About Me

I was raised by a Christian mother and a father who was raised Catholic. My parents divorced when I was seven. My mom remarried but eventually got back with my dad.

I am married to a wonderful Christian man. We have four children, five grandchildren. My husband and I come from a background of drug addiction and homelessness. I have been married twice before. My husband has been married three times before. We have been married for twelve years but together for fourteen. Ten of those fourteen years we were in active addiction.

How did we survive?

76 thoughts on “About Me

  1. kenstewart says:

    Awesome story! It really makes your post of Jesus’ promise “I will give you rest…” very meaningful.
    Thanks for sharing with such honesty and yet so much hope!

  2. 1Saved,
    God is wonderful!
    Thank you for telling your story.

  3. Ted Pavloff says:

    So glad you are following my blog. You are an overcomer in Jesus.

  4. befuddled2 says:

    First, let me say that I enjoyed reading your story very much and am glad that you and your husband have managed to overcome your addictions.

    I noticed that you have subscribed to my blog, for which I thank you. I usually try to visit those who subscribe to me blogs just to get a feel for the readers that I am attracting. Most of my subscribers have been a surprise to me, as has yours. Given that I am an atheist (although most definitely not a Richard Dawkins type) I had expected a mainly atheist audience. Instead I have several Christians, Muslims, and others reading it.

    I am delighted as well as surprised at this and hope this diversity continues. I enjoy it and hope for enlightening feedback as well as challenges to my posts. I hope that my blog continues to entertain you. And I hope that your life continues on his positive journey.

  5. RicardoEquips says:

    Short but deep and powerful. I don’t know where you are in your walk, but know that you are in God’s eyes a Queen, Priestess, Lord, Judge, and Saviour just like your elder brother Jesus Christ!

    Love you!
    Christ bless!
    Thanks for the connection! Let me know if you need prayer!
    Ricardo Butler

  6. jeanette says:

    love the depth of your gravatar pic. Intrigued and blessed by the glimpse into your story. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have had my journey with a loved on in addiction, scarred by divorce, and share wounds of an arduous tragically beautiful journey as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ different stripes .. however all are healed. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m glad that you stopped by my new blog.. I look forward to getting to know you better as well. I don’t get a computer at the ready as often as I like .. so please forgive the lapses. ๐Ÿ˜‰ be encouraged and know your testimony touches many!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    glad to meet you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. halewhole says:

    Thanks for your testimony…Remember OUR testimony can OVERCOME Our Enemy. Rev 12:11. Keep sharing your Light everywhere you have opportunity..
    ” Anyone who is in Christ “Born Again” is a NEW Creature, old things have passed away YOU have become NEW “Lot’s of LOVE , Elah.

  8. Vince Chough says:

    Your testimony is powerful, and I identify. Thank you for connecting with me.
    Grace and blessings to you!

  9. I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog and for allowing the opportunity to read your story. It is indeed humbling.
    Keep on keeping on.

  10. I n I says:

    I am overcome with emotion having read your work. I thank the Lord Jesus that you found my post because I have now found you! Will you pray for me sister? I have a yearning to write but it seems that my pen is more sword than feather. My tongue is on fire against those that say they love Jesus but refuse to love their neighbor, much less their enemies. I want to travel in your company and I will pray God’s blessings on you and your husband and your sons. You have my word.

  11. Crystal Brothers says:

    Thank you for visiting and following my blog! Your story is amazing, and gives me hope. I have so many family members lost in addiction and other bad situations and even though I know that God is mighty and can move in people’s lives, it’s still discouraging sometimes to feel like there is no hope for those family members. God bless you as you continue your walk with Him!

  12. pray4indigo says:

    Wow you have a incredible story. It reminds me of the verse that says with God all things are possible!
    Thank you for praying for the Indigo people. Our team trusts that one day they will know the Jesus Christ who has the power to free them from sin and addiction!
    God Bless!

  13. I am humbled… truly humbled and inspired by you! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you for sharing your journey in all it’s rawness and beauty…
    May God continue to reveal to you his purpose and love and give you the courage to run the race to the end!!

  14. Great testimony. Once you have a relationship with Jesus, He will turn your life around for the better.

  15. Once you have a relationship with the Lord, He willc hange things in your life for the better. This is what the Lord is doing in your life. He jas changed things for your good because He wants you to be happy.

  16. jonocingram says:

    Thanks for following my blog and liking my post.
    Grace and peace,

  17. God’s grace is beautful

  18. aditahappy2 says:

    God bless you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. meitot says:

    Wow! you’ve been through a lot… It only means that whatever we’ve done, God is willing to forgive and forget as long as we repent and walk by His ways. Thanks for sharing this. And thanks also for liking and following me on my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a blessed day.

  20. Oh, sister I can so relate. Then we have God’s Amazing Grace!!!!

  21. CatenaTravel says:

    I love your profile picture!

  22. skpreo says:

    Thanks for following me. Let me know if any idea from my posts strikes a chord with you.
    I love to help people like your old self to get into mainstream as sensitive, responsible and confident citizens. Glad that you there already.

  23. God is so good. Glad for His grace in your life. Thanks for liking my blog. Eugene

  24. Christina says:

    Beautiful. Keep close and continue to gaze into the eyes of the one who loves you deeply, richly, truly. Thank you for following my blog.

  25. By the way, I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award! Learn more about the award:http://annasonelife.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/versatile-blogger-award/

    May God Bless you!

  26. mstanj says:

    Thank you for your brave witness, It glorifies Jesus in so many ways.

    God Bless You,
    Brother Mike

  27. Cris says:

    Thanks for liking my post, The Case of the Missing Books of the Bible, Part 2 at

    Thank you for your heartfelt honesty. It makes your recovery, shall we say, all the more remarkable. May God be with you always.

  28. Amen!!! HALLELUJAH!!! I can’t imagine the pain the days of darkness and the heaviness that you and your Husband have gone through, thank GOD Jesus has lifted it Away! YOU ARE A NEW CREATURE!! A beautiful one at that!! Continue to be blessed May he Strengthen you both on your walk to a wonder-us adventure!! WOW, Congratulations in picking up your Cross, being Brave and Glorifying Jesus Christ, All MIGHTY GOD! HE is made strong in our weakness…

    “So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit” 1 Corinthians 15:42-45

    The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:47

    GOD is GOOD!!!

    Hosanna in the Highest!!!
    For His Glory,
    โ™ฅ Linda M

  29. Kimberly says:

    There is hope in Jesus’ grace, which is Sufficient! So glad you accepted the grace of His Salvation!

  30. thanks for the follow. Sounds like you’ve got a story to tell! I’m glad you joined the blogging world.

  31. Rob says:

    Thank you for stopping by and joining me on my blog journey.

  32. 2b14u says:

    I look forward to learning more about you and from you. God bless.

  33. Lizzy says:

    I am amazed by what you share in your writings! I see many similarities and parallels to my life in what you write. God bless you on your recovery and fighting the good fight each and everyday!

    I put a link to your blog on my home page and would like to put one on my personal web page when it is finished. I look forward to reading more! Have a blessed day in the LORD!

  34. cobyjean says:

    Ahh, Life. Can be awful hard — until you find the right people to share it with. Thank you for your blog xoxo

  35. Really thankful you subscribed to my blog. I did you as well, and I will be following your recovery.

  36. Heidi says:

    Great to meet another Christian who is in recovery!!! Bless you.

  37. jannatwrites says:

    Your story gave me chills. You’ve certainly gone through your share of difficulties, and I’m glad your love of God has given you strength to fight the addiction and spread His word. Good luck on that Bachelor’s degree and the ministry that will come from it!

    P.S. Your gravatar is so cool…love the face in the trees/picture within a picture.

  38. Hello! Thanks for following 8kidsandabusiness You’re terrific! Thank the Lord for your testimony and witness to God’s grace in our life. Can’t wait to see what you blog next.

  39. rjdawarrior says:

    Sorry for not coming by earlier, but i do think about you often. I am tring to get back in the mode, some where along this path of treatment I lost my Mojo.;)

    But I never worry as I know your story, as I have walked in your shoes, and I know what kind of love and faith that comes from being pulled out of the pit. Shine on sister!

  40. SR says:

    I wanted to let you know I nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award and you can pick it up! God Bless, SR

  41. eggnoona says:

    Your story is amazing and inspiring and in a way so beautiful. God truly is amazing and loves us so much.
    God bless you now and always<3

  42. Wow…you stopped by, liked and followed too:) Thank you. I am enjoying getting to know you. You are one strong woman of God!! God bless you big and often:) xx

  43. Maribel says:

    You have an amazing testimony! Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be following along. I too have recovered from hurts, habits and hang-ups. I’m thankful to be saved by grace too!

  44. GOD is using you to help others get out of the deep dark hole of darkness. Never give up, as GOD never ever stops loving his children. Blessings.

  45. rolerrol says:

    Hi. I just wanted you to know that your story is amazing. What a picture of grace your story has painted. I am glad you guys crossed my path. I look forward to following your blog.

  46. rolerrol says:

    Hi. My name is Rolain. I just wanted you to know that your story is amazing. What a picture of grace your story has painted. I am glad you guys crossed my path. I look forward to following your blog.

  47. Sebastian says:

    Hello! I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

  48. Arlene says:

    Hello my sister. I have nominated you for a โ€œSisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.โ€ Please visit me at http://armouredup.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1071&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2 to scoop up your award. God bless you richly.

  49. I have worked in social service related fields since 1994 – specifically child welfare since 2001. Addiction is such a struggle for so many people. Sadly, I have seen young men and women lose their fight against it. I love hearing about people who are in active recovery and I fully believe it is possible through the redemption of Christ. Thank you for being bold in telling your story!

  50. cobyjean says:

    Always so good to know none of us are ever Alone. ILY ๐Ÿ˜‰

  51. this is an awesome testimony. I hope you share it with all who you may run into. however remeber the focus is on God and his work in you.

  52. I nominated this blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Check out my recent post to learn about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. So glad to be introduced to your blog because of your nomination. Congratulations! I was healed of eating disorders 29 years ago. I know about addictions. I also know that my faith is not shallow because I have been rescued from the deep. I’ll bet you can relate to that – also. Saved by grace too! ~ Wendy

  54. Hey!

    This is Jennifer from Jenniferโ€™s Hope (jennifershope.wordpress.com). I wanted to write to you to first of all thank you for following my blog, and second, I wanted to let you know that I announced a few days ago that my blog has moved.

    The address to my new, self-hosted blog is http://www.jennifershopeblog.com. I am hoping that you will take a moment to check it out. Unfortunately, because of the new siteโ€™s location, youโ€™ll have to subscribe by email if you want to still be notified of my new posts (unless you have another way to follow feeds – my feed is http://www.jennifershopeblog.com/feed)

    To do so, you can go to http://www.jennifershopeblog.com and youโ€™ll find a form to enter your email into on the left sidebar below my picture.

    Thank you so much & God bless!


  55. rolerrol says:

    I have nominated you The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Go to http://kingspeech.wordpress.com/ to check it out. God bless

  56. rolerrol says:

    I have nominated you The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Go to http://kingspeech.wordpress.com/ to check it out. God bless.

  57. rolerrol says:

    I have nominated you “The Blog of the Year 2012” award. Please go to http://kingspeech.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/blog-of-the-year-award-2012/ to take a look at it.

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