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MY STORY

SO MANY HITS CAME MY WAY THAT I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO BECOME A PASSIONATE ADVOCATE.

I married young; My adult life started out of rebellion. I know that I started life on the wrong foot, but that is a decision that I cannot change. Everything that followed was more about life happening to me--and that was hard. I married at 17 years old to a man much older than me. We had two children and a divorce by the time that I was 21 years old. Learning to be an amazing detective and self-advocate during that marriage never prepared me for my second marriage to one of my great loves, but, also, a very abusive man. We were married for nearly fourteen years and had three children together. We divorced in 2009, when I was 35 years old. By that time, I had fought two custody battles, in court, that ranged 3-4 years in length each, as my own attorney. I learned to be a survivor. I learned how to advocate for my needs. I learned how to separate emotions from business and how to become a fierce fighter of justice. As a result, I bring those learned qualities to everything that I do.

One thing that I was always sure of was that I wanted to be a mom. I became an instant step mother when I got married to my first husband. Then,  I was pregnant within three months of getting married and had my first son when I was just 18 years old. My second son came soon after. Then, by 22 years old, I took on and loved three more step children. Today, I have five of my own sons and have parented seven stepchildren! I have made some bad choices in my life, but being a mom to these kids has never been one of them.

We love tradition. I have always tried to do a fun posed Christmas photo with my kiddos. They loved it when they were little; but, they learned to hate it as they got older. Now, as they are becoming established adults, they are starting to like it again.

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ON BEING A MOM...

Everything that I have done has been centered around or for my family. I was a stay-at-home mom for over ten years, before I started college. I would dabble in MLM's, but it was just more to pay for kids toys or to pay for my scrapbooking habit or to pay for my gym fees. I started college when I knew that I was going to be divorcing my second husband. I had no intentions of ever remarrying and knew that I was going to have to support myself and the boys. I could not make up my mind about what I wanted to do, though. The choices all reflected my passions, but the ones that I ultimately chose were ones that I thought would support my number one passion and responsibility: being a mom.

college options:

1.) PSYCHOLOGIST
2.) OBGYN
3.) INTERIOR DESIGNER
4.) PHOTOGRAPHER
5.) SCHOOL TEACHER

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MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE

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MY STORY

Honestly, I just got fed up one day and was crying out to God about all of the challenges that I had gone through. And, I had an epiphany! I had such clarity. I saw how easily I had walked through every single challenge--no matter how painful each one was; and about the wealth of knowledge and strength I had gained because of them all. And, I heard, in my head, that I had so much to talk about and to offer and to share.




 And, the fun part of my blog is traveling! Something just changed in me; I had spent so many years trying to build a life that was attached to a place and a home, but my focus shifted from that anchor to building memories with my children through traveling.

How did I get into blogging?

I want my pain to have purpose

And, to lighten the mood...My Favorite Vacation would be--hands down--our RV trip to Colorado. This was the very first trip that I had ever taken, alone, with my boys; AND that I had funded completely on my own. Add to that, that heading West in an RV was an adventure, itself...but, we traveled to one of the most beautiful states: Colorado! Click below if you would like to read all about it.

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MY FAVORITE VACATION

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