Who am I?…
By the grace of God, I was born, baptized and raised as a Catholic Christian.
After receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, I stubbornly chose my own road and took an 11-year detour into darkness. Thankfully, the prayers of those who loved me and the support of a dear friend led me to pick up the Sacred Scriptures and ask the Holy Spirit to guide me… and guide me He did!
At 28 years old, I experienced a powerful “re-conversion” to the fullness of my Catholic faith and finally understood the words of Saint Augustine when he said, “…you have made us for your own and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
My husband returned home from military duty overseas to meet a very different fiancee’ from the one he’d left behind. Though we come from different faith backgrounds, God gave us the grace to persevere and we were blessed to be married in full communion with the Catholic Church only eight months later.
On our wedding day, we had no idea that I would soon be diagnosed with a medical condition that would greatly challenge our ability to have children. Indeed, without the grace of the sacrament, I’m not sure how we would have made it through the past 10+ years. But…
God is SO faithful!
In great part because of the challenges we’ve faced, God has given my husband and I a true love for life and a real passion for what marriage was created to be.
By God’s grace, our family has begun to grow through the miracle of adoption. Please pray for us!
Who am I?…
I have a disability which makes the length of time for me to complete a task a little longer than most people require. Due to this ongoing challenge, I have acquired a great sense of discipline for the tasks that are set before me.
I was born on Offutt Air force base by Omaha, Nebraska on March 4, 1987. Immediately after birth, I was pronounced close to death and was rushed off on a Flight for Life helicopter to a hospital where the doctors thought I would not make it. The neurosurgeon stated that my brain had very little “dense gray matter,” and that my future was going to be very limited. After a month in the neonatal intensive care unit I was pronounced stable enough to go home to be with my family. By age five, therapists and doctors finally gave my condition a name: cerebral palsy, and the doctors said that I did not have enough performance in my brain to operate a computer.
I am now volunteering half time at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where I help take care of technical issues as they arise. I work with SQL, as well as programming in vb.net.
In my free time, I do a lot of biking. Since getting my current bike in the spring of 2013, I have put on over 2,000 miles. My bike is my main form of transportation.
Why “Bike for Marriage?”…
Chris and I met as volunteers at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It wasn’t long before Chris had me on a bicycle (for the first time in years, I might add) and I was blessed to be able to join him for the annual “Bike to Mary” pilgrimage he leads. It was while we were still on that pilgrimage that we learned of the Supreme Court’s tragic decision.
The inspiration for “Bike for Marriage” was immediate and powerful.
Marriage is the heart of the family. The family is the heart of the Church. The Church is the Body of Christ.
Our mission is clear…
We must pray and work to give continuing witness to the sanctity of Marriage as it remains – “unchanged and unchangeable” – the sacred union between ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN!