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One Year In: The Truths I’ve Learned

“Not killing you.”

That was Ian’s response when I asked him what he was most proud of accomplishing this past year.

WOW. What a romantic.

Granted, he did giggle right after saying it so maybe it was tongue in cheek. (I hope?!)

As we pass the one-year mark of our young marriage, I suppose I’m grateful that his homicidal tendencies have at least taken this long to manifest themselves.

Here’s to hoping that won’t change after some practice with our meat rabbits.

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Planing, Training, and Automobiling through Peru

Getting the whole family together can be hard. After the last of my siblings flew the nest and started college within a week of Ian and I publicly committing to the not-so-minor decision to get married and move nine hours away from home, the opportunities for the founders of my family to spend meaningful time with all three kids and their significant others soon grew into a logistical nightmare.

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The Complex Relationship Appalachia and I Have With Snakes

“You’d better remove all these tires before the campers come,” Sister Kathy instructed us. “They create a poisonous snake habitat!”

Ian and I listened with an almost patronizing level of bemusement, knowing that neither one of us had much intention of following through on her commands.

Looking back, I regret our thoughts at this time and how little notice we were taking of Sr. Kathy’s advice and 40 years of experience living on this mountain ridge. Our youth was showing itself. And it caused us to not head her thoughtful advice, to tragic results for our livestock.

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My Garden Sucks. And That’s Ok.

I really didn’t want to show these pictures.

I’m cringing even now as I move my cursor to “publish”. In a matter of seconds, I’m going to kill whatever sense you had that I am a competent individual who can be trusted with important tasks.

But THAT illusion needs to be broken. I can’t pretend otherwise.

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Freelance Writing: 7 Weeks In

When I started this blog eleven months ago, I viewed it only as a way for me to connect with friends and family back home. I never imagined that less than one year later it would become foundation I needed to start my own writing career.

Actually, I had such low aspirations when I started that I simply created a free blog through Google. And then cried for a whole day when, a month in, I lost that blog when the college email address I used to create it was terminated.

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