Photography by Angela Fischer Photography
Meet Jonetta. She is Beauty Revived.
Once in a while, you unexpectedly meet people that change your perspective on life. Jonetta has done that for me. Her positive attitude is just one of her qualities that draw you in and as a result leave you with a new understanding and appreciation for living. I’m so grateful for opportunity to have met this beautiful, inspiring woman. This is her story.
Hello, my name is Jonetta, a 45 year-old single mom to two wonderful sons. I am a low-maintenance woman. Simple things in life are most meaningful to me–family, friends, rewarding work, a decent paycheck, good food and certainly not least—loving and caring for my boys. I have a younger sister, Lisa. Mom, Lisa, and I struck out on our own when I was 10. We left our dad because life with him was cruel and chaotic. Even at a young age I knew life would be better with just “us three girls against the world.”
My childhood was great. Even with the challenges of a single-parent-home, I had everything I needed, including love and structure. I got to do all the typical kid stuff. After high school, I started on a long and winding path in pursuing a college education. During the stalled stretches from college, in 1995 I got married to a long-time boyfriend. I worked as a nail tech and in day care; however, I never lost my dream of earning a college degree. In 2001 I was blessed with my son, David. But life threw me a curve ball in 2005 when I found myself being a single mom.
I met and fell in love with the second man in my life. To my joy, I became pregnant. However, it was a very difficult pregnancy. In 2007, I began another long and winding path with my second son, Maddox. He was born 12 weeks premature and weighed two pounds. I call him my little hero because he has endured so much. Leaving him every day in the NICU was heart wrenching. My heart ached to have both of my beautiful boys together at home. After two months
Maddox got to come home on Christmas Eve. It made for a perfect Christmas with my two cherished boys and my fiancé.
Before long it was apparent that Maddox was a special needs child, although it was nearly three years before we knew what his challenges would be. Maddox requires a lot of care and attention, numerous therapies, medicine, and doctor visits. My relationship with Maddox’s dad ended unexpectedly and abruptly. He left town and is only on the fringes of Maddox’s life. Maddox has Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia, ADHD, severe developmental delay, and Oppositional Deviant Disorder. I am the sole provider, caretaker, and manager of Maddox’s well-being. After many court sessions, I was successful in being granted sole custody of Maddox. My fight for child support continues. Maneuvering the federal and state agencies to secure Maddox’s best interest is nearly a full-time job but necessary. My story would be incomplete without saying that David is a loving and nurturing big brother. Even though he is only 14, he is definitely a partner in Maddox’s care.
Each day has its challenges. Like many single-moms I experience financial problems, an unreliable car, and exhaustion. But I never doubt that my life was meant to include David and Maddox. They are my heart-smile, my joy. During all this I am proud to say in 2013 I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies. I became a lead Headstart teacher in a facility for single parents who are going to school. The salary was low but the job was rewarding. Unfortunately, life threw me another curve when my job ended. With each and every curve ball, the lessons learned from the beautiful women in my life taught me to be a riser. A riser is a strong woman who not only survives but rises above life’s challenges. She doesn’t go around it, under it, or over it. She goes through it.
What do I think beautiful means? It is what is inside, what is shown and expressed by thoughts, words, and actions. It isn’t what is seen or touched. It is what is felt by the heart. I ran across the quote by Audrey Hepburn, and it spoke to me when I learned I was honored as one of America’s beautiful women. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years. – Audrey Hepburn
About the Photographer
Angela is a high school and children’s photographer located in London, Kentucky. She is a wife and mom who believes in giving back to others and her community. She is a graduate of Union College with a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education.