I’m Twilli. Or Toni. Or simply, friend.

I want to live a life that I don’t need a vacation from. 

I first heard that quote by Rob Hill, Sr. a while ago and it has resonated with me ever since. As I look back on my life, it is true. No one should live a life they need a vacation from.

In 2007, after seven years of marriage,  my husband and I decided we should separate. I thought the time apart would be brief and allow me to figure out where we were failing and re-commit to our relationship. He thought that the separation would allow him to find a woman who could love him better than I did. And he did.

I was devastated.

Six months after the separation (and eventual divorce), I quit my job, put all of our furniture in storage, and embarked on a 6-week road trip across the U.S. with the kids in order to think things through.

That road trip taught me to abandon the life that I thought I should have and embrace the life that God has planned for me.

When we returned to Texas, I decided not to work full-time, instead opting to pursue part-time opportunities that would allow me to be more available to kids — who were 5, 6, and 7 at the time. Depending on the season we were in, I’ve worked part-time and I’ve worked full-time. The kids have attended private school, public school, charter school, and home school. We’ve dealt with epilepsy, cancer, sprained ankles, allergic reactions, numerous colds, and the flu.

Some days I still struggle with achieving a work/life/family balance.

Hey Twilli encourages and inspires people — especially moms — wherever they are on life’s journey. Through this blog, I strive to honor the word of God, commit to writing authentically, and teach my kids the importance of servant leadership. Hopefully, I can encourage you to do some of the same along the way. But the truth is, I write this blog to encourage myself just as I do to encourage you.

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