About the Author

If we were meeting in real life, I would saying a long, Mrs. Doubtfire-inspired “helloooooooo” to you.  So glad you’re here.  But I wouldn’t hug you.  Nothing against you- I am just not a hugger.  My name is Katie Van Dyk (formerly Hardeman) and this blog is full of my confessions and lessons.

It’s a place where I write about God’s plansboogers, raisinsbook recommendationscat pukegetting oldsinglenesstapewormsevolutionfartsbeing an aunt, coachingawkward hugs,  public bathroomsdoubting God, and eye contact .  But mostly this is a space where I confess to strange things I do, think, and say and a place where I share the lessons God is continually teaching me (mainly so I don’t forget them).

If you’re curious why I chose the title “Crusading with Katie,” HERE is an explanation.

And if you’re curious about the type of confessions I make, here are 20 quick ones to serve as an introduction:

1. I used to eat my boogers. I was little, okay, but it happened. 

2. I was 31 before I had my first kiss. (We were married a few months later)

3. When I am hungry or tired, I sometimes often snap at the people I love the most.  swapped-2Also, this deck is the scene where one brother secretly filmed my other brother as he threw a pancake at my face.  He threw it so hard that I cried.  On camera.  I was 30 years old.

4. I am a bit of a Jesus freak.

5. I am the kind of person who smashes cake in her husband’s face. vandyk09202014-980

6.  I was 17 when I finally learned that a “girl cheese sandwich” is actually called a “GRILLED cheese.”

7. My highlights from playing collegiate basketball include missing the game winning shot of my last game and yelling, “LIAR!” at an opponent.  For the record, I was quoting Legally Blonde.

8.  Making an ugly face is easier for me than making a normal face.

9. I have peed my pants as an adult multiple times.  In public.

10. I’ve been told I look like the White Witch from Narnia and Kevin Bacon.

11. During my bachelorette party, I shoved several of my friends to the ground .  Granted, we were in giant bubbles but I still hit them pretty hard and gave myself major whiplash.  Totally worth it.  photo-2

12. I completely rely on Facebook when it comes to remembering birthdays.

13.  I dropped out of seminary.

14.  When running, I often pretend that I am being chased.

15. While on our honeymoon in Greece, I took lots of cat pictures.  Paul was more than just a little grossed out when I picked them up.IMG_9929

16. My alien voice comes out more often than it probably should.

17. Some days I prefer books to humans.

18. I have been accused of walking like a gorilla and have little control of my arms, as evidenced here:


Above is the scene of a choreographed flashmob with the wedding party. I practiced for weeks and still messed it up.

19. I can blow bubbles of spit off my tongue.

20. I am an over sharer.  As you’ve witnessed in this “About the Author” section, I offer way too much information about myself.  It’s a problem. But hopefully a somewhat entertaining problem since a lot of this blog is me confessing.

Stick around a bit and feel free to confess any “me too” moments and confessions of your own:)


15 thoughts on “About the Author

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  2. Lesley

    I am really disappointed there aren’t pictures of me on this page. But, I suppose since we look so much alike, and this is YOUR about section, I will get over it. :)

    1. katiehardeman Post author

      Remember that time at Lori’s wedding when your husband saw a picture of you and Lori on the slideshow and said to me, “Is that you?” I loved that moment. Albeit, not as much as I loved the moment when he revealed the flask he had been hiding.

      And Lesley, don’t worry- I have lot of embarrassing pictures to post of you. Wait, did I already post the one of you in your underwear running from the horses? I think I might have. Don’t worry, I’ve got others.

  3. Megan

    Hi Katie (I feel like I should address you in my comments),
    So far I do really like the new blog page, I love the selection of self-portraits they are the perfect sum of who you are 😉 will you be changing them up? or are they set to stay? May I suggest one of you picking your nose? and/or possibly a jumping one, you’re the best at those.

    1. katiehardeman Post author

      What a very formal comment from you, Megs. I felt like you should have signed it, “sincerely, Mrs. Terrell”. You read my mind again- I was thinking on the way to school today, “What happens when I want to change the header? I have to totally re-do the “about me” section.” Also, I considered the jumping pictures. I do have quite the selection to choose from. I’ll consider. However, I have no pictures of me picking my nose. I do that in private. Wait. Check that. I have one with my tongue up my nose but I don’t think I actually dislodged a booger. Although I have done that before. Thanks for your comment.

      Yours truly,

      Katie Louise Hardeman

  4. Alissa

    I was looking through the pictures of people people tagged on Facebook and thinking, “I need to start a project called ‘The Many Faces of Alissa’.”

    Every picture you have on this page, I think I have one making the same face.

    I just found your blog, and I think I love you. You know, in a girl-crush, she’d-be-fun-to-hang-out-with kinda way. :)

    1. katiehardeman Post author

      Haha! Hey, Alissa! In college, we called those “friend crushes” and I had many. Sometimes I’d be hanging out with a group of people and one of my actual friends would say, “Katie totally has a friend crush on you” to another girl. Awwwwkward.

      Also, you should definitely make a “many faces of Alissa” collage. I’m sure it would be phenomenal.

    1. katiehardeman Post author

      Brea Olinda for the first two years and Troy for the last two. You can probably tell from this blog that I wasn’t in the “cool” crowd. I spent many a lunch time in the library:)

  5. Amber

    Just found your blog and
    1) you make me laugh
    2) your about page rocks
    3) I absolutely love that I am not the only one who doesn’t take “normal” pictures. For reals. Look up the hashtag #mymorningmop on instagram and you’ll see what I’m talking about :/

  6. Pepper

    Hi, Katie.

    A lady I teach with at LCS directed me to your blog. Her son is in one of your classes at Valley. Anyhoo…besides being completely cracked up by your nuttiness, I’m wondering…are you by chance related to T. J. or Tine Hardeman of Faith Academy in the Philippines?

    I grew up an MK in Japan and attended CAJ. Our high school boys played basketball against Faith on a number of occasions so we got to know the Hardemans. Tine and my dad, Coach Dave Davies, were friends.

    I seem to remember that T. J. taught in this area a “few” years ago, so I guess it’s not so far fetched that you may be related to him.

    Even if you’re not, you’re still funny. 😉

    Pepper :)

    1. katiehardeman Post author

      Thanks for commenting and for your kind words. And YES, I am one of those Hardemans:) TJ is my dad and Tine is my grandpa. My uncle Tom worked at CAJ for years and now my cousin Kelsey is a teacher there. What a small world indeed!

      I used to think only my family and friends read this little blog. Perhaps I need to start filtering myself a bit more if parents of my students are reading:) Whoops!

  7. Kara

    Hey there Katie,

    Just wanted to say a few things.

    One your posts have me laughing, and it needs to stop. No, seriously, you’re smiling, but stop, I’m in that awkward moment at a library sitting next to my bf trying to get his assignments done and I am making a scene with my non-discrete discrete way of covering a laugh – it sounds unnatural and is just embarrassing. But whatever, go ahead and laugh.

    I love your style and I love your messages. In some way your posts are a bit unexpected in their ending and I love that. Like a good plot twist!

    I wish you were writing more! Are you writing elsewhere? It’s very uplifting and extremely humorous, if it wasn’t evident by my predicament here in a university library.

    Also, if you ever need some help with your site – I’d love to help you out with imaging or whatever! Not to promote myself or anything, but I love sharing and promoting others if I can :) If anything, would you be interested in guest posting on my site? Would love a bit of humor – not my strong suit at all.

    I hope to hear from you, cause I really look up to you as a writer and a young woman of Faith.

    All the Best,

  8. Sarah Rafson

    Hi Katie! I’m working on securing images for an exhibition and publication, and we would like to use an image from your blog! Would you send me an email at sarah_rafson@moma.org for more details, or to let me know the best way to contact you?



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