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Grapevine : September 2011
With a little over a year sober, I started sponsoring other guys, thus beginning my journey into the first half of our Twelfth Step. In 2001, I moved to Arcadia, Florida, and im- mediately got into the AA program. In 2004, I moved to the Caribbean island of St. Martin, where I dis- covered a very solid AA program. In early 2006, I became engaged to a wonderful young lady and we moved to her home country of Guy- ana, South America. We had a won- derful marriage party with about 120 attendees, including some of my newfound AA buddies. All was going OK in Guyana until December of 2006, when life threw my wife and I a real curve ball. My wife was pregnant with our first child. During the year, we felt our baby developing in my wife's belly and talked to him daily. Unfortunate- ly, little Peter was delivered stillborn. I took control and arranged a funeral service, which was attended by many friends and family mem- bers. The morning after the funeral, though, I developed an immediate resentment toward two of my wife's six siblings ... the two who were not at the funeral. Without going into detail, I took actions to teach them a lesson, which really alienated me from my wife's family. With help from a number of AA friends, though, I was able to see how wrong I was. Thank God for Step Ten. I visited each member of my wife's family and began making amends. Thankfully, relationships with my wife's family today have never been better. 2007 was another challenging year. AA is not nearly as prevalent in Guyana as it is here in the States. In the months following the loss of our son, I became quite depressed and, with the full support of my loving wife, spent about six months in the U.S., where I could stay active in AA, which helped me immensely. Toward the end of 2007, I was in much better emotional shape. This was enhanced by the birth of a very healthy little girl on Novem- ber 5, 2007. She is such a wonderful child and adds so much to our lives, words can't come close to describe the feeling. By January, 2008, my wife's visa was approved and we all moved to our new home in Arcadia, Florida. As I stepped off the plane in Miami, I specifically remember thinking, God The morning after the funeral, though, I developed an im- mediate resentment toward two of my wife's six siblings ... the two who were not at the funeral. 12 September 2011