We would like to introduce you Sarah Pine. Sarah is one of the strongest women you will ever meet. She is an inspiration and one of the reasons we all get up and go to work each and every day. As we head into this holiday season please remember her words … “Gratitude changes everything.”
For what are you grateful this year?
Thank you ~
HFH PR Manager
Live goes on despite itself. I'm going to live each day to the fullest. Gratitude. Although we can learn to be thankful when life is going very well, developing the ability to express gratitude even while we are in times of emotional bankruptcy or exhausting stress, will allow us to enter a sacred chamber of appreciation and also builds an unimaginable new foundation of courage, hope, and love.
My name is Sarah Pine and I am 34 years of age. I am a single mother of three beautiful children. I am a grateful recovering addict with seven years clean. I grew up in an alcoholic home, started smoking weed with my mother when I was 9 years old, left home at the age of 14, quit school at the beginning of 9th grade because I became pregnant, and I was 16 years old having babies. I was a stay at home mom who depended on my kids’ father for everything.
I never wanted to be like my mother, but I found myself becoming more like her - I turned to meth instead of the alcohol. Before I knew it I was a full-blown addict whose life was spiraling out of control. My addiction took me to places I never thought I would go. I became a needle junkie and eventually started cooking meth to support my habit. Losing sight of all reality, I was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of a minor times five enhanced. My drug of choice cost me my soul, my children to the state, my freedom, and everything I owned. My mother’s addiction to alcohol took her life while I was incarcerated. I spent a year in NWACCC, this was my turning point. I vowed to change my life for myself, and my children. When I paroled out I faced challenges because I was now a convicted felon. I had a lot to prove to the State of Arkansas because I was fighting to gain custody of my children. My step father was given custody of my children while I was incarcerated, which gave me time to get out of prison and get my life back. I share all of this as I'm sitting next to my daddy who has been battling cancer for two years this month. He's now in hospice. It is the capacity to feel consuming grief and pain and despair that also allows me to embrace love and joy and beauty with my whole heart. I must let it all in to let him go! Feeling so blessed to have the last days with my superhero. I'm so honored to be his daughter! Seems like a haze, and a lot of memories, and so much love! So many emotions and tears! Getting to spend these years that turned into days with him is something that I will hold in my heart forever .
Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow.
I'm the woman I am today because of this man. Behind many great kids is a step parent who stepped up and cared. This man taught me what unconditional love is! Through this journey; road was long and tough, but I regained custody of all 3 of my children. I have am a clean and sober mother today. I am active in a 12 step program and now get to take a narcotics anonymous meeting into the prison where I was incarcerated. I have shared my testimony with many - my experience, strength, and hope. I am now being blessed with the opportunity to be the proud owner of my own home. I was chosen to be a partner family with Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, and by this time next year I will be a proud first time home owner. In addition I am working hard for and looking forward to getting my GED.
Gratitude changes everything.