That saying could not feel more true than today. For those of you that are my facebook friends, or follow my business page, you’ve already heard the story… for those that don’t, yesterday was by far the most heartbreaking day I’ve had in awhile. Not because something happened to me, but because someone hurt my sister. If you have sisters, or daughters, or a woman in your life that has helped you without asking, without expecting a thank you, who has lifted you up on their shoulders time after time, even when they were down themselves, you will understand this story. That is my sister.
Jennifer has always been my hero, taken my side, heard me out through everything I’ve been through without judgement or getting anything in return. She’s been my best friend since I was a little girl, and she’s not just that for me. She’s that for everyone who has ever met her. She’s the kind of person that walks into a room and everyone looks at her, not just because she’s beautiful, but because she has an inner light that lights up everyone around her. Love, is what her spirit is always about. Through this giving nature and desire to make everyone happy, it has caused her great pain and dashed out her light as of yesterday.
She had been through a rough and painful divorce, in which she lost her home and was healing herself, finding her way and making herself better when she met John. John was loving, funny, a complete charmer. He told her everything she needed to hear, and in her vunerable state of just wanting to feel loved and appreciated, he was there and it’s in my opinion, he took advantage of it. He wasn’t well off, but had enough to start a new life, and even though he was older than her, he had such a young and fun spirit and seemed to think Jenny hung the moon. They were married. Shortly after, John changed. He wasn’t as affectionate, or loving, he wasn’t working, and after several failed money making endeavors, yesterday he gave up and left Jennifer.
After months of Jennifer supporting him, cheering him on like she does everyone else, and her forgoing getting glasses, contacts, or other things that most people deem necessities, while John used what little money he was making for other “Buy and flip” money losing opportunities and bought himself a new laptop. Jenny works very hard every week caring for her teen daughter, and makes her money through home daycare for a young toddler and selling her wonderful creations on Etsy. For months, John was unresponsive to Jennifer, not talking or communicating, just being negative and even mean and vindictive. He broke down her spirit, her confidence, diminished her worth to him and herself, and didn’t even support her means of making money and after all of that, he just left her while she was out of the house and then called to tell her he was gone. He stripped the house of anything of value, leaving all his sentimental possessions, like pictures of his children, grandchildren, and father who passed away. He left his wedding ring on the bathroom sink. He left her with no money, no food in the house, and rent due in 2 weeks. Stories like these happen all the time, and Jennifer is the first person to always want to step in and help. I just want her to get the help and love and support that she has given to everyone else in her life. So please, help me raise her up in this time of need. If you’d like to help….
Leave a comment, tell her you’re rooting for her. Sometimes knowing people care and are on your side really makes a different. Words do matter, and right now she has all of his negative words swimming in her mind. Let’s replace them with uplifting and loving ones!
Pay her shop a visit, favorite her items, maybe tweet one or pin one, every little view is one more person on her side, and while you may think that’s a small difference, every little bit is appreciated and makes us both thankful.
Share her story. Maybe someone in your life is going through something similar and will feel less alone, or be in a position to help her figure out the next stages in her life and what to do.
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I’ve never in my life asked for a handout, and I’m not now. I’m asking for love and support and kindness to be shown to someone who needs it and a hand up. She has spent every day of her life raising everyone around her up and I just want to help do that for her now, and I know my friends and family, and even strangers will hear her story and want to help, even with kind words.
Thank you for reading and have a great day. I’m taking this not as a blow to my sister, but as a new path coming her way. So let’s just make the new road a little less rocky!