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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

by Carmel November 9, 2016

I hoped to wake up this morning to the announcement of the first ever female president. Instead, my fears were confirmed as I reluctantly looked at my phone to see that Donald Trump was elected president. There has been a lot of talk about what to do if he were elected president. Apparently the Canadian […]

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WHEN THINGS DON’T GO AS PLANNED

by Carmel September 3, 2015

As I started writing this, I was awaiting a call from my aunt to see what the latest news on the fires in Northern Idaho are like. All summer I’ve been holding on to this vacation to Priest Lake in my brain as a reward for making it through a rough first trimester of pregnancy, […]

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LOCAL TRAVEL OR: WHY DON’T WE DO THIS MORE OFTEN?

by Carmel February 25, 2015

Shawn and I can be guilty of being lazy travelers. As much as we both have adventurous spirits, we also have jammie spirits – in that we prefer to be in them as much as possible. That makes exploring difficult at times. It took us months just to go have a date night out in […]

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! THIS IS YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD

by Carmel December 24, 2014

Christmas in Cambodia was planned and anticipated for so long, it feels like it couldn’t possibly be a year ago that we were enjoying an unusual Christmas abroad with some of my extended family. The contrast between SE Asian climate and Christmas traditions But here we are – nearly 5 months back from our journeys […]

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THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR

by Carmel October 30, 2014

I know Christmas gets all the attention and hype. It’s “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” according to some, but for the Montgomery family, we’re all about autumn. We were engaged in autumn, we were married in autumn, we had our first kiss in autumn. It’s just the best. Changing colors, leaves on the […]

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WELCOME HOME

by Carmel August 5, 2014

Waiting for us as we arrived to my mom’s house I’m unbelievably behind on everything blog and travel-life related work. We’ve been back in Seattle for a week now. A week! I’ve barely read any of my favorite blogs. I’ve done just enough to keep up our Facebook page, but beyond that, it’s like our […]

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ADJUSTMENT TIME

by Carmel July 14, 2014

The past few weeks, I’ve been working on a major photo project – condensing our 11,000+ photos into a more palatable 841-photo slideshow of our round-the-world travels. Starting in the airport in Seattle on September 16, 2013, ending with our last photo in Lisbon, Portugal, just last week. We just returned back to the U.S. […]

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GRATITUDE

by Carmel September 17, 2013

I started writing this as we were mere minutes away from heading to the airport to begin our travels. We are excited, nervous and sad all at the same time…but most importantly we feel SO incredibly grateful. Grateful for the quality time spent with family and friends, the opportunity to take this great adventure, but […]

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ON RUNNING

by Carmel September 10, 2013

I’m a runner. Not because I’m fast. Not because I run marathons. Not because I’m even that good at it. I started running in response to a bad break up in early 2004. I have always been fairly athletic, but never thought I could run – for one, I had no lung capacity. I was […]

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ON WRITING

by Shawn September 4, 2013

I’m a writer. It’s what I’ve done since I was about twelve years old. Stories. Poems. Dialogue. Sketches. Half-baked attempts at novellas. It’s been my crutch, an extra appendage, a coping strategy, an awakening. I can’t think of a time when I didn’t write something down in the notebook for any extended time (say, four […]

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