My life has taken many interesting turns but the event that had the most profound impact on me was September 11, 2001. My husband was stationed at the Pentagon and by a series of miracles came home safe that day. That was the day I truly realized what freedom meant and the cost of preserving it. As I sat on the couch surrounded by my family that night, I determined that I would do everything in my power to ensure that my children remain free. This determination led me to an intense study of American history and the principles of liberty and virtue our nation was founded on; which brewed a deep sense of patriotism in my heart and a desire to become actively involved in my community and nation.
In 2004 I founded a national organization to share and promote what I learned with the women of America. I had no idea how to run or even start a national organization but the impression that I needed to do so kept weighing on my heart until I realized it was from the Lord and I knew I must answer the call for "such a time as this."
As I pondered what I needed to do to start an organization I knew I needed a name but I had no idea what to call it. I knew it needed to be something about mothers and freedom but no name I came up with seemed right. In the middle of struggling with the name my mom came to visit and I shared my thoughts with her.
"Why don't you call it what you know?" she said.
"What do I know?" I responded, "I'm just a mom and a homemaker."
"Then why don't you call it Homemakers for America?"
I about fell off my chair laughing. "I can't call it that. No one will take me seriously."
"Maybe," my mom said, "that is the problem."
Since then, I have come to realize the wisdom of God's choice. He knew the power of the name even if I didn't because He knows the powerful influence of His daughters. He knows how much He needs them to preserve this last bastion of hope for the world. Women are the center of the home and home is the center of society. Nations have risen and fallen at the hands of women. What better name is there to speak to the hearts of Americans than that which represents those who who are molding the future.
I have seen this name garner respect in senate halls. I have seen it command attention in committee hearings and legislative offices. Over the last decade I have witnessed over and over the powerful influence of homemaker. I have come to realize the majesty of the name, the influence it holds and the divine nature it represents. And now I can say that I truly understand just how important women are in the preservation of liberty, virtue and all we hold dear--not just in our nation--but in the world.
After founding HomeMakers for America, I began speaking at various events, writing articles and doing media interviews to share what I'd learned. I've met the most amazing people along the way. In 2011, at the urging of many friends and "fans" I published my first book WOMEN: America's Last Best Hope. I am a contributing writer with The Blaze. My articles have also been published on as Townhall.com, American Thinker and Worldnetdaily.
I have been labeled by the media as “an unabashed America-loving homemaker,” and I'm proud of the title! I had no idea where this journey would take me when I began it, but I am honored to be able to be the "cheerleader for women" humbled by all the stories of the amazing women I meet and grateful to have been pulled out of my comfort zone so I could meet them. It is your inspiring stories and gracious emails that keep me going. I have made it my personal mission to encourage the women, mothers, and homemakers of America to realize your immeasurable worth and powerful influence on societies and nations simply by being who you are.
This blog is a place where I can share what I've learned as a mother, a homeschooler, military wife, a woman of faith and a VERY proud American HomeMaker! So come on in and stay awhile. All that you hear and see, well, its all just me!