Hey! I'm so glad you're here.

Let me tell you about who I am. My name is Katie, I am in my thirties, I am a creative seamstress, a food enthusiast, a newbie photographer, a fresh lover of reading, and a homeschooling mom. I am most of all a follower of Christ; because of God sacrificing His life on the cross I am free from the burden of sin! I have been married to my best friend, John, for over 13 years, and we have 4 (yes four) boys. I was born and raised in sunny southern California, and in January 2015 we moved our entire family 2,507 miles across the United States to North Carolina. The purpose of our move was for John to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and further his education. This past two and a half years have been a huge growing experience in our family and our lives individually.

As a business woman, I started dabbling in selling handmade on Etsy in 2009. At the time I had 2 young children and just wanted something to do as well as make a little extra spending cash. Over the next 6 years I have had a total of 4 Etsy shops, with my main as PaperFromHeaven. It started out with paper products, and then with the advice of a friend morphed into appliqued diaper covers, and then after I had more confidence in sewing I started sewing crayon rolls, which has expanded into what it is today with organizers of all sorts. I have also had 2 different blogs, one under the name of PaperFromHeaven and then I merged it into RaisingOranges, and then I deleted them all together. I was at a point in life where I couldn’t continue to be on social media and control what was going on in my life. I retreated from all social media, personal and business, and refocused my center back on Christ.

After taking time to center my life on Christ and with the advice of a great friend I have decided to rejoin the blogging community. This time with a different stand, and with a clear purpose of what I want to bring to the table.

My goal is to encourage moms and young women with Biblical truth in all aspects of your life. I want to let you know that you aren’t alone in this struggle to obey the commands of Christ while daily being told that you are doing everything wrong, and most of all I want to do this with truth + transparency.