I am first and foremost a wife and mother of a blended family; we have 6 children together ranging in ages 17-24 and also have 2 beautiful granddaughters and a grandson. I come from a broken family where I witnessed my father physically abuse my mother on a regular basis until she divorced him when I was 6 years old. Growing up I witnessed my father become addicted to drugs & alcohol, while my mother lived a party lifestyle. At the age of 17 I became pregnant with my first child. I was single and pregnant but soon met who I thought was going to be my Prince Charming. He said all the right things and at last I thought I had found someone that truly loved me and was going to help me raise my unborn child. Unfortunately, it only took a couple months for the abuse to start. Yes, I was still pregnant. For the next 5 years I would struggle with leaving this man for good. I would leave and each time he’d find me. I knew I had to get away from this man because I felt he would eventually kill me. In May of 2001, I left for the final time and thought I was safe. I had left with just the clothes on my back.
I am a survivor of domestic violence. I did not allow that 5-year nightmare to define me. Today I give all thanks and glory to God for restoring my relationships with my parents, for blessing me with a mighty man of God that loves ME and was patient enough to love me through all the battles I struggled with, for giving me a large and growing family filled with love and compassion. I don’t regret any of the trials I went through because going through all of that has made me the woman that I am today. I have a passion for people and helping people overcome their battles. I am inspired by my husband & children, my pastors, leaders, and all the other survivors I have crossed paths with. All of these people are what makes doing what I do all worth it.