Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

Happiness Highlights: Bittersweet Blessings

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Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what made me happy from the previous week, because I believe we multiply what we focus on, and that gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier. This post is supposed to be about happiness, about the things from last week for which I […]


What We Learned the First Week on the Road

We pulled into the Lofton Creek Campground along East State Road 200 in Yulee, Florida on Friday night, determined to make the best of our detour. Five days (and so. much. money.) later, we are finally back on the road and headed to Savannah, Georgia. We’re relieved. I don’t think we’re quite ready to let […]


What I Learned When Emma Turned Six

In August of 2007, Jared and the kids and I loaded everything we owned into a U-Haul truck and a Chevy Trailblazer and drove away from everything we’d ever known about home. We moved from Parkersburg, Iowa to Central Florida, where the only person we knew was a man I’d met on the Internet who’d […]


At Discovery’s Last Launch

When we first moved to Central Florida, we were constantly amazed by all of the new opportunities that surrounded us. Disney World! The beach! Ethnic restaurants! The novelty of it all was fantastic. Of course, it didn’t take long for school and work and everyday life to overshadow newness. Routines have the same hypnotic power […]


Go Climb A Lighthouse

Emma and I climbed a lighthouse last night. You should do that. Let me back up. We had to drop Devin off at recorder practice (yes, that’s a thing) at an elementary school about 30 minutes away from our house.  Rather than drive back home only to turn around and make the same trip an […]