Now Mike, you know that your wife was lucky to get a good, strong man with the skills to survive anything.
Your Godson is lucky to have you to share his joy and be a part of his life as he begins this journey of marriage.
Teens especially, respond so powerfully to an adult who expresses real affection for them and pride in them. Just the title, godSON, is a delight for you and for him.
Mike, I am an alcoholic. I have been free of alcohol for a whole lot of 24 hours at a time. If I were to drink tonight, I would not have lost everything. Yes, I would start over at step one. But all my HP has done for me, and all my fellow alkies have done for me would still be there--provided, I get to a meeting, call my sponsor and let the fellowship help me learn to crawl, and stand, and eventually walk again. Ditto all of that for you even IF you had gone back to old ways, which YOU DID NOT DO!
Mike, you have courage, you're honest with yourself, you are open to getting better, and from what I have come to know of you here, you are a compassionate man. Those are facts to be grateful for and proud of.
Enjoy your Godson as a married man. Send him a note now and then and if you can spare a $20.00 or so send it. This first years are so expensive. Give him a call every month or two, at least the first year. Open up the possibility for him to talk to you and ask questions if he has any.
I think you have some glorious days ahead.
If we do not live what we believe, then we will begin to believe what we live.