In 1980, I left the tiny town of Reeves, Louisiana to attend a small Bible college in the massive city of Birmingham, Alabama. It was there I met a basketball playing senior, working nightshift security, from Peoria, Illinois, and who was very popular with the girls. I decided to enter the competition and found myself smitten. We married the following summer leaving Bible college behind. Thirty-two years later, after having raised 3 children and working alongside my husband as he pastored several churches, I returned to Bible college – a small, but thriving multi-ethnic school in Fayetteville, North Carolina. I had some impressive teachers, with the most respected being my husband who taught several of my classes as I FINALLY completed an associate degree in Bible.
While working on my associates, I was privileged to help in the College library. During that time, I found myself writing the chronicles of the librarian. I knew one day I wanted to write but never felt like it was the right time.
I graduated in 2014 with my associate degree, and a couple of months later, our oldest daughter told us she was pregnant. Having been married since 2009, but unable to have a baby, she put us on cloud nine with the news: OUR FIRST GRANDCHILD was on the way! However, at approximately 7 ½ weeks into the pregnancy, our daughter was told there was no longer a heartbeat. On Halloween of that year, her baby left her body. We mourned suffering a great loss!
In the beginning of 2015, I visited several times with one of my impressive professors under whom I was so privileged to sit. His cancer journey was soon coming to an end. At the same time, I experienced what I thought was a pinched nerve. But because of the amount of pain I was having, I missed his celebration of life service. After several steroid packs and no improvement, I knew I needed more answers than what my family doctor was giving me. However, on April 2, 2015, another blow stopped everything! My brother called to tell me my dad unexpectantly died from an apparent heart attack! We left for Louisiana, and after my dad’s funeral, an MRI revealed all my pain and severe limp in my left leg was from a herniated disc.
My recovery for the herniated disc would come through physical therapy. However, recovery from other losses: our first grandbaby, a wonderful professor, and my 74-year-old dad would come as I began the adventure of writing on The Scarlett Road: @thescarlettroad.com
Born a blue-eyed blond and named Scarlett Christine, I went by my middle name, actually even shorter than that, for years. But now I go by my first name and highlight my dark hair to bring back the blond I once had while celebrating 7 years of writing with WordPress! It truly has been a journey of recovery, not just from the last several years but all 59! Born in 1962, but born again some 7 years later, I am journeying the way of Christian from “The Pilgrim’s Progress” learning all my Heavenly Father wants to teach me through His Word and through His Son, and through His Spirit. If you would like to follow on this journey of learning, feel free to chime in with your Bible in hand!
“Your hands made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding so that I may learn Your commandments.”