Podcast Version–Wednesdays With Watson Podcast
I met her under the blue sign that read “Faith Children’s Home”, it flickered with sounds of the the bugs in the sign. Countless goodbyes happened under that sign. By the time AnnMarie and her three brothers were dropped off under that sign, I had been at the children’s home for a couple of years, and had been assigned a big role in the welcoming of this family who’s story we saw on the news and read in the newspaper.
All four of them became orphans in the span of just a few minutes. The three boys saw things I would never articulate in the spoken or the written word, nobody should have to hear what thy saw.
I asked AnnMarie to come onto the podcast because I knew that she is still healing and that she would bring a perspective to people who are still working their way through trauma, even if it is thirty years later. Her answers are not predictable and her story brings hope to such tragedy. The reality of living with such trauma is so real, and we are here for it–we are here to help people heal. We believe that healing people help people. This blog and the podcast is the healing zone. Head over to the podcast to hear AnnMarie’s story and then her brother’s which will be published on Feb 24, 2021.
When I asked AnnMarie for a song she gave me 4Him’s “Why”
“I know down here I may not understand, but I won’t let go of the unseen hand, for it holds the reasons why”
Such hope, even when we don’t understand, don’t miss her story over in podcast land.
Special guest Anna Marie Rivera Alberts joins the Wednesdays With Watson podcast with her story of the crooked roads of trauma and pain that has led to a beautiful, albeit still difficult life.
Show Notes for podcast-Wednesdays With Watson
Her family’s story made the news headlines. A visit to the scene of the tragedy yielded stories from neighbors who remember the story, 30+ years later. We attempt to tell her story with the delicacy it deserves, yet listeners are still able find Hope in a story that most people would describe as unable to be redeemed. She has broken the generational trauma “curse”.
For Him “Why”–lyrics. quoted:
“I know down here, I may not understand, so I won’t let go of the unseen hand, because it holds the reasons why”
“What Love Really Means”–JJ Heller
“Who will love me for me, not for what I have done or what I will become, who will love me for me, will somebody show me what love really means?”
Podcast Engineer & Producer: Amy Highland
Podcast Cover Art: Brittany Knight & Anna Roberts
Episode Graphics: Rebekah Millet
Episode Trailer: Rebecca Reed
Host: Amy Watson
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