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  • Monique Cooper-Allison

The Bounce Back

I'm sitting here listening to a song by Tasha Cobbs Leonard called, "You know my name" and I started to drift away into what I was going through last year. I was living a life of lemons and no lemonade, I thought I was never going to get through it. Before I go any further, I want to tell you that this is simply a inspirational blog. My own personal experiences from being homeless. As I listen to the song I can't help but to get emotional because the words says exactly how I feel today. '"No FIRE can burn me, No BATTLE can turn me, No MOUNTAIN can stop me, cause you HOLD MY HAND." 

My hand was held every step of the way, through my tough times, and journey; still up until this day. Last year I had to move and found a place. At the last minute my approval turned into a denial and I literally had 1 week to move. The current place I was living in had already put the house up for sale so I had to think fast. My son then at the age of 8, did not understand what we we're going through, I sent him to my sister's house while the hubby and I figured things out. POD storage? check. Saved money? Check.  Place to go???... We had no place to go to call our own. After that one denial, we had about 2 more. We got our son and checked into a hotel. We thought it was only going to be for 1 week. 1 week turned into 1 month in a half and still no possible place to move. It was either keep applying at just any place or fall deeper and deeper into credit decrease. I used all of our credit cards, got loans from here and there and was mentally drained. I stayed strong for my family for I am that glue that keeps us together. 

During those times I managed to keep my life afloat with all activities I was involved in, my work, my businesses, my marriage and with being an on task mommy. Every other day I had to hear my son asked, "Mommy, when are we going to get our own place?" Every Time I got that question, a knot formed in my stomach. I just smiled and said soon baby. We finally moved with family after going from hotel to hotel for a month and a half. Every month I thought it was the month we will be bless with our own place but God had better plans for us. He allowed us to work on some things before we moved into our next location that we would call home.We stuck it out for a whole year and  today I can say, "We have a place to call our home." I can say, "I have my lemonade." I can also say that it is just the beginning and soon I will be able to have that lemon cake. To be continued...

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