Jim’s 5%

Jim’s 5%

Isabella’s* Story:  Growing up, my dad’s incredible ability to plan made me feel safe. He held deeply to a philosophy which he called Jim’s 5%: “Dear, you spend 95% of the time planning for the 5% of bad things that could happen so that you can prevent them, or...
Not One Scar

Not One Scar

Emily’s Story: Out of college, I had a great job. I loved my life, and I didn’t think I could love God more than I did. One weekend, I went to the mountains with friends. On the last night, we had a snowball fight and I fell backwards into the powdered snow.  It...
Be Reconciled

Be Reconciled

Wendy’s Story: I never knew what to call my mother-in-law. Mom was out of the question; “Marge” reminded me of The Simpsons; and Margery was reserved for my father-in-law. I used to wait to naturally break into a conversation or catch her eye so I could start...
My Super Hero

My Super Hero

Sofia’s Story: My positive attitude told me my divorce process would be nothing unusual. Even though I felt pain and grief over the loss of my marriage, I reasoned we are adults. We recognize our relationship is not able to survive. My thinking changed when a...
Weighed Down

Weighed Down

Sarah’s Story: I grew up in a loving home with two parents, who are still married, and two younger sisters who are my best friends. We lived in an affluent area and were fortunate enough to attend private school from pre-K to 12th grade. We enjoyed a lot of...
Beauty From Ashes

Beauty From Ashes

Mandy’s Story: My story begins when I hit rock bottom. I was a junior in college, working as an intern in Florida. Traveling home for the Thanksgiving break, I went to several parties with my friends. I connected with a guy who was nice, good looking, and from a...