Three days after graduating from high school, Kelsey moved 2,000 miles from Washington State to the Lone Star State. Like many people, she wanted to become independent as quickly as possible. The perfect opportunity arose when her sister and her brother-in-law extended to Kelsey an invitation to move out of her mother’s house and live with them. Though she was more than a little frightened of moving so far away so quickly, this was an offer she couldn’t refuse.
The situation seemed to come from the happiest dream. Kelsey’s sister said she would provide Kelsey with a job babysitting for her sister’s coworker, so she would be employed. “I was [also] going to try to get a second job at this ceramics store (a huge hobby of mine),” she wrote to me. Along with all this, a friend of Kelsey’s had told her that his father was a pastor at a church near where she was moving, so she had a church to join. “When I got to Texas I was excited because everything seemed to be working out for me,” Kelsey told me. Continue reading