1992 brought a May wedding. We shared dreams and made plans. We had long conversations solving all the worlds’ problems. After long days working for others, Donald and I would spend late nights building our own business. We started Leonetti Graphics, focusing on logos and brochures, until the day Donald was asked if he could make a t-shirt. He lied of course, and said yes. The rest is history. Now most of our business is screen printing and embroidery.
Somewhere in the midst of it all, I found Jesus. A friend took me to see a woman who shared with me that Jesus didn’t see me as the dirty, abused little girl, but instead a beautiful bride dressed in pure white. This changed my life. I didn’t realize how much I carried my past with me. Being free of the shame and guilt allowed my relationship with Christ to flourish. How little I would realize that this moment would help me through the darkest time of my life.
1996 brought a son, Matthew, and what began an 18 year adventure of being a stay at home mom. I watched from the sidelines as Donald grew our business more and more. 2000 brought the sweetest Valentine, Lauren.
The next 14 years focused on the kids and all their activities. We couldn’t get enough baseball, dance, golf and cheer. We found such joy in our kids.
We had a great marriage full of valleys and peaks. The peaks outnumbered the valleys. I’m grateful for all these moments spent with Donald.
July 17, 2014 was the day to forever change my life. Donald headed to work and never came back. I will never forget that fateful knock on the door where I found a policeman standing there with the news that my husband was murdered. With one fateful shot, a 22-year marriage was over. I became a window, single mom, and in charge of our company.
This is where my new story begins …