Month: September 2019

Happily Ever After?

Hi Best Friend,
Today would have been my 12th Wedding Anniversary. September 16, 2007, was one of the happiest days of my life. I married who I felt was the answer to all of my prayers. He would bring me flowers “just because,” play basketball with my son and the neighborhood kids, share his fries with me without fussing (even though I refused to order some of my own), have tea parties with my daughter AND more!

Happily Ever After?

But on the day we got married he removed the mask he was wearing. He became controlling and manipulative as well as physically, verbally, emotionally, sexually, economically, and spiritually abusive. Now it didn’t happen all at once. Abuse never does. It just slowly and insidiously oozed its way into the cracks and crevices of our marriage.

Our marriage ended four years and fours days later on September 20, 2011, when I asked for a divorce. That is the number one thing you should not do as an abused woman. My ex-husband felt like his life was falling out of control and did the one thing he knew was best to try to maintain control – he shot me multiple times and shot my 10 year old daughter too.

The good news is we both lived by God’s grace and our lives have been a celebration of God’s favor ever since. My children and I have had our fair share of ups and downs since then, but I tell you what…God is still AMAZING and He is in the miracle making business everyday. You just need to look for His blessings.

If you find yourself in an abusive situation or you just want to talk to someone, don’t be afraid to reach out to get some help. Just pinkie promise you will not leave without a safety plan, ok?

💜 Kimya

P.S. On Friday, I will share more about our story and will officially celebrate EIGHT years of life with one of my favorite DV related activities. Stay tuned!

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A New Chapter Begins

Hi Best Friend,
I have to do one of the saddest things and one of the happiest things in my life – leave my sweet pea, Corinne, in Providence, Rhode Island.

Corinne in hospital

The month of September is significant to us for a couple of reasons. Eight years ago, on September 20th, the enemy tried to kill my daughter. As many of you know, she was shot in the head by my ex-husband. Doctors said she wouldn’t live 24 hours, but God intervened. She would learn how to sit up, walk, talk, feed herself, read, write and EVERYTHING all over again.

Corinne says I have been a “helicopter Mom” ever since. Honestly, I have. That’s why leaving her in a city soooo far away from me is hard. However, September is also the month where God has given her a tremendous opportunity to embark on a new endeavor – getting her Bachelor’s degree in Baking and Pastry Arts at the #2 culinary school in the nation!

Friend, you have no idea how hard the road was in even getting her here. One thing I know for sure is God wants her at this school.

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  1. He provided over $20,000 in scholarships and Grants from the school.
  2. The celebrity chef, Rachael Ray gave her a $32,000 scholarship.
  3. We didn’t have enough money to fly both of us here, purchase the stuff for her room, or money for me to purchase LYFT’S, stay in a hotel for 3 days to move her in the dorm and attend parent orientation. (Sometimes saving the world from domestic violence comes with a salary and sometimes it doesn’t. Get ready for the testimony…it is coming soon).

When I tell you God turned that around in days… I am in tears just thinking about how He provided for this transition.

So I can’t even front. Even though she is so far away, I know Corinne is SUPPOSED to be here. The things God and Corinne have done over the years continue to astound me. He was and continues to be in the miracle-making business. I can’t wait to see what God and Corinne are going to do next. So, while I had to leave my “little girl” behind, it is time for her Mommy to be a Big Girl now

Ready to begin her new adventure

There is a lesson in this for you and me. God is not bound by time or space. He is definitely not limited by our circumstances. What seems impossible for us, is possible with God. If He can save a 10-year-old girl, whose brain had liquefied from a single bullet, restore her life, and send her to the second-best culinary school in the nation on a full ride for one year (the rest is coming), He’s got our other problems.

If God created 12,000 species of ants and gave each of them defining and specific details, He not only cares about our problems, He will fix them too. He sent a complete stranger to tell me this in the Wal-Mart in Providence and I am sharing it with you. If He cares this much about ants, why do we even worry? Aren’t we worth so much more to Him?

That’s how BIG our God is. Trust Him.

💜 Kimya

Me and sweet pea right before we boarded the plane
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