If my gravatar bio (on right, under pic) was not enough info, this page should be! LOL
I was born in Texas, on a Army military base, in 1967 and have a brother 5 years younger than me. We lived in California for a few years and my parents divorced when I was 7. I convinced my Mom to take us to Illinois, where we had visited and all of our family was located, so we moved to the Flatlands of CornUtopia. I loved the groovy disco age… my Mom and I took lessons and all! Mom met her husband to be, she married in 1979 and I had 2 new brothers both a bit older than me.
THE 80s WERE NOW HERE!! (Talk about like the totally best decade evar!) My new baby sister was born in ’81 and a year later came my baby bro. I have always been a dancer… first I was gonna be a ‘Solid Gold Dancer’, but that show got canceled, so then I was gonna be a ‘Flashdance’ type star! LOL I was a Pom Pom (or Pon Pom or Pom Pon, ugh, whatever!) girl in Jr. High and in the beginning of High School. I have always been a singer… when I was in my teens, I wanted to be the next big Pop Star (Cyndi Lauper or 80s Madonna style) in my early 20’s I was a successful lead singer of a rock band and now when I get to sing, I do it for my Lord (with an occasional Karaoke night). The 80s Rawked!
I was bold and crazy and loved every minute of it!
I married when I was 18 out of rebellion and to prove a point to my mother, it ended 8 months later. Hmmm, Mom was right, imagine that. I married again and had my first son in 1991 and a year later came my second boy. As you can see, I did not accomplish becoming a *star* and being a wife and mom was the ONLY thing I wanted to do other than stardom… and believe me, I am still thanking God for unanswered prayers! I loved my husband, but could not live with his alcoholism. We divorced. I married again and in 1993 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and then in 1994 I had my baby girl! We divorced in 1996. I was DONE with men. Now I know you are looking back through to see “just how many times was that?” LOL My little sister convinced me to put a dating ad in the paper. Yeah, you read that right. I was like, “umm, do you *know* what kind of freaks answer those ads? Furthermore, do you *know* what kind of desperate people place them??” I did it anyway. Dennis answered my ad. (ALL PRAISE AND GLORY TO CHRIST JESUS!) We ‘phone dated’ for a month and then decided we could not live without each other… Now, I told him, I had no intention of marrying him (been there, done that) and that I would live with him only. But God worked on my heart and in Nov. of 1997 we were married. PRAISE THE LORD!
To backtrack just a bit, I need to speak of God because He is such a major part of my life and who I am. I have always been a believer. God was fact. Jesus was fact. But I was not raised in an active Christian home. Between the age of 10 to 12, I strongly pursued Him. I went to different churches with my different friends of many different denominations and I learned a lot, I couldn’t get enough ‘knowledge’ regarding Jesus. It was at that time that I gave my heart, my life to Christ and I was saved. Through my teen years I did not walk with God, BUT HE NEVER LEFT ME, and as I look back, if it was not for Him, so many times my life would of been a complete disaster. In my mid 20’s I found my way back to Christ. Still a baby in my walk, I struggled to have a relationship with Him, because it was *not* what my husband at that time wanted. I was baptized in 1993 and when I found myself single with three small babies (ages 5, 4 and 2) in 1996 it was Christ Jesus my Lord who comforted me and gave me strength daily. I decided I would raise my babies myself and Father God in heaven would be their father and I did not need a man. My walk with God was stronger than it ever had been and I was so thankful for Him.
OK… now I am back to when Dennis and I got married in ’97… and that is when my personal relationship with Jesus became my everything!! I was now blessed to be married to a man who loved God and walked with Christ too! AMEN!! Dennis is not like any man I have ever known. He is kind and considerate, loving and gentle, strong and smart, and so very wise… He loves me and our children unconditionally and I thank God daily for sending this man into my life. I am also pretty spoiled! LOL
I started smoking cigarettes when I was 13 years old (to impress a boy). I smoked about a pack a day for 22 years, all the way up until the morning of my 35th birthday. I had tried to quit countless times over the years… new year resolutions, etc… I truly enjoyed smoking and I just could not make myself stop, so I finally gave up trying. Then God told me, He spoke to my heart and TOLD ME that I would not have another one as of that date, that HE would remove the thorn from my flesh, so that He would receive all of the glory… what a miracle! My hubby still smokes, (not in the house or in our car, etc…) but, the smell is just sooo nasty. They say that there is nothing worse than a ‘reformed smoker’… and it’s the truth, ’cause I am the worst! EDIT: Then at the end of July in 2008 I started smoking again after going 6 years without a cigarette. I am still smoking…
Another ‘give God the Glory story’ is… I have not been to any type of doctor since 1995. None. I have no insurance and having MS is a pre existing condition. So… my Father God in heaven sustains me, He leads me and helps me to make the best decisions for my health using common sense and research. I do not take man made medicines for the MS either… Most of my life, I have been on the thinner side. When I met my wonderful husband, I was 29 and was so very happy, and in my 30’s, I gained tons of weight… the last time I stepped on the scale I was 191 pounds and I know I gained more weight before I decided to do something about it. In January of 2007 I was 39 years old and that is when I began my weight loss journey using a well balanced food intake of appropriate portion coupled with exercise. I have lost over 50 pounds since then and have maintained!! I shall live this life forevermore… I have a few more pounds to go before I reach goal. I am so very blessed to be a walking and talking testimony of the Power of God! EDIT: Got med insurance in ’09.