Carole's Story

My Story...

At sixteen, I begged God to help me stop the cycle of abuse, addiction, and chaos that had plagued my family for generations. 
I am so blessed that God sent my husband Bill into my life two years later to be my partner on my journey. We have been married for 45 years and have two grown children. 
Bill is a retired pastor, and we moved to Bakersfield in early 2016, where we now share a home with our daughter and her family. 


Inspired by family...
MauMau to my grandchildren.

Our daughter Kate is married to Luke, and they have three children. Our son Jack is married to LeeAnn, and they have four children. My children and their spouses are serving at churches in full-time ministry positions.

Turning “60” was a pivotal moment in my journey. I declared that the rest of my life would be the laughing years. My family was surprised when I began to be silly and laugh. They are always telling me how much fun I am. I agree with them; life is fun.

Doing What
Makes Me


Bill and I have vacationed on the Hawaiian islands many times. We have been scuba diving with sharks and moray eels, snorkeled with dolphins and turtles, hiked a volcano, and explored many of the Island’s back roads. If I am on Maui during the whale season, I can be found on a boat looking for whales.

When I look back over the last 48 years, I am happy to say that the cycle has been broken with God's help and my commitment to make changes.