I remember spending moments agonizing about everything I was losing through my divorce and becoming a single mother. The simple things I felt many others took for granted. A sign hanging outside my front door displaying the family surname; HAVING to work full time as I was now my only source of income; not being … Continue reading The Secret Sisterhood of Single Mothers
"I could come join you." I pressed send on the text. "You could stop by here for a bit. We are going till 5." came the reply. I had just gotten off work and my boyfriend had been volunteering at the Spirit of Giving event at the local women's shelter. I started driving toward the … Continue reading Then and Now, Coming Full Circle
"Should I close my eyes yet?" I asked as I heard him nearing the top of the stairs. He had been downstairs rummaging around in the basement for a few minutes. Excited to give me my Christmas present early. I was a little apprehensive because I hadn't even bought his Christmas present yet. "Yes close your … Continue reading Okay, Open Your Eyes
"Mom, why did you leave my dad, why!" My eight year old demanded of me yet again. It was not uncommon for him to ask me such a question, and I knew whatever I said would go back to his dad. We were driving home from the gym, it was dark and rain sprinkled the … Continue reading So My Dad Helped You?
People Who Experience Abuse 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults. Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her … Continue reading Why not?
A few excerpts from the journal I kept while going through my 3 1/2 journey to divorce: Nov 15, 2006 (six weeks before I left him the final time) I'm sitting in the women's shelter right now. I'm waiting to talk to someone to weigh my options. I think I've already mentally divorced my husband. … Continue reading Journal Entry
"Are you sure?" "Of course I'm sure." "But you're 20 years old and he's the only boyfriend you've ever had." "And we're getting married in a month. Everything will be fine." Yes I was young and naive, yes I knew nothing about relationships and yes, I was that 20 year old girl, marrying a 24 … Continue reading Taking Responsibility: Why Being in a Domestic Violent situation was my fault