What was the most surprising thing about becoming a parent?
I had no idea how much being a parent would consume my whole life. Every decision, every plan would forever be framed by my children.
Tell us about one of your proudest parenting moments.
I’ve always tried to teach my kids that it’s ok to be angry. You can be mad at someone and still love them. I never felt like that as a kid. The message I got was that anger meant the withdrawal of love. One of my proudest moments was my son telling me, “I’m mad at you right now but I still love you.”
Was it difficult for you to participate in this project? What Strength did you pull from to get past the fear and contribute?
I was eager to contribute but I had a hard time deciding what to write about. Ultimately, I decided that it wasn’t a specific story that I needed to tell but to share the strength that it takes to be a survivor.
Do you believe participating in this project has changed you in any way? If so, how?
Participating in this project has changed me by allowing me to see how similar my experiences are to others’. I went many years thinking that I was the only one. Nothing changes a person like realizing they’re not alone.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from your children?
My kids astound me with their resiliency and optimism. They don’t hold grudges, don’t let fear overtake them and are such good people. I want to be them when I grow up. 😉
When you are not writing or parenting, what do you love to do?
When I’m not curled up with a good book, I love hiking and exploring the desert.
I live in sunny Arizona with my husband, two kids, two dogs and two cats. I write about family, God, my recovery from sexual abuse and the desire that most of us have to be authentic in all aspects of our lives.