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MYSTORY

teen mom
& new wife

In 1997, At the ripe age of 18, I became a teen wife and mom. My husband Woody and I welcomed our first born, Bayle. We took on our new blessing and the world.

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love

Woody and I said “I do” in this white church over 24 years ago. Even if I had a do-over I wouldn’t change a thing. 

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beauty queen

After having our first two babies at a young age and gaining a ton of weight, I set a goal to compete for my state title in a pageant for married women. I worked hard to lose the baby weight, gained my confidence back, and met my goal.

I was younger than most of the other women and unqualified in so many ways...but I knew it was something I was supposed to do, and God opened the doors. The night I stepped onto that stage I had an overwhelming peace that I was in the right place at the right time. That same night I was crowned Mrs. South Carolina United States 2003.

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grateful

In July of that same year, I flew to Las Vegas to represent the state of South Carolina and compete in the Mrs United States Pageant. Although I was disappointed not to place in the top 10, I had no idea how much I had really overcome just by being there.

 It was a whirlwind of a year for 24 year old me. I had so many opportunities to travel my state, make new friends, volunteer with many and share the platform that I was passionate about..."encouraging women to create balance in their lives by developing their God given gifts and talents." 

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Mrs United States Pageant

boy mom

I spent the next several years as a “boy mom.” My days were filled with cleaning and child rearing, hosting play dates and volunteering. Little did I know this was training ground. All of these everyday tasks were the very things preparing me for the future. Being a mother is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs that a woman can have. Woody and I sacrificed so much in order for me to be a SAHM, but I think they were some of y best years yet.

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my girl

In 2011 we received an unexpected blessing…a baby girl! Daughters are very different from sons. They will help you see your own flaws in the best way possible. I realize now more than ever how important it is to lead by example and raise her to be an independent, confident woman. She is watching me. She is learning from me how to be a lady, how to be a friend, how to be a wife and a mother. I don't always feel that I have what it takes, but then I'm reminded that God chose me because He knew that I did.

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