Category Archives: friends and family

The Power of Empathy

Yesterday was too much. In a span of an hour, we learned about two tragedies affecting two families from my high school. Four lives have been lost and countless others … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Some Friends are Family

My house and heart were full this weekend. Corey, Gwen and Alex came to visit. There was good food, good company, and good conversation. We made another deposit in what … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Girls Weekend with Avery and Catherine

Susan hosts Girls Weekend in the spring,  so this weekend I had the opportunity to take pictures of Avery, something I’ve not done since 2012. Susan also got to meet … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Weekend Recovery

I’m off my routine and fumbling. I can’t blame the holidays anymore but I do blame back-to-back weekends of travel and sleep deprivation. All of our fun has been super … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

City people in the mountains

On my sister’s last day in Tennessee, we took the Chicagoans to Gatlinburg, taking the scenic route through the national park. I don’t love Gatlinburg, but I love the drive … Continue reading

January 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

Pictures from Christmas 2013

Wow, y’all. I’m pooped! This has been a fantastic year all around and it is definitely ending on a high note. This time last year, I had a bad case … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Christmas 2013

It’s been the most lovely week. There is much to say, but little energy to say it, so I’ll just post a family photo and catch you up on everything … Continue reading

December 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Yay baby!

So yesterday I had the most awesome privilege of seeing brand new life appear on earth. Lesli and Jimmy, parents of Henry, had their second child, a precious little jewel … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Ever Thankful

When we go to Chattanooga, we squeeze in every moment we can with friends and family. It used to be our home, so not only is the city nostalgic, it’s … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Meeting Liz Gilbert

I know I said my presence online would be minimum this month, but y’all, let me tell you. This blog post is worth it. It was Girls Weekend, so Lesli, … Continue reading

November 4, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Marvelous Mumford and Sons… Again

I squealed like a teenage girl. It was fantastic. The whole process of getting tickets to a Mumford concert is complicated. You have to apply to be considered to purchase … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Patio Party that wasn’t.

Despite our five-month-long effort to prepare the backyard for a big bash celebrating my father-in-law’s 70th birthday, we spent the entire evening inside on account of rain. Of course it … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Weekend: Ready, Set, Go

In short: - Girls Weekend starts tonight! Hurray! Since Lesli moved back to Tennessee, traveling for GW has lessened significantly. I will drive all of 30 minutes to get to her … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Party Day Trip

We scooted down to Chattanooga on Saturday for Grace and Jake’s  birthday party. These children belong to some of our favorite people, so not only did the kids get to … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Canoeing, Fireworks, and Salem

But not all at once. Our week with Jacob ended with a rainy Fourth of July Hurry-Up-and-Light-the-Sparklers extravaganza. The weather was dreadfully wet, but we managed to squeak out a … Continue reading

July 7, 2013 · Leave a comment


We were about to start our eleventh game of Uno when Jacob got up from the table to follow Salem into the backyard. (He’s so curious to know where the … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Charleston in Pictures, Part Three

This is the last batch of photos from my trip to Charleston with Karin. Now it’s time to stop daydreaming and get to work on two papers that are due … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Charleston in Pictures, Part Two

As I ignore “Cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater!” and other exclamations blowing my way from the boys’ bedrooms, I offer another batch of photos from Charleston. Just in case I didn’t … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

Charleston in Pictures, Part One

Karin and I had a wonderful time on the coast of South Carolina, and in lieu of trying to describe everything with words, I’ll talk in pictures.

June 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Charleston, Take Two

This, dear readers, is a do-over. Soon after we moved back to East Tennessee from Texas my best friend, Karin, and I ran off to Isle of Palms for a … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

Father’s Day 2013

We are so blessed to have Chuck’s father nearby, so having him over for a Father’s Day dinner is a given. Bill and Susan joined us for steak and Chuck’s … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Our morning with Henry

When I found out that Lesli (of “Susan and Lesli“) and her family were moving back to Tennessee, I immediately started to devise a plan for getting my hands on … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

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