The Memories Shattered

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This picture. This is a capture of the moment I first saw my teeth without braces. As I walked toward that mirror I was flooded with memories from my childhood. I was always so embarrassed by my teeth, my smile. I mastered the art of the “closed mouth smile”. I was flooded with the words of the many insults hurled at me from people making fun of my crooked teeth. Many of them that I can recall word for word. Sticks and stones do, indeed, hurt.

I love that myOrthodontist, and friend, Wendy is in this picture. She prayed for me. She inspired me. She showed me love. She cried with me. She held my hand through this journey.

And then my loving husband, Brent. Our daughter, Kass, took this photo and didn’t even realize that his reflection was in that little mirror. His expression, coupled with my “first moment”, has wrecked and blessed my heart all at the same time.

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It didn’t take long for me to fall into his arms with tears from my past and tears of gratitude for what is now. As I wept in the folds of his arms, I embarked in the here and now. The past… shattered. The now… embraced. All because my sweet family allowed me to go on this journey.

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Y’all… words hurt. When words are directed at your character, your dreams, your presence… they don’t go away. They stick with you. Choose your words carefully. Choose to see the heart of people. Because it is the heart that longs for beauty. At our core, at everyone’s core, we just want to be loved.

8 thoughts on “The Memories Shattered

  • Wow!!! Your teeth are perfect!!! You can totally see the joy in your eyes and smile … You look beautiful!I’m super self conscious of my teeth. Like you, I’ve had so many people make fun and call me snaggle tooth (people are SO mean)! I would need so much work done on my teeth, it overwhelms me to even think about fixing them, but seeing this picture is inspiring me to just do it! Xoxox

  • Beautiful inside and out!!I too had braces – as an adolescent to correct my very crooked teeth and as an adult to correct my bite in an attempt to heal my TMJ.
    I understand the hurtful words. At 47 years old there are some that have stayed with me even to this day (although they’ve lost the power they once had) but I also understand joy…
    The joy of no longer listening to the voices of the past but to the only voice that matters. So thankful for Jesus.
    Thank you for sharing your journey friend ❤

  • Congratulations!! This is amazing. And Wendy is a great friend of mine. She is amazing. Love this

  • Ah, so happy to start the day with morning tears of Joy. Thank you for the God smack dear friend. BIG LOVE TAM!!!

  • Love this so much because I remember conquering the same closed mouth smile and being embarrassed and having people make comments about my teeth ! When Jon and I got together and he proposed I told him I wanted to get braces and have a pretty smile before we got married. He was so understanding and didn’t make fun of me, just loved me through it 🙂 SO happy for you and your new smile 🙂 Beautiful !!!

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