Monday, December 29, 2008

Today is a GREAT day!!!!

Today I celebrate 7 years clean and sober!!! It feels a little surreal...where did the time go??? I been reflecting on that time of my life and am so grateful I got to experience it. For some of you that might sound a little odd but honestly it's made me who I am today! At times I have a hard time expressing the joy (that word really doesn't do it justice) I've found over the past 7 years. I love being sober...I love being a mom...I love being able to wake up and look forward to the new day ahead...I love my Savior Jesus Christ and am grateful to feel of his love...I love being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints...I love having friends who trust and love me...I love having relationships with my family and the memories that we share...I love watching Cameron grow and learn...I love that I have a job today and am good at what I do...I love being ok with who I am...I love that I'm not perfect and have a lot to learn!!! Today I'm grateful for so many things and without my sobriety I would have none of it.

This picture was taken on December 26, 2001--I had not spoken to my family in almost 2 years. At the time I had no idea how worried they must have been...now that I've had a child I understand, I could not imagine not talking to him for that long and not knowing where he was. I called them on Christmas day, it was the hardest phone call I've ever made, the next day they met me for breakfast. It was a nice but awkward visit. At the time I had no idea I was pregnant and would be moving home for good a week later. Three days later I found out and that was the beginning to a wonderful new journey!






I'm blessed today with so many wonderful people in my life...I just want to thank all my family and friends for being so supportive and never giving up on me!!!!! I'm looking forward to many more amazing years and can't wait to see what lies ahead!!!!!

11 comments:

Dallin said...

Happy Birthday!!!! I hope you know how proud of you I am....I love you!!!!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations- it IS a great day. You are amazing and that is a great accomplishment.

DeDe said...

i am totally crying here @ work as i'm reading this entry - you're such a wonderful person and i love you so much! congratulations!!

Riley Family said...

Oh Mandy, that was beautiful! It brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations!!! You are the most amazing woman I know. I love you!

amie979 said...

GO MANDY!!! That's awesome:)

Unguren said...

I will always remember how long it has been too. You got to come to my bridal shower. And since Blake and I have almost been married seven years....

Congrats! I am very proud of you.

John and Jaime said...

WOW!! You truly are an inspiration. It is wonderful that you were able to grow and learn so much about yourself and life. You are such a strong woman and I totally look up to you.

Anonymous said...

Mandy...you are my hero. This has been the best miracle of all. I love you.
Mom

Stephanie said...

Mandy!!! What a touching post!!!! Congratulations!!! you are wonderful and for that a terrific mom!!!

Analisa-creator of hairblingzcutethings said...

i just read this...i'm slow i know! i loved it and I love you! I'm so glad I've gotten to know you over these many years. I've always thought you were such a remarkable person and for awhile I didn't know if I'd ever see you again! I'm obviously thrilled that you are also where you are today! Hope that all made sense! Congrats!

Mackenzie said...

Along with everybody else, I love you, Mandy! That was a fantastic post - you're inspiring. :)