I can’t pass a baby without peeking. I’m that person across the plane aisle doing everything in my power to make them smile. I adore babies and always have. It’s just one of those things inherent in who I am.

I am also a bit of a nerd. I like science and numbers and data and research. (Apparently more than I care about run-on sentences.) I have a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, which requires art to apply the science meaningfully. It’s much more science focused than most people think when they hear “speech therapist.” We toss around words like metacognition, aphasia, fluency and dysphagia at our cocktail parties.

My husband and I met at the University of Colorado and began our love story on a summer mission in Siberia, first sharing our feelings along a dirt road in Ulan-Ude. We married a few years later, had our first son in 2007 and our second in 2010. We’ve mostly lived in Seattle but spent a couple years trying out transplant life in Colorado after having our oldest. We became very thirsty. Apparently we grow better with water, rain and coffee than sun, wind and altitude.

My hope is that this blog provides ideas for interacting with children in ways that are nurturing, fun, meaningful and more effective. If you’re only going to get 20-minutes a day reading with your kid, let’s make those 20-minutes superb. If you’re having a hard time communicating with your toddler, you’re normal! By sharing what I’ve learned about language development, I hope to make it a little bit easier for you, too.

I share how motherhood, marriage, friendship, spirituality, gardening, cooking and reading shape me. How I try to care for my mental, physical and spiritual health in the midst of caring for my family. How I’m learning bit by bit to battle my perfectionistic tendencies rooted in anxiety. How I’m (hopefully) growing in grace.

I also share the occasional recipe and rant. Definitely more recipes than rants. I might even talk about growing peas. I love their tendrils. (And maybe, just maybe, I should mention something about a bean? Why is that the name of this blog, anyways?)

Chomping C


6 thoughts on “About

  1. Lucia

    Hi Kathleen,
    Enjoyed hearing about the orcas…and your connection to them. I am housesitting for a couple of months on Whidbey Is. I’ve been living in Salt Lake City, transplanted from New England. Anyway I too have a deep connection to the orcas and I know they have been around frequently but I’m not sure where to go to be close to them right now. If you don’t mind sharing where you have been to see them recently, I’d appreciate some tips. Thanks!

    1. kathleenbeanblog Post author

      Hi Lucia,

      Whidbey Island is a great spot to see them from! I follow Orca Network pretty religiously on facebook. I think you can also get phone call alerts (through a smart phone app). When I see that orcas are spotted nearby, I wait until I know their swimming direction and then I drive to a spot suitably north or south of where they were spotted. This has worked well for me on three occasions now. You just have to be diligent. Good binoculars are very helpful, as is patience. I have stood on shore for up to 30-minutes scanning with binoculars until I spotted my first dorsal fin or spray. Good luck!

    1. kathleenbeanblog Post author

      Thank you, dear Katie. I am so grateful that we’re still in touch and can keep up with each other this way, too. I’m going to pass on participating in the award process, but I appreciate your compliments and continual readership. xoxo

  2. Laken

    Just found your site and I’m so glad. I’m also an SLP — good to know I’m not the only one talking about dysphagia at cocktail parties 🙂


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