Meet Danita

In high school, 30-some years ago, I had one goal — become a U.S. Senator.  True story.  To reach that goal, I planned to obtain a law degree and then practice as an attorney to accumulate funds to float a political career.  My plan didn’t involve a husband or children.  I probably wouldn’t have time.

Fast forward to 20-something me. I had a degree in journalism and public relations, was Gary Brick’s wife and Andy and Caitlyn’s mom.  Not at all what I had planned in high school.  This was so much better! 

Through every phase of marriage and parenting, I’ve tried to emulate Christ and his characteristics (sometimes verrry poorly).

Early on, I developed (or God instilled in me), a desire to have fruitful, growing relationships with my husband and children.  I didn’t want to leave those relationships to chance.  In the 1990s the word “intentional” wasn’t used as much as it is now, but intentional describes my approach to life.

These days, I’m a 50-something empty nester living in Southern Indiana with my husband, Gary, a very good, very busy CPA, and our dog Maggie, a rescue who’s quirky, challenging and loving.  I love to read, cook, write, follow the St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers. (But I welcome readers from all MLB and NFL persuasions.)  I cherish opportunities to visit Andy & Megan (and the grands) in Denver and Caitlyn & Tyler in Nashville.

Relationships are paramount.  I love building friendships through shared story telling. But be prepared; I can ask a lot of questions!

Some of the best conversations I’ve experienced have been around dinner tables. While I love having people gathered around our table, I have to admit steps involved to get there can give me a pit in my stomach.

But I keep trying to take the step of inviting, gathering, breaking bread and sharing.

Please think of this blog as a table I have set for you.  Get your favorite your favorite drink, settle in and read my thoughts on relationships, faith and hospitality.

And since relationships grow deeper through conversation, please leave a comment below, or on any page of this blog.  I promise to respond.  That’s conversation, one of the necessary parts in a relationship. (And finding a comment totally makes my day!)

Make sure to subscribe to Leave the Dishes by filling out the email information at the top of the right hand column on any page so you won’t miss an after dinner conversation!

Please join me at the table.  And plan to stay awhile.

November 7, 2012


  • Anna Radchenko @ Here Am I

    I love your view on meals and talking and sharing… neither myself nor my husband were raised with this type of meal experience… I’m hoping to implement it once we have kids. 🙂

    November 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm Reply
    • Danita

      Anna, I don’t why I haven’t responded to this before. I’m so sorry! Please consider starting it now, before you have kids. You and your husband are a family. Gather the family around a table. You won’t regret it. Let me know how it goes!

      October 16, 2015 at 10:53 am Reply
  • Sharisse @ sharissespieces

    What a lovely blog concept and beautiful about page! I love that you’ve made me stop to remember to smell the roses and enjoy simple conversations after dinner. I’m too quick to start washing so I can hurry up and get to other stuff. Looking forward to reading more! 🙂

    October 12, 2014 at 4:20 pm Reply
    • Danita

      Thank you so much, Sharisse! Thank you for checking it out. Give me your link, please, so I can look at yours.

      October 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm Reply
  • Lyn

    I love the title of your blog. Thank you for reminding us that nurturing relationships should come on top of doing household chores and the busyness of life. You inspire me to value the presence of my family. 🙂 God bless!

    October 13, 2014 at 3:36 am Reply
  • Maxine Butler

    my oh my I love your way of story telling here on this blog, and then saying forget the dishes , lets just sit and chat a while seeing as you have travelled so far. its exciting to visit you and hear the latest on how and what God is doing in your life , be sure to call by my humble abode when you are in my area 🙂 there’s a table set for more than just one.

    October 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm Reply
  • Angeline Koh

    It was fun getting to know you through your About page. Like you, I value relationships having lost my little sister after her 20-year long life and death struggles with lupus and my father who had dementia for 5 years. I live with my 83-year-old mother and try to make good memories with her as I had with my sister and father.

    I like your writing voice.

    October 18, 2014 at 7:27 pm Reply
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