I’m 25 years old, born in Chattanooga, TN and moved to Nashville at age 3.  I have 2 sisters and a brother.  When I was 9, I was taken from my mother and placed in a foster home with my sisters and brother.  I was grateful for that.  I was reunited with my mother at age 16.  That’s also when I met my children’s father, who I loved deeply.  I was in an up and down relationship with him for 9 years until I got incarcerated.  I always felt like I neglected my parent role in my children’s lives.  I can say now looking back at what happened with us that I wasn’t the best parent for them at the time.  I needed to have an eye-opener to see what was going on in my life.  For so many years I blamed my children’s father for how he treated me, but I don’t anymore because that’s what’s making me stronger now.  I feel that I can be the best mother and person for my children and myself.  I’m so grateful to be able to tell “my” story and to share how I’ve been feeling and to let people know they’re not alone.

“To be strong, you have to stay strong to understand life itself.”

Quintearia

An incarcerated mother

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