Elizabeth Crabtree Killen

Elizabeth Crabtree Killen
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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.
girlhood: a girl wearing a pink helmet rides her bike on an empty road.

But Sometimes: Glimpses of a Passing Girlhood

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My eight-year-old daughter will complete her second-grade school year soon. I find this stage with her bittersweet. It’s delightful to see who she is becoming: what her interests and strengths are, how she interacts...
hidden adventures: a toddler girl walks among old church ruins.

Hidden Adventures Around the Lowcountry

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Things to do in Charleston with teens: a dad and his two teenagers pose in a kayak on the water.

Things to Do in Charleston With Teens

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A little girl smiles in front of bushes of azaleas.

8 Places to See Azaleas in the Lowcountry

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My Love Letter to Charleston Spring I was 12 years old the first time I saw Charleston in the spring. While on vacation at Hilton Head, my family made a day trip into the city....
Date ideas on the Sea Islands: Tattooed moose outdoor space with picnic tables surrounded by trees.

Favorite Date Ideas on the Sea Islands With Your Sweetie

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We all know Charleston is a food city with world-class cuisine. The downtown restaurants are remarkable; their chefs are celebrities, and for good reason! There’s no shortage of great spots for dates on the...
Grandparenting: a little girl sits on the swing with her grandparents at the Charleston pier.

Grandparenting Across the Miles: Far Apart but Close at Heart

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A Guide to Lowcountry Oyster Roasts

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A family dressed in Clemson orange tailgating in a parking lot.

Tailgating Like a Pro in the Palmetto State

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Explore Along South Carolina’s Lighthouse Trail

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