This week, May 15-21, is National Prevention Week.
That means it is time for SAMHSA’s annual “I Choose” project.
This photo represents my ‘why’.
I got sober because I wanted to live.
I have stayed sober because I have learned that sobriety offers so much more than sobriety.
I continue to choose sobriety every day because my children deserve to experience consistency.
They deserve stability and they deserve to feel a level of comfort that makes them feel safe & secure.
Choosing sobriety has made me a more present, interactive, attentive, mama and to me there is nothing more important than showing my children how valuable, and awesome, and loved they are.
And someday I think that they will fully grasp the depths of my love for them and their beautiful spirits, and the joy that they bring to my life every single day, even on the more tough, unorganized, and messy days.
Sobriety has given me the opportunity to absorb my life and to remember moments like that one in the photo, and all of the other memories that I am making with my husband and our family.
I remember all of the tears, the smiles, the silly times, laughing until we cry, every nerf war, the afternoons spent running around, every grocery store trip, the bumps, scrapes, and wrestlemania bruises, and everything in between.
This is the most important gift that my sobriety has given to me.
Grace is an amazing thing.