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Disappointment is Rooted in Hope–My Story

Disappointment is Rooted in Hope–My Story

Disappointment is rooted in hope. They go hand-in-hand. You can't have disappointment without hoping for something to change. Hope is what keeps us going. I can't imagine going through a tragedy without the hope of the Lord. The hope of knowing that EVEN IF, Corey is...

Connections That Bind Us Together–My Story

Connections....Those memories we share with our spouse. Each child's birth and the feelings that are conjured up thinking about that special moment. The milestones of development in each child..their first step, first word. Special anniversaries shared together....

We Take Language For Granted–My Story

We Take Language For Granted–My Story

When it comes to language, we take so much for granted. Our conversations are fast and detailed, and we follow along without even giving it a second thought. After Corey's accident, language became an obsession to me. Am I talking slow enough? Does he understand this...

Weekends at the Hospital Were Slow–My Story

Weekends at the Hospital Were Slow–My Story

Weekends at the hospital were pretty slow. No therapies. No doctor calls. The time just creeped by. We tried to fill our time with family and friends. The kids would come up to see Corey throughout the weekend too. I always looked forward to having the kids up there...

Ever-Present Help In Time of Need–My Story

Ever-Present Help In Time of Need–My Story

There are times in our lives that God seems so distant and in the shadows. But there are other times that He feels so close that you can practically touch Him. Have you ever stopped to think, how awesome it is that He gave us the Church? He loves us so much that He...

Navigating “My Story”–My Story

Navigating “My Story”–My Story

Hi everyone! I wanted to swing in here real quick and give you an update on the "My Story" portion of my blog. I'm tweaking a few things to make it easier for you to read our story from the very beginning. Many people are new to the blog or maybe missed a few posts...

Five Years–My Story

Five Years–My Story

  Five Years. Today we hit the "magic" number. While Corey was in the hospital, I was told over and over...In five years: Your marriage and life will have found its new normal. The healing will be done and all of this will look very different. Give it five years. But...

“Firsts”–My Story

“Firsts”–My Story

Tackling “firsts” after a tragedy is tough. Life has to return to “normal” again at some point—but the heart naturally wants to fight against it. It’s so painful. And after going through so much pain already, you try to avoid pain at all costs. Almost becoming numb to...

On the up side–My Story

On the up side–My Story

The hurriedness of life is not kind to someone with aphasia. People with aphasia have a hard time understanding language and/or finding the right word for what they want to say. Many aphasics are unable to speak at all...although they know exactly what they want to...

On the down side…My Story

On the down side…My Story

So, this was my post a few weeks back. It has been sitting in "draft" mode waiting for me to hit "publish." I neglected to do that right away for a couple reasons...1. time got away from me and I wasn't able to type out the journal entry portion of this post before we...

Fighting for normal–My Story

It's amazing how quickly a hospital setting can become your norm. I felt so out of my element when I would venture out into the real world. To be honest, I would avoid it as much as possible. I wanted to be at the hospital, where all the nurses knew our story, where...

Fear and control go hand in hand–My Story

If you're an avid follower of my blog, you know I love to build and take on home renovation projects. This past week, I spent most of my days down at my sister-in-law and brother's house working on their nursery. For baby Lucas, coming in April. 🙂 I love to listen to...

God is so Good!!–My Story

In the days following Corey's accident it was so hard for me to think beyond the present. When I was asked questions regarding things of the future, I would become so anxious. The situation we were walking through was so overwhelming in and of itself that to add other...

I can do hard–My Story

Trying to do life without Corey was miserable. It was such a foreign thing. After 16 years of marriage, I didn't know any other way. I woke up on a Saturday morning happily married, excited for the weekend and looking forward to a fun summer ahead out on the lake. I...

Does he remember me? — My Story

One of my biggest concerns following Corey's accident was...Does he remember me? He couldn't talk and following commands was extremely difficult for him. So simply asking him if he remembered me, was not an option. It was a wait and see for quite some time. There were...

Angels passing through–My Story

We are not meant to do this thing called, "life," on our own. Isn't it awesome that God puts people in our lives to help us walk this journey? People who minister to us in our time of need and vice-versa. My family and friends were such an amazing blessing to me...

The power of a song–My Story

We all have a song that can take us to another place. For some of us, the song is so powerful it can even take us back to a certain smell. I have a few songs from the time of Corey's accident that take me back. But there is one song that I try to avoid. Unless I...

The Unbreakable Promise

So many times I broke down in the hospital. As I said before, my heart wanted to drive off into the sunset with my kids and not face this reality anymore. Somehow, thinking I could leave it all behind. That was the human side of me. But the spiritual side of me is...

The waiting game–My Story

"It takes time." "Every brain injury is different." "No two brain injuries are the same." These are phrases I heard over and over again and again. If there was a resounding theme to the first year following Corey's accident, it was these three phrases. At first it was...

Outpouring of prayers and support–My Story

It was amazing to me, the outpouring of love and support we received following Corey's accident. Our family and church were incredible! So many people helping us through meals, cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, errands, yard work, childcare...the list goes on and...

God’s timing, not mine–My Story

A new year!! Every time we turn the calendar to a new year, my counting starts at 2011. It's as if 2011 is when it all began for Corey and me and our family. In 2011 we basically reset. Many memories were lost and new memories were found. As we get further away from...

Purposeful and Determined–My Story

This whole brain injury world was so foreign to me. I was constantly trying to read doctors and nurses faces and gestures for any sign...trying to calculate if what Corey was doing was normal, expected, shocking, concerning. There would be many times to come in the...

A mother’s heart–My Story

Everyday Corey was in the hospital was a roller coaster ride. I never knew going in each morning what the day would hold..good news, bad news. Usually it consisted of both. One minute I was full of hope and the next I was knocked down and scared out of my mind. So NOT...

Long days & nights–My Story

The days were so long following Corey’s accident. So long and so tiresome. Funny how you can sit and do pretty much nothing all day, except for worry, and feel like you ran a marathon. So exhausting!! But then I would get home and although I was completely drained, I...

Appreciating the simple things–My Story

Following Corey's accident, the days were so surreal. Most of the time I felt like I was in a fog and often time...another world. My thoughts throughout so many of those days were...is this really my reality? I remember sitting outside the hospital, in the hot summer...

Carry me through-My Story

Often God speaks to us, if we're willing to take the time to really listen. After Corey's accident I had a lot of time to pray and listen to God speak to me. My walk with God became so much a part of me. I literally yearned for it. I would get to the hospital every...

Day one–My Story

The late evening hours of July 9, 2011 began my pages upon pages of journaling. A wise, good friend of mine came to the hospital to pray with us and to give me a journal. It was the best "gift" I could have received at that time. Writing is so therapeutic. To get my...

In the blink of an eye–My story

I remember so much from that tragic day almost four and a half years ago. It is forever engraved in my mind...July 9, 2011, a Saturday morning, sun shining, crisp air, the kids and I still in our pajamas, indulging in some Krispy Kreme donuts, a relaxing morning,...

God’s blessings keep coming….–My Story

We weren't done yet...Two years after Lauryn was born, God blessed us w/ a beautiful dark-haired, dark-complected, dark-eyed baby boy...Ty James.     Once again my doctor wanted to make sure all was well at the start of my pregnancy. This time the tests revealed that...

Uncertainties–My Story

Everyone has a story. We all come into this world with a clean slate, but then our story begins to be written. The fascinating thing about each of our stories is that when shared, it is bound to help someone else. I believe God wants us to share our story. To be a...

The first quarter-My Story

Corey and I are coming up on our 20th wedding anniversary this December. Hard to believe. Where has the time gone? We have been through SO much together. Our story begins at Ball State University in Muncie, IN; where we were both attending college. Corey was studying...

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