My mission is to lift and support you to rediscover God’s joy and peace amid the trials in your life.
Women who face trauma long to feel confident and peaceful in their walk with God. To do that they need to know they are walking in His will and submitting to Him. The problem is, fear and confusion make it hard to discern the Lord’s direction. After trauma, women are often overcome with doubt and a sense of hopelessness. They wonder why the life they’ve lived in faith isn’t making their trials seem any easier.
It shouldn’t be so hard to walk in discernment and clarity. I understand how trauma can turn a woman’s life upside down and make her doubt if she can continue to be the Godly example she wants to be for her family. It’s why I feel called to provide hope and encouragement through One Exceptional Life.
To help battle confusion and help change mindsets from pity and confusion to gratitude and hope, I point women to:
- Pray and Read the Bible
- Develop Gratitude
- Show Kindness to Others
- Live Joyfully and Positive
Why me? I’m the most positive and happy quadruple amputee that you will ever meet. I get my joy from being a child of God, Momma to 3 awesome 20-somethings and a fur baby, and the wife to my loving hero. But that’s not the whole story.
Have you ever had a time when your life was turned completely upside down?
Well that was me back in 2011 when I contracted a flesh-eating bacteria that resulted in the amputation of both hands and both feet.
What started as flu symptoms, progressed to a life-threatening illness within three days. The doctors told my husband and kids that I had less than a 1% chance of survival and to plan for my passing. My husband’s reply was, “you don’t know my God and what He can do!”
My family never lost faith. Word spread, and hundreds of people prayed. God saved my life, but I lost my limbs.
After three weeks in a medically-induced coma, and three months in the hospital, I came home to a new way of living. My family loved, supported and cared for me. But life, as I previously knew it was over.
I questioned for a long time, “what do I do now?” God had a plan for me. But what was it? Why did this happen to me? I dug into God’s word, I continually counted my blessings, and I was brimming with positivity.
But there was still doubt, hopelessness, depression, and frustration. I didn’t know what to do with myself. And I was bored out of my ever-loving mind!
But God was using my spiritual growth, gratitude, joy and positivity to prepare me for the next stage of my life.
Understand, my family never saw me as disabled, or incapable. So when my daughter Megan suggested that we go tubing, I thought she had completely lost her marbles. What kind of sense does it make to float a quad amputee down the river in a tube?
I was scared senseless, but up for the challenge. It was a day I will never forget. And it was the turning point in my post amputation life.
- That was the day that I realized I was capable of SO MUCH MORE than I was giving myself credit for.
- That was the day my pity party ended and my quest to help other women move past THEIR challenges started.
- That was the day One Exceptional Life was born.
One Exceptional Life was created to inspire, lift and support women who struggle in their challenges.
By growing your faith, gratitude, joy and positivity, with the articles and tools I have created, you too, can live an exceptional life that you love.
“Moving through whatever you’re facing isn’t about merely surviving until it’s over, and then numbing your way through the rest of your life. Moving through is about continuing to live a life of purpose and passion—of always moving forward, never losing sight of our objective—no matter how devastating the unexpected is.” – Christine Caine
Here’s what you can expect from One Exceptional Life:
Encouragement and practical help to discern the Lord’s will and walk in His ways so God’s women can feel the peace and joy of obedience and connection with Him.
- Our Overcoming Challenges category will provide stories and tips to help you work through your challenges
- Our Spiritual Growth category will focus on getting closer to God and growing your spiritual life
- Our Gratitude category will help you count your blessings in good times and bad
- Our Joy category will remind you that joy comes from the Lord and shouldn’t disappear with the winds of change
- Our Positivity category offers ideas for showing kindness and inspire you to live your best life
Here are some of our most popular articles to get you started:
If you’re new to One Exceptional Life, grab my free Getting Closer to God Checklist, to prepare your heart for letting God lead you on this journey of moving past your struggles.
If you want to know a bit more about me personally, here are some fun facts:
- My favorite food is ice cream, especially Magnum double caramel ice cream bars
- I’m working on my third successful home business
- I love Survivor and Gordon Ramsay cooking shows
- I am a breast cancer survivor
- I am a sucker for entering sweepstakes and I’m convinced that I’ll win PCH or the HGTV Dream Home someday
I’ve been honored to be featured as a guest on many blogs, podcast shows, summits and magazines. Here is a sample of some of the articles and interviews.
I Woke up with No Hands and Feet, Magazine article @ That’s life!
Finding Answers Through Faith, Family and Friends @ Amputee Coalition, In Motion Magazine
Five Things You Need to Heal After a Dramatic Loss or Life Change @ Authority Magazine
You Can Get Through anything if Your Faith is Strong Enough @ Thrive Global
The Power of One Exceptional Life @ Brave women series
Overcoming Adversity to Truly Live on Rooted by the stream podcast
How Gratitude Became an Essential Part of This Quadruple Amputee’s Life @ Red Hot Mindset Podcast
Staying Strong Summit
The Mind of Christ Summit
16 Powerful Reminders of How to Love Like God Does @ Kingdom Bloggers
Discerning the Voice of God @ Kingdom Bloggers, (regular guest contributor, these are just two examples)
And many more…
I am passionate about helping women like you, move past the struggles in your life, and rediscover God’s joy and peace, by growing your faith, gratitude and positivity. Welcome to One Exceptional Life!
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