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Emerging From the Cocoon/ Memoir

Ardis was six years old when her mother had a nervous breakdown, forever changing the trajectory of her life.  It led to a life of uncertainty and fear about her own sanity and turning her back on her mother.

Over forty years later, Ardis’s journey to mother love brought forgiveness and healing into the deepest places of her soul. It also brought a significant relationship with a family in Spain.

Pedro in the recording studio, July 2011.

“Emerging From the Cocoon: One Woman’s Struggle to Overcome a Legacy of Mental Illness” is the full account of the story between these families and Ardis’s earlier struggles to overcome her fears.  The story also includes the undiscovered musical talent and compositions of Pedro Gonzalez Arbona, the exchange student that brought these families together.

Each step along this journey, Ardis was guided to take bold acts of obedience to find healing and restoration.

Ardis and Rosa will meet face to face in the summer of 2013 in Spain where the final chapters of this story are waiting to be written.

“Emerging From the Cocoon” is Ardis’s work in process during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), November 2012.

To sample Pedro’s music or purchase his CD, select the link above.

To purchase Pedro’s debut CD, “Introducing Pedro Gonzalez Arbona”, along with “Journeys to Mother Love”, for a discounted price of $22.99 (normally $25.99) select the button below.

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  • WELCOME to my site!

    I'm an author, writer, speaker, mentor & mom. I've struggled to find my voice all my life as I lived in the shadows of a mother with mental illness. Thankfully that was not the legacy that she handed down to me. It took a lot of recovery and deep healing work to rise above it.

    I am thankful to God for Making Me Bold in the process. Now I use my writing and speaking voice to help others on their journey to turn healing into hope.

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