Category Archives: Tina’s Story

  I feel like this should be titled, “PTSD Chronicles Part 2…of many.” A few hours ago, I walked from my office to the post office to mail the OMB educational packets. Now that my ex-in-laws live in my town, I have anxiety about walking around downtown. My anxious thoughts crept in as I walked and […]

  When things come full circle…. In 2009, I often drove my car up the windy hill to my church’s food pantry…barely able to hold back tears. To go from a life of luxury to being unable to feed my children within a 3-month period was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. […]

“Choose your battles wisely. After all, life isn’t measured by how many times you stood up to fight. It’s not winning battles that makes you happy, but it’s how many times you turned away and chose to look into a better direction. Life is too short to spend it on warring. Fight only the most, […]

  Hello Lemonade Warriors! I sit here writing with a stupid amount of tissues by my side. I have already had one “ugly cry” today and I expect several more. The beautiful young lady in this picture is my daughter, Makena. Today is her last day of sixth grade (middle school, here we come!) and […]

  As a result of this battle, I’ve changed…and that’s okay. You’ve probably changed, too. I think of my journey as a giant rock tumbler – many times, the tossing and tumbling was painful and threatened to break me but I came through it better than I started. I could focus on the negatives but I […]

  I have always maintained that my battle was not with my ex-husband…it was with his entire family. Left to his own, my ex would have probably faded away because the reality was, he never wanted to be a dad and when afforded the opportunity to step up to the plate, he failed at every […]

  Failure in the Family Court System: The Child Custody Evaluation  (Part 1 of many…) Background: June 15, 2010. I was at the end of a child custody evaluation with Noelia de la Torre of Family Court Services in San Luis Obispo, California. I was upset to discover that she would be interviewing my soon-to-be […]

  Many of you know my testimonial but I will give you the “nutshell” version for those who don’t. Prior to January of 2009, I could have been labeled an Atheist. I had no spiritual foundation nor did I have a desire to create one. My marriage came to a not-so-abrupt ending (looong time coming) and I […]

  I consider myself to be a pretty strong person – I have always prided myself on my ability to persevere despite the lemons that are thrown my way. I have faced major adversity throughout my life yet I have always found a way to take lemons and whip up a big ‘ol batch of lemonade. […]

  I remember lying on my couch and staring up at the ceiling. My daughters were just shy of their 2nd and 4th birthdays. My world had exploded and it was a long time coming. A month prior, my husband Seth had said the words that I was secretly longing to hear, “it’s over.” I […]