In 2015, three of my kids came forward and reported physical abuse. I grew up with dysfunction and abuse, had 18 kids and did foster care for 15 years so that my kids wouldn't have to experience abuse. That is called a cruel irony. It would be wonderful to say that was the extent of dysfunction the range my 18 kids have suffered, but that would be a lie. For many of them, they have experienced physical, sexual and emotional abuse from their relationship choices, bullying, depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide attempts, cutting, etc. Not things a Mom wants to watch her kids experience.
In 2016 I wrote my book about my story of dysfunction growing up. I wanted to be an example to my kids and for them to know they weren't alone in their struggle, even if the "issue" is different. I also wanted them to be unafraid of sharing their story, getting help and building a support team and tools. I had to get past my own fear in sharing MY story if I wanted to encourage them to embrace their own. It's amazing how little fear I had when my motivation was to help my children.
And, so, when I stopped working in non-profit and in foster care, my husband encouraged me to take time off and write my book. I wrote it in two months because I was grateful of the gift of time to write and I wanted to move forward in my story and in helping my kids with their stories.
Jenn is an inspiration to all who have the privilege of being touched by her life. Her writing style is open, honest, and engaging. Her story is powerful; Not because it is heart wrenching, which it is, but because she chooses every day to live a life that shows she is not a victim of her circumstances. Jenn's strength as a woman empowers us all to overcome the circumstances of our own lives.