HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! —Laura

By LauraToday is a special day for me. It marks the one year anniversary of the final time I left Dale. I had tried to leave 3 or 4 times before but , like many women in unhealthy relationships, I kept coming back. I have heard it said that a woman in an abusive relationship will leave the abuser an average of 7 times before she will actually stay away. 7 times! Wow. It didn't take me that many tries but it did take a few!Vyckie offered me a place to live, support and love and understanding. No strings attached, no time table, no rent required. Just a place to clear my head and figure out my life.I remember that it was April 14th, 2008, because it was the day before my birthday. … [Read more...]

Vyckie's Story: I Am Not Trapped!

Okay ~ I'm finished posting the part of my story which I wrote for my uncle ~ and before I start writing "the rest of the story" ~ I want to share part of the last letter that I wrote to Ron. (Warning: my letters to Uncle Ron were always way too long!) After nearly a year-long correspondence in which we wrote almost 1,000 letters back and forth, my uncle and I managed to cause some serious upset with the relatives. It's quite a remarkable story filled with a whirlwind of intensity, obsession and drama ~ and in the end, Ron decided it would be best to end our letter writing ~ I haven't heard from my uncle in almost two years. I miss him.Although I understand and respect Ron's reasoning, his … [Read more...]

Patriarchy IS in the Bible … I think it's even in the Godhead which is part of the reason I've tossed Him out of my life ;-)

Okay ~ I've noticed that over on my "We've been thinking" post about the Birth Control/Abortion Connection ~ you all are already posting comments about just how "Biblical" the whole patriarchy/women's submission/male headship-thing is ...Since I'm such an organized person, I'd really like to have that discussion under a separate post. Only I don't have time this morning to write my thoughts down on the subject. So ~ I've put the summary of my thoughts in the subject title ~ and I'll be back after a while to write the rest of it.For now ~ don't wait on me ... go ahead and bring your thoughts and comments over here to this post. I'd love to hear from you ~ I truly appreciate the respectful … [Read more...]

A Great Big "THANK YOU!!!!"

by VyckieI've been reading through the comments which have been posted on this blog ~ and feeling pretty overwhelmed by the kindness, support and thoughtfulness of our readers. I sure wish there was more time to respond ~ much of the dialog going on between posters is incredibly insightful. Nearly every comment makes me think, "Oh ~ I want to write about that too!" ~ and I am keeping a list of topics that I hope to address in the future.I honestly had no idea that there were so many others who were totally steeped in this lifestyle and then left the movement. It's really encouraging to me ~ makes me hopeful that what we're doing here could help other women either escape their own … [Read more...]


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