2015 retrospective

2015 retrospective

We halfheartedly started a 2015 Christmas letter; actually a video this year in an attempt to top our quiz, website, magazine, and other creative formatting attempts. But “halfheartedly” is the key word here, mainly because I’d like to kick 2015 in...
Hillside gardening, the trauma and progress

Hillside gardening, the trauma and progress

For some reason my gardening bug hits in the heat of August every year. I can’t think why except that so many of our plants are perennials like coneflowers and black-eyed susans, and it’s hard to tell how the garden will shape up till they’re in...
First article gifts, Little River edition

First article gifts, Little River edition

In between working, not working, Vacation Bible School, counting steps, planting plants, taking kids to doctors’ appointments, obsessively searching Isle of Palms and Charleston listings on VRBO.com and AirBnB.com, shutting down said searches because not this...
Home, and home

Home, and home

One of my best friends from college came to visit us today. We haven’t seen them in eleven years–eleven years!–which we know because our oldest daughters were roughly two weeks and two months old, respectively, at the time. Fifteen years ago we...
Frozen Head State Park, aka the Alternate Plan

Frozen Head State Park, aka the Alternate Plan

Since the government is still shut down (insert eyeroll here), we took a cue from Lauren and salvaged our planned Smoky Mountains hiking trip by heading out to a state park instead. Oddly enough, there are like four or five state parks within an hour or two of us, and...