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Erin Experiences God's Grace

February 1, 2013

By W. James Edminson

Erin has her twin daughters Karizma (Izzy) and Keairah (Keke) dressed for the day. They are watching television while she finishes getting ready. The trio are going to ride on the Piggly Wiggly Supermarket’s float in the annual Sanford Christmas parade later in the day and the two girls are excited.

The months since Erin arrived at BCH’s Oak Ranch in June have passed quickly. Her life has been a whirlwind since the morning, almost two years ago, when she awoke from a drunken stuper and had what she calls an “epiphany.”

“Suddenly, I thought ‘I can’t do this anymore,’” Erin recalls. “I came to a realization that I had to get out of this and I believed I could do it. I believed that I could overcome it.”

Erin had lost everything. Her twins and Erin’s two older children were taken from her by the department of social services after she was arrested on drug-related charges.

The twins’ father was physically abusive and was in jail. Alone, she dulled the pain by drinking.

“I didn’t know if I would ever get my children back, but I felt the Holy Spirit say I could,” she confides.

After detox and months at a Christian-based group home for moms recovering from addictions, Erin was reunited with her twins. The older children continue to live with their father.

“I was told I would never get my children back,” she says, “but nine months later the girls were with me.”

Erin says it is difficult to battle the addictions. “It consumes you – it’s hard,” she says.

“Satan makes things looks so appealing, but that lifestyle takes everything out of you. Most moms don’t make it as far as I have.”

Erin attributes all her success to her faith in God. She says it is God who has brought her to Oak Ranch and to a brighter future.

“I had nothing but faith,” she says. “That has been what has brought me back – God’s grace and mercy. I give all thanks to Him.”

Being part of BCH’s Family Care program is helping Erin get back on her feet. She works at Piggly Wiggly as a cashier. She is focused on saving her money and is disciplined – budgeting every dollar. She recently was able to purchase an automobile for her family’s transportation. Erin is intent on working to make a good life for her children, and Oak Ranch is the perfect place to begin.

“It is so peaceful at Oak Ranch,” Erin says. “You can focus on making things better. I wake up in the morning not stressed. I don’t have to worry about the girls’ well-being. We are all safe and our needs are met.”

Erin begins classes in January at the local community college to study business administration. She says she is becoming self-reliant and is determined never to get trapped in bad relationships again. She says the new freedom is boosting her self confidence.
“I never could have imagined that a place like Oak Ranch was available,” Erin says.

“When you don’t have anything, you can’t see how you are going to ever put everything together.”