Abby Rike Rockenbaugh, Christ follower . speaker. Teacher . Author
Hi There, I'm Abby
Welcome to our little corner of the internet. We're THRILLED you're here.
If you're looking for a speaker for your business, your church, or your school district, you can find all that fun stuff here.
If you're hurting and don't know how you're going to make it through one more day, then please accept my awkward, too hard virtual hug.
I've been there... oh, how I've been there.
October 13, 2006, started out a perfect day. My husband, Rick, and daughter, Macy, headed out that morning to school and work. Caleb, my two-and-a-half week old son, and I snuggled in for a day of newborn and mom bonding time.
Around 4 o'clock Macy came bounding through the door exclaiming, "This is the best day of my life!" She went on to tell me all about her adventures climbing in a real-life fire truck as it had been fire safety week.
Her excitement continued as she let me know that McGwire said hello to her by name. (There may have been a bit of swooning.) She then drew a picture of two of them riding in a carriage with crowns.
Throughout the day I had tightness in my chest which became progressively more painful.
Rick and I decided it would be irresponsible to take any chances so we decided I would go to the emergency room (it was Friday at 4 pm by now) to get checked out.
Rick would take Macy to open gym and bring Caleb along as it would be far too dangerous to expose him to germs at the ER.
While in the waiting room, I called Rick to see how things were going.
I called again.
After the fifth try, panic began to set in, and I left the ER, without being examined, to find my family.
About three miles from our house, I saw a barrage of flashing red and blue lights.
My fears were confirmed. There had been a wreck.
In my worst nightmare, I could not have imagined what would soon be my reality.
"We've found no survivors."
Those were the words I heard from the devastated state trooper as I was standing on the side of the road.
And just like that, in the blink of an eye, life as I knew it was no more.
Maybe that's where you are today. Maybe you are grieving the life you had or thought you would have.
Devastating pain isn't limited to the death of loved ones. Pain comes in a multitude of packages... divorce, infertility, domestic abuse, the list goes on and on... and it hurts the same.
If you find yourself in a place of devastation, and you don't want to stay there, you're in the right place.
Here's the thing. I can't carry your pain for you. I can't carry my own pain. I have to give my pain to the Lord every.single.day. And that's what I want to help you do too... even if you're mad at God... even if your faith is rocked... even if it makes you mad at me for a minute.
Think of me as tough love with a hug.
Grief is a brutal journey, and I won't sugar coat it. I will always tell you the truth... even when I know it's hard to hear.
Putting on a happy face and pretending everything is okay isn't going to help you. Instead of faking it, let's walk the hard road to healing.
I'm not a counselor nor do I want to be. I'm just a fellow griever who has made it through to the other side by the grace of God.
I desperately want the same for you.
Meet the Team
Brenna Peyton, Professional Organizer
Brenna is a professional organizer in Nashville, TN, who gets IT. She gets how important your home and family are. She knows from deep down in her soul that your family and your home are the very heart of who you are, and that with every fiber of your being, you want more time, space, and energy to enjoy both of those things. She also knows that some days you’d rather set your house on fire than deal with the chaos that awaits you there. She gets that life is hard. Even the good things in life. ESPECIALLY the good things in life.
Brenna is ALL about figuring out practical, simple solutions, so you can live with less chaos, resentment, anxiety and panic. In short, so you can live a life without the C.R.A.P. (Chaos, Resentment, Anxiety, and Panic)
You can find Brenna's website, including her blog, at www.OneOrganizedGirl.com.
Jennie McChargue, Encourager
Jennie is the master teacher at a high school in South Louisiana where she coaches, supports, and promotes effective classroom practices. Her greatest joy is being Jacob's mom. She's learning to navigate the waters of how to be the best mom for her recent high school graduate and current college student son.
Jennie's deepest desire is for others to experience the joy, freedom, and redemption that only comes from Jesus Christ.
She proudly sports her "Jesus cape" and wants others to have one as well! She is a warrior, encourager, and victor in Christ.
Sherrie Wilkerson, Bible Teacher and Comedic Relief
Sherrie hails from Nashville, TN, and assures us that she was here long before it was cool. She is the wife of Paul and dog mom to Murphy. She has taught Sunday School to 3 year-olds for fifteen years and is an active member of her home church, serving on the Board of Directors, the Make a Difference - Helping Hands steering committee, and co-teaching a discipleship class.
Sherrie enjoys painting, decorating with antiques, and keeping those around her amused. Most importantly, God has been grooming Sherrie for t.His ministry for the past several years. She waits with confident anticipation of what God has in store.
On her tombstone it will say, "She made Jesus smile.”