Thursday, December 4, 2014

The End (ch. 43)

After my uncle's death I went through a lot of ups and downs. My aunt and uncle became my mom and dad. They worked with me through my adolescence, helped me as a young adult with a drug addiction and alcoholism and have been my forever family. I am everything I am today because they love me. I know I skipped over the entire dark period of my own battle with alcoholism, it's part of my story, but not the most important part. The most important part is that I recovered. I survived, and there was a happy ending for me. God is good.  Today I have two beautiful children and a wonderful husband and a mom who has been there for me since the day she adopted me. She stepped in to fill the shoes my biological mother couldn't.  I am so blessed. My past does not define me.  I am like the Phoenix, who emerged from the ashes. There may be more fires in my future, but I know I'll survive those too.