Love the picture!! I know, sometimes you have to ask, but he does know and he will take care of you!! Have a great day!!
I love the photo, too, Emily! Thank you again for this blog...I think People magazine should do an update on you and this blog. Anybody agree? If so, and if Emily doesn't mind, should we e-mail the People magazine editor with our suggestion?Montana
You are so welcome Montana! How are you doing? Oh' and I don't mind at all, that would be neat! Xo, em
Hi, Emily --I am doing better; through your blog I found someone who has a lot in common with me and we are supporting each other and both making progress. I am very excited and hopeful, and am finding I have strength I didn't know I have.On another note, I'm a bit blue today -- I just heard from my dad that my last uncle passed away this morning. I have many fond childhood memories of family get-togethers with him there. Oddly, he drank like a fish (beer) for about his entire life, but died of essentially old age (he was in his early 80s). My dad had 5 brothers, with the first one dying in WWII (so I never knew him). So I'm also sad for my dad, I know he is hurting although he probably won't admit it. What would it feel like to have 5 siblings and to outlive your entire family?To deal with this today, I am going to spend time in prayer, walk my dogs (it's a beautiful summer day) and treat myself to comfort food (a Coke and take-out from my favorite Mexican restaurant). No beer or wine for me!I will e-mail the People magazine editor later today, but I won't use my real name. If Annette or Cali or Mommaof3 or Randy or any others who follow Emily's blog wish to, as well, that would be awesome!Montana
Hi Montana,I am so sorry to hear about your losing your Uncle. It sounds like you have many wonderful memories to cherish. I admire how you are taking care of yourself (I love Mexican food)and not hitting the bottle.
I so love reading this post and how kind women are to eachother - This is our strength - I am new but love to read the levels of sobriety that I see - Thank you to all... I am still under 2 mo. and you women encourage me.
Hi Emily and to all who are here at this wonderful site. We have an amazing God. He hears every cry, every hurt, every concern. He had our lives mapped out before we were even born... which sometimes causes me to question why He allows certain things to happen. There has been so much pain and many struggles throughout my life, as there have been for many people here. Why would he have chosen that road for us? Or did we choose it? Regardless of the road I have been on....the journey that is on-going can be painful...but God never promised a life without pain or sorrow, He just promised that He would walk beside us every step of the way. I have many questions for God when it is my time to meet Him...actually I just want the answer to one question and that is why was my Dad taken away from me in an accident when I was 7 and 2 brothers, 5 and 2...as well as my Mom. Was it God's plan all along since He has our life mapped out before we are born? I don't question that we don't have a loving God. We have an amazing God, but that just seems so unfair. The pain led to self-injuring by the age of 9. I have struggled with depression since childhood, alcohol and drug addiction to numb the pain. By the Grace of God, I have just over 9 years. I have just over a year of not self-injuing. I do believe I would not be where I am today had I not gone through all of this. The life experiences have made me who I am. I do believe God knows what He is doing, but we may not know until we meet Him and I just have to trust that He knew what He was doing on that day my Dad was killed and how it deeply affected his entire family. Without having gone through these life experiences, I wouldn't have a relationship with my Lord and Savior. When I get going on this topic, I start to get all confused and start to ramble. I just know that God knows what He is doing and we have an amazing God. And I am so very grateful for where I am today despite all the pain. And I am very grateful to have heard of this site on Dr. Phil. Thank you, Emily. This site is very uplifting and encouraging to me and probably more so for the people who are still struggling or are new to sobriety. Keep the faith because sobriety happens!
OH...and a definite yes to People magazine being updated on Emily and this wonderful blog. I'm in! This is a very beautiful picture of you, Emily! It looks so peaceful and serene... surrounded by God's beautiful creation! There's no where I'd rather be than in the wilderness. His presence surrounds me and I feel closest to Him there.