Cry Purple

One woman's journey through homelessness, crack addiction, and prison, to blindness, motherhood, and happiness

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It’s In The Valleys I Grow

Posted by crypurple on January 12, 2013

Hello again!

My little guy made honor roll again!  I am so proud of him – God truly gave me a wonderful little person to care for and parent!

He brings so much joy to my life!

Today, I  was blessed to speak in front of a group of addicts at a St.  Louis treatment Center.  I love being asked to do this.  Upon my return,  however,  I always reflect back to my time out there on the streets, in addiction…remembering the hopeless,darkened pits of time in which I lived.

Some of my favorite folks are those addicts from the streets and I have so much hope for each and everyone of them.

My prayers are that they will hope and believe in themselves from within.

I see addiction has not changed.  It is still taking lives  and stealing the  joy of my fellow human beings.

I am so thankful for the valleys of darkness in which I have walked – they helped mold and shape me.

I can’t change my past, but I can change my tomorrow.

It does not mean I have forgotten the wrongs of my past.   It means I have to let go of the guilt and shame in order to heal and move forward, and some where along my path of life,  I pray I have chances to make amends with those whom I have harmed.

Below I am including a poem, written by Jane Eggleston, that I love, and find much truth in I hope you enjoy it as much  as I do!

It’s In The Valleys I Grow

Sometimes life seems hard to bear,iris-white-and-purple_w544_h725
Full of sorrow, trouble and woe
It’s then I have to remember
That it’s in the valleys I grow.

If I always stayed on the mountain top
And never experienced pain,
I would never appreciate God’s love
And would be living in vain.

I have so much to learn
And my growth is very slow,
Sometimes I need the mountain tops,
But it’s in the valleys I grow.

I do not always understand
Why things happen as they do,
But I am very sure of one thing.
My Lord will see me through.
My little valleys are nothing
When I picture Christ on the cross
He went through the valley of death;
His victory was Satan’s loss.

Forgive me Lord, for complaining
When I’m feeling so very low.
Just give me a gentle reminder
That it’s in the valleys I grow.

Continue to strengthen me, Lord
And use my life each day
To share your love with others
And help them find their way.

Thank you for valleys, Lord
For this one thing I know
The mountain tops are glorious
But it’s in the valleys I grow!

All for now,



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Posted by crypurple on December 9, 2012

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Christine McDonald and Cry Purple is the name of the book that I have written about my life.  My journey has certainly been circuitous and definitely full of ruts and hurtles, but it has allowed me to develop a certain school of thought as to what direction I want to move toward to develop my  future.

I believe that we can’t change our past, but from this day forward we can pick a dream, put forth the effort and make it happen! No matter what we have done, no matter where we come from, even if no one believes in us. We, ourselves, have the ability to change!!

There is a poem by an unknown author about the road to success.  This poem speaks to me aChristine leaning on chairnd empowers me to continually move forward in improving my existence and the life I want to provide for my son.  It reads as follows:

The road to success is not straight.
There is a curve called Failure,

 A loop called Confusion,
Speed bumps called Friends,

 Red lights called Enemies,
Caution lights called Family,

 You will have flats called Jobs,
But, if you have a spare called Determination,
An engine called Perseverance,

 Insurance called Faith,
A driver called God,
You will make it to a place called Success.

I believe this.  There were many times in my life when I could have been taken off this earth, but I am still here, so I know God still has plans for me.

Please feel free to explore the other pages in this blog and learn more about me.  On my About page, you can read more about Cry Purple, including information on where to buy it, if you want to read more.

All the best,


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