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June: The Month of Travel

June was the month-o-travel for me. Not counting the roadtrip drive-through bits (I’m looking at YOU, Virginia I-81 corridor that Never.Seems.To.End), I hit up five states plus the District of Columbia. It’s been great. It’s been a whirlwind. It’s been exhausting. It’s been invigorating. All rolled up into one.

It seems like my suitcase is in a perpetual state of being half-packed, but I don’t mind. That being said, I’m home now, and that’s where I really want to be. Especially since Daniel wasn’t able to go with me on this last trip when I visited family and I missed him like crazy.

Highlights of this past month: riding the D.C. Metro, Seeing Abe Lincoln up close, visiting Einstein, wandering through modern art, taking a sunset water taxi cruise across the Potomac, gazing at zoo animals, playing tag with my niece and nephew, wading out into the Atlantic ocean with cousins I hadn’t seen in ages, and having long conversations with my brother, sister-in-law, father, and husband.

Here’s some Instagram shots from my travels. So, what have you been up to this summer?

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Back Again … With a Twist

Hello! It’s been awhile, I know. Thanks for your patience. Life has been good, but I’ve done a lot of soul-searching the past couple of weeks, and I wanted to pop in to make a little announcement.

Our recent vacation showed me how desperately I had needed to reboot and recharge. There were days when I spent several hours at a time doing nothing but lounging on a deck chair, reading, taking a nap, or just watching the waves go by while sitting with the wind in my hair. My mind went blank and it was a glorious thing.

Maybe it was not having any major commitments to take care of regularly, or maybe it was the white noise of the wind and waves, or maybe it was all the reading of young adult novels I did while on the trip, but an interesting thing came out of all of those things combined: I began creating stories again.

I hadn’t realized how much I’ve missed writing fiction! It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been weaving stories for over twenty-five years. It’s a huge part of who I am. In fact, I still have poems and stories I dictated to my mother when I was a young girl. In high school and college, I had stories published by a small magazine and our university literary journal. I even have a folder on my computer desktop, full of manuscripts I’ve written over the years that are waiting to be polished and sent out to publishers, but I’d ignored them as I focused on other things.

On the cruise ship, the desire to write came flooding back.

For the past two weeks, during my absence here, I’ve gotten back into the writing groove, and I’ve decided to pursue this passion of mine in earnest to see how far I can go. I’ve been editing a novel I had completed and set aside several years ago and I’m working on finding critique partners for that and other manuscripts I have in progress.

What does this mean for this blog? Well, the editing and writing process is a full-time job. I will have to step back from publishing posts five days a week or writing extensive articles that don’t include personal examples, but I am not done with organizing and renovating our home. The frequency of posting might slow down, but I still plan to keep you updated on our progress and share hints and tips I learn along the way. I’ll also keep posting DIY projects you can adapt for your own home.

I’ve been blogging off and on for the past seven years. It has become such an integral part of who I am that I don’t think I’ll stop it anytime soon, so thank you for continuing to be a big part of that blogging journey I’ve taken. I look forward to keeping you updated on my newest venture. In the meantime, I hope you’ll come back for tomorrow’s installment of our Home Tour–this time around, I’m tackling our master bathroom. (Yikes!)

See you tomorrow!

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How I Pack for a Weekend Roadtrip

Last minute change of plans! What was going to be a cleaning marathon has turned into a road trip, instead. Whoo-hoo for flexibility. We’re meeting in the middle at my Dad’s house. It’s always good to get the family together in one spot. And now he has to do the cleaning, not me. Score!

Of course, packing for a trip, even a brief weekend one, brings about its own set of difficulties. One of my good friends has this task down to an art. Maybe I’ll ask her to tell you about her method one day, but for now, here’s our (not-quite-as-efficient) system.

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