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Welcome to HerStory.

“HerStory of a Grit and Grace Life” is a place to tell our stories, revealing the challenges we have faced, the hurts we have walked through, and the healing we have found. We are not here to engage in the “his-story” debate. Instead, we’re creating a safe space where women can speak with vulnerability, honesty, and transparency about their struggles. A place where they found their strength.

We are women helping other women believe they can overcome because we have. We are not afraid of the messy realities of life. We know that it is the tragedies, frustrations, and misfortunes that uncover the beauty of our strength, where the richness of our faith is forged.

So join us as we offer a glimpse into our stories, a place where strength will be found and may they be a source of encouragement as you embrace your own in this Grit and Grace Life.

I Never Wanted to Be a Pregnant Widow 2

This is part one of a three-part series following Ashby's story.  A pregnant widow: two words I never thought I would use to describe myself,

behind my pretty life my struggle with alcohol

I slowly lifted my index finger parallel to my eyelash and blinked. My auburn lashes were clean. No leftover mascara remained. That meant I

Creating an article about my life story had me really unsure about where to start or what to share. My story is not neat and

I Lost My Mom and Found My True Strength

I’ve heard it said that life is the sum of all the choices you make. I get this, but what about the things we

This Is Why Choosing Life Was Hard

On June 20th, the most heartbreaking thing happened in my state. Rhode Island state senator, Gina Raimondo, passed an “abortion protection bill.” She stated,

My Husband Fought for His Nation, but Lost a Battle at Home

My family and I love going to Washington D.C. I’ve gone countless times since I was a kid, especially because my dad did so

This Is What I Learned About Life After My Rape and Pregnancy

In 2009, I was ending a relationship that had me completely mesmerized! I was involved with this man for the previous five years in

Forgiveness came the day I befriended the other woman

Few other words strike up as many feelings as the word forgiveness. There are many opinions on what it means to forgive and how

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I Never Thought I’d Find Purpose in My Pain

I was still reeling from the shock and pain of breaking up with my boyfriend of 5+ years just minutes before. He was my

This is How My Son's Suicide Rocked My Faith

The world as I knew it ended on July 19, 2015. It was a day that shook my faith and my sanity. I walked

Our children and grandchildren met each other for the first time over pizza on a Friday evening. A bonfire was built later that night.

When God’s No Became My Best Yes

I sat on the edge of the exam table, a sheet draped over my lap, exam gown tied in the back. I was waiting

My Dad's Suicide and the Hole in My Heart NEW

I knew my father was having a difficult time in life. It was so very unlike this man whose smile warmed the hearts of

How I Made Beauty From Ashes and Burnt Toast

I have been many things in my 40 years. I’ve tried on many different hats. I have been a fashion-forward retail worker in New York