Today also marks 1 year that my children and I have been living in shelters. Every day (aside from the single day I got a hotel for us for the night) we have been living in domestic violence shelters. The first two we stayed about 60 fays each. Which means this long term domestic violence shelter has been our home for the past 8 months.
It has been an incredible journey to say the least. I am very thankful to the people and organizations that have helped us get this far.
I have had no contact with my abuser (husband) since September when I was granted a full order of protection. I have my custody/divorce hearing on the 12th of this month and I should be granted what I requested since he did not respond or object to me having full custody. I also asked that he be not granted any visitation. I choose to not request child support to help ensure our safety and to cut all ties as clean as possible. So…in less than 2 weeks…I should be single (divorced) for the first time in over 10 years. Strange to think about…but very liberating and freeing.
I enrolled in online college with an accredited university to get my associates in Criminal Justice. I have applied for the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP). The scholarship is for women who have left an abusive relationship and need schooling to better provide for their families. I am waiting to see if I get it *fingers crossed*. The average award is 2k paid to the school you are enrolled in.
I also applied for a scholarship through my church for Women in Transition (divorce, leaving abusive relationship, widows etc). I thought if I got the scholarship it would be $100, but I received a letter saying I was granted a $1000 award paid to my school!! So thankful!! Classes start on August 18th…and I am taking a full load of 12 credits a semester.
Soooo…with the online school thing..I will be needing to purchase a laptop!! Yay!! So besides school I will be able to focus on my blog more, pretty it up, make it more user friendly, complete with hyperlinks, helpful information and more about recovering from abusive relationships. So excited!!
So…stay tuned for an improved blog from me, Brandi.
I love you guys…you have supported me through this all and finally I will have the resources to give back in a more produ
Lol selfie with paper towels in the bathroom floor