Hi, I’m Valerie! I’m so glad you’re here! My story starts back when I was 12 and 13. I came to know Jesus as my personal Savior when I was 12 years old. I was raised in the Catholic church and went to church classes but for some reason, until I attended a Baptist church service with a friend after a sleepover, it didn’t click with me until then. This also happened to be a pivotal time in my family, when my parents were getting divorced, which certainly shook my world as a budding teenager. I was broken through this time and as God so often and so beautifully does, He redeemed me in this situation. He told me He loved me and He was faithful, even when my world was being rocked. When I was 13 my Grammy had a heart attack. My Grammy was one of my very best friends and this also rocked me in a way that it has shaped me in ways I am just now understanding. In my youth, I wanted to save the world from negative cardiac events by becoming a cardiologist. I never thought I wanted to be a surgeon but instead to work on the preventive end of things to hopefully make a difference in just how many people and families were affected. And this brings me to the here and now.
Even though I was a pre-med/biology major in college many years ago, just before graduation I had a revelation that I didn’t want to be a doctor on call and away from my husband and family someday. I was a bit confused by this change of “heart” since this is what I wanted for so long and I was such a hard worker I was sure I could muscle through a challenging and rigorous several years of med school. I’m now beginning to see my story unraveling in more beautiful ways than I could have imagined or planned myself. God uses all things for our good and for His glory (Romans 8:28) I’ve seen this time and time again over the past 10 years especially. Working as a manger in the restaurant industry and ending up with a broken spirit, miscarriage, infertility, anxiety, becoming a mom to 3 little ones, broken down cars (as silly as this seems!), and most recently, picking up and moving our family of 5 from Georgia, the only home I’ve ever known, to southern Wisconsin where I’ve experienced loneliness, sadness, frustration, isolation, but yet also hope and renewed faith. These are the things woven into my story that I want to share with you as we go and I hope you can understand my heart behind where I am today and how I can weave my story into yours in such a way as to uplift and encourage you through faith, health, and wellness.