Happy Mother's Day - Kristin's Story of Hope

May 10, 2015


Happy Mother's Day! In honor of mothers everywhere, we are sharing Kristin's Story of Hope...

 In 2006 I was in my late 30’s, single, between careers, and had just moved back to my home town of Grand Rapids. On the outside, I looked like a successful career woman. The truth is, what I thought of as an “occasional alcohol abuse problem” was really alcoholism running its progressive and destructive course in my life. I went from partying with friends on the weekends, to drinks after work, to drinking at home pretty much any time I wasn’t working. I sat alone pondering why life was passing me by and repeatedly promised myself that I would quit drinking tomorrow. I kept finding my way back to thinking that I could have “just one”. This inevitably led me back to the pit of despair, fear and depression. Despite the willpower and discipline that I demonstrated in other areas of my life, I couldn’t quit drinking nor comprehend a life without alcohol. Alcohol had a death grip on me. I really didn’t want to die, I just didn’t want to live the way I was living.


When I entered the doors of Our Hope, I was desperate and scared but HOPEFUL that I would learn a better way to live life without alcohol. I received exactly what I was looking for and so much more! Our Hope taught me that I was not bad or weak, but that I had a disease called alcoholism. Once I could apply the tools learned to my life outside of the safe walls of Our Hope, my life would be ready for me to start living it. I am now in my mid 40’s, married to a wonderful sober man, and have received the greatest gift of all, motherhood. I participate in my life today and am a sober mother of a beautiful and gifted 4 year old daughter named Ava Kathryn Ann. Her middle names are in honor of two great women in my life: my mother, Ann and my Grandmother, Kathryn. Without Our Hope, these two women would have lost me to the disease of alcoholism and my beautiful Ava would not exist. Today I am a loyal, kind, loving daughter, granddaughter, mother, step mother, wife and friend. Our Hope saved my life, drastically changing the course of my future. Each new day I am full of gratitude for the countless gifts that recovery has given me...the greatest by far I experience every time my little Ava looks me in the eyes and says, “I love you Mommy”.


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Kristin Boogaard




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