Our Story: Finding Purpose In Life’s Imperfections
Posted July 1, 2021 by Theresa Miller
Categories: Featured, Our Story
The greatest gift our parents gave us was each other.
Growing up, we were six sisters scurrying around in second hand clothes riding bikes through potholes like we were one of the motorcycle cops on the TV program, Chips. We’d race through fields of dandelions—or maybe it was just our backyard full of dandelions—with clasped hands and pointer fingers raised toward the sky like guns, pretending to be one of Charlie’s Angels. When playing “house” or “office” indoors, we’d argue over whose boyfriend the Fonz would be from the sitcom, Happy Days.
We choreograph dances and concerts to relieve boredom and invite the neighbors to view our performances. Our imaginations and big dreams dictate most of our childhood. You wouldn’t guess from the outside our family is unraveling at the seams.
As pre/young teens, our parents divorce. Following a short time living in New York after moving from Pennsylvania, our fearless mother journeys with six girls across the United States to the strange wilderness of Wyoming, leaving our childhood as we know it behind. The wide open space and fresh air allows us to breathe new possibilities, and a kind Wyomingite, who later becomes our stepfather, orients us to the Big Horn Mountains. Starting over feels a lot like slowly unraveling a twisted and tangled idea of hope.
We continue to perform together—however, not for the neighbors this time. At this junction of adolescence, we collect songs that have given us hope through hardship and major change, and sing a heartfelt message for adjudicated girls residing at a local institution, who are about our age. Afterward, our mom nurtures those tearful girls, as we sisters mingle with their softened exteriors. It is then we feel the common thread of purpose woven throughout own disheveled pain.
It is the wounds, journeys to healing, immovable faith, and the collective purpose we each feel in these early years that is the glue to our close relationship.
we all face wounds this side of heaven, yet your wounds do not determine our destiny. As we acknowledge those wounds, allowing Christ to shine his light into the cracks of our brokenness, we discover the way to that healing and unrelenting hope. Hence, you might say, our true sisterhood is born more out of the coping, healing, and growing through our brokenness than our biological bond.
The desire to share our unrelenting hope through struggle is how Dandelions, Potholes, & Wrinkles was born. Dandelions represent bringing our childhood back to it’s playful innocence, while remaining resilient through life’s storms. Potholes represent all those obstacles we plowed through as kids, and continue to navigate with the healing power of Christ. Wrinkles represent the growth and wisdom that has come with time and healing.
We want to invite you into our deep conversations, playful personalities, and passionate spirits. We believe our innate silliness, creativity, and relentless work ethic come from our Creator God to be used for his glory, and that nothing we have faced or will face in this life is wasted.
The greatest gift our parents gave us was each other because together we’ve learned what it means to overcome. We can’t wait to share our sisterhood with you!
So excited for this new venture, can’t wait to read more!
Thank you so much! We appreciate you cheering us on along the way, Cathy.
We’re excited too!
I love reading your thoughtful words of inspiration.
Thank you so much, Sandy. We greatly appreciate your encouragement!
I’m looking forward to reading your posts. I can tell you are all authentic encouragers who point people to Christ and I look forward to that encouragement. Love and hugs to you all. Thanks for sharing your journey.
Thank you so much for your support, Mariann! We are so glad you’re here.
Your welcome. Thank you for your support!
Love the meaning behind dandelions, potholes and wrinkles! Looking forward to reading more.
Thank you! We love that you appreciate the significance. Thank you for coming into this space. We’re so happy to have you here!
Love this blog! I’m so glad to share memories with you from childhood, and I’m very thankful that we have reconnected as adults!
We are delighted to delve into our childhood memories and bridge the gaps with hope and purpose. Thank you so much, Laura, for stopping by and commenting. You are an important part of our story! ❤️
Laura, thanks for reading and being apart of this. It’s fun to reconnect!
I loved reading your thoughts and meeting the sisters. Looking forward to reading more and bringing gratitude to the forefront in my life!
Thank you for stopping in, MaryAnn. We are so glad you are here!