Tell me a little about yourself

I am married have 3 kids, live outside a small town named Palmer, NE.  I have been married for 23 years to Bill. Jake our oldest, is 19 and goes to Southeast Community College. Gracie is 11 years going into the 6th grade and lives here with us. Tyler was 15 years on August 20, 2013 only 3 days before his car accident that took him to Heaven.

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Tyler the last picture I took the day of his accident in his football uniform.

I work from my home doing a lot of different things. My photography and Mary Kay business fill my days most of the time. I like to look at the positive in every situation, my faith is what has gotten me through life, family is one of the most important things to me, I pray a lot more and think laughing is the best medicine. I love coffee & chocolate and think it’s important to have daily!  It wasn’t until after we lost Tyler that I realized I was not 100% sure that I was doing everything I was MADE to do. I was not sure what my God given talent was.  I realized that life is very short, it can change very fast and we need to enjoy each day to the fullest. I am passionate about telling my story to everyone in the hope it will help at least one person.

When did you start blogging and why?

I have never really called myself a blogger. Because I never thought I had something others wanted to hear. However, I love reading blogs and gain a lot from them. I started writing positive posts on my Facebook page shortly after we lost our 15 year old son to a car accident in August of 2013.

What are some of your favorite sites on the “net’?

I love any positive, motivational, inspirational, faith sites. My fav is www.Dana   I was drawn to her because she lost her husband around the time we lost our son. Love her faith and positive, inspirational words. I have really gotten into some from Her View From Home like: The Mummy and the, to name a few.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Well, that is a hard thing to answer. I work from home and I never have the same day in a row. I consider myself very blessed to have the flexibility to be home with my kids, have a chance to make memories, live by faith and provide and income for my family. So here is how my Thursday went, which was crazy! I took my daughter to where my husband was working so she could fish (30 minutes) away in the opposite direction I was going, then I headed to my first appointment in Grand Island which was with a Mary Kay customer, next while I was in town I ran a few returns, got groceries, headed back to Palmer for a 3PM newborn photography appointment. Got done about 445 PM headed upstairs to download images, say “Hi” to everyone and get started on this. The rest is history!

What advice do you have for someone who wants to blog or share her/his story?

I would say always follow your heart and listen to your friends. Just like I mentioned above, I never thought I had anything people would want to hear about. I was so wrong. After I started posting on my Facebook page and getting the positive response it motivated and inspired me to tell my story with the hope it would help at least one person.  God did not give you a story if he didn’t want you to tell it. He is the one in control.  Follow His lead.

What story are you most proud of?

Well, I am just so grateful to be able to tell my story…the one God wrote with the hope to help someone who is struggling.

How can people follow you?

You can follow me on my Facebook page—Missy Hillmer

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Missy Hillmer

My name is Missy Hillmer. I’m married, live in a small town named Palmer, NE and have 3 children. Jake is our oldest who is 19 years old and Gracie is 11 who lives here with us. Tyler which was 15 years on August 20, 2013 is now in Heaven. He was killed in a car accident just 3 short days after his 15th birthday. I am very honest, very real sometimes to the point of not being fun, I guess that’s because I’m a black and white kind of girl. I like to look at the positive in every situation. I really believe there are two ways to look at things. Look for the bad or the good. The “bad” does me no justice and can spiral out of control in a heartbeat. The “good” however gives me hope and it connects with my belief that God is with me through everything. I believe my faith has gotten me through life and especially since my son’s accident. I pray a lot more, watch for the signs that God gives me, listen to my inner gut feeling, as my husband calls it and really focus on living a simple life. Family means everything to me, I love to laugh and think it’s the best medicine for any problem. Music soothes my sole and being outside in the sun brings me great joy! I have learned that many times you cannot control the storm in your life but, you can learn to dance in the rain. I really mean it when I say DANCE in the RAIN! The summer before Tyler’s accident, Tyler, Gracie & I danced in the rain. This memory I will never forget! Since Tyler’s accident I am passionate about telling my story with the hope that it will help or inspire at least one person.