I Didn’t Want to Be Known for That {Sharing My Divorce to Help Others}


I started my career a year after college graduation, and I had such high hopes that I would do so well and be known for my career.

I wanted to become an expert and talk and teach others in my profession and help pave the way for others to take my career path. As my career began, I had goals and hopes to travel and speak and encourage others. I wanted to be THE best and make a difference.

Don’t get me wrong, I am closing in on my 30th year in the career I chose in 6th grade.


I love what I do and I have seen amazing things happen in my almost three decades. I’ve worked at two places in my career and taken a vision and have seen it happen. I’ve changed my methods as the world has changed and learned and failed and learned some more and am still learning.

After about nine years in my career, my marriage ended. I failed at my first marriage. As a leader in my career, everyone knew that I was getting a divorce. It was THE most difficult time in my life. I found myself as a single mother of two little boys and an ex that walked away from all three of us. The following nine months were a blur and it was tough. I kept my job and pushed through. I had so much support and was beginning to see how I could handle the new changes in my life.

After my divorce, my boss came to me and asked if I could make a call to a friend of his. He said she was going through what I had been through and could use a friend. Then another person approached me about speaking at a conference about my divorce. Not long after the conference, I was asked to teach a divorce care class for kids and help the mothers in that group, too.

But I didn’t want to be known for this.

Where had I gone wrong? I wanted to be known for my career, not my pain! I remember feeling a bit salty about what was going on around me and wondering why no one wants to talk about all of the programs I had created and the longevity of my career and the connections that I was making in the community.

I found myself continually talking to women, praying for them and counseling them and referring them to divorce attorneys or therapists, talking with their children and helping them through the many emotions of divorce.  I wanted to make a difference but not like this.

Then it hit me: I’m KNOWN for this because of how I came out on the other side. Stronger, smarter and wiser, and I learned from my failure.

I love my career and can help people from time to time with what I have learned, but I have come to see it as a privilege to walk through dark times with others and help them see that divorce doesn’t define you but refines you… I’m humbled to be known for that.

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Hey local mommas! I grew up in Centerville, but I now live in Wilmington with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially adding new titles to our names in 2022- Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa). My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand. I love being part of the team at Dayton Mom Collective.


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