Things to Do in Gulf Shores, Alabama & the Florida Panhandle

Our 2021 Christmas Beach Vacation For the second year in a row, John and I took a Christmas trip to a beachy destination that I'd never been before. In 2020, it was coastal Georgia—St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island to be exact. It's a beautiful area with stunning beaches; however, being on the Atlantic Ocean, …

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Simple New Year’s Resolutions—Progress Over Perfection

How do you feel about New Year's resolutions? Maybe it's just me, but it seems like—this year more than ever—making resolutions is a polarizing topic. Darned if you do. Darned if you don't. Do you know what I mean? On the one hand, there's pressure to make one because, gosh, isn't everyone? No one wants …

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My Top 8 Best Alternative Christmas Songs

I'm not too picky when it comes to Christmas songs during the Christmas season. Jingle Bells. Rudolph. Carol of the Bells. Old Christmas hymns. I love 'em all—or most of 'em all. Growing up, my sisters and I belted Christmas songs from the backseat of the car from Thanksgiving to Christmas—everywhere we went. Mostly traditional …

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton Itinerary: Two National Parks in Two Days

Is it possible or even practical to visit both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park in just two days? Yes. Absolutely it is. But let me amend that by saying I would only recommend attempting both parks in two days during off season months, like April, September, or October. Why? Far less traffic and people …

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Delighting in the Lord… on a Motorcycle

Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." It's one of those Bible verses I've known since childhood. Such a beautiful, powerful promise from God. But I can't say I fully grasped it till recent adulthood—when I moved to Tennessee and met my husband John. Sure, …

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St. Lucia Travel: All-Inclusive Resort + Gros Piton Hike + Castries Tour

Why We Chose St. Lucia ICYMI, John and I visited St. Lucia back in July 2021. And, for those of you who didn't miss all my social media posts during our trip—yes, I'm three months behind on blogging about it. This is where that "better late than never" cliché comes in handy. Okay, but get …

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3 Times God Spoke and How Saying Yes Changed My Life

Have you ever felt God speak so directly that it shook your soul and changed the course of your life? I have. Three times. It wasn’t that I heard God speak audibly – though He certainly could if He wanted to. His voice didn’t thunder down from heaven. Alarms didn’t go off. Lights didn’t flash. …

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How I Recovered From a Decade-Long Battle With Bulimia: My Story of Hope

I thought I'd never be free. During the darkest decade of my life, I thought I'd never win my battle against bulimia. It seemed impossible to escape the powerful binge-purge cycle of addiction. Impossible to imagine a life of normalcy ever becoming reality for me again—especially after several failed attempts. And yet, this year in …

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Super Bowl Sunday LIV: A Day of L-O-V-E

Okay, so the title is a bit deceiving. I didn't find love at the Super Bowl. Or because of the Super Bowl. Or even actually during the Super Bowl. And, I don't madly love watching the Super Bowl. It's just that (my now husband) John first said "I love you" last year, on Super Bowl …

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