Welcome to my blog –
By way of introduction, I am Marie – a Louisiana girl living in the Midwest World. I am the mother/step-mother to five and a “half” girls. Huh? Yeah, that’s the only way it makes sense in our crazy, blended family. My daughters by birth are Megan and Brooke. I am step-mom to Brandy, Shelby, and Mallory, the daughters of my husband, Todd. Where does the “half” come in? Lauren – my ex-husband’s older daughter.
Life handed us all an unexpected blow in March 2017. Our youngest girl, Brooke, was killed in a car accident. She was driving to a horse show in Gulfport, Mississippi and sadly was the lone fatality in a four-car wreck. Brooke was 17 years-old and lived a life full of passion.
The first thing that I noticed about being a bereaved mom was that hope was hard to find. I went to different support groups expecting to find some semblance of expectation, no matter how small. Presuming that I’d find others who could illuminate a path from the deep darkness that first consumes you when you hear the news that you’ve lost a child back to light. It was hard to find. So, I set out on a journey to create a path through and out of the darkness. I’m on a journey to find hope in what can seem at times like a hopeless world.
This leg of my journey is new so expect winding roads. Expect starts and stops. Perhaps a u-turn or two. If you are up for the bumpy ride – come alongside. Let’s set out together on a journey of hope.