Life around here lately

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I think I’m done apologizing for being MIA, and I don’t mean that in a ‘I don’t care’ kind of way. Quite the opposite. I mean it in a ‘I’m living my life and loving it, and sometimes that’s really busy’ kind way. So to me, that means I’ll be in and out and that’s just fine by me.

Life is so interesting sometimes, don’t you think? One minute you’re plugging along and things are going smoothly, and the next minute BAM! A giant curve ball gets thrown your way. I felt that way about a month ago when our new and super awesome nanny gave notice after only 1 month. It was turning out to be too much for her to take on the duties of her own family and mine, so she needed to take back her time. And I totally respect that, but ouch did that one sting a good bit. We only had 4 days to find a replacement, so I sent a little plea up to heaven and hopped onto my giant support system – aka Facebook and you guys. And at that same time I was struck with a very strong impression that I shouldn’t need to do this. I shouldn’t need to find someone else to rely on to watch and care for my children, because I should be doing that. And ouch, did that one sting too. [Read more…]

Dubs in Virginia – Shirley plantation and horseback riding


On the James River sits the oldest plantation in Virginia History, The Shirley Plantation. A beautiful home rich with history and a direct link from the past, present and future. The upper levels of the home its self are still lived in by direct descendants of the Carter family blood line-going strong for 11 generations. But the lower level of the home is open for tours and filled with original furnishings, family portraits and beautiful architecture.

This was Quinn’s first ‘historical landmark’ tour and for being the wiggle worm that he is, he handled it swimmingly. No furniture was destroyed, no paintings knocked over and he even asked some of the best questions of the tour. Afterward, he proceeded to be our ‘tour guide’ for the rest of the grounds, particularly the garden. He showed us where all the best hiding spots were and took us through the secret passage into… the rest of the garden. Oh the awesome imagination of a four year old. What a beautiful thing it is.


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Dubs in Virginia – Church goings and Swamp places

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Photos in this post by: The Departure Diaries –

Something I always love about traveling is the journey to find the church building wherever you are. Knowing that when you arrive, no matter where you are in the world, the feeling will always be the same. Stepping into a building that feels like home even though you’ve just met, because the spirit and the church members are there. You know that saying ‘Home is where the heart is’, well that holds true of the gospel too. ‘Home is where the sprit lives’ and he lives very strongly in these beautiful, dedicated buildings of worship.

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Dubs in Virginia

Jet lag… Oh dear jet lag, please get with the program.

It is 5am on the lovely West side of the US of A but my body is still set to the East side, which is making catching zzz’s and resting up before the work day darn near impossible.

Oh well, guess we’ll try again tomorrow. In the mean time, lets take a peek at our trip to the always beautiful land of our forefathers. Quinn and I packed up and headed back to my Grandmother’s farm for a week of good old country exploring, adventures, beauty and rest.

One of the best things about Grandma’s farm is how remote it is. I had to stand in the corner of the bedroom, on one leg, while crossing my eyes and holding my breathe just to get one bar of cell phone service. Just enough service to hear the bing of incoming emails and receive the tidal wave of text messages from the hubs saying things like ‘I miss you’ and ‘I hope you’re having fun’. And the occasional message from work ‘hey, where did you put that file…?’ -from 3 hours before. Well, if you haven’t found it by now…

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