You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously-unknown
I am much more than my afflictions
I am a resilient, 39 years young. I have been married to the love of my life, Christopher for 19 years. Chris is the total opposite of me. He is very melancholy, mechanical, logical, works hard, has a soft side and he loves me and our kids with all his heart. He is at his happiest camping and with a fishing pole in his hand. I need him to keep me grounded. Lord knows, I will go wherever the wind blows which at times is scary.
John 3:8 (NIV) The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”.
I have always had a spot in my heart for the "underdog." Takes one to know one. I have compassion and empathy for the addicted and afflicted. In 2013 I received my college degree in addiction counseling and I was awarded 2014 ACCSC's Outstanding Graduate. I was shocked, considering the gutter I crawled out of! I've been sober since January 2010 after I threw myself into rehab. Thanks be to God, the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, my sponsor and meetings, I have been sober since January 19, 2010. You will come to know my testimony in my Blog posts.
I use my education and experience in addiction recovery on a daily basis, mainly on myself. We live in a small town of about 2,300 and I am known as the "sober" one. I don't mind, it keeps me honest and I can offer support to those who want it. I was the volunteer director of Helping Everyone Recover (H.E.R.) and the Shanna Marie House. Now, that story is so large in Godittude, it requires it's own website, (CLICK). Sadly I am closing that chapter of my life due to my illness. I just can't keep up.
People think I'm crazy to be helping others in my condition. I believe that if I always give into my illness then it will become me. I also believe that God will move me when and where he wants to. This time He is working on me to write a blog, and I am not a writer. Another uncharted territory but I'll figure it out.
"I feel the holy spirit at work and in the presence of our maker, when I leave myself to help someone else. My suffering takes a back seat even if it's just a moment in time. The medicine for me is that my soul feels better and that's better than any pill" -Racquel Garcia
OUR BEST BLESSINGS....
I have been married for 19 years to my husband Chris. We have been blessed with four amazing children. Jordan 14, has a love for Jesus, Christian rap and hip-hop dancing. Then we have princess Mackenzie, 13. As a sister with three brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with. Mackenzie loves the Lord and started a pajama mission www.operationpj.org for kids who go without. She also wants to teach children with developmental disabilities. In 2006 our miracle was born, BBall Jayden. He loves playing basketball and is a boys boy! We bought him a brand new pair of Adidas shoes at Christmas, it's March and he has a hole in the toe. Jayden is his mothers keeper. God has great plans for Him. Jayden always gets my cold cloths when I'm hot and he is my crutch when I forget my cane. Last but not least we have Jesse, well he's just Jesse, Mr. matter of fact. He tells it like it is and thinks he is 6ft tall. I can't wait to see what God does with all his power. He has been on a record number of doctor appointments with me that they miss him if he doesn't go.
This Blog will evolve as I do, this is about a different chapter in my life. I see many changes on the horizon but I welcome them. I am ready for life to slow down a bit. My sister Janel, reminded me, "so far you've survived 100% of your worst days. You're doing great." She's right , I'm batting a thousand!!! I'm not sure what the future holds for me but I'm sure not going to sit on my ass waiting to find out. .
I pinky promise to never lie and I will be more upfront than you may be comfortable with, at times. Just take what you want and leave the rest. Let's go!