Becoming A Responsible Gun Owner

Not unlike a lot of people raised in rural Alabama, I grew up around guns. Almost every person in our small town owned at least one gun, whether intended for hunting or home protection. Men in my family had gun racks in their work trucks, and my granny hid a pistol in her Buick. I…

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The First Day of the Rest of My Life

We’ve all had those moments in life where something happens that will forever change us, whether for better or worse. April 1, 2006, was one of those days for me, and even more than a decade later I can remember everything as if it were yesterday. But it was the choice I made in response…

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Saving Lives in Tuscaloosa

While many women look forward to celebrating Mother’s Day with their children and many soon-to-be moms anticipate holding their babies in the coming months, not all women are excited about motherhood. Some are scared, alone, and wondering how they can raise a child. Enter Sav-A-Life, a non-profit organization committed to helping women in crisis pregnancies….

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Giving Out of Your Abundance

With the holidays now in full swing, everyone is focusing on giving. I personally think giving should be an ongoing attitude that lasts all year, but even the stingiest of people seem to give at the year’s end (even if it’s more for a tax write off than charity). If you’re like me, you might…

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Helping Kids See God though Art and Storytelling

No matter how old I get or how educated I feel I’ve become, I still “see” God most in the simple, yet intricate, details of His creation all around me. My 2-year-old son loves reading the Creation story too, and one local artist has done a phenomenal job of bringing that wondrous awe to all…

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What Makes A Mother?

Despite having a son for two and a half years, it still catches me off guard when someone wishes me “Happy Mother’s Day.” Maybe it’s because until I had my son, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to be a mother. Or maybe it’s because since he’s so young I feel like I have…

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Shout Out to Hart of Dixie and My Own Bluebell

Despite the cheesy situations and the trying-too-hard Southern accents by some of the actors, Hart of Dixie is one of my favorite shows. I avoided it the first season for fear they would totally trash Alabama. Then one night while staying with my sister (who is always studying for whatever degree she is on at…

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