I’m a retired homeschool veteran, a single mom and business owner who moved 2,000 miles back home to the Seattle area recently to begin the next chapter of my life.
My passion is working with Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County to bring awareness through speaking at schools and women’s conferences in the area.
I am also in the leadership team for my churches chapter of Celebrate Recovery as we help those with hurts, hang-ups or habits.
My Favorite Book: I am a voracious reader; different genres, different authors. The book I gleaned the most from reading however is The Zookeepers Wife, by Diane Ackerman.
It is based on a true story of the director of The Warsaw Zoo and his wife who saved the lives of 300 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII.
I knew Hitler was attempting to perfect an Aryan race, what I hadn’t known was those experiments had extended into transforming animals and plant life as well.
My Favorite Teacher: I grew up in a tiny logging town nestled between the Canadian border and Seattle. When I took Mr. Wilmoth’s Journalism class in 8th grade at Cascade Middle School, I didn’t anticipate the effect it would have on me and my future education.
In his class he introduced me to three important authors; Victor Hugo, Leo Buscaglio, and Mortimer Adler.
Mr. Wilmoth knew that he had one semester to make an impact on our lives so when he took the time to read Les Miserables out loud to our class instead of assigning us to read it, I understood that to say, “I care enough to make sure you hear this”. He introduced the book, How to Read a Book which became a lifeline to me and opened up my love for literature to three dimensional understanding instead of just reading for content. Often he would read snippets of Leo Buscaglio as motivation, opening me to a world of those who are encouragers by nature and could speak to my heart in ways I needed to hear.
Five years after taking his class, I ran into Jack Wilmoth at the Post Office. I introduced myself and shared with him that I was going to Paris in 3 months and had tickets to see Les Miserables there, I thanked him for introducing me to that story and taking the time to read and explain it to our class. I would love to say her remembered me but he did not, that’s ok though. What he taught me was much more valuable to me.
My Favorite Part About Being Single: I got married just weeks after I turned 22 and was married for 21 years. I’ve been divorced now for almost 5 years. What I have come to appreciate most in my singleness is discovering my tenacity.
Allow me to back up and explain. I was raised to not think for myself, not to question, and don’t have dreams past what others think you’re capable of. When I married, I came to realize abiding by the same rules made life easier although I had no time in between to learn any different.
What I’ve been able to uncover and rebirth is the strong spirited person I used to be, was meant to be. With God’s help I have been able to use that strength of will to not just survive but thrive in spite of being a 48 year old divorcee with next to no college education and being out of the workforce for 18 years while I was blessed to be a stay at home, homeschooling Mom.
God has brought amazing people and opportunities to me, I’m being stretched, pushed, pulled and molded into what he designed me for and while the road isn’t always easy or fun I can look back and see the perspective gained and faith added to my experiences. I’m thankful for the strong spirit He entrusted me with, my hope now is to use it for His story!
My Favorite Brand of Jeans: It has taken me forever to find a pair of jeans that fit and flatter well. You see, I’m a curvy girl … I’m 5’10 with a 37’ waist and 48’ hips (this IS just staying between us girls right?) and while I work out 5-6 days a week the inches are coming off mighty slow thanks to joining the premenapausal club!
While my ultimate goal is a size 10, I am currently a size 14 and absolutely adore Torrid’s skinny jeans. They have a higher back and is nipped in a bit so there’s no gap. The front has a way of flattening my tummy but not up over the waist band to increase the muffin top like some do. They have a great stretch to them and don’t bag even after several hours wear. They come in many shades and look adorable rolled up a bit and paired with sandals, rolled down with heels, or add socks and your favorite boots!
My Favorite Verse: Isaiah 61:1-3 promises me that He will restore the years the locust ate, bind the brokenhearted, claim freedom from what holds my mind & heart captive and give a spirit of gladness instead of mourning.
I think of this while I pray for guidance in my future career, pray for my future husband, and consider the things in my life I need His help breaking free from.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
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