I am a 39ish year old, married mother of three teenagers. My drinking didn't become abnormal until my early 30's. I knew for quite some time that I had a problem, but was unwilling to consider I was an alcoholic. I'm educated. I had a successful career, healthy children, financial security and a happy marriage. I wasn't your stereotypical alcoholic! I never had a DUI, missed work because I was drunk, made a fool of myself or endangered anyone. I just liked to drink at home...in my kitchen. The narratives found here detail my journey from awareness, to acceptance, to surrender and finally to victory. In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul shares about the "thorn in his side." He begged the Lord to take it away, but God revealed the need for that thorn to keep Paul humble and dependent upon God for strength in enduring his weaknesses. I now know that my alcoholism is the thorn I've been given to grow in my faith, and to continue to lean on God for support and strength in staying sober, and living my best life.