Category Archives: West Virginia

A Tribute to Lucy L. Smoot

I want to share the beautiful obituary written by my aunts and uncles to pay tribute to my paternal grandmother, Lucy L. Smoot:   LUCY LINTHICUM BENNETT SMOOT passed away peacefully at home at the age of 96 on March 3, … Continue reading

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When the Reward Outweighs the Risk

I went to visit my Grandma in West Virginia after a long interruption to protect her from possible exposure to Covid-19.  We spoke on the phone and she genuinely wanted to see me.  My Uncle Rodney, who is her primary … Continue reading

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It’s Fall Good

Over the last few months my focus has been setting the tone for a successful school year, keeping a foster care routine, and getting settled into my new home. It is important to set high expectations and to remind my … Continue reading

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Grandma’s 95th Birthday Celebration đŸŽ‰

My family will be gathering for the 90th annual Smoot Family Reunion in Madison, WV soon. While the fellowship amongst family since 1929 is a rich tradition, the milestone of my Grandma, Lucy L. Smoot, turning 95 is also worthy … Continue reading

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She’s A Goal Digger

This post has been on my mind through miles of running and was written in my head long before I had the chance to sit down and purge my thoughts.  A lot has happened since the start of the school year, so as … Continue reading

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Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia

Only 5 days remaining in the school year. My summer break is going to be so lit! Summer sixteen is going to fly by, so I needed to get a jump start as the school year comes to an end.  First on my … Continue reading

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Family, Work, Training Balance

Last weekend, I made my way back to Madison, West Virgina for the 85th Smoot Family Reunion.  Smoot roots run deep. Our family’s tradition is to have a fish fry and dance on Saturday night.  Normally, it is held at … Continue reading

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