{Why We Travel}

Monday, November 26, 2012


"If we don't offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes don't lift to the horizon; our ears don't hear the sounds around us. The edge is off our experience, and we pass our days in a routine that is both comfortable and limiting. We wake up one day and find that we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days. This is why we travel." 
-S. Ward Harrison

I'm grateful to have spent the past couple of days at one of my favorite places.  
Can't believe we only have 6 more weeks in Texas. 
Here's to soaking up every last minute.

{River Loerke} 2 Months

Sunday, November 25, 2012







Things River likes: hugs, back packs, leaves, road trips, and naps on the floor mid supper.
Things River does not like: rocks, pooping outside, her reflection, and sleeping from midnight to 6am.
Someone get me some coffee.
Happy Sunday, y'all!

{The Rullebrettfabrikken Brothers}

Sunday, November 25, 2012



There’s something about working with your hands. The joy of creating.
The satisfaction of a job well done. The threat of splinters. 

{Fist Pump Friday!}

Friday, November 23, 2012


{Shelby, Bethany & Family : Eastern University : Champlain Valley, Vermont : Turkey Day}


{Laura : Bardstown, KY : First Thanksgiving Pie : Betty Crocker Would Be Proud!}

FPF challenge photos: Take a photo of you and your Homies: 1) while riding an elephant 2) with your mailman 3) in front of Antique Archaeology in Nashville 4) with Twinner at Local123 5) at your favorite BBQ joint 6) at the Pyramids in Egypt 7) at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo 8) after running a marathon 9) in front of the Sistine Chapel in Rome 10) in front of your sorority / fraternity house 11) at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC 12) with your grandma or grandpa 13) with your favorite professor or teacher 14) at Caine's Arcade 15) by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco 16) with Katie Davis in Uganda or at Catalyst Dallas 17) on a sailboat 18) while cheering on your favorite team at the ballpark 19) in front of the Sydney Opera House in Australia 20) camping with friends 21) at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC 22) at Old Faithful in WY 23) at the Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox Statue in Bemidji, MN 24) at the World's Largest Peanutin Ashburn, GA 25) before / after sky diving 26) while stuffing your boca with fried goodness at your local State Fair 27) with your friends at a college football game 28) while fly fishing 30) at Carhenge in Alliance, NE 31) while rocking your Halloween costume 32) on top of Mount Agung in Bali 33) with Naomi, Josh, Eleanor or Samson Davis of Rockstar Diaries 34) in front of your favorite brewery 35) on top of the Empire State building in NYC or 36) with the Fremont Bridge Troll in Seattle. To participate email photos to em@todaysletters.com. Happy freaking Friday, Homies!

PS, Each week we receive several FPF photos that can't be posted on the blog due to photo quality. We'd love to encourage you to 1) take your FPF photo horizontally (when possible) 2) use an SLR camera (no blurry cell phone pictures) and 3) take your photos in the daylight. Thanks!

{Happy Thanksgiving!}

Thursday, November 22, 2012

{Meet River. She's 10 weeks old, likes to chew on everything, and doesn't like to sleep. She's the cutest!}
Happy Thanksgiving, Littles!
So much to be Thankful for this year. So much!
Hope you enjoy time with family today and get to bathe in some of Grandma's pumpkin pie.
Em & Tim

{Floyds Fork} Louisville

Tuesday, November 20, 2012











Over the weekend I got to spend time fishing with sweet friends at Floyds Fork.
We nearly froze, but had good coffee and a friendly bet to keep us warm and in the river.
Jason
helped Morg catch her first rainbow.
Ben taught me about bead headed Batman Nymphs.
And I managed to only catch two trees while working on my roll cast.
It was perfect.
Happy Tuesday, brave ones. What was the last fun thing you did outside?
Ps- Girls 7, Dudes 6.

{Today's Letters}

Monday, November 19, 2012


Dear Mr. Loerke, last night we sold our TV, surround sound, and hutch on Craigslist. Pretty soon we'll be eating on cardboard boxes and sleeping on the floor. I like this. #Loerkesinlou. Dear Monday, sometimes the best way to start the week is dessert for breakfast. You were delicious. Dear Sufjan, your new Christmas album is dreamier than a year long membership to the Jelly of the Month Club. {Clark confirms}. Dear Timothy James PA-C, yesterday you saw 42 patients in 11 hours. FOURTY TWO. Thanks for inspiring me with your work ethic and for busting your ars to provide for our family. You impress me.

Happy freaking Monday, friends! How was your weekend? Favorite Christmas movie? Tell me it involves a Red Ryder BB Gun and a shexxy leg lamp. 

{Bottle by Texture Like Sun}

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Happy Sunday, Homies. {Inspiration found at 1.03}

Bottle - Single - Texture Like Sun

{Fist Pump Friday!}

Friday, November 16, 2012



{Jennifer : Lindsay : Josh Jenkins of Green River Ordinance : Cassidy : Lana : Katie : Girls Trip : DC}



{Watermark Children's Staff Retreat : Watermark Community Church : Cedar Creek Lake}

{Amy & Kelly : James Madison University Grads : La Jolla Cove : California Vacation}


{Thomas : 10 Weeks Old : Rogers, AR : November 2012}

FPF challenge photos: Take a photo of you and your Homies: 1) while riding an elephant 2) with your mailman 3) in front of Antique Archaeology in Nashville 4) with Twinner at Local123 5) at your favorite BBQ joint 6) at the Pyramids in Egypt 7) at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo 8) after running a marathon 9) in front of the Sistine Chapel in Rome 10) in front of your sorority / fraternity house 11) at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC 12) with your grandma or grandpa 13) with your favorite professor or teacher 14) at Caine's Arcade 15) by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco 16) with Katie Davis in Uganda or at Catalyst Dallas 17) on a sailboat 18) while cheering on your favorite team at the ballpark 19) in front of the Sydney Opera House in Australia 20) camping with friends 21) at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC 22) at Old Faithful in WY 23) at the Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox Statue in Bemidji, MN 24) at the World's Largest Peanutin Ashburn, GA 25) before / after sky diving 26) while stuffing your boca with fried goodness at your local State Fair 27) with your friends at a college football game 28) while fly fishing 30) at Carhenge in Alliance, NE 31) while rocking your Halloween costume 32) on top of Mount Agung in Bali 33) with Naomi, Josh, Eleanor or Samson Davis of Rockstar Diaries 34) in front of your favorite brewery 35) on top of the Empire State building in NYC or 36) with the Fremont Bridge Troll in Seattle. To participate email photos to em@todaysletters.com. Happy freaking Friday, Homies!

{Today's Letters}

Tuesday, November 13, 2012



Dear Mr. Loerke, Yesterday you accepted a job in Lou. YOU ACCEPTED A FREAKING JOB IN LOU. Holy sheetballs. This calls for cupcakes. Dear Hank, you like to steal our socks, take us on walks, and pee on our neighbors grill. You're good for me. Dear Thanksgiving, nine days until you're finally here. {Nine days too long in my opinion}. Dear Timothy James, Feel free to drive Griswold while I'm gone this week. Just choke the engine and whisper sweet nothings into his carburetor so he starts. Feed him Aunt Bethany's jello and he'll fly.

Favorite pair of Fall kicks? You'll find me in my Bean boots from now until April. Happy Tuesday, y'all!

{Today's Letters}

Monday, November 12, 2012

{The Wagoneer needs a name. All suggestions are welcome}

Dear Mr. Loerke, You had faith in me to give you stitches, now you've trusted me to buy a car when you were out of town. Thanks for supporting my love for all things old. #Griswoldsforever. Dear Lentil Soup with Sage and Bacon, thanks for affirming what I already knew: EVERYTHING tastes better crumbled. Dear Woodie Wagon, Lots of amazing things happened in 1989. David Spade and Michael Myers joined the cast of SNL, Debbie Gibson was getting lost in our eyes, and Harry met Sally. A magical year to be born. Dear Timothy James, yesterday you helped me carry in groceries in the rain. Reason #276 why boy roommates are the shiz. I love you.

Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend? In 1989 I lived in neon soccer shorts, had scabs on both knees, and spent all of my allowance on baseball cards. What were you like when you were nine?

Ps - Congrats to our Loon Fly Fishing Giveaway winner, Erinn! ... "My dad taught me how to fly fish last summer when he took me to Alaska and spent a multitude of patient hours with me on the banks of the Russian River. He had just returned from an 18 month deployment and it was the first father / daughter trip we've had just us. I caught a beautiful sockeye salmon and that night I reconnected with my dad. It was by far the best day and best catch ever. My dad is currently back in Afghanistan but I would love to win this for him to take on our next fishing trip when he returns home in July of 2013!" Please contact me to claim your major award!

{Conversation by Homeland}

Saturday, November 10, 2012


A discourse between mountains.
Poem by our friend Ben. Video by his sweet wife, Molly.

{Fist Pump Friday!}

Friday, November 09, 2012


{Beth & Bruce's Wedding: Woodland Park, CO : Homemade Beer + Chacos = WIN}


{Kelly & mom Patty : Climbed 103 Flights Up Willis Tower : Chicago : Rehabilitation Institute Fundraiser}


{Crossroad45 Leader Retreat : Watermark Community Church : Dallas : October 2012}


{Ann Adele : 5 Months Old : Birmingham, AL : Kickin Chicken Halloween Costume}


{Fat Tire Bike Tours : Versailles, France : October 2012}

FPF challenge photos: Take a photo of you and your Homies: 1) while riding an elephant 2) with your mailman 3) in front of Antique Archaeology in Nashville 4) with Twinner at Local123 5) at your favorite BBQ joint 6) at the Pyramids in Egypt 7) at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo 8) after running a marathon 9) in front of the Sistine Chapel in Rome 10) in front of your sorority / fraternity house 11) at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC 12) with your grandma or grandpa 13) with your favorite professor or teacher 14) at Caine's Arcade 15) by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco 16) with Katie Davis in Uganda or at Catalyst Dallas 17) on a sailboat 18) while cheering on your favorite team at the ballpark 19) in front of the Sydney Opera House in Australia 20) camping with friends 21) at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC 22) at Old Faithful in WY 23) at the Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox Statue in Bemidji, MN 24) at the World's Largest Peanutin Ashburn, GA 25) before / after sky diving 26) while stuffing your boca with fried goodness at your local State Fair 27) with your friends at a college football game 28) while fly fishing 30) at Carhenge in Alliance, NE 31) while rocking your Halloween costume 32) on top of Mount Agung in Bali 33) with Naomi, Josh, Eleanor or Samson Davis of Rockstar Diaries 34) in front of your favorite brewery 35) on top of the Empire State building in NYC or 36) with the Fremont Bridge Troll in Seattle. To participate email photos to em@todaysletters.com. Happy freaking Friday, Homies!

{DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THIS WEEK'S GIVEAWAY!!!}

{Holy Giveaway Batman!} CLOSED

Thursday, November 08, 2012




Our sweet friends over at Loon are generously letting us giveaway one of their new
Big Water Fishing Systems {a $119 value!}.


To enter, swing by Loon Outdoors and leave a comment below telling us about your favorite catch. Become one of our Google followers & you can leave 2 comments, doubling your chances of winning. 
After all, who wouldn't want to receive a box stamped F-R-A-G-I-L-E from these guys?
Our winner will be selected at random and announced on the blog on Monday.
Happy {almost} weekend and GOOD LUCK!
Em & Tim

{Gratitude} Lately

Tuesday, November 06, 2012



Lately I've been thankful for new cities and vacations I don't deserve.


For slinging clay with my best.


For thrifted flannels and walks in Cherokee Park.


For velvet noses and open spaces.


For meters with 20 extra minutes.



For simple dinners that satisfy.


For strong legs and friends who encourage.


For afternoon walks when the sun breaks.


And for old things made new again. What have you been grateful for lately? Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough. Happy Tuesday, brave ones.

{Today's Letters}

Monday, November 05, 2012


Dear Mr. Loerke, this weekend you cleaned out our file cabinet, sold medical books you didn't need, and organized your desk. Praise the Great Lion of Judah. So impressed! Dear American Airlines, after 31 flights this year I'm excited to no longer have checked baggage fees. Thanks for the Priority Access. Dear Morgan Read, congrats on killing your first half, sweet friend! Watching you rock a foil cape after 13.1 was worth a plane ticket to Louisville. #PROUD. Dear Timothy James, one interview today and two tomorrow. Goonies never say die.

Happy freaking Monday, friends! How was your weekend? Speaking of Goonies, what's your favorite 80's movie? Can't get enough of Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Christmas Story, and ET.

{Fist Pump Friday!}

Friday, November 02, 2012


{Taylor & her brother James : Family Vacation : Parthenon : Athens, Greece : October 2012}


{Lisa & Jana Hamilton : Indian Cove : Oregon : First time to see the Pacific : Mother Daughter Vacation}


{Drew & Sabrina : Sycamore, IL : Celebrating 1 Year Anniversary : October 2012}


{Merrimack College Students : Grammar School Students : Massachusetts : FPF Challenge Photo}


{The Thomas' : Backyard Wedding : North Carolina : May 2012}

FPF challenge photos: Take a photo of you and your Homies: 1) while riding an elephant 2) with your mailman 3) in front of Antique Archaeology in Nashville 4) with Twinner at Local123 5) at your favorite BBQ joint 6) at the Pyramids in Egypt 7) at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo 8) after running a marathon 9) in front of the Sistine Chapel in Rome 10) in front of your sorority / fraternity house 11) at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC 12) with your grandma or grandpa 13) with your favorite professor or teacher 14) at Caine's Arcade 15) by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco 16) with Katie Davis in Uganda or at Catalyst Dallas 17) on a sailboat 18) while cheering on your favorite team at the ballpark 19) in front of the Sydney Opera House in Australia 20) camping with friends 21) at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC 22) at Old Faithful in WY 23) at the Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox Statue in Bemidji, MN 24) at the World's Largest Peanutin Ashburn, GA 25) before / after sky diving 26) while stuffing your boca with fried goodness at your local State Fair 27) with your friends at a college football game 28) while fly fishing 30) at Carhenge in Alliance, NE 31) while rocking your Halloween costume 32) on top of Mount Agung in Bali 33) with Naomi, Josh, Eleanor or Samson Davis of Rockstar Diaries 34) in front of your favorite brewery 35) on top of the Empire State building in NYC or 36) with the Fremont Bridge Troll in Seattle. To participate email photos to em@todaysletters.com. Happy freaking Friday, Homies!

PS, Each week we receive several FPF photos that can't be posted on the blog due to photo quality. We'd love to encourage you to 1) take your FPF photo horizontally (when possible) 2) use an SLR camera (no blurry cell phone pictures) and 3) take your photos in the daylight. Thanks!

{Esmerelda by Ben Howard}

Thursday, November 01, 2012


Christmas comes early next Tuesday. {Insert Ben Howard's new album rrright hurrr}.  
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