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A Long Autumn

A Long Autumn

It's been a vibrant, lovely autumn, and the season seems to have lasted longer than usual this year. There are ...
21 Years

21 Years

We have been locking eyes for a long time. It used to be that we'd lock eyes after school when ...
Cross Country Runners

Cross Country Runners

Both boys are running cross country for our local high school, and honest to goodness, we couldn't be more pleased ...
18

18

The aging of one's children is a curious and cruel set of mathematics. Our firstborn is 18 today, and I'm ...
My Tribe and the Things They Carry

My Tribe and the Things They Carry

You should know July was a rough month. I said no to several things and spent an inordinate amount of ...
43

43

Well, here we are again. This time last year, we were in a very different space, but no matter how ...
Four weeks and counting

Four weeks and counting

The school year is creeping up on me, and I don't appreciate it. My summertime priorities have been on point ...
Costa Rica: Day 6

Costa Rica: Day 6

Wednesday was our last full day in Costa Rica, so we kept the day light and planned a special dinner ...
Costa Rica: Day 5

Costa Rica: Day 5

On our fifth day, Chuck and I got up early to drive around the property to take photos and then ...
Costa Rica: Day 4

Costa Rica: Day 4

One of the things Becky and I wanted to do in Costa Rica was see a sloth. We'd talked about ...
Costa Rica: Day 3

Costa Rica: Day 3

One of the activities we booked in advance was a four-hour sunset catamaran cruise with snorkeling. It was an excursion ...
Costa Rica: Days 1 and 2

Costa Rica: Days 1 and 2

Until I put my feet on the ground in Costa Rica, I was hesitant to say with any certainty that ...
Taking Dad Home

Taking Dad Home

Per Dad's wishes, we brought his remaining ashes home to West Virginia this past weekend. It was the second service ...
Charleston, West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

In decades of trips to West Virginia to visit my grandparents and extended family, I have never, to my knowledge, ...
Three Days in Boston - Part Three

Three Days in Boston – Part Three

On my third and final full day in Boston, we met Amy in Beacon Hill after her morning appointment. Pre-Covid, ...
Three Days in Boston - Part Two

Three Days in Boston – Part Two

Monday in Boston was one satisfying discovery after another. The skies were clear, so the city looked glorious. We grabbed ...
Three Days in Boston - Part One

Three Days in Boston – Part One

About ten years ago, give or take, my dear friend Amy started traveling to Boston annually under the care of ...
Jeremy and Emma go to prom

Jeremy and Emma go to prom

Somehow, I grew old enough to have a child old enough to go to prom. And since I like to ...
It's Almost Summer

It’s Almost Summer

We are trudging through the worst part of the school year, those last few weeks of tedious work before finally ...
The First Girls Weekend of 2021

The First Girls Weekend of 2021

I don't need to explain Girls Weekend anymore, do I? We're entering the third decade of these trips, so if ...
Our New Runner

Our New Runner

A few months ago, sometime in the fall, Jackson started going for short runs on our cul-de-sac. He'd throw on ...
Lifting the Anvil

Lifting the Anvil

When I woke up on January 1, 2021, I felt lighter, as if in the night I'd dropped 20 pounds ...
A Goodbye Letter to 2020

A Goodbye Letter to 2020

Dearest 2020, I knew you were trouble from the start. While I am grateful for myriad things - extra one-on-one ...
Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020

Well before Thanksgiving was underway, I knew I didn't want to stay home for Christmas. Obviously, a pandemic makes this ...
Spreading Dad's Ashes

Spreading Dad’s Ashes

Before Dad passed away, we all talked about what he wanted to happen with his remains. No question, his heart ...
Grandpa

Grandpa

Here I go again asking that you keep my family in your thoughts: My grandpa died suddenly and swiftly on ...
The Holidays and Impending Doom

The Holidays and Impending Doom

Last week I sat in the car with a dear friend as I finally said the words I've been holding ...
20 Years

20 Years

Ten years ago this week, we took family photos in Amarillo. It was a weird time - Chuck was living ...
Life in the After

Life in the After

I don't know what to call this space - these days that unfolded "after Dad died". I don't want everything ...
Buck up, Kid

Buck up, Kid

When I try to recount the last nine months, the one looming shadow over everything was Dad’s illness. Everything changed ...
42

42

August signifies two things: The impending return of school and my birthday. In fact, I don't want to even think ...
A Check-In at the Midpoint

A Check-In at the Midpoint

The Great Pause is long gone, that beautiful, restorative, slower pace my family enjoyed throughout April and May. I can’t ...
Father's Day 2020

Father’s Day 2020

The Przyluckis came in town to celebrate Becky's birthday and Father's Day, so we soaked in more family time over ...
Miller Quarantine Vacation House and Jackson Turns 14

Miller Quarantine Vacation House and Jackson Turns 14

We've had back-to-back weekends of house guests, first with Karin and the kids, then Corey and Alex, and finally, my ...
Summer is here and hell is empty

Summer is here and hell is empty

Becky, Jeff, and Owen came to town last week to be with us as we heard the results of Dad's ...
First Boat Day of the Season

First Boat Day of the Season

Despite all of the temptation to buy a boat, we've decided to spend another summer season renting one. (It is ...
Garden Serenity and a Family Update

Garden Serenity and a Family Update

Right now, in between our sluggish attempt to finish the school year and staying up-to-date on COVID-19 news, I'm sourcing ...
My Safer-At-Home Begins and Thoughts on The Great Pause

My Safer-At-Home Begins and Thoughts on The Great Pause

First of all, Happy Birthday, Dad! It's a milestone, and I'm so grateful for it 🙂 While most of the ...
A Hike in the Woods

A Hike in the Woods

Almost daily I feel overwhelming gratitude for where we live. Not just America, not just East Tennessee. I love our ...
The Coronavirus Curveball

The Coronavirus Curveball

We are two weeks into Dad's treatment for cardiac sarcoma, and now the rehab center, where he lives full time, ...
On the Eve of Chemotherapy and Super Tuesday

On the Eve of Chemotherapy and Super Tuesday

Those two things, in theory, should be unrelated, but sometimes things fall together on a calendar for a reason. For ...
How is it February?

How is it February?

I don't even know where to begin. My father had a stroke on Dec. 8 while on a business trip ...
Christmas 2019

Christmas 2019

By now most of you know my parents are in California on account of a medical emergency with my dad ...
A Full Moon in December

A Full Moon in December

It has been a full week fraught with surprise, worry, and anticipation. We are near the end of our fall ...
Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

We were happy to host family for Thanksgiving dinner, and it ended up being the first year we mixed both ...
Autumn 2019

Autumn 2019

More has gone on here than our trip to England and Wales, so it would be a shame to make ...
The UK with Karin: Day 8

The UK with Karin: Day 8

It was our final full day in the UK, and we wanted to make the most of it. Instead of ...
The UK with Karin: Day 7

The UK with Karin: Day 7

Like I said in the previous post, our AirBNB in Nant-y-Derry was a DELIGHT, even though it didn't have WiFi ...
The UK with Karin: Day 6

The UK with Karin: Day 6

I was still high as a kite the morning after meeting Philippa Gregory at Sudeley Castle, deliriously happy as we ...
Races No. 23 and 24

Races No. 23 and 24

Just when I think I'm done running half marathons, I convince myself to run "just one more." When I learned ...
The UK with Karin: Day 5

The UK with Karin: Day 5

Our fifth day in England was the most special. Not only was it the day that our driver showed up ...
The UK with Karin: Day 4

The UK with Karin: Day 4

To Windsor! We hopped the train again, this time westbound to the tiny town of Windsor. Last year we visited ...
The UK with Karin: Day 3

The UK with Karin: Day 3

When Karin said she wanted to see Hever Castle, I didn't mind one bit. Interestingly, it was on our third ...
The UK with Karin: Day 2

The UK with Karin: Day 2

We both enjoyed every second of sleep we got that first night. It is definitely the trade-off for flying overnight ...
The UK with Karin: Day 1

The UK with Karin: Day 1

When Karin and I met in 2001, we became fast friends. This is actually the same origin story for all ...
16 and a quick trip to West Virginia

16 and a quick trip to West Virginia

I seem to average one post a month these days, so that's a good indication of how busy we've been ...
August 2019

August 2019

We're only halfway through the month, but the momentum of the new school is already giving me whiplash. Is summer ...
My Week Alone

My Week Alone

Earlier in the spring, my sister asked me if Jeremy wanted to join Owen on his summer youth trip, and ...
Family, the 4th, and Starcourt Mall

Family, the 4th, and Starcourt Mall

My Uncle Bob and his wife, Carie, came to visit the week of July 4th, and I was more than ...
Carillon Beach with Karin

Carillon Beach with Karin

I know, I know - we just went on vacation. BUT, Karin and I like to skip out of town ...
2019 European Vacation: Day Eight in London

2019 European Vacation: Day Eight in London

As promised, we made sure the boys set their feet in London before flying back to the States. A quick ...
2019 European Vacation: Days Six and Seven in Milan, Italy

2019 European Vacation: Days Six and Seven in Milan, Italy

The weather was a bit gray when we left Levanto, an indication that the remainder of our Italian experience would ...
2019 European Vacation: Day Five in Levanto and Cinque Terre, Italy

2019 European Vacation: Day Five in Levanto and Cinque Terre, Italy

It was hard to leave France, if I'm honest. We had just found our stride with the neighborhood and language, ...
2019 European Vacation: Day Four in Antibes and Cannes during the Film Festival

2019 European Vacation: Day Four in Antibes and Cannes during the Film Festival

We scheduled a morning to sleep in and take our time, which was necessary for happy moods and getting some ...
2019 European Vacation: Day Three in Monaco for the Formula 1 Grand Prix Practice

2019 European Vacation: Day Three in Monaco for the Formula 1 Grand Prix Practice

If you'd have told me as recently as January that I would want to go to Monaco for a Formula ...
2019 European Vacation: Day Two in Antibes, Côte d'Azur (the French Riviera)

2019 European Vacation: Day Two in Antibes, Côte d’Azur (the French Riviera)

It was a genius move to sleep in the hotel connected to Gatwick Airport because our Easy Jet flight from ...
2019 European Vacation: Day One in Kingston-Upon-Thames and Brighton

2019 European Vacation: Day One in Kingston-Upon-Thames and Brighton

Last year, when Chuck and I flew to the UK, we opted for an overnight flight so we wouldn't lose ...
So we went to Europe.

So we went to Europe.

At some point during winter, Chuck and I started talking about where to take the boys on a summer vacation ...
Mother's Day 2019

Mother’s Day 2019

Several years ago, as a gift to myself, I decided that as long as we are homeschooling our academic year ...
F1: A New Obsession

F1: A New Obsession

I don't know if this is a short-lived phase or the beginning of something, but I've become a Formula 1 ...
Mumford & Sons on their Delta Tour

Mumford & Sons on their Delta Tour

When I became a Mumford & Sons fan, Chuck and I were in the midst of trying to move back ...
Where in the world have I been

Where in the world have I been

In my former life, blogging was an almost-every-other-day thing. I had so much to say, so much to post, so ...
First Snow Day of 2019

First Snow Day of 2019

We don't get a lot of snow around here, but when there's a threat of an inch, schools and businesses ...
Gregory Alan Isakov in concert

Gregory Alan Isakov in concert

I have a short list of artists I want to see in concert. As a fan of not wasting time ...
A perpetual gray cloud

A perpetual gray cloud

January is supposed to be an inspirational month, a time when folks have the most amount of resolve to improve ...
Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018

Honestly, we did our best. It was a tough year, so it's hard to be festive during a time that's ...
Medal No. 22

Medal No. 22

I signed up for the Santa Hustle Half Marathon in the Smokies back in the summer, not yet knowing that ...
Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving 2018

My parents are moving back to Tennessee, and since they are already in the process of the move, it made ...
The UK Trip: Day 10 in Amsterdam

The UK Trip: Day 10 in Amsterdam

For a dozen reasons, we didn't want to leave Scotland. How can one look forward to a trip for more ...
The UK Trip: Day 9 in Inverness and Banff

The UK Trip: Day 9 in Inverness and Banff

By Day 9, we were acutely aware of how quickly time was passing us by. It was an impossibility to ...
The UK Trip: Day 8 in the Scottish Highlands

The UK Trip: Day 8 in the Scottish Highlands

Having spent one full day in Edinburgh and one full day in London, I for sure knew I was a ...
The UK Trip: Day 7 in Edinburgh

The UK Trip: Day 7 in Edinburgh

We arrived in Edinburgh Thursday evening just as it was getting dark. We were fortunate to find our Airbnb apartment ...
The UK Trip: Day 6 in Northern England, Alnwick Castle, and Bamburgh Castle by the sea

The UK Trip: Day 6 in Northern England, Alnwick Castle, and Bamburgh Castle by the sea

The night in Horsley near Newcastle was a delight, and the Airbnb apartment where we stayed was in an old, ...
The UK Trip: That one night in Newcastle

The UK Trip: That one night in Newcastle

Of all the unpredictable details of our anniversary trip - the pleasant weather, the ease in which we navigated the ...
The UK Trip: Day 5 in Oxford and the Cotswolds

The UK Trip: Day 5 in Oxford and the Cotswolds

The plan for Wednesday, October 10, was to spend the morning walking in Oxford and driving through the Cotswolds before ...
The moment I thought all was lost

The moment I thought all was lost

Last week I had a near heart attack when this site went blank. A corrupt plugin (or perhaps a plugin ...
The UK Trip: Day 4 in Windsor and Dorset

The UK Trip: Day 4 in Windsor and Dorset

Originally, my plan was to drive to Brighton, then Dorset and up to Oxford, but when I couldn't find room ...
The UK Trip: Day 3 to Rye, Dover, and Canterbury

The UK Trip: Day 3 to Rye, Dover, and Canterbury

Every day we spent in England was meticulously mapped out to make the most of our limited time. Scotland was ...
The UK Trip: Day 3 at Hever Castle

The UK Trip: Day 3 at Hever Castle

We visited more than just Hever Castle on Day 3, but my affection for Queen Anne Boleyn warrants its own ...
The UK Trip: Days 1 and 2

The UK Trip: Days 1 and 2

I've already confessed to the number of photos I took throughout our 12-day trip. I'm not embarrassed or ashamed, but ...
700 photos later...

700 photos later…

In 2006, Chuck and I started talking about taking a trip to the UK. Until last week, it had always ...
When you don't take your own advice

When you don’t take your own advice

Chuck and I are going on a trip, but before we leave I have eleventy billion tasks to complete. I'm ...
The Possum Chronicles

The Possum Chronicles

It began on Tuesday night, September 4, when Major lost his mind. Evenings are typically low-key for our blue tick ...
Summer is in the rearview

Summer is in the rearview

We are fully immersed in the fall schedule - homeschool co-op classes, soccer for Jeremy, another round of equine therapy ...
Brewers vs. Braves: A Victory

Brewers vs. Braves: A Victory

We'd gone out to dinner one night this summer to one of those restaurants with TVs scattered throughout the room ...
Equine therapy and Jackson's first horse show

Equine therapy and Jackson’s first horse show

Last fall, after Jackson finished nearly three months of occupational therapy to help with his spatial awareness, fine motor skills, ...
Santa Fe with Michele

Santa Fe with Michele

Earlier this year, Chuck started asking me what I wanted to do to celebrate turning 40 years old. Figuring that ...
We rented a boat and loved it

We rented a boat and loved it

We've caught a bad bug. Something happened this summer, and I can't necessarily pinpoint when everything shifted. The idea of ...
The week that went by too quickly

The week that went by too quickly

While our lifestyle affords us plenty of family time, Chuck and I don't get a lot of time just the ...
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