I was born in the Florida Panhandle and raised by my grandparents there. I had what I thought was a normal childhood. I went to church as a kid, so I knew about God. I had a large family- grandparents, mom, dad, brothers, an aunt, 2 uncles and numerous cousins. We were a pretty close family. I quit going to church when a teacher in elementary school said I didn’t have to go to church to go to heaven, as long as I believed in God. Well, duh….everybody believes in God, I thought. So that ended my church days and left me more time to play!