Tuesday, September 10, 2013


I hadn't planned to post today, but after reading a couple posts from today's Blogtember prompt, I really wanted to add my two cents in. Today's prompt was describe a distinct moment when your life took a turn. 

The very first one that comes to mind is really difficult to talk about and I still don't plan to go into too much detail just to protect my family. But, it's the moment that has impacted our entire lives forever. 

It was January 26, 2011, and I was awaiting a call from my family. They were in GA and I was in Boone sitting on Christian's couch. My friend Kristin had passed me off to him while she went to a meeting. Basically, they were babysitting me until I got the call. 

It had been about 2 hours since I should have heard from Mom, so I was already expecting the worst by the time the call came through. The phone rang as I sat with Christian's arm around me and as Kristin walked through the door. All I heard on the other end was my mom crying and I knew. 

I sat in the floor of Christian's room in shock and tears. I had no words and I didn't even know what I should be feeling. Kristin and Christian both held me while I tried to piece together what was happening and what it meant to our family. 

Kristin offered to drive me to Georgia right then but I decided to stay in Boone. My grandparents called to see if I wanted to come to Charlotte, but I declined that as well. I sat in my room and just cried while my friends took turns taking care of me. 

That day changed everything about my life as I knew it and my entire family's. We had no idea what to do or how we were going to make it. Very, very long and complicated story made short, my dad was taken away from us for 18 months. 

I was sure my friends wouldn't stand by me and I just knew my boyfriend of 4 months was going to disappear as quickly as he had arrived in my life. Neither of these things happened. Christian was my rock (and still is) during the entire time. My dad is home and safe and getting back to life as relatively normally as he can.

That moment showed how much my family could handle, how much we love and will always stand by each other. It showed how much Christian loves me. And it showed just exactly who my true friends are. I hope no one ever deals with what we did but it changed everything and showed exactly how strong I am and how important and wonderful my support system is. 

My best friend, Kristin.
My rock.

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