A New Kind of Normal
A New Kind of Normal was born out of the need for an outlet. A safe place. It became my haven as infertility and chronic illness diagnoses began to pile up (the current list includes endometriosis, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, chronic migraines, and gastroparesis).
In the midst of treatments and surgeries, it became difficult to stay positive. I came to the place where I needed to know where God was in the midst of my pain and heartache. It took some wrestling but I found out where He was. He was right beside me all along as He promised. I learned the truth behind the words, “Though I can’t see my stories ending, that doesn’t mean the dark night has no end. It’s only here that I find faith and learn to trust the one who writes my days.” (I Believe In Love, BarlowGirl).
I learned that I had two choices: I could allow illness to make me bitter or I could choose to honor God through it and live out the promises He has for me.
I can choose hope.
The mission of A New Kind of Normal is to create a community of rockstar spoonies who are standing up to chronic illness and saying, “You cannot have my joy.”My favorite song is “Whispers in the Dark” by Skillet and the chorus states, “You’ll never be alone. When darkness comes, I’ll light the night with stars.” Even when we feel lonely and confused, God places reminders in our lives that His love and grace abounds. The strength and encouragement I have received from being a part of the spoonie community has kept me going and I hope that I can return the favor for someone else!
I am an awkward and unique YPW (youth pastor’s wife) with purple hair and tattoos. I am a proud mama to a beautiful compassionate and free-spirited little girl named Abby through the miracle of adoption. Five of my favorite things include Jesus, my family, Disney, Coke with a lot of ice, and Leroy Jethro Gibbs. I may also have a slight obsession with makeup.