Sometimes when military wives hear the words “base housing,” they groan a bit. I’ll admit that I may or may not have groaned when I realized we were going to need to live on base when we moved to California. But, when we walked into our house full of white walls, white cabinets, white trim, white everything, I quickly became excited about the potential of what this blank slate could become. We were told we could paint and hang things on the wall. That was good enough for me!
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I debated about posting this now, but in lieu of the Stanford rape case, I feel like it is appropriate. Now, what I’m about to write about isn’t necessarily the same exact scenario. But, it has to do with sexual assault, and it is something close to my heart because I was one of them. I once was a defenseless child who had everything stripped from her, and I am still (over 20 years later) dealing with the aftermath of that nightmare. For the longest time I wanted to talk about it. I knew it was important. I wanted to speak out against it. But frankly, I didn’t quite have the courage.
I do now.
I have the courage to speak out against the evil that prevails. For every young child, teenager, adult – I have the courage. I don’t know much about assault between adults. But, I know an awful lot about childhood sexual assault. I know way more than I should. I know . . . because Continue reading
When you are your worst critic, give grace.
“You should probably just divorce me and get a better wife for yourself and mom for the kids.”
Hot, frustrated tears left trails on my cheeks. I was tired, angry, and defeated. Continue reading
Can I be downright real with you?
Being a mom to young children can be incredibly lonely sometimes. And I’m not just talking about Continue reading