I come from a big family scattered across the states. Growing up I was told that I was about one-quarter Italian, Russian, Scottish and English. This knowledge was satisfying enough until I married Sean, and we decided to grow our own family. Then, I began to crave a deeper understanding of my roots so that I would be able to pass our family heritage forward. Continue reading “Tracing our roots: my family history”
“I just don’t think I’m ready.”
Many of us know this feeling all too well, typically before curveballs or major crossroads in our lives. To some extent, I think we are being groomed to feel this hesitation when we so often hear “You will just know when the timing is right. You’ll feel it.” Continue reading “Why we should stop assuming there is a perfect time for everything”
Anyone who has moved, regardless of how far, has had to make the same adjustments. It starts with the perils of packing, making travel arrangements and house hunting. Continue reading “Change is both a loss and a gain: especially when you leave paradise”
After 5,559 miles traveled through 5 timezones – 3,001 of which we drove and 2,558 of which were flown over the Pacific – we are finally putting our travels to rest.
The final stop of our cross-country trip was my college town of Athens, Ohio. We almost left it off the itinerary in exchange for a city or town unfamiliar to us, but returning to Athens couldn’t have been a better way to end our journey. Continue reading “Going Full Circle – Athens”
Moving to Maryland has placed us on the East Coast, but its similarities to the Midwest have me reminiscing on characteristics of this region that don’t get praised enough. Surely I’m biased, since these are the surroundings that mark my childhood. Continue reading “What I forgot I love about the Midwest”
Days 10 and 11 were spent catching up with my brother and his family in Missouri, along our trek through the Midwest as we leave Route 66 behind and divert towards Maryland. Continue reading “Food, family and more food – back in the Midwest!”