Elizabeth Crabtree Killen

Elizabeth grew up in the lake country of Minnesota, and she has always loved the water. She was thrilled when her work as a public health researcher and hospital administrator brought her to MUSC in 2012. Charleston has been the setting of all her greatest adventures, the best of which is being a mother to her 7-year-old daughter, Annabeth, then later in life finding love with her husband, Tim. She became a stepmother to his two teenagers, and now she’s also the mother of ‘two under two.' Elizabeth and her family live on Wadmalaw Island where they enjoy being on the water and in a space that accommodates the activities of their large, blended family.
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A Guide to Lowcountry Oyster Roasts

I love winter in South Carolina. The beaches are all your own. The weight of the August heat is long lifted . . . My husband (born and raised in South Carolina) feels differently. On...

Go, See, Explore: South Carolina’s Fall Mountain Getaways

When the weather cools, the days grow shorter, and the emerald green of the marsh grass dulls, our family hears the call of the mountains. We don’t have to travel far or even leave...
A family dressed in Clemson orange tailgating in a parking lot.

Tailgating Like a Pro in the Palmetto State

I grew up in Minnesota on ice fishing and tater-tot hot dish. I didn’t see the sacredness of college football until my mid-thirties when I met my husband. He was raised on super sweet...

Explore Along South Carolina’s Lighthouse Trail

Nearly a dozen lighthouses guard South Carolina’s coast. Most no longer provide light to guide seafarers, but they are all still rich in history and beauty. These lighthouses offer breathtaking views and glimpses into...
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Goodbye and Goodnight: Lessons Learned at the Close of Two Under Two

My youngest daughter will turn two at the end of this month. When I give that sweet, flaxen-haired girl a goodnight kiss on the eve of her second birthday, I will say goodbye to...

Exploring Edisto Island: A Guide for Families

The road that leads to Edisto Island is narrow and tunneled by live oaks. Although only an hour’s drive from downtown Charleston, this is a place that feels remote and charmingly antiquated. Four generations...

Healthy Families, Healthy Communities: A Guide to Local Resources

It’s National Public Health Week -- a time to focus on protecting and improving the health of our community. Much of health happens outside the walls of a hospital or clinic, with medical care...
The view from a boat with fishing net draped over the side, overlooking water and more small fishing boats.

Wild and Wonderful Wadmalaw Island: Favorite Finds of a New Local

As Maybank Highway narrows and passes over Church Creek and one crosses onto Wadmalaw Island, Charleston suburbia fades away and is replaced by marsh, creeks, wetlands, and wild woods. Dirt roads are named for...

Where to Celebrate National Pancake Day in Charleston: A Stack of Goodness

When my children are grown, I hope they remember our slow, sticky, sweet Saturday mornings. Pancakes are the name of the game in our house. As today is National Pancake Day, I’m excited to...

Tips for Parenting a Strong-Willed Child: Keep the Sparkle, Don’t Let the Unicorn Break...

On the morning of my daughter’s third birthday, I laid out a sparkly unicorn dress with tulle in beautiful pastels, and I braced myself for a battle. My daughter adored all things horses and...