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Photography, my Secret Survival Tool

2018-05-17T15:37:22+00:00

The screen door squeaked as I quietly slipped out back door from the kitchen of our old farmhouse, to the humid summer sunrise. I wiped tears from my eyes and tried to be quiet, hoping that my children would sleep just a few more minutes.

My Converses were already wet from the […]

Photography, my Secret Survival Tool 2018-05-17T15:37:22+00:00

Dear Mom, thank you

2018-05-12T08:44:40+00:00

Dear Mom,

Thank you.

Thank you for giving me the childhood that you never had.

I was safe, loved and supported.

Mom, Dad and me 1964 A 1964 photo of my mom, dad and me.

 

Mom and me at ocean Mom and I at the […]

Dear Mom, thank you 2018-05-12T08:44:40+00:00

What Self-Care Really is

2018-05-10T12:38:31+00:00

As a single mom of a large family, and as a person learning to live with and manage Complex PTSD, I’ll admit that I’ve laughed at some recent articles I’ve read about “self-care.”

I continue to be drawn to articles on self-care though, hoping to find some elusive answer which doesn’t involve candle-lit […]

What Self-Care Really is 2018-05-10T12:38:31+00:00

A Prayer for the Overwhelmed

2018-05-04T10:05:10+00:00

Dear Lord,

This past week has been overwhelmingly difficult.

Please remind me that You see me, that you grieve with me.

spring pond

I have been blindsided, in the worst of ways.

I’m so thankful that You are not overwhelmed by my situation, nor are You disappointed in my weakness.

You love me […]

A Prayer for the Overwhelmed 2018-05-04T10:05:10+00:00

10 Reasons to Write your Story

2018-04-27T13:17:09+00:00

In the past few weeks, since I began writing regularly on my blog again, I’ve had several readers contact me, expressing a desire to write and share their own stories.

Conversations with these sweet women encouraged me to think about why writing our stories is so powerful, and so needed, even if you don’t choose to […]

10 Reasons to Write your Story 2018-04-27T13:17:09+00:00

This is what it’s like to have Complex PTSD

2018-04-20T10:09:50+00:00

Heart pounding, I startle awake at 4 am. I am panic-stricken and consumed with terror.

My bedroom is quiet. There are no intruders, only my faithful furry friend Winston, slumbering quietly at my feet.

I wonder if I had screamed and scared any of my children.

For 5 minutes, then 10 minutes my heart continues to pound as […]

This is what it’s like to have Complex PTSD 2018-04-20T10:09:50+00:00

A Letter to myself, just before I escaped my abusive marriage

2018-04-12T08:47:09+00:00

To me on November 19, 2012, (the night before my children and I escaped my abusive husband)

hope letter

I see you. I know how terrified you are right now.

You are doing your best to act normally even though you have escape plans in place for tomorrow. Only your parents, […]

A Letter to myself, just before I escaped my abusive marriage 2018-04-12T08:47:09+00:00

Currently

2018-04-05T11:10:36+00:00

Encouraged

to see small patches of green (finally!) on my walks with Winston and as I ride my ElliptiGO. (see the green in my rearview mirror?!)


We had some crazy snow/sleet on Easter and snow in the forecast for tomorrow (wait, what?!!), but I’m still holding out hope for […]

Currently 2018-04-05T11:10:36+00:00

The Best Way to Save an Abuse Victim

2018-03-29T10:13:53+00:00

I hid in my basement laundry room, hands and knees trembling as I looked through the contacts on my phone, trying to decide who to call. Over the past few months it had become increasingly clear to me that the life my children and I were living was neither safe or “normal.”

For 27 years my […]

The Best Way to Save an Abuse Victim 2018-03-29T10:13:53+00:00

of Seasons and Grace

2018-03-24T18:16:49+00:00

Life’s Seasons

Here in the Midwestern United States we are tentatively entering spring after a rather “bleak” winter. No real snowstorms here to speak of…. just day after day of cloudy skies and gray-toned landscapes.

Midwestern winter landscape

The past six months of my life have felt bleak as well.

My […]

of Seasons and Grace 2018-03-24T18:16:49+00:00

This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.

This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.