After spending time working in the information technology field and as a school teacher, Lydia Kluge, a native of England, convinced her sister to go on an adventure to the United States.
In 2005, the pair headed to Utah and got jobs as ski instructors for kids at Deer Valley ski resort. Her six-month “work in the U.S.” gig was extended when Lydia met the love of her life, Jeff, on the slopes. The pair were married after “Jeff worked his charm”, and they spent their first five years of married life traveling. mountain biking and have their own adventures before deciding to start a family.
The journey to becoming parents, however, had its own long and winding path, and not the one the couple was expecting.
“For the next eight years, we put all our energy and effort into having a baby,” said Lydia. But it just wasn’t working. “We tried traditional Western medicine, Eastern medicine, met with practitioners, nutritionists, chiropractors, and yogis,” she said. “We soon came to realize that we were not in control of our situation and had to learn to let go,” she said.
Lydia, who recently became a U.S. citizen, has documented her life’s journey with personal reflections and photographs of their family’s life of travel and adventure, and their own story of infertility in her blog, LydiaKluge.com.
We had the pleasure of getting to know Lydia when Nugent Magazine did a “COVID-style zoom” interview and also featured her in our Summer 2020 issue of Nugent Magazine.
Read more about Lydia’s story in our issue. Spoiler alert--Lydia and Jeff are including a one-year-old in their latest of life's adventures.