Beautifully Broken Blog


  1. The Beauty of Watching God's Healing Unfold
    19 Nov, 2017
    The Beauty of Watching God's Healing Unfold
    I chose this cover image of  "Dodger" & "Nancy" the most recent character I played in "Oliver" the musical.  "Oliver", a Charles Dickens classic is filled with intertwined stories of social injustice.  "Nancy's" story hit close to home for me.  You see, she was in a very abusive relationship which led to her death.  You might be asking the question, why would a survivor of domestic violence want to play such a role?  My answer is this. I was fortunate to break free from the prison of domestic
  2. Look Up To The Mountains Psalm 121
    02 Jun, 2017
    Look Up To The Mountains Psalm 121
    The cover image for this blog is a picture of my niece at the Garden of the Gods, looking directly at Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where we recently vacationed. This picturesque view was astonishing.
  3. Picture taken during my vacation in Alaska
    07 Jan, 2017
    God Is Our Refuge Psalm 46
    GOD is our refuge & strength... Ps. 46. Beautiful and comforting words, but do you know the story behind them?  If you would like to know read on.
  4. A pic from MLT's "A Christmas Carol" when the family is grieving the loss of Tiny Tim.
    30 Dec, 2016
    Why Bad Things Happen To Good People
    Why do bad things happen to good people?  I hear this question all the time.  In fact as I write this, many of my friends & family, good people, are dealing with some really bad things.  That is what prompted me to write this particular blog. I'm in search for the answer to this puzzling question.  I hope to bring comfort to those who are hurting.
  5. 10 Signs of Abuse/ A Survivor's Perspective
    16 Oct, 2016
    10 Signs of Abuse/ A Survivor's Perspective
    You may be reading this right now and wondering, How do I know I am in an abusive relationship? From a survivor's perspective, here are 10 signs you are in an abusive relationship. I will speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.
  6. My Students
    10 Aug, 2016
    10 Things I Want My Students To Know
    Dear Students, Next week we will begin a new school year.  As you walk into our school and into my classroom, there are some things I want you to know.
  7. In Search For GOD'S PERFECT WILL
    27 Jul, 2016
    In Search For GOD'S PERFECT WILL
    I have spent the majority of my life being paranoid about finding & being in GOD'S PERFECT WILL. It's as if I am on a quest with Indiana Jones in search of the HOLY GRAIL.
  8. Crazy photo of me back stage after "A Christmas Carol"
    15 Jul, 2016
    Who Am I? The Struggle Is Real.
    I chose this cover image of one of the craziest photos of me back stage after "A Christmas Carol". I wanted you to see me at my finest, crazy hair, weird look on my face, and a 1700's costume. What do you think? ;) Since I first opened up and shared my story publicly, I have had numerous conversations with some of you about identity. The question we ask ourselves is "Who am I?" I hope by the end of this blog, you can begin to see the answer.
  9. What If?
    12 Jul, 2016
    What If?
    Two little words. What if?  They may seem insignificant but I have allowed them to rule me far too many times.  What if I don't get the job?  What if I share my story and no one cares?  What if I take a step of faith and fail? What if he's right and I won't make it on my own?  I even create elaborate "what if" scenarios inside my head.   If you ever deal with anxiety, I bet you have experienced what I am talking about.  The power of "what if"  keeps you living paralyzed, stagnant, fearful.  We
  10. Where Do I Go From Here?
    05 Jul, 2016
    Where Do I Go From Here?
    I now am left with this burning question... Where do I go from here? I am sure that some of you reading this are asking the same question... When I am uncertain of where to go, what to do, I can always count on one constant in my life. God's unfailing, unchanging love for me.
  11. Cycle of Violence
    01 Jul, 2016
    The Truth Will Set You Free
    I sat in my counselor's office staring at this graphic.  Wondering why it was so clear to me that this had been my life for the past 12 years.  Why hadn't I seen this before?  I even remember asking her this.  Why didn't anyone show me this while I was living it?  If you have ever wondered why a person stays in an abusive relationship, look at this graphic.  Here is your answer.  It is a cycle.  A never ending, exhausting, cycle. I share it with you now in the hopes that YOU, the person in
  12. This is a photo of the sun & sky I took while on a trip to Alaska!
    30 Jun, 2016
    New Beginning (Part 3)
    I knew if I didn't get out of there, he would talk me into staying.  I packed my stuff and walked out the door.  I was done. It was over,  but really my life was just beginning... I remember the day I left very vividly.  The day I finally broke free from the prison that had held me captive for 12 years.  That night before, I had begged God to give me a sign that I was doing the right thing. The next morning it seemed there were signs all around me.  Some of them so real and raw I can only share
  13. My Story Part 2
    29 Jun, 2016
    My Story Part 2
    Continued from My Story Part 1.... At that point I wouldn't tell anyone what was going on in our house.  I would just put on my fake smile and pretend like everything was ok.... I even began convincing myself of this lie, I would say aloud over and over "Everything is okay".    But, this was far from the truth. Somewhere along the way, I began to lose sight of who I was.  I started to believe the lies he told me, that it was my fault, if I didn't push his buttons he wouldn't treat me like this,
  14. My Story Part 1
    28 Jun, 2016
    My Story Part 1
    Everyone has a story. This is mine.