“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” – Winston Churchill

In late July of 2014 we found ourselves sitting on the couch in the evenings looking at real estate. Nothing too serious, just “browsing.” The treatment center and employers I had been working for, were some of the kindest people who I loved dearly, but the reality of what was best for the company and what was best for our family did not match up. I was working from home, which was 2,000 miles from the facility, and to best fit what they needed we would need to move closer. We worked hard for the 12 months prior to make it work, and I would not have traded those 12 months for anything in the world. Our children were settled here in NC with school, friends and family. Our home was here, and it would not be fair to uproot them, nor was it fair for my employers to have me so far away.

That was our turning point. In the last blog I wrote about trusting, and now was that time to trust, and turn this over. I have learned over the years that if I am “left to my own devices” things tend to go a little cray-cray….we can save that for a later blog.

I had a clear vision of what I wanted Magnolia Landing to be. There had been years of journaling about this. It had to be on the water, it needed to be isolated, but still serene, and no matter what, we had to feel connected to it…it had to connect with the women. Ty and I had spent evenings brainstorming program names. I am a southern girl thru and thru and love Magnolias. We knew we could not have a program based on “because she likes magnolias.”


So we researched Magnolias to see if they in someway represent the experience we want the women to have. We took our time and here are a few things we learned:

  • “There are fossils dating back 20 million years that show that the magnolia has been gracing Earth since the very beginning of time, so to say. The magnolia is also a very tough, hard flower, unlike other delicate flowers. This is owing to the fact that it has had to adapt to changing climactic and geological conditions in order to survive, and it is precisely due to this feature that the flower represents endurance, eternity, and long life.”
  • “Dignity, Keep the faith & don’t give up, Love of nature, Nobility, Perseverence, Splendid beauty”
  • “Magnolia is a flowering tree known for its beauty and grace.”

This flower represented so much of what we not only want the women of Magnolia Landing to experience, but to live and come to know and understand those qualities in themselves.

We focused on three core values of the program: Perseverance, Grace and Dignity. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING we did moving forward had to represent these core values. Knowing that we wanted a place that was on the water we decided on Magnolia Landing…we felt like this was a place where they will “land” where they will feel supported and grounded.

Now we had the name of a program, but after researching real estate, I will admit I was starting to get a bit nervous if such a place existed. We searched and searched, and one day a house popped up on the search list. It was an old farm house built in the 1800’s. Waterfront. Secluded….and empty. It had been sitting on the market for 4 years, and right around the time that we had been “figuratively tapped on the shoulder” the price had been drastically reduced. I picked up the phone and called realtor immediately.

Ty was not so crazy over the house, and to his defense I will say that it needed some work. We had only seen pictures online, and he said, “I don’t see a Magnolia Tree anywhere.”

I would plant one…this was the house. I knew it.

More of Magnolia Landing’s story will unfold on these pages, please like us on Facebook to get updates on blog postings. Thank you for taking the time to share with us on this beautiful journey. -Dana and Ty

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