37 Years & Forever in Heaven

Domestic violence is a cause that is close to my heart.  The words “domestic violence” never entered my mind until my cousin, Monica Payne was murdered by her boyfriend, Jeremy Grissom. I feel like I owe you all an update regarding the sentencing for Jeremy Grissom, the man who murdered Monica.  This isn’t the post […]

Closure is just a word.

Closure. How many times have you heard that word after a criminal trial is finished? Closure. A word- that’s really all it is. When it comes to someone you love being murdered, there is no closure. I learned that yesterday when news broke that Monica’s murderer, Jeremy Grissom pleaded guilty to murder and abuse of […]

The Face of Domestic Violence – It’s Not a Joke

I am sitting here stunned and I’m not sure that I’ll be able to make the words flow for this post. Shocked.  Angered.  Disappointed. Disgusted. I have an entire line of expletives just waiting to rush out of my mouth and onto the screen, but this is a family friendly site. I didn’t watch the […]

Be a Brave Woman. Stop Domestic Violence. How YOU Can Help. #BraveWoman #CBias

As promised, here is the second installment for the Brave Woman campaign.  You can view my first post and learn about why I’m fighting to stop domestic violence. She would have turned 30 on Christmas Eve.  As I celebrated with my family, I thought of her mom and how I’m sure her heart was aching, […]

Will You Be a Brave Woman? Take a stand against domestic violence.

I haven’t even started this post and my eyes are filling with tears.  I’ve spent the evening stressed to the max,  moaning about my life and the responsibilities that come with raising a family.  The dishes need washed, little boy puked all over his bedding, then he pooped all over the next set of bedding, […]

It’s Been One Year – Monica Michelle Payne – Domestic Violence Awareness

Today marks one year since I got that awful text message.  The past couple days have been hard for me.  Honestly, a lot harder than I expected.  Every time I tried to relax, my thoughts drifted to you.  We weren’t close.. I hadn’t saw you in a couple years, but I grew up with you.  […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

I think everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but did you know it is also Domestic Violence Awareness month?  Unfortunately, I have been effected by both, but this year I plan to focus more on domestic violence. Some of you may remember that back in May, our family suffered an unexpected and […]

Monica Michelle Payne

On Saturday, May 15, 2010, a 911 call was made concerning a domestic dispute.  When officers arrived on the scene, a man and woman answered the door and said that everything was fine.  The events that occurred four days later would prove that everything was in fact, far from okay. On Wednesday, May 19, 2010, […]