WHO AM I
I am Maree Dee. God has blessed me with a beautiful family, a handsome husband of twenty-eight years, and three amazing children. My passion is found in helping people, and as a result, I frequently find myself fighting for the “underdog” against all the odds. True, I am small in stature, but I can fight like a mighty warrior for those I love, against injustices, and causes close to my heart.
I channel my passion into “Embracing Life in the Midst of the Unexpected.” As a result, I started this blog and co-created and lead a ministry which meets monthly. In this group, Circles of Hope, we strive to educate, support, and provide skills to families that have a loved one with mental health difficulties. As an advocate, I speak out publically for families impacted by mental health challenges. I serve as a board member for a non-profit organization.
I want people to know they are not alone.
Before serving in the area of mental health, I co-owned a successful Certified Public Accounting practice. While working, I co-led mission trips to foreign countries, directed Bible study groups, served on a private school board, and volunteered in numerous capacities.
I am a work in progress accepting God’s grace and mercy every day. Therefore, I don’t have life mastered, and I am always seeking knowledge, understanding, and discovering ways to help others and myself.
WHAT DO I LOVE
I love PEOPLE, my family, traveling, seeing God’s wonders, snow skiing, music, learning, reading, and hiking on wide paths without snakes.
Most of all, I love God! He is my very best friend and companion.
Funny, I like things orderly, predictable, and consistent, – which life is not. Most of all, I like a plan. Ask me what I am doing on any given day, and I probably have a know.
MY UNEXPECTED LIFE
I am an example of a life which wasn’t expected. At the age of three days old, I was embraced, loved, and adopted.
I have walked through many unexpected things in life: losing loved ones to cancer, the divorce of my parents, stopping someone from being strangled, drug addiction of loved ones, helping family members with mental illness, and much more. The most heartbreaking unexpected pain has been watching my children suffer while feeling utterly helpless.
MY HOPE FOR YOU
I hope you will join me on a journey to embrace life in the midst of the unexpected. Let’s encourage each other. Our stories may not be the same, we may not worship the same, but we ALL face the unexpected in life. We all have a choice in how we face life. I believe we are meant to do life together, not alone. Together we can uncover ways to find hope, peace, joy, and every day unexpected blessings along the way.
Out of respect for privacy, I have and will change the names of the people and places who are close to me. They have amazing stories filled with struggles, hope, and triumph. My hope is one day you will hear personally from them. I will share things that have worked for me. But I am not a professional nor can I take the place of one.
Maree Dee hopes you will join our community at Embracing the Unexpected.
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