So we are Adopting!

Jen and I made the decision years ago that we wanted to adopt. This decision has shaped our journey for years, and now here we are with our long paperwork process with DCFS started. Jen wants you to…


Is it Always Going to Be Like This? Nope!

This year started with a a terrible person getting into the White House, and from there, life threw some personal struggles at me and Jen. During these tough times, Jen will ask me, "It's going to…


Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls - OR

There is a beautiful hike we did in Oregon that was called "Trail of 10 falls." It was the perfect way to end our last day in Oregon and a great hike. We went chasing, and watching, and sitting in…


Family Across the US and Visiting

My sister and I weren't always friends. There was a point in my life when my young, cheery, bright attitude, didn't mesh well with her well organized teenage certainty. Okay I'm lying. I was five…


Turning a House into a Home

We bought a house a little over a year ago. I posted about it, I told you I didn't have a name for her. I think her name is home, but we've been working on making it that way. I'm not sure that the…


Appalachian Trail 2017

This was a much more successful trip that our first trip that ended in sickness and barely getting off the trail alive! Day 1 - March 23, 2017 We left Champaign, Il at 4:59am in Rooster's Ford…


Vacation Tomato

Vacation tomato reads a lot of books. She sits in large comfy dresses. She snuggles with dogs. She sits on slow moving boats. She listens to quiet music. I miss that vacation tomato.


I Went on Vacation Once

We stayed in a nice tiny cabin. It was just small enough and exactly what we needed.  We took a quick kayak trip around the cliffs. We were in the cold and kayaking around. It was great. I found…