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reThink Restoration

reThink Restoration

As 2006 drew to a close, it seemed like I was coming to the end of me. The entire year seemed like a battlefield. I fought for identity after a devastating breakup. I fought for mobility as I rehabilitated a broken ankle. I fought for […]

What Does it Mean to be a Davis?

Recently, I’ve taken on the task of exploring my family history by interviewing relatives. Years ago, my family spent an afternoon filming my grandparents and the stories of their relationship. I’ve often thought about how valuable family stories are, so I didn’t want to wait […]

What My Dream Revealed About My Future (now) Husband

What My Dream Revealed About My Future (now) Husband

Because it’s Valentine’s Day, prepare to have your socks knocked off by what you’re about to read. Early in 2006, I learned that the guy I was on-again-off-again with was actually seeing someone consistently while stringing me along. Hurt and exhausted from years of dysfunction, […]

Why I Started a Blog in a Blog-Saturated Internet World

There are a plethora of reports that millions of people read blogs every day and millions of people create blogs every day. So, with all of this massive amount of content, why did I think I needed to join the masses? In March of this […]

How the Dyson Pet Groomer Gets my Dog in Trouble

Chessa is a beautiful, massive, menacing-looking German Shepherd who I’ve never heard bark—until a week ago when her life was threatened by a Chihuahua at the park. She kinda oversold herself and the Chihuahua hid in its mama’s lap. Despite her reaction to the squirrel-sized […]

Tough-Love Letter—to Myself

Over the last 10 work days, I have spent seven at conferences. For those who attend conferences, you know how exhausted and mushy—mentally and physically—you feel at the end of the last day? Imagine that times two. By the end of the second conference, I […]

I’m a Cheater

Currently, I am the reigning Dominoes champion at our weekly game with the retired neighbors across the street. Charles and Pat are a wonderful couple who have warmly welcomed Nathan and me into their home each week for dinner and Dominoes. For the first four […]

What Marriage Is Not

I had one of those rare moments when I was answering someone’s question about how I like marriage, and I was asked to repeat something. That something was this: Marriage is not an escape from singleness. My single friend who asked me to repeat myself, […]

My Teenage Crush

My Teenage Crush

This past weekend, Nathan and I celebrated our first anniversary in the mountains of Hayesville, N.C. It was so restful, fun and peaceful. We are reluctantly returning to our usual routine. Thinking back to last year, when Nathan and I first became engaged, many of […]

So Worth Loving: Defeating the Voices of Doubt

Loud. Obnoxious. Constant. Overpowering. For many years, I heard “voices”—and maybe you did too. From advertisers. From peers. From family. From myself. I need to diet. I’m ugly. I’m fat. I’m overbearing. I say the wrong things. My opinions are dumb. I have this weird […]