The Everything In Between

I don’t know what I expected when I chose to take a month off between jobs to “be” with my sons. Or, I do know, but it seems silly in retrospect. I imagined fun trips and popsicles, hot sun and time spent outside, swimming and running, laughing and peace ....more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: And Two More Weeks

First off, our beach vacation was just right. We relaxed, did too much, ate all the food, over-oceaned, shopped local, shark-spotted, slept in, got up early, ran, read books, played games, dug holes, boogie-boarded, napped, jumped waves, got knocked over, saw family, and generally enjoyed a week of just us. The boys spent most of their time together, with a cousin, and/or with a beach friend ....more

Training for the Columbus Marathon: 12 Tips for Beach Vacation Running

Training for the Columbus Marathon on the beaches of Emerald Isle was quite enjoyable this year. Maybe it felt so good because I’ve gotten used to beach vacation running. Or maybe it’s because I went in with a good attitude ....more

3 Ways I Practice Self-Care

I've been all about self-care as of late. Sometimes it's hard to fit it in or find the balance between caring for myself and caring for my family, work, the dog, the chickens, friends, the yard, and so on. But I've found when I make the time to take care of myself, I do a better job at taking care of others. For me, self-care revolves around being active, making healthy choices, and taking some time out. Here are three ways I fit those things into my daily life....more

3 Self-Care Tips for Summer

I’ve been all about self-care as of late. Sometimes it’s hard to fit it in or find the balance between caring for myself and caring for my family, work, the dog, the chickens, friends, the yard, and so on. But I’ve found when I make the time to take care of myself, I do a better job at taking care of others ....more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: Time Apart

The boys haven’t spent much time together since Saturday due to the illness—now officially identified as strep—making its way through our home. I’ve separated the two mostly, minus running errands and sitting near one another for popsicles on the porch. It’s not their favorite thing ....more

Half a Month

I’ve spent half a month home with the boys. We’ve done a lot of things. It’s felt really great in a lot of ways ....more

2015 Columbus Marathon Training: Day One!

I thought to myself last week, “Oh, I should probably do the math and figure out when I need to start training for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon.” It turns out that I needed to start training this week, as in today, in order to run an 18-week training plan. Good thing I looked last week! Of course, it’s mid-June which means running in mid-Ohio feels like swimming ....more

On Saying Goodbye. Again.

John M Swearingen, 1936-2010, and Charlette M Swearingen, 1936-2014, Married June 13, 1956 Yesterday my family gathered at the cemetery near The Farm. While it hid behind the clouds all morning, the sun made its way out making the already hot and humid air even heavier. My maternal great-grandmother pushed her walker across the grassy graves to sit under a sun-blocking tent with the other family and select friends who needed to sit down during the interment ....more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with Two Weeks

Life ran away last week. Because we’ve been doing all the things. All the things ....more