Hi! I’m Karen. I’m a writer, wife, mother, and perpetual list maker. I never stay in one place too long (thanks Army!) and I truly believe that adaptability is essential to a life well-lived. And Then We Laughed is where I write. It’s named as such because whatever experiences life has thrown my way, they always seem to end with laughter. As they should.

There is nothing I love more than a fresh-baked everything bagel with onion & chive cream cheese – well, except my family and Parks & Recreation. Over the years, I’ve grown from a gawky clutzy girl into an even more awkward woman with the inability to walk without tripping. I live for situations that make for great stories after the fact.

I’ve been married to my college sweetheart since 2004 (we were barely able to drink legally at our wedding). Like most military relationships, we spent the entirety of our engagement and first six months of marriage living thousands of miles apart. Yes, my husband is in the Army but please don’t expect me to say hooah or wax poetic about how spouses have the toughest job in the military. However I love camoflauge as a print so I realize the mixed-message my picture sends.

We have two children and as a family we enjoy traveling, hiking, kayaking, and eating food at delicious restaurants. I love how my children constantly remind me that I don’t know near as much about the world as I think I do. We’re currently stationed at Fort Sheridan, Illinois and taking full advantage of living along the shore of Lake Michigan. Thanks for visiting And Then We Laughed!