This book was written: To awaken The Church to frequently disregarded subjects. Church Hurts, and Mental Health struggles, and how those affect our Church Communities.
"In all reality some things cannot be fixed; you can only accept them for what they are, while learning from it and living with it."
-McMorlan, K. (2018) "TREASURES In The Trash"
​​This is a story of perseverance in overcoming psychological trauma; a childhood damaged by lies, secrets, and scandal. These were the predecessor to Kristy's ​ Complex post-traumatic stress disorder: C-PTSD. Kristy courageously also shares her own journey of overcoming Codependency.

Kristy pens her mother's journey into Schizophrenia, and writes a tribute to her mother, as an aid in removing the stigma surrounding Mental Health struggles.    
It's time to eradicate the shame frequently associated with a diagnosis within the spectrum of Mental Health. This kind of pronouncement isn't always a Spiritual condition, as some would like to think.
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Will you take the journey with me, and find freedom to become an abuse survivor?​ 

-Kristy McMorlan 

"What lies behind you and
what lies in front of you,
pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
​(1803 - 1882) 

​Kristy McMorlan's Church Hurt

Kristy was content living her life quietly full of acquiescent behavior; yet, she didn't think the traumatic recessed memories, from her childhood, should have reemerged through the unkindness displayed within her former Church Community. Flashbacks frequently lead abuse survivor’s reactions; but, that doesn't mean all abuse survivors are harmful. Therefore, Kristy travels uncharted waters as Kristy shares her mom's and her own story of: How they both became victimized.

Through Kristy’s published book she’d like to share how God healed her, the unassuming girl in the back of the classroom. Who feared her own shadow and wouldn’t look anyone in the eye. Because the eyes are a window into the soul, and Kristy didn’t want anyone to know her home life was a beast; she wanted to contain the monster.

As a mature adult Kristy discovered the animal’s name: C-PTSD. Until she became familiar with the brute, Kristy felt worthless; without any commendable contributions. That's how a victim views themselves, who struggles with psychological abuse.

Kristy found herself in a Church Hurt, which left her broken by the very place that should show Grace; instead, she was victimized once again. When Kristy was forcibly removed from her service position, within her former Church Community, Kristy’s overwhelming grief needed to find a healthy outlet and photography became a source of healing; her Church Hurt was devastating. ​​

The reality is: Trauma within a Church environment can and often does happen. As a result, Kristy witnessed a slow methodical overshadowing disconnection within several Church Communities; gone is the personal connectiveness many of us desire within our own Church Family. People are afraid of being wounded emotionally and have no clue how to overcome those fears.
Kirsty McMorlan's 
Photography Adventures
  1. Half Dome, Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park
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    Half Dome, Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park
  2. Falls Creek Falls, Washington State
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    Falls Creek Falls, Washington State
  3. Lower McCloud Falls, Shasta, California
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    Lower McCloud Falls, Shasta, California
  4. Burney Falls, McArthur-Burney Memorial State Park, California
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    Burney Falls, McArthur-Burney Memorial State Park, California
  5. Middle McCloud Falls, Shasta, California
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    Middle McCloud Falls, Shasta, California
  6. Upper McCloud Falls, Shasta, California
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    Upper McCloud Falls, Shasta, California
  7. Ceder Creek Grist Mill, Woodland, Washingtion
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    Ceder Creek Grist Mill, Woodland, Washingtion
  8. Lost Lake, Hood River, Oregon.
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    Lost Lake, Hood River, Oregon.
  9. Lower Falls, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington
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    Lower Falls, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington
  10. Spirit Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Washington
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    Spirit Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Washington
  11. Near Pup Creek Falls, Clackamas River Trail, Oregon
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    Near Pup Creek Falls, Clackamas River Trail, Oregon
  12. Oneonta Falls,Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
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    Oneonta Falls,Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
  13. Schreiner's Iris Farm, Salem, Oregon
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    Schreiner's Iris Farm, Salem, Oregon
  14. Scott Lake, McKenzie Pass Highway, Oregon
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    Scott Lake, McKenzie Pass Highway, Oregon
  15. Tamanawas Falls, Mt Hood, Oregon
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    Tamanawas Falls, Mt Hood, Oregon
  16. Sahalie Falls, McKenzie River, Oregon
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    Sahalie Falls, McKenzie River, Oregon
  17. Trillium Lake, Mt Hood, Oregon
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    Trillium Lake, Mt Hood, Oregon
  18. Sparks Lake, Cascade Lakes Highway, Bend, Oregon
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    Sparks Lake, Cascade Lakes Highway, Bend, Oregon
  19. Pup Creek Falls, Clackamas River Trail, Oregon
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    Pup Creek Falls, Clackamas River Trail, Oregon
  20. Near Proxy Falls, McKenzie Pass, Oregon
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    Near Proxy Falls, McKenzie Pass, Oregon
  21. Sweet Creek Falls, Mapleton, Oregon
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    Sweet Creek Falls, Mapleton, Oregon
  22. Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, Oregon
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    Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, Oregon
  23. Abiqua Falls, Scotts Mills, Oregon
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    Abiqua Falls, Scotts Mills, Oregon
  24. Lower Punchbowl Falls, Eagle Creek, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
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    Lower Punchbowl Falls, Eagle Creek, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
  25. Lower Butte Falls, Scotts Mills, Oregon
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    Lower Butte Falls, Scotts Mills, Oregon
  26. Mirror Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
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    Mirror Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
  27. Elk Lake, Cascade Lakes Highway, Bend, Oregon
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    Elk Lake, Cascade Lakes Highway, Bend, Oregon
  28. Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, California
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    Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, California
  29. Big Lake, Mt Washington, Santiam Pass, Oregon
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    Big Lake, Mt Washington, Santiam Pass, Oregon
  30. Wild Deer, Central Oregon
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    Wild Deer, Central Oregon

One of Kristy's favorite things to do is: Place “hikers” on her feet and take a trek; preferably to photograph God’s mighty splendor. After many years of giving her “hobby” lots of attention she realized: She had many incredible memories, and lots of photographs. Then it became a question, “What does she do with all these photographs?”

At this point Kristy has no grandiose idealisms about earning money, while doing an activity she loves. Kristy simply likes to admire God’s natural beauty, while she also appreciates other people’s photos. She decided it was time to throw her photography into the assortment.

Now that she's part of several social media sites Kristy realizes other people can produce more fabulous works of art than she does. Although people have conveyed, repeatedly, she has an eye for producing a magnificent product. You can decide that for yourself. She has no fancy camera, lens, or editing program; Kristy does have a passion which was born through adversity.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

-Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Get Acquainted with Kristy McMorlan
Kristy discovered several years ago that she loves to write; however, social media has its blessings and curses. A quick text, FB post, Tweet Blog , or Email keeps her connected to others, but gone is eye contact, reading of body language, and personal interaction; such as a hug.

People can send an emoji along with their correspondence, to convey a feeling or even soften their words. But gone is the relational connective aspect many of us desire in our own life.

Social media keeps us connected to people we love outside our ability to chat in person with, because their, or our life, is overwhelmingly full. Or, perhaps miles and distance keep us apart. Our life is made easier to find new people and keep connected with the old; nevertheless, in many ways disconnected. 

Kristy recognizes social media allows people a peek into her life, and frequently as a result they seemingly want more of the surface Kristy; her photography, a glance at her paintings, or a look into Kristy's husband's projects, the story behind the photography, an adorable story about their four-legged children, etc.

Although, the element of verbal social connectedness isn't felt in social media. There's a whole lot more to Kristy than what she conveys through Social Media, and sometimes she yearns for this part of her to be connected to others. Then God called Kristy to write her story for His glory: To expose she struggled with:  Amnesia from horrific childhood experiences, which was revisited through present day unkindness within context of a religious environment.
​​"A problem cannot be solved without understanding it."

​-McMorlan, K. (2018) "TREASURES In The Trash"