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Maggie and I met 27 years ago in 1991, I was in a homeless shelter trying to get clean and she was a single mom coping with abuse and abandonment issues. She was still grieving the loss of her five-month-old son Adam who passed away in 1988.

3 months after moving out of the homeless shelter and in with Maggie, I was using again. Maggie had two small children and so I became an instant father who wasn’t even fit to take care of himself.

One year later Maggie and I decided to get married and over the next decade we had three more children amidst a life filled with chaos, using, codependency and volatile arguments. I did finally get and stay clean in 1998.

Through mutual friends Maggie and I both excepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and in 1999 and started attending church regularly. By 2005 we had our seventh child and life begin to unravel again l as I stayed addicted to everything but drugs. Maggie was ready to leave, and I didn’t even know it. We were desperate for help.

A girlfriend of Maggie’s was attending Celebrate Recovery and asked us to check it out. We had tried everything up to this point including secular recovery, personal counseling as well as marriage counseling. We were both angry people and Maggie was very lonely. Her self-worth was nonexistent, and she too had fallen into destructive patterns.

Almost immediately we knew that Celebrate Recovery could help us. With a renewed sense of hope and a new vehicle to wellness, we set out on a new path of recovery, one that put Jesus Christ at the center.

10 years later we have never been happier. We work on our hurt’s habits and hang-ups in our own individual groups and spend our worship time and our church time together. Maggie has learned to forgive and be vulnerable and I am becoming the man my family has always needed and wanted. This October Maggie and I celebrated 26 years of marriage! God has done exceedingly abundantly more than we could have asked or hoped or imagined.

Thank you for letting us share.
Mark & Maggie!