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Life is much like a novel, complete with a prologue, chapters, and epilogue. But what makes life most interesting are the filler chapters, consisting of various conflicts, climaxes, and resolutions. I believe my life, thus far, has provided me with many novel experiences.
My prologue began when I was born on Valentine’s Day, on America's east coast, at the tail end of the 60s. As a happy though shy child, my first real conflict was when my parents divorced at age seven. It was then I learned life is not always what you want it to be or think it should be, but despite conflicts and climaxes, there will always be resolutions to most problems.
As a teenager, I loved to ballet dance and was always creating a routine for the next talent show or recital. But I also loved to write, perhaps from my habit of often daydreaming, coupled with my adventurous side, knowing there was a whole world out there waiting to be explored. It was at age sixteen that I traveled throughout Europe with my grandmother and cousin.
At age twenty-one, I enlisted in the United States Navy, which made sense being that my grandfather was a rear admiral. Perhaps it was an omen, however, when he asked me why I didn’t simply marry into the Navy; I wasn’t even out of boot camp when I met my husband-to-be. Within two months of us both graduating from Navy boot camp, we married in the cutest Navy chapel at the same base we met. It was then I took my grandfather’s advice to be a Navy wife rather than a Sailor at that point in my early twenties, having our first two sons.
Anyone who has been married has experienced conflict, climax and resolution, time and time again. My husband and I have experienced quite a bit over the last twenty-seven years of marriage. But he has always been one to support me when I wished to spread my wings, of which I did at age thirty when I reenlisted in the United States Navy to finish what I started. It was then I experienced conflict when stationed aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, as being a Sailor and deploying to the Middle East was no small feat. But speaking of feet, I did bring along my old ballet toe shoes for talent shows onboard. Nothing like dancing on the hangar bay while underway!
While still a Sailor and working for Public Affairs at the base, we had our third son. Shortly thereafter, my career in the world’s finest Navy concluded. Being a fulltime mom while attending college tamed my adventurous side, and I quickly realized we don’t always have to leave town or the country; just the day to day life of a homemaker is life’s greatest venture.
Remember when I mentioned life has various conflicts? Our biggest conflict occurred when our fourth son was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma brain cancer at age three. It was then I remembered we are not always in control when we think we are, but that we need to trust God and lean on Him and others. Also, remember the resolutions I mentioned earlier? Not only did we fight along with our son to beat the cancer, but I also resolved to have one more child, saving the cord in case our other son relapsed. What a blessing our fifth son has proven to be! Completing our family, we finally have one granddaughter!
In closing, I love to write Christian romance. Everything from apocalyptic, to time travel, to paranormal, to abnormal…that’s me! My only wish now is that God gets the glory for all I publish, and those who read my stories are blessed beyond the words I come up with!