Hi, I’m Patty.  I am blessed to be married to an amazing man, and together we have five beautiful kids.

I’m pretty simple (at least I think so, anyway!).  I love chocolate, spending time with my family, binge-watching Netflix, and I absolutely love my church…honestly, it’s my happy place.  But most of all, I love Jesus.  He is my Everything—- the Reason I get up each morning, my Hope in the dark times, and the Lover of my soul.  The older I get, the more I realize how much I need Jesus every moment of every day.

A944B473-1901-464D-A90C-B912B83BF930There was a time when I would’ve said that I wish my life had turned out more like I had imagined it would; but to be honest, I don’t think that any more.

These past ten years have brought challenges and trials that I would never have imagined myself going through.

I  have grieved the loss of two very special people in my life—-one to death, the other to this world.  And I’ve often asked God why he’s chosen this specific path for me.  I’ve since made peace with the reality that I may never know the answer to that question.

961E9131-8DA5-48A2-95DC-924F33B016C3About five years ago, I found myself in a pit of depression so deep that I couldn’t find my way out.  There were times where, if it weren’t for my husband, I wouldn’t have made it out of bed.

there were many, many dark days, and after fighting it for a while, I finally agreed to go see my doctor.  After discussing my situation with me and my husband, my doctor felt that an antidepressant was the best option for me.  Within six weeks, I finally began to feel some of the heaviness lifting, and I was able to enjoy my precious family and my life once again.  I’ve had bouts where the depression has been heavy since being on the meds, but nothing like the dark pit I was in before.  Thank God for medication; it literally saved my life!

160F5F1F-30D7-4281-8BC3-8A59DA3DD34BAnd so, though I wouldn’t have chosen this path for my life, I am so grateful that God did.  Because you see, it’s through the hard times that I’ve come to know the love of Jesus in ways I never imagined.   And I wouldn’t trade that for the world.