One of my favorite things to do is road tripping. Jumping in the car, windows rolled down, playlist going and checking out new places in my own backyard and afar.

East Texas holds a beauty and allure that is like no other. There is something magical in the evening moments when the sunbeams hit the pines just right, casting a golden halo around their tall, swaying bodies. The frogs seize the moment and strike up a background melody that only the whip-p…

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Some of my favorite memories involve my dad. It’s been 14 long years since he crossed the Jordan. In some ways, it seems like yesterday. In some ways, it seems like eternity. While life has changed in many ways, the memories still wash over me like a flood and the torch of his legacy still b…

May is the month to honor the significant women in our lives that we call “Mom.” (Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!) It’s a time to celebrate with those who have achieved their academic goals. (So proud of you, Ashtyn!) It’s also that sweet spot, before the weather gets too dang hot to do anything. T…

My first experience with fairs and rodeos came when I was young. My dad worked in Huntsville for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, which hosted a rodeo every year — The Texas Prison Rodeo. That ended in 1986, when structural issues with the rodeo arena caused the facility to close it…

The theme for this month’s Charm is love and marriage. Y’all, to be honest, this is way out of my comfort zone. While I’m quite sure I don’t have any profound knowledge of love to share with you that you haven’t already heard or don’t already know, here is a little more about what I love.

A few years ago, I began to evaluate my life and what I wanted it to look like. I was overwhelmed from having lived in large cities the last 20 years and had a fierce desire to simplify the lives of my family. When the opportunity presented itself, I knew it was time to come home and adopt a…

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My mom is an incredible seamstress. She instilled in me the appreciation of using fabric as an artistic medium. When I was young, she worked with the local senior center, which left me spending lots of time there. I spent countless hours watching those sweet ladies piece their personal works…

Can I be honest for a minute? I’ve really missed traveling this year. Yes, yes. I know. There are much more important things going on in the world (stupid pandemic), but please let me have my moment.

It takes all types of people to make this world beautiful and fascinating. Each of us has different hobbies and different interests. We are passionate about a wide variety of topics: politics, religion, women’s rights, civil rights, the latest online trends, gardening, crafting, fashion, int…

Some days it’s a little harder to find the good. You know those days, when it’s a million degrees outside and you have to pick up groceries, get your kid to cheer practice, all while wearing black dress pants and trying not to have a heat stroke? Or the days when nothing seems to go right an…