A Twist of Fate

It was more or less expected that as a girl from small town South Dakota I would grow up, attend college, become a nurse or maybe a teacher, and end up living out my life somewhere in the state, but it seems that fate had other plans.

When my first husband graduated from college I followed him to Denver, and from there to the life of a military wife in Germany, where I met my second husband who I accompanied to Georgia and then the Southwest.

My second marriage finally ended in Hobbs, New Mexico, where I met my third husband, a nightmare marriage that I finally escaped in 2006, and in 2008 I met and married Papa Bear, a true knight in shining armor, the man of my dreams.

While many of you are familiar with this story, my life journey has been a long and winding one, beginning with my first marriage when I was nineteen, and eventually leading me all the way to Papa Bear at the age of fifty-three.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that one day I would end up living in Texas, or for that matter experiencing the kind of love I now know is possible and real.

Although I made the choices that eventually led me here, I don’t think any of it was by accident, but rather a twist of fate that was destined to teach me what I needed to know in order to live the life I’m living now and become the person I was always intended to be, and for that I am so very thankful.

– Josie

This has been a Six Sentence Story, written for Denise’s blog hop at GirlieOnTheEdge. The prompt word we were assigned to use this week was “twist.” Click on the link to read some other great stories, and maybe add one of your own!

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

36 thoughts on “A Twist of Fate”

  1. to see the path of our lives, as if from above, that would be fascinating… and, I would hazard part of the drive to write as many of us here do
    Thoughtful Six

    (good to ‘see’ you on the circuit)

    1. Hi Clark! It would definitely be fascinating to see the road map we were given! I agree that many of us write because of the roads we’ve travelled and the impact they have on our lives. It’s good to be back!

  2. Welcome back, Josie Two Shoes 🙂
    I love your positive and hopeful message. Life circumstances and events easily make many people bitter as you said to Kristi. I’m in total agreement – our choices are to surrender to sadness or anger when those choices have not turned out to be the most beneficial, or viewing those choices, and the subsequent experiences, as pavers in a path towards a happier existence.

    1. Thank you! Over time I learned that we must come to terms with the outcomes of our choices, and then begin the difficult journey from the mindset of victim to survivor, and then the final glorious step of overcomer. Then we are well on the path of healing and creating the life we dream of!

    1. Thank you! Had I met Papa Bear earlier in my life we really would have struggled, we both had growing up to do. I am a firm believer that God often saves the best for last, never give up thinking that there just might be a knight meant for you too! 😍

      1. Oh my, your words are like a balm on my heart. I had a brief abusive marriage when I was young–it destroyed my trust completely. And honestly, I’m well content being alone–my relationship with the Lord is Very Tight, so I don’t suffer loneliness or boredom. But I must say, writing Bedelia’s story could be HIS plan for me to work through some healing…and open the door to anything God might still want me to have. It always intrigues me, how God works…the people He places, even on the Internet, to offer us encouragement. “His thoughts and ways are far above ours”. Have a blessed weekend, Josie! ❤

      2. My first three marriages were abusive and traumatizing. Like you, it destroyed my trust in men and my self worth. Then I realized I was always choosing the same kind of person, the damaged ones, the problem ones, the irresponsible ones, the ones lacking maturity and self-control. So I asked God to lead me to the opposite of all that, and through the magic of the internet He did! Papa Bear is such a blessing in my life! Have a great weekend too, it’s nice to meet you!

      3. I’m just so happy for you–it’s wonderful to meet you as well. You met him through the Internet…I’ve been very wary about that. Maybe you could give me some tips–when you have time, no rush at all.

  3. I loved reading of your “evolution” via a SSS. Being able to read your comments again is like sitting down with an old friend one hasn’t seen for a while. Welcome back.

  4. I always wonder about people I have met across my life. I’m really grateful fate brought you to me! And I think you’re right, it’s your perspective on life and having experienced what you have that draws people to you. I wouldn’t change much either up to now.

    1. I am so grateful for you too, Zoe, you are a bright light in my life! At the time some of my life experiences were pretty horrible, but in retrospect I learned so much from that! Lesson number one… make better choices!! 😊

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