Iv’e been thinking for a while to share with others so this is the beginning of this journey – so far I’ve had a full life full of some amazing moments, and some downright painful moments. I just want to share a bit about myself so you can get a feel for who I as a person, where I have been and where I feel I am heading.
Firstly God is what gets me through, gives me strength and guidance -the compass for my soul, the facilitator for my life -and there have been moments in my life where this hasn’t been so (more on that another time).
I have an amazing, gentle Godly husband (been together 2 years) – this is my 3rd marriage, yes 3rd after 2 painful marriages (which you will hear more about another time) and several painful relationships.
I have four children aged 23 my son and 3 girls aged 20, 15 and 8. one of my children has Autism and a psychotic illness which has been a journey into deep, dark waters – with moments of unexpected joy also. I have an angel baby who is with the Lord and would be almost 17 now if she was here with us – the year I lost her was one of the hardest in my life. (more on that later)
I have 3 beautiful step-children aged 16, 12 and 9. Blending a family with so many children and several with varying special needs has been a hard yet rewarding journey – sometimes giving my husband and I exhaustion we never thought imaginable but sometimes such unexpected moments of love and laughter.
I am just coming to the end of studying a diploma in Counselling and I also have a diploma in Children’s Services – I’m just exploring what to do next. Maybe work as a play therapist? a pastoral care support worker? or counselor in another area? God knows – not me. I have just started a few subjects at Tabor to up some of my skills – I do love the adventure of learning.
I have worked in childcare for many years and enjoyed this chapter of my life but I know soon a new chapter is beginning. This last year has seen me as a carer mainly for my daughter with special needs and that has been all consuming – I have always done it all – but have recently realized that getting support for her is not a failure on my part but a step forward in supporting her. ( but more on that later ).
I have been involved in many things over the years – in churches, in ministries, in organisations, jobs, relationships where I have been; where I needed to be – and many times where I really shouldn’t have been. I have a passion now for prison ministry – people in prison and people affected by this – but for a long time I was angry and never thought I would feel compassion for this -I feel it is ironic that this is where I find myself.
I have been on a journey where I need to learn to have quiet moments which is not easy for me as I love business – but stillness, quiet – is necessary – I have several chronic illness issues, have had cancer, 12 broken bones, and have recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia – this has taken me on a journey that has been frustrating where I have felt I cant do everything i want to or that I think I need to.
Life throws so much at us all and we all have a story to tell, I want to share some of my story – to invite others to share with me – to inspire and encourage you to be the best you can be.
“For such a time as this” Esther 4:14
Blessings Skye x
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