The Demons She Couldn’t Give Up

I sat there on the cold stairs. The family was inside the house and the table was full of food. I hadn’t seen her in over 16 years. I was just a 9 year old when the rug was ripped out from under me, and everything I knew in life would suddenly change. It’s crazy to...

Roar With Me

He looked up at the night sky, stars twinkling so brightly. He tickled his feet on the zipper at the edge of the tent. It was the world he knew. The only one. His mom was already sleeping. He listened as the wind rustled through the trees above him. He sat up tucked...

Dear Father You’re Important

"Do something for me, raise your hand if you have a father in your life." It was another year that had gone by. There I was sitting around the table with the resident mothers of Acres of Hope. As we sat there on the day before Father’s Day, I asked them if their...

When The Blinds Were Closed

When the blinds were closed it stayed dark. The darkness I knew seemed darker than the shadow that covers the night sky. When the blinds are closed no one can see in. When no one can see in, there is no way out. There is no one who steps in to save you. Everything is...

If My Mom Had Acres of Hope

If my mom had Acres of Hope growing up, I never would have gone into foster care. I would have never found out about the siblings I never knew as a young adult. If my mom had Acres of Hope perhaps she would have never been lost in addiction. Perhaps she would have...

Mom holding her two kids

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