This holiday season is so special to me. I have a wonderful full-time job, my own home, my own car, and my children. They are 9 years old, 7 years old, and 9 months old—all girls!
This year, for the very first time since my children were born, I can provide a Christmas for them with my own money. In the past, my parents provided what I could not provide—emotionally and materially—for my kids. This year, I have been able to buy Christmas presents without any assistance from anyone. My family has warm beds, Christmas lights, clothes, and new toys & gifts to complete this wonderful season.
It is a feeling of such accomplishment that words cannot even do it justice.
I do not give myself enough credit at times and start to doubt myself. It is so hard to go from spending most of my life in a ditch—surrounded by self-pity—to becoming a fully employed, cookie-baking, basketball-practice-taking, homework-helping, house-cleaning mother of three beautiful children; and to do all of this with confidence in myself.
This holiday season, I am remembering my blessings, and I am so grateful for my life today. I am a woman of purpose.
Love heals women, one day at a time; and, love heals family relationships, one day at a time.Thistle Farms is the miracle that my daughter Rachel needed coming out of prison having lost everything in her life. The miracle she needed provided a safe place for recovery from almost 20 years of substance abuse and addiction -- years of treatment, recovery and relapse.