Saturday, October 1, 2016

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If you were directed here from my new site, this blog is about my journey up to this point.  It will give you some of my history and some "ah-ha" moments that I had on my road thus far.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


FIVE POINT FIVE YEARS ago I added another distinction to my title... Survivor.

As incredibly difficult as it was to live in domestic violence for 11 years, those years helped shape me in to the person I am today. Because I was beat up, I now deeply understand the healing of a loving touch. Because I was told I am worthless, I now consistently strive to find my value in the person God tells me I am. Because I was constantly manipulated, I now choose to be straight-forward and honest. Because I was told I would never be anything, I chose to prove to myself I could, and I now have a career and job I love. 

"Even though you intended to harm me, God intended it only for good..." Genesis 50:20.

And, the good continues. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Five Years of Freedom

Today marks 5 years of choosing for myself after 11 years of my choices being made for me. I choose to not be the subject of someone else's anger and violence. I choose to stand up for myself and my children. I choose to believe that I am worth fighting for. I choose to take back what is mine - my life. 

And, I have continued to make choices for the benefit of myself and the kids ever since. 

Five years of making my own choices without the fear of unbearable repercussions. 

I now choose my own path. 

I have grown.  Cailyn has blossomed. Kaden has matured.

My life path is now one that I can be proud of. One that I AM proud of.

Thank you to everyone to helped us along the way. Your support encourages us to continue walking in freedom.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Taking Back What's Mine

It's been almost 5 years since I left an abusive marriage. I now have far more good days than bad days, but once in a while a bad day happens.  Today is one of those days. 

Today I realized there is still a part of me that I am allowing him to hold onto. And, the part that he has is what is holding me back. 

Well, no more. I am doing myself such an injustice and disservice to allow him to keep any part of me. Katy Perry inspired me today to take back all of me. He doesn't get to keep me. Not one, single piece. 

"You took my light, you drain me down
But that was then and this is now
Now look at me.

Now look at me, I'm sparking
A firework, a dancing flame
You won't ever put me out again.

You can keep everything, except for ME."

While I am not going into the Battle field like Katy Perry did in this video, I am going into the Law field. I am putting my whole effort into it. This career is something that he will never, ever take away from me. 

I am taking back what's mine, and I'm not letting him hold me back any longer. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Will It Ever End?

I am really frustrated today. It's been 4.5 years and he still hasn't stopped being an abuser. He lives thousands of miles from the kids and I, yet he still manipulates and tries to control things.
He sent me an email the other day saying he's "Done".  He wrote that he will never bother the kids again; that he'll never send them money or gifts. Basically, that he is completely done and abandoning them. 
Like always, he blames this whole thing on me. He called me a "so called Christian" and mentioned how proud God must be of me for turning the kids against their Dad.
But, I don't accept his blame.
He did this all by himself.
I don't really care about what he says about me. I don't care what he thinks of me. Nothing he says about me bothers me. I don't accept any of it.
I do care how it makes the kids feel. He sent a similar message to C. She came out crying. She is upset. She was excited about going out there for Christmas and about seeing the new baby when he/she arrives (his gf is pregnant). She couldn't wait to be a part of her new siblings life. 
He took that from her and stomped all over it.
So, like I said, will it ever end??

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Every year, every month, every week, every day, and often every hour, this is what I tell myself. Eyes front. Look forward. Decide who I want to be. Decide what I want to do. Decide what is right for me.
Here's a little of what I am up to these days:
1. I am managing a Portrait Studio.
2. I am going to College in the fall to become a Paralegal.
3. I am writing a 2 book series about my experience with Domestic Violence and how I got out.
I am excited about where my life is right now. I have taken control of my life and I've DECIDED ... for me.
I'll be more consistent with my blogging here as I write my books and find tidbits I want to share. Thank you all for your support!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Real Person

When this picture popped up on my Facebook newsfeed, it struck me right between the eyes.  How many years have I wondered what I did to somehow provoke or encourage him to be angry at me regardless of what I said or did. I wondered how expressing my opinion could make him so upset.  It took only a short length of time for me to no longer be a real person. With each harmful word and each act of abuse, the real me regressed deeper and deeper inside until "I" no longer existed.
Getting ME back is a daily decision that I am worth saving. I am worth getting back. Who I was designed to be, with all my personality and characteristics, is worth resurrecting. I choose every day to allow more and more of me to surface. I am discovering that I have traits that I like!
I AM a real person and I will never let ME disappear again.