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At the tender age of 19, I met a man. An older man. I moved in with him and his son and eventually dropped out of college, 10 credits shy of an English degree. We got married on my 21st birthday, and for the next 14 years I hunkered down in the suburbs with my growing family. I made pancakes on weekday mornings and drove my kids and their friends to soccer practice, clipped coupons, and attended Couple's Bible Study every week with my husband. On my 35th birthday and 14 wedding anniversary, everything about my life changed in a matter of minutes.
Eight years later, I self-published a book that covers a three year span of my life, beginning with that fateful night. *Illumination - How One Woman Made Light of the Darkness* is the story of how sometimes, what you least expect to happen does, and how, when one life collapses, a new one begins.
When I'm not writing, I'm working, shuttling my kids around, or taking photos. My husband and I live in Portland, Oregon.