“I need to be here for my other children and my grandchildren. I need to be present and not stuck in the past. I need to be here now and that’s a choice. I choose to be happy. I choose to look past all these horrible things that have happened and be OK.”
I have always admired those who face unimaginable trials and yet can still be happy. At the top of this list of inspiring people is my friend, Maralyn Nava. Over the 12+ years I’ve known Maralyn, I’ve seen her go through the grief of losing 2 daughters–one in a very sudden and unexpected way and one who was murdered and missing for five years.
Maralyn is inspiring because she hasn’t let the grief she feels on a daily basis overtake her. She believes happiness is a choice, no matter what you have suffered. She has used the tragedy in her life to bring about good. Maralyn’s is a remarkable story of hope and faith.
If you have suffered from any kind of heartache in motherhood you’ll want to listen and hear Maralyn’s advice on how to deal with the challenges motherhood gives you. Overall, she feels blessed to have a loving Heavenly Father who has sustained her and lifted her through everything she has faced.
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