What’s a retreat center?

What’s a retreat center?

When I decided to create a retreat center at Leigh Acres in New Market, Alabama, I had no idea it would be such a foreign concept.  Each time I tell people it’s a retreat center, they look at me with quizzical expressions on their faces.  Clearly, we don’t have enough...
Horses?

Horses?

I heard laughing in my assistant’s office today.  “She is bringing her horses?”  Then I heard more laughing.  Turns out it was horse trailers, not actual horses, but nonetheless we all had a good laugh for how ill-equipped we are to handle livestock,...
How many dogs are enough?

How many dogs are enough?

It was before the next grueling workout at Orange Theory in Huntsville, Alabama, and I was talking about my farm.  I don’t remember who I was talking to, but that morning changed my life forever.  A woman sidles up next to me and says, “You’ve got a farm?  Do you...
Everything and Everybody – Second chances

Everything and Everybody – Second chances

It’s my favorite place to shop these days, the Salvation Army Thrift Store. The store is packed with donated furniture and cast-off bric-a-brac of all kinds.  Recently I scored an artist’s easel and a pair of seventies platform heels for a theme party.  You...
The Haunting

The Haunting

A Halloween costume party, our first official event at Leigh Acres! This October marks the first Halloween event at Leigh Acres.  I know there will be many more parties for Halloween and every occasion since the  lodge is available to rent.  Yet, this one will be the...