In year twenty-three, I was plugging through having my son in Iraq. It was an unbelievable challenge for me. I started going to meetings a lot - sometimes 2 a day. I was going to so many meetings, I ended up sponsoring 7 women at the same time. Which just about drove me out of my mind. The way I sponsor is a bit too time intensive to do this with 7 people, 6 of whom were in their first year and doing the steps for the first time.
We had the winter of insane snow. I hurt my back by falling on my driveway the very first day of the blizzard.
I was running a lot! I realized I could train to run a half-marathon. And I did so. I ran my first half-marathon in May of 2007. It was a tremendous thing for me.
I was thrilled to be able to sign up for a four year biblical school. It was something that I was able to commit to and I was pretty happy about that.
OK, I am going to transcribe what is written in my birthday journal because it sums it up:
"The overriding feeling this year is gratitude for a pretty big chunk of my life lived sober. I raised my kids sober. I got my education sober. I started my career in healthcare sober. My grandchildren have never seen me drink. My kids don't remember me drunk. It is a miracle. This last year? K. in Iraq - that's been hard. Thank God I did what I know how to do and jumped into AA with both feet. Thank God. I ran a half-marathon in May and will do another in October. My triathlon is next weekend. I start Biblical School in August. I am very excited about that! Really, a very very good year. Thank you Lord."