Becoming better is better together. And while we certainly celebrate goals and individual achievement, this journey of family life simply doesn't happen alone. We view family life like a tandem bike. The ride in front feels a lot different than the ride in back, but when the riders each give it their all, they move significantly faster than a single bicyclist. And amazingly, a tandem bike can have more than 2 riders! When we work together, in tandem, as husband and wife or as parents and children, we increase our ability to change and our potential to become better. Like riding in tandem, living in tandem is not easy. It takes intentional thought and consistent action. It requires ... Read More about Meet The Davises
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If you’re like most people, when you want to improve something, you instinctively try adding to it. A better dinner has more side dishes, a better house more bathrooms, a better yard more trees, and a better car more bling. But what if, instead of adding, you tried to subtract? The Washington Post recently highlighted Ryan McFarland, inventor of the popular Strider bike. According to the newspaper, “In 2007, McFarland found himself frustrated that the products he was ... Read More about How to Subtract From Life in Order to Improve It
I have been doing a series of posts on creating a cleaning schedule that works for YOUR home. As I've worked on these, I keep coming back to the same question. Why does it matter that our homes are clean? The truth is, there are two ends of the spectrum. There are those who are super OCD about cleanliness and those who don't really notice a mess. Most of us fall somewhere in between. So is this a skill that we all need to learn, and does it really matter? I've come across posts and research, ... Read More about Why Kids Thrive In a Clean Home
Our son Henry has always been a daddy’s boy. As of late, however, his preference for me has reached extremes. If I’m not home to take him to the bathroom, get his breakfast, or brush his teeth, his day is completely ruined and he breaks down into tears. It’s fun, and flattering, to have a toddler helicopter circling you all the time. But it gets old fast. It is also a source of tension for everyone else at home as Henry demands all my time and attention and spurns ... Read More about What to Do When Your Toddler Shows Parental Preference
Over the past 7 years of marriage, I have found it a little overwhelming to stay on top of the constant cleaning. I have made it one of my main goals to discover ways to simplify the process. Becoming a mom made me desperate to get it all figured out, as my time quickly slipped away. My ideal cleaning schedule needed to clarify daily tasks, motivate against overwhelm, and offer as much family time as possible. Gone are the days of playing catch up each Saturday, or folding 7 loads of laundry at ... Read More about Why You Need A Personalized Cleaning Schedule NOW!
Today is my birthday...so Happy Birthday to me! I can't help but feeling so grateful for what life has brought me - what I know, who I am, what matters to me, the small things that make me smile all the time, and the huge things that are impossible to ignore. Feeling older and slightly more mature, I wanted to record a list of 27 things I've learned that have made all the difference in becoming the 27 year old Lizzy Davis that I am right now. 1. Hindsight Is 20/20. I came across a ... Read More about 27 Things I’ve Learned in 27 Years
For all its joys, marriage requires effort and hard work. Everyone’s marriage is vastly different, and the work you put into yours will be different from the work someone else puts into theirs. Believe it or not, though, there is one skill that, applied to any marriage, will guarantee a strengthened and improved relationship. That trait? Positivity. Positivity is the duct tape of marriage. I like to think of positivity as the duct tape of marriage. It ... Read More about How to Make Positivity the Focus of Your Marriage