The McKinneys hiking at White Rocks

McKinney Party of 5

Welcome to our blog! We are the McKinneys as you may have gathered from the name. Thanks for visiting! The adults in this clan go by the names of Patrick and Kara, and we have loads of fun helping three little children navigate their growing up years.

We will be writing articles on all kinds of topics. From the adventures we take, to the things we are digging right now. From challenges we choose to take on, to the struggles we cannot control. We hope you find inspiration, camaraderie or just some laughs along the way.

Recent Articles

Tips For Changing Churches


the inside of a church with wooden pews, looking toward the front

Last year our family changed churches. This was a difficult, but important decision for us. It was not something we took lightly. The process lasted over a year. We thought it might be helpful to share how we approached changing church families.

From Music To Maps (Part 3)


The lake at Blue Spruce Park, located in Idiana, Pennsylvania

Welcome back to Part 3 of the journey that took me from a music education major at Millersville University to working as a GIS Analyst for Cumberland County (Pennsylvania). Part 2 of the story ended with me being one of four finalists for two open positions with an engineering firm in western Pennsylvania. I should probably remind you that I did not get the job.

Poem of a Tired Mother


Palm trees in a sunset

As I put words onto paper. I am again at a loss for what to focus my thoughts on. Power, death, friendships, poetry, love.