I grew up, attended school, and spent my young adult life around and in central Louisiana. I have been a Licensed Practical Nurse for over thirty-five years, during part of that time I was a travel nurse. Now I live with my husband in Northwest Arkansas in the beautiful Ozark Mountains with our three Pomeranian dogs and two cats. We live out of town in the country, where I fell in love with the peace and beauty of the area. We live a simple life in that we love to night fish and work in our yard. I have been an ordained minister since August of 2007. I am called to minister to hurting women who carry the emotional scars of domestic abuse. The statistics show that: One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime. •Between 600,000 and 6 million women are victims of domestic violence each year. •Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence. • Between 1993 and 2004, intimate partner violence on average made up 22% of nonfatal intimate partner victimization against women. For as long as I can remember I have always loved to write. Growing up a shy person, when I couldn't express myself verbally, one only had to hand me a pen and paper and out would flow my thoughts. I have written poetry most of my life and now my life-long dream has come true. I have written a book. My book, A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns, is about a woman's journey from domestic abuse, through healing, to forgiveness. At this time I am working on another faith based book.