This picture represents the most significant accomplishment of my scholastic career—my graduation from the Walter Hoving Home in Pasadena! I have had other graduations, collected certificates, diplomas and degrees, but nothing has had the profound impact on my life such as this. I began serving on staff in Pasadena in May of 2009, and today I can’t imagine my life any other way!
I was born in 1972 as the youngest member of a family of five. My parents did their best and provided everything that I needed as a child. They instilled in me a strong work ethic and taught me that I could do anything if I just worked hard enough for it.
I was enrolled in Christian school and “got saved” at the age of twelve. At that time my Bible became just another book in my locker and I continued to live my life on my terms as a rebellious teenager. I was constantly searching for something to bring contentment and completeness to my life. I got married after high school and quickly found that marriage did not automatically bring contentment. We had a son and divorced after three years.
One day a physical therapy client came into my clinic and changed my life forever. He recognized a gift of healing in my hands and invited me to share his life. He needed me and I found purpose in walking with him through several serious medical issues. I was happy and content and he became the god of my life. He was able to give me everything my heart desired and, more importantly, he needed me.
As his health problems began to increase, I began to cope with alcohol. I tried to quit for him, failed, and began to hide it. One day when I was walking into his hospital room, I tripped and the bottle fell out of my coat for everyone to see. He told me to go get help, because I was of no help to him this way. The day he died I was unable to be there as I had always promised. I did not want to see another sober day, but I knew enough of the LORD to keep me from suicide, and besides, HE had a whole different plan!
My sister is a praying woman, and she prayed me into the Home in 2006. My journey through this program was very unconventional, but I finally completed in 2009. I now live completely free as I walk every day in HIS grace and mercy. My future plans are to live and serve at the Home indefinitely.
I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything GOD asks me to with the help of CHRIST who gives me the strength and power. Philippians 4:12 & 13