Our Honeymoon Terrarium

With our green thumbs itching for just a little more creativity, we discovered the world of terrariums. Similar to an aquarium’s portable water-environment, a terrarium is a sealed glass container for growing plants. The inspiration for creating our own terrarium came from reading the book Tiny World Terrariums by the creators of Twig Terrariums in […]

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The shriveled beginnings of a rookie Gardener

As one who lives on the third floor of an apartment building, gardening had not crossed my mind as an accessible endeavor. There have been opportunities to get my hands dirty at my sister-in-law’s home where we weeded unruly intruders in the backyard and planted tulip bulbs to await their bloom.  Eating fresh herbs and […]

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Pickleball, anyone?

Imagine a shortened tennis court played with what seems to be a wiffle ball and ping pong paddles and you have invented a new sport, Pickleball. While Derek was working in Naples, Florida, he saw people playing Pickleball everywhere. Naples happens to be one of the most popular places to play Pickleball and hosts the annual […]

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Ready for a Comeback

Everyone needs little victories. Race morning, I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to run the 5K being just three days out from my stomach virus. The week before had been one of my slowest times in the 5K and I didn’t want a repeat performance. On the drive to the Shipshewana Mayfest 5K, I started psyching […]

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A Whole New World

“I can show you the world; Shining, shimmering, splendid…” We may have thought that we stepped into Cadillac Palace Theatre on West Randolph in Chicago but our journey transported us much farther to the land of Agrabah where the folklore of “Arabian Nights” became an enchantment of sensory delights. Based on Disney’s 1992 animated film, […]

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April Fool’s Day!

Five years ago today, Derek and I started dating just a month before we graduated from Hope College. It was a time of anxious excitement looking for jobs and venturing into a long-distance relationship. Now that Derek is based in Naples for a year-long project, we have had to make do with the travel and […]

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Tampa Bay Weekend

While Derek is on business in Naples, we have been planning for a day when we could visit Cal and Sawako who currently live in Gainesville, Florida. The distance to visit his parents is simply too far for a night after work. So we planned on making a day of it when I would be […]

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Running Sarah Strong 2017

In just under a week, the forecast had turned from sunny days running in shorts with high 50’s to the snowy return of winter with cold blasts of wind in mid-20 degree weather. I hate to admit it, but I was not looking forward to racing a 10K in that kind of cold. I trusted my […]

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All good things must come to an End.

On our last day in Florida together on Valentine’s Weekend, we visited Sanibel Island near Fort Myers, which was closer to the Southwest Florida International Airport where Derek would need to pick up his rental car for the week. It was a long drive to Sanibel but it became exciting as we crossed the Sanibel Causeway onto the […]

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Day 2: Kayaking the Mangrove Tunnels

Making the most of our weekend in Naples, we got up early for a long run on the Gordon River Greenway. Since Derek has been doing training runs after work, he had already researched the best places to run. We parked at the mall across from the Naples Zoo and ran through a local park […]

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