Amazing Wonder

Good ole Mama Kat had another fab prompt this week…List your life’s Seven Wonders…the seven most amazing things you’ve seen with your own two eyes.

I couldn’t resist this one…happy, sad, or otherwise, these are the amazing things I’ve seen in my 33.5 years….

#7.  New York City.  Yup, seeing the Big Apple for the first time took my breath away.  I am a small town girl.  Getting off the train in Grand Central Station was totally surreal.  Walking down Broadway felt unbelievable.  It’s like I was in every movie, TV show, or music video where I had seen these sites.

#6. A Massive Thunderstorm in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains (near Beckeley, WV).  Cort and I were driving home from Myrtle Beach (our honeymoon) and got caught in the worst downpour EVER.  To one side of our truck?  A cliff of a mountain that went straight up.  To the other side (my side, mind you), nothing but plummeting to death.  And we couldn’t see out of the windshield.  We pulled over at a rest stop to wait it out and just marveled at a mountain storm.

#5. The Badlands. A few years after being married, Cort and I road-tripped out to Montana for a wedding.  I can’t say I am a huge fan of “out west,” but the Badlands took my breath away.

Cort takes in the Badlands

#4. Cancer destroying a human. It’s one of the worst things I’ve ever seen, but it’s amazing nonetheless.  I still can’t wrap my mind around how one rogue cell can infect and destroy everything around it and turn a plump, funny man like this:

To a skeleton version of himself only months later (and this is a good picture.  We don’t have many from the last days):

two months exactly before his funeral.

I will never ever forget what it’s like to witness this sort of horror.  It’s one of the worst, most agonizing things to see happen.

#3. The face(s) of adoption. I have known people who have been adopted and who have adopted children, but witnessing the process firsthand through my sister-in-law and brother-in-law’s current journey has been nothing short of amazing.  The kindness of others, the unconditional love for two little people across the world, the forming of a family from two in the USA with two in Ethiopia…it’s been breathtaking.

#2. a living baby on an ultrasound.  After miscarriages and issues with getting/staying pregnant, seeing our baby living and thriving in my womb is awe-inspiring every. single. time.  It’s a good thing Cort squeezes my hand so tight each time…that way I know I’m not dreaming.

baby charlie

#1. meeting the creature who has been living and feeding off of your body for nine months. I don’t know if there is anything in this world more miraculous than the conception, gestation, and birth of a new life.

first family photo ever

The only other thing that could tie with this moment for most amazing is each moment I witness Eddie growing and learning.  The human mind and body are absolutely amazing and mysterious.


Pssst.  I entered a picture that the lovely Missy of mL photography took of Cort and I into a contest.  The top 10 photos in this facebook album with the most “likes” will get a chance to win.  The prize?  The photo turned into a piece by Modern Bird Studios.  This is really, really all I want for Christmas.

So if you are on facebook, and you want to go “like” Modern Bird Studios and then “like” our photo?  That would make my holiday.

And if you didn’t know, Sluiter Nation is on facebook too.  I’m just sayin’.

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. Oh! I loved this…wonders, for sure…

  2. Beautiful post. I love the mixure of sad and wonderful things.

  3. I love this post. Life is so amazing even in sadness. In my line of word, ICU RN, I see sadness bring amazing things out of people. That is one the wonders of my life.

    • I can only imagine. I have to say that while I hope to never EVER have to watch ANYONE go through the horror of cancer again, my FIL’s spirit because so beautiful…maybe because it was the only thing left at the end.

  4. I love your list! Even sad things can be amazing in their own twisted way.

  5. Lovely list – I gasped at the before and after – so heartbreaking.
    I think I want to do a second list about family moments, for sure.
    You look so happy in the last photo! I was sooooo out of it. Blargh 🙂

    • Oh I was out of it too. That look is pure delirium. I had been in the hospital over 12 hours and had been laboring at home for more than 12 before that. They finally took me in for a c/s when i spiked a fever of 105 and Eddie’s heartrate dropped. I was just happy that rest was in my future! Ha!

      And yes…that change in my FIL took less than 5 months. And in his last two months all that was left was a skin covered skeleton and a radiant spirit.

  6. Yep, I would have to say my son is the most amazing thing I have ever seen as well! 🙂

  7. I couldn’t agree more with #1. It’s truly surreal – even now, two years later, I think back on it and still can’t wrap my mind around that moment.

    And yes, I also marvel at watching my daughter grow and learn and thrive. Watching her learn to talk completely boggles my mind.

  8. happy and heartbreaking

    stopping by from Mama Kat’s

  9. How much did I love this?

    I so LOVED this.

    Each of your seven are wonders – truly amazing.

    I haven’t witnessed cancer destroy a person firsthand – thankfully – but yes, pictures I have seen like those you have included here are incredible. In the absolute worst possible way.

    Bless that last photo! Oh, family.

  10. Wonders indeed. I love any list that includes NYC and a living baby on on ultrasound. 🙂

  11. I’ve yet to get to NYC but can’t wait until next August to do so!
    I’ve had to watch that cancer not only in myself but several friends and family members, but there is one thing cancer will never take, and that’s your wonderful memories!
    After 4 miscarriages, seeing my oldest’s 1st ultrasound was breath taking!
    Such an amazing list!

  12. It’s funny, as someone who grew up outside of NYC, I’m always amazed when people are impressed by it . . . then, I head back to NYC and realize “holy shit, this place is amazing.”

    I love your list, truly.

  13. I love your list, even though #4 makes me incredibly sad. I’ve seen it firsthand, too, and it is amazing, but I don’t think I could have a good enough perspective on it to include it on a list like this … not yet, anyway.

    #1 and #2 are the best! I totally agree on those!

  14. This is a really great post! I’ve never been to NYC or the Badlands, but everything else I will second! I’m actually from WV, and not surprisingly thunderstorms are one of my favorite things to watch. Do you live in WV?

  15. What a touching list. Thanks for sharing it. Visiting from MamaKat’s Writer’s Workshop.

  16. wow, wow, wow, look at all those beautiful, heartbreaking, amazing, life changing things you have seen. I am speechless at the things you shared!!!!! 🙂