Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Here we go...

I don’t think of myself as a writer. My mom does. Even when I didn’t believe in myself, my mom believed in me. She is my hero. She is what I strive to be.

My mom was there when I became a single mom. She was holding my 7-month old daughter and I was holding my 3-year old son when my husband decided he didn’t want to be married anymore and walked out the front door. She was with me when my life changed forever.

That was 14 years ago. Today I am a single mom of an almost 17-year old and a 14-year old. I have survived the infant, toddler, elementary, and pre-adolescent years and I am holding my own through the teen years. My time as a single mom has been a journey of ups and downs, good and bad, and exhaustion and more exhaustion.
It has been kind of like a rollercoaster full of twists and turns – one minute in control, climbing the mountain, and the next careening downwards in a spiral towards the miry pit.

My journey has led me to the doorstep of Eve’s Daughters. On the good days, I like to think that Eve’s Daughters is God’s dream and that Karen (my partner) and I are lucky enough to be part of the plan. On the not so good days, I am wondering, why this road, and am I capable?

Just like in the Chronicles of Narnia… we stand at the wardrobe, waiting to take a step into a world to be explored and known. I don’t know what we are going to find or what Eve’s Daughters will become. In concept Eve’s Daughters is a non-profit created to live out the wild love of Christ while supporting single moms as they walk the sometimes lonely, demanding road of parenthood. What that path looks like and where the road takes us, is a work in progress. I try and rest in the knowledge that God knows where the road is heading…

So, here we go…we step out in faith. I hope my mom is right, and I am a writer of sorts. I hope that Eve’s Daughters becomes a place where single moms feel validated. I hope that God picked the right person and that I am ready for the journey …

9 comments:

-K- said...

You are doing all the writing from now on!

And I'm glad to be on the ride with you--K

Annie Salness said...

Absolutely beautiful! Your mom is right! I'm so very proud of you and so very excited to see what God will do!

Barb from CA said...

Thank you for sharing and for your bravery. I wish for you to see yourself as the strong vibrant woman that you are sharing more stories that help others and yourself feel supported and optimistic in their current and future lives. Cheers on your debut blog.

Heather said...

Congratulations on the kick-off to something that will surely lift the spirits of women, and in turn will give back to you and to all of the children, ten fold.

Janet Fraser said...

yea! i'm so excited to see this going "live"! will continue to pray for the two of you and what God has in mind for Eve's Daughters.

and there's enough room on this blog for both of you to write, nice try Karen!

love you guys- J

Molly said...

It looks like things are on the move. Keep it up. BTW: You ARE a writer!

Anonymous said...

Cathy and Karen,

I agree with the other comments. That was a wonderful start! It will be exciting to see all that God has ahead for the healing of single moms AND for both of you. He LOVES all us single moms SO much. I know He will use you to bring His GREAT LOVE to many.

I agree, too, that you both need to write. :-)

Hugs.....M

Michelle/www.restoredhopecoaching.com

Anonymous said...

It was so great to meet you this week and share our common goal of helping the broken find wholeness. It's amazing how God draws people together. Great post. Amy Elder

Anonymous said...

Congrats on something you will do well with. You are a great writer and have so much to share. I will enjoy following your journey. Keep up the good work. AB