Peace That Surpasses Understanding: A Poop Story

Yes. A poop story. Y'all. I waited five years to tell this story. Five years to share about an incomprehensible peace that I experienced on a solo trip to Barcelona in May 2017. Literally, a peace in God that surpassed my understanding. And I waited because, to tell it would mean talking about poop. One …

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Best Motorcycle Rides Near Knoxville Tennessee That Aren’t the Tail of the Dragon

First, lemme clarify something. By BEST, I mean the best motorcycle rides my husband John and I have done so far around Knoxville—which, I admit, is slightly limited. John bought our Indian FTR1200 in the fall of 2020, not leaving much time to ride that year, so 2021 was just the start of our motorcycle …

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What’s the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

For this post, I was inspired by Sadie Robertson Huff and her Whoa That's Good podcast. Sadie starts each episode by asking her guests to share the best advice they've ever received. It gets me thinking every time... how would I answer that question? What great advice have I been given over the years? I …

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East Tennessee Hike: A Review of Devil’s Racetrack Trail to Triple Falls & Devil’s Overlook

Living less than an hour from the Smoky Mountains, we are not lacking for hikes. Unfortunately, Smoky Mountain National Park does not allow dogs on trails—and we have a dog who loves to hike. So, we're always on the hunt for new dog friendly trails near Knoxville, TN. A few weeks ago, my husband John …

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The Power of Hope in Eating Disorder Recovery

Hope. I'm not sure I really understood the meaning of hope till I recovered from bulimia in 2016. Y'all, it was HOPE that helped me fight that battle. Hope that kept me scaling that mountain when everything inside was screaming at me to quit. And hope that led to my ultimate victory over ten-plus years …

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When Disordered Eating Becomes an Eating Disorder: 9 Warning Signs

Since February is National Eating Disorder Awareness Month, I decided to dedicate all of this month's posts to that topic. Eating disorder awareness has personal significance to me because I recovered from bulimia in 2016, after struggling for over ten years. You can read my bulimia recovery story here. While that story goes into detail …

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A Guide for What TO Say and What NOT to Say to Someone With an Eating Disorder

If you know someone who has—or you suspect has—an eating disorder (ED), this post is for you. Understandably, you want them to recover. You may even feel desperate to help them recover. To do whatever it takes. For some, you may feel inclined to jump in and say something you think is helpful, or suggest …

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The Immeasurably More Verse: To Him Who Is ABLE

You know the verse in the Bible that talks about how God exceeds our expectations? Yeah, this one... Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all …

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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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