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Janelle "Meant For More"

Janelle "Meant For More"

“...that part of my life really broke me. It broke my faith, it nearly broke my family. It broke friendships. It broke me financially. I nearly lost everything. But you know what else it did for me? It made me stop. It made me take all the masks off. It made me start being intentional with my daughters. It made me start putting my phone away. It stripped away all that didn’t need to be there, so I could truly see what was left. And it appeared there wasn’t much.

My heart longed for something more: it was broken. I was broken. Inside I knew I was meant for more … I just had to figure out what that was. And I needed to figure that out for me...no one else, just me.”

READ JANELLE’S STORY HERE

Romona "I'm Not That Special"

Romona "I'm Not That Special"

Before Founding Safe to Sleep, a women’s shelter, Romona had a life filled with many adventures, yet nothing prepared her for the life changing work she now does with the homeless community...

“From roaming fields and woods with my friends, my BB gun and cowboy boots as a kid, then as an adult cooking something different every night for a month when I was newly married, lugging my baby to the nearby library to get out of the house and practice sketching his little hands, conquering the 70 mile hill in Zimbabwe on a bicycle, riding with mission teams in the back of a pickup truck in Nicaragua – none of that prepared me to walk into a gymnasium in the morning and start calling each of the thirty women in the homeless shelter by name, giving a smile and “good morning", a touch on the shoulder or even a hug. Forcing myself to get up at 4am to check in at Safe to Sleep, I pray that God will allow me to slow down and dispense dignity and grace.” - Romona

READ ROMONA’S STORY HERE

Georgeanna "Chapter 1 - Choosing to Live"

Georgeanna "Chapter 1 - Choosing to Live"

"I almost jumped. As I sat on the ledge, reflecting on my heartache, I began to think about my son. Leaving would not be fair to him. I had started focusing on all of my hurts and I became lost in it. I was only thinking about the overwhelming pain I had in my life.

I thought about how my son is doing so well and how he is making me proud of the things he is doing. My son is going places and I started thinking how lucky I am to get to be around to see that...."

GEORGEANNA’S STORY HERE

Britney "Everything is Beautiful"

Britney "Everything is Beautiful"

"I am more than just my illnesses. Everyone is. In fact, most people would look at me and say, “I had no idea you are ill.” That my friend, is the point. I love photography, reading, traveling, writing, and proving that everything and everyone is beautiful. It all depends on how you look at it."

READ BRITNEY’S STORY HERE.

Lydia "Potential For Love"

Lydia "Potential For Love"

"When I stopped considering what my life could have been, when I stopped comparing my experiences to the experiences of people around me, I began to feel the greatness that my life can be. I am finally able to grasp the full extent of the love I can feel.”

READ LYDIA’S STORY HERE

Nicolle and Baby Q "Thankful Today, Now, This Second"

Nicolle and Baby Q "Thankful Today, Now, This Second"

"The thing I love the most about her is her bravery and her amazing attitude. She is always content..."

READ NICOLLE & BABY Q’S STORY HERE

Brandy "Pathways To Heal"

Brandy "Pathways To Heal"

"I always intuitively knew from a young child that my growth here on earth would be big. I chose this path. All of this is what my soul chose."

READ BRANDY’S STORY HERE

Jake "Content"

Jake "Content"

"It's easy to live a life holding your breath. But as soon as you start breathing, when you face the world that's around you and the soul that's inside you, you will live. You will be content within."

READ JAKE’S STORY HERE

Pearl - Five Years Later "A Mother's Words"

Pearl - Five Years Later "A Mother's Words"

"We've had a really good three year stretch from when she got her kidney transplant. We have learned from the very beginning to cherish every moment had, and we have tried to never let a day slip by that you are not thankful...even if you are in the hospital, well, you are still carrying on." - Charity (Pearl’s Mom)

READ PEARL’S STORY HERE

Mary and Robert "Loveseat"

Mary and Robert "Loveseat"

"Robert is very grateful for his 62-year marriage. "Going into the marriage, I admit that I was a complete pessimist, and I struggled with trying to be positive. Now, thanks to Mary, the glass is always half full…” - Robert

READ MARY & ROBERT’S STORY HERE

Trish "Changed, Used and Content"

Trish "Changed, Used and Content"

"I made a decision from the beginning that I was going to look for the joy this journey. This does NOT mean I am happy about the disease, its effects, tremendous bills that accompany it, or the like. I can, however, ask one or two questions that change everything."

READ TRISH’S STORY HERE

George "Thirty-five Feet"

George "Thirty-five Feet"

"Life to me now, every day and every moment of it is very precious to me.

READ GEORGE’S STORY HERE

Crystal and Kelly "Love Story"

Crystal and Kelly "Love Story"

"Almost 12 year later, we are better everyday together."

READ CRYSTAL & KELLY’S STORY HERE

Dorothy "Sustain"

Dorothy "Sustain"

“I am poor and don’t have anything but my family and pottery. It does not matter because loving others is the best gift life has to offer.”

READ DOROTHY’S STORY HERE

Holly "Radiant"

Holly "Radiant"

"I choose to stay on the radiant side of life.”

READ HOLLY’S STORY HERE