Does it seem like the hardest things in life are also the best ones?
A few years ago my husband Carlos and I had a little girl. She was born with Down Syndrome and had seizures for most of her first year of life. We spent hours in the hospital, tired and scared, always wondering if the next treatment would work. She began to heal after a women's Christmas dinner event where 300 women prayed for her. Since then, we've seen what a gift God gave us in Zoe. She delights in life, prays often and is a painter with some pretty amazing talent (if you want to see her art and story, here's the link.) Our faith is so strong now. We know on this earth there will be hard times. We know the answer. His name is Jesus.
I am so grateful to have the chance to join the team at SPIRIT 105.9. I've been a fan of Steve and Amy's for years. (Amy gave Zoe the only pair of shoes that would fit her when she was born. I had the mom hormones going, so I cried hard. She still has such a special place in my heart.)
Favorite food: Ginger snaps from Trader Joes. Enough said.
Favorite SPIRIT 105.9 Artists: David Crowder, Mandisa, Toby Mac
Cool side job: I'm the voice of Princess Peach and Toad in Nintendo's Mario Kart games
Favorite stuff to do: When you are the parent of a toddler, everything changes. I used to love reading a whole book in a weekend. Now I read three pages and am knocked out. I haven't had a haircut in half a year. A romantic moment is holding hands with my honey across a Pooh Bear blanket. My latest profound quote: "Don't put that in your mouth!!!"
Wouldn't change a thing.
Where do you cry? Have you ever needed to cry and you can't find a safe place to do it because you don't want to upset your kids or anyone else? That's Selena's story. She's a single mom with three boys and a bunch of part-time jobs just trying to make ends meet. Sometimes she feels like she's all alone, and that's when God reaches in. Selena cries in her car. I get that. Then there's that moment when the right song comes on. Hillary Scott singing,
We mourned the child we "should" have had. We were terrified about what it would mean for our future. We felt like we'd been gut-punched.