I thought I would begin my story with the first word of my 5-word autobiography, “she.” This “she” is me! “Who are you?” you may be asking. Well, I’m so glad you asked, because that is what I am going to begin telling you today.  I don’t plan to give you the whole shebang today, however!

My maiden name is Vicky Lynn Brandenburg. I was born in a very small hospital in Milan, Indiana on October 8, 1955. My parents were Alice Winniebee Ryker Brandenburg and Joseph Leroy Brandenburg of Osgood, Indiana.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Brandenburg

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Brandenburg

Mom and dad had a quick romance of 3 months before tying the knot on December 20, 1954 (2 days after my future husband was born).

Side note:  It wasn’t until my early teen years that I found out that mom had been married once before to an abusive man, whom she divorced.  I have no other knowledge of him.  Probably just as well!  He really has no part in my history other than this little bit of being married to my mother for a very short time.

dad, mom and me at 1 month and 22 days old

dad, mom and me at 1 month and 22 days old

I was born 9 months and 18 days later!   This is one of the earliest pictures of me that I have, taken on November 30, 1955.  If I had to guess, I would say the picture was probably taken by mom and dad’s good friend, Marie Schmaltz.  Her husband (his name escapes me at the moment) was dad’s boss and owned a gas station in Osgood.  Dad pumped gas and did mechanic work there.


So, there you have it.  The first bit of history of “she.”  That would be ME!


she was unwilling, but God…..

she was unwilling, but God.....

she was unwilling, but God…..

Do you have an autobiography? Here is the one God gave to me today…..

“She (meaning me) was unwilling, but God………”

This is my 5-word autobiography. There is a story behind this, which is what an autobiography is all about, right? (I’ll save that part of my story for later!) No matter who you are, you have an autobiography. Think about it and leave a comment! I’d love to read YOUR autobiography!

I get an artist’s newsletter from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, via e-mail. She is the one that stirred these thoughts in my soul this morning. God truly works in mysterious ways! It inspired me to create this blog. I hope and pray it is a blessing to all who may happen by to read.

You can read the post by Julie that stirred me into action today, here:


Photo Credits:

“Carefree – Color Play 12” bundle by Cilenia Curtis at Scrap Art Studio found here:

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