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A new chapter in my life started this afternoon!! Looking forward with happy, anxious eyes!!

Monday, February 28, 2011

In the spirit of how I would not hesitate to blog about what stress my son had caused me with his drug addled behavior, I am posting this blog.

However, today is different. The last time you heard about my son he had been busted for marijuana and felony possession of a Class II drug. The DA offered my son a plea deal. My son could go to what is called drug court (takes at least 12 months to finish!!) and when he graduated, his record would be wiped clean and he would be allowed to live his life as if nothing bad had ever happened. If he chose not to take the plea deal or if he failed drug court, he would have to serve time.

My son started drug court in Feb. 2010. He had three meetings a week, NA meetings, weekly drug/urine screens, random early morning drug/urine screens on weekends, weekly meetings with his PO, a weekly review of his case in front of a judge, as well as having to work a minimum of 30 hours/week. If he did not work the minimum, he had to fill the time with volunteer work. And if he missed a drug screen, it automatically counted as a positive! It was very hard for him, especially at first. But he kept his eyes on the prize. And learned a lot about himself along the way.

This fall, my son got baptized and accepted Jesus as His Savior. He has shown a lot of personal growth in ways that are hard to describe. (For example, he recently started reading "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren!!) He is definitely not the same person who started drug court a year ago.

And this afternoon, he graduated from drug court within the 12 months he said he would do it!! (And if I may brag, he did it without ever failing a drug screen!!) A lot of his friends were there to watch this exciting moment along! His best friend since 2nd grade got to say a few things about my son as part of the ceremony. I squeezed my MIL's hand as we watched the ceremony!!

Now a new chapter is starting for my family. I am so very proud of him and what he has accomplished but I also know what human nature is like, so I am a bit nervous about his ability to stay clean. The best I can do is to continue to love and support him and have faith in him that he can do this!!

I know I've used this picture before but I love it!!! He so does hold the world in his hands!!
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    I'm so happy for you and for your whole family. This is just great news and it brightens my day. I'll keep him in my prayers that he stays clean and sober and lives the life he was meant to. kim
    3628 days ago
    Good for him! Knock on wood, I haven't had one kid of mine that has ever had that problem and I thank God for that. He sounds like he is on his way to a very bright future. Congratulations to your son and your love and support for him!
    3646 days ago
    Congrats to you and your family, especially your son! It is an accomplishment and one I know he will look back on from time to time. It was a difficult time for all of you but it seems that your family is stronger and stronger in faith. We are always tested just keep your faith. Wishing you and your family many blessings and happiness. emoticon
    3649 days ago
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    I am so glad to hear the wonderful news. I can only imagine how proud you are of your son for making it through this tough times this past year. And I give him tons of PRAISE, for being able to stay clean and kept his eye on the prize. I am sure it met so much to him to have you stand behind him along the way. There may be rough patches ahead, but I am sure that with your coninued love and support that he will continue to stay on the right path. I am so very happy for both of you.
    3650 days ago
    WOW! THAt is wonderful. I am encouraged to read this. My daughter (who is 31) has some prescription drug abuse issues which is tearing her life apart. It is good for me to know what can be accomplished. Thank you for sharing.
    3651 days ago
    Your blog brought tears of joy to my eyes. I am so happy for the entire family, but especially for your dear son. Everyone deserves a second chance and I am so thrilled that he has found success.

    3651 days ago
    I'm so proud of him! He had a choice as God gives us all a free will and he is making good productive ones! The key sentence you said is about he accepted Jesus, and you said there are remarkable changes you see. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding,In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths! Prov 3:5-6. Trust Him, as His love has changed your sons heart, and don't doubt it, or lean to your own understanding. Just believe and rejoice in the Lord! Be positive and know there is no going back, just forward for him! God is so good and wants to give us the desires of our heart! He definitely knows, this is the desire of your heart. Give Him thanks and praise for delivering your son from a life of destruction! emoticon
    I'm so happy and thankful God has moved in sons life. I am rejoicing with you! Thank you Jesus!
    Much love and LYLAS,
    3651 days ago
    I am so happy for you! You must be so relieved that he made it through this difficult year and came out having learned so much. Yes, there could be rough patches ahead and as moms, we always worry. With your continued support he'll do great. Look what he's accomplished already!
    3651 days ago
    I'm so very happy for him and for you! He worked so hard for 12 months that I'm hoping habits have been established and he just continues to move forward. Congrats to him!
    3651 days ago
    I have been clean sing 1993. It is a long journey but one with great rewards. I am proud of your son! It takes a lot of hard work and determination and a serious plan to stay in recover. Being a Christian will help him through that journey just like having a mother who loves and cares for him will. emoticon
    3651 days ago
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