Thursday, January 18, 2007

How well do you REALLY know me?

Do you ever wonder how much people know about you? I once wrote a timeline about my life. Some find it very comical. Some find it depressing! I find that it has a great story behind it that still does not have an ending.

1973: I was born...while mom was in labor....our house burned.

1978: Started Kindergarten

1979: Had my first encounter with sexual abuse that continued until
1986. This WAS my childhood.

1986: My abuser died! God, please forgive Him.

1987: I was baptized.

1988: I went on my first date (memorable...yet boring!)
Got my first speeding ticket

1990: Started my senior year of High School...I loved this year! I was totally
boy crazy and loved hanging out with my friends.

1991: Had my first wreck...I hit a man on a 2 day old Harley!
Graduated High School...Barely! I had mono and almost didn't make my

1992: Met Chad at the local mall. (That's a story in itself)

We went on our first date...the next morning..he totaled his car.

1994: We were married during workshop & also spring break.A tornado hit during our wedding. It was quite the excitement. However...we said our vows and that was that!
South Padre was NOT the place to be! Our condo was TRASHED, changed hotels at a higher
price, nearly crashed a beach buggy, and got severely sunburned
the first day. SEVERELY! know that means for the honeymoon!

1995: Had our first son, Ian. Born small and with many complications, we had a long road ahead.

10 days later, Ian arrested in the hospital and had a loss of oxygen to the
brain. Later we find this is his cause for developmental disorders.

1997: We had our second son...big and healthy.

1999: Had a girl! Yipee...WE'RE DONE!

2002: Faced difficulties in marriage....ready to file for divorce.

A few weeks later attended Pathway's which changed our lives forever.

2003: Renewed our wedding vows with the most awesome ceremony in Dallas.

2005: I quit my job and started back to school. YAY!

2006: I started working in the Truama Unit and loving it!(except for the schedule)

2008: Chad found spots of Melanoma
I had a hysterectomy, had to quit school and rethink my future.

Today...I really love my life. I love the story of my life. It's filled with sadness, excitement, drama, love, and so much more. I can relate with so many people in so many different circumstances. I don't regret any of my life. It has molded me and shaped me for who I am today. I don't blame anyone for the events of my life...and what I have listed is only a fraction of what I've gone through.
Everyone has a story...and everyone is unique. That's what I love about people. Everyone has a story!

Romans 5:3-4
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.


Robert said...

Wow, thanks for being brave enough to share. I'm so glad we met at camp last summer. I have enjoyed getting to know you more through your blog.

Carrie said...

Brenda I wish I had half the courage to be so open like that....people always think I am so outspoken and do not care what I say when that is so far from the truth. I love your boldness in sharing those things because it helps others to open up!