how you feel about your friends if you never show it.  It hit home for me because I realize that is my biggest struggle.

I think about my friends and pray for them daily. But they can’t know that if I don’t tell them or show them.

That is what my essay is about.  It’s about this crazy season of life I am in that has me armpit deep in my own children and in my job and it {unfortunately} pushes my friendships to the outside of my life.  And I can’t blame some of those friends for packing up and leaving.

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The stories in this book are so diverse, and you would be hard-pressed not to find one that resonates with you. I encourage you to get the book–and not just because my words are in there, but that IS a bonus–but because I think it’s a great read for all women.  Because we have all lost friendships.

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. Congratulations sweetie. I loved your story. (Glad I call you my friend)

  2. You are in the season where friendships still exist, they just hover in the background.
    True friends will be there when your FOREGROUND is less crowded…

    And this will happen sooner than you think.

  3. I ordered the book today. I can’t wait to read all the stories. I know that I will relate to this one.

  4. I am SO excited to read this book… I’m especially excited to read your friendship loss story!! And yay for you for being published AGAIN!! xoxox

  5. We have ALL lost friends, whether it’s from our own doing or the person has gone crazy (there’s no other explanation). I’m so proud of you.

  6. I am so, so proud of you, friend. Can’t wait to read it!

  7. I haven’t read all of them yet, but I have read yours. So well done, my friend! xo

  8. I can’t wait to read YOUR story. I’m going through it now, and loving the book.

  9. Congratulations, my friend! So proud of you and your story was beautifully written.

  10. Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it.