About Me

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 Groovy 70's & Me

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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!

The Gnarly 80's & Me!

The Knarly 80s!

1985 'Conglomerate' News Article Herald & Review Decatur, Illinois

OMGosh, I know, right! I *am* embarrassed, but not too much
Oh and my Mom said my description of her high school years was NOT accurate, LOL!

Graduation '86 Pic

I rocked the SheMullet for much of the 80’s and into the 90’s

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!

1992 Glamour Shots

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.


17 thoughts on “About Me

    • Thanks Hillbilly 😀 yea, I was raised in a boring little country town (thank God!)… so I was kinda ‘unique’ with fashion. While most were sporting the yuppie look, I couldn’t choose between Boy George, Madonna, Van Halen, Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Motley Crue, etc… so I just mixed ’em all up! My mother cringed every time I left the house!

  1. Hello, TeachX3! Your blog photo is positively beautiful!
    Our stories parallel one another quite a bit. Your “Conglomerate” photo could be me on most days (but I’m over 50 – lol). I’m on my 4th marriage (17+ years – praise the Lord!), have 7 kids, and 11 grandkids. I don’t have insurance, but trust the Lord to get me through tough things like kidney and gall stones, heart issues, etc. It’s all good. I know where I’m going.
    I also sing, play guitar, and am absolutely nuts about Jesus.
    I’m so glad I found your site. I’ll be back!
    Praise Jesus!

    • Hello sister! What a blessing your comment is 🙂 thank you! “It’s all good. I know where I’m going.” … LOVE IT! I look forward to getting to know you! Keep on singing those praises to our Lord… and God bless you!

    • Mom is aOK, because God is Good! 🙂 Joe is hanging in there… eating healthy, taking it easy and praying for a miracle! He goes back for his follow up appointment on the 21st and will have an xray to see if he has to have the surgery. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and love… no matter the valley we may be in, it is so much easier to make the trek with friends!

      • Amen to that. Many here have been holding us up in prayer through my bro-in-law’s death and memorial service. He was 51 – too young.

        Know that many of my Facebook friends are also praying for the two of you.

        Hugs and kisses –

    • Hello sister, I just got back from visiting your blog! LOL Thank you for stopping by and for your comment… please feel FREE to snag any graphics you find that you like! 😀

  2. Happy New Year my friend at Teachx3sblog! You’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Award! I appreciate you!

    I have nominated ten fellow bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.

    • THANK YOU sister!! 😀 You have been a blessing to me and I appreciate you very much! May our Lord God bless and keep you and yours in Christ Jesus… and Happy New Year 2014!!

  3. Wonderful biography! You describe the struggles of life really well, I can relate to all of that just as mine has been a roller coaster. Our father God and Jesus will always watch over us even though we may stray at times, he’ll always do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

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