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Photography, my Secret Survival Tool

2019-01-11T22:54:11-05:00

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 2019-01-11T22:54:11-05:00

This is what it’s like to have Complex PTSD

2019-01-11T22:56:30-05:00

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 2019-01-11T22:56:30-05:00

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

2019-01-11T22:56:58-05:00

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, who […]

A Letter to myself, just before I escaped my abusive marriage 2019-01-11T22:56:58-05:00

The Best Way to Save an Abuse Victim

2019-01-11T22:58:37-05:00

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 2019-01-11T22:58:37-05:00

Drowning in Life’s Storms? Here are 7 Lifesaving Solutions

2019-01-11T22:59:39-05:00

When I was forced to flee my 27-year-long abusive marriage 4 1/2 years ago, I never could have guessed how difficult my path would be. There was no way for me to know how devastating the fallout from an abusive marriage could be, both for me, and for my children.

I am learning how to manage […]

Drowning in Life’s Storms? Here are 7 Lifesaving Solutions 2019-01-11T22:59:39-05:00

How Writing My Story Saved My Life

2019-01-11T23:01:56-05:00

I lived in an abusive marriage for 27 years.

The first thing that had to happen before I could escape was that I had to begin to see my life for what it really was.

There were a number of events that led up to me finally acknowledging the severity of […]

How Writing My Story Saved My Life 2019-01-11T23:01:56-05:00

What {really} worked in 2015- part 2

2019-01-11T23:02:21-05:00

I’ve been thinking about the post I wrote recently, “What worked for me in 2015” and the more I thought about it, I realized that, while what I wrote it true ~ those things did “work” for me in 2015 ~ the whole story is much more complex than that.

Perhaps you have read […]

What {really} worked in 2015- part 2 2019-01-11T23:02:21-05:00

In Which I Share my Story- part 1

2019-01-11T23:09:26-05:00

This is a post that I wrote on my former blog, joyfulmomofmany on April 9, 2014. I have moved it here, to my new blogging home, for ease of access.

 

I have hinted about some of the challenging things which have transpired in my life during the past 2 years, but have now decided that […]

In Which I Share my Story- part 1 2019-01-11T23:09:26-05:00

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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.