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December 2, 2013

Wish Book: ‘It will be very special’ for family reunited after two years

Watteaus together again after mom spends time in recovery

NEW ALBANY — Even though it is a month off, Breah Watteau will likely never forget Christmas 2013.

For the past two years Watteau has been in recovery, living in a halfway house away from her three children. Now sober and working at Rally’s, she recently got her kids back just in time for the holidays. The smile has now returned to her face.

“It will be very special,” she said. “I have not been able to be there the last couple of Christmases.”

While Watteau is working, supporting three kids is not easy on one income. The family has many needs. She said having her vehicle repaired is her immediate need along with a set of kitchen chairs.

Her three children also have needs. Ten-year-old son Jaiden Miller wears medium and large shirts, size 12 boys pants and a size 7 shoe. His brother, 9-year-old Brayden Watteau, wears medium shirts and size 4 shoes while 16-year-old Katelin Watteau wears 8/9 women’s pants, medium shirts and size 8 women’s shoes.

Watteau wears size 8/9 in pants, medium shirt and a 5 1/2-6 shoes.

There are also some wants. The boys would both like bicycles and hand-held Play Station Portable units.

“When they told me they picked my family [for Wishbook] I thought it was awesome,” Watteau said. “The kids are here and they still love me. The last seven years have not been good. We did what we could.”

Watteau said she has changed for the better in the last two years. Her kids have seen that change as well.

“Before we could not get along at all,” Katelin said. “This [Christmas] is something to look forward to. We haven’t had this in a while.

“I lived with my grandpa from the summer [2005] until he died in 2009. That just made it worse. Everything started coming back together in June 2012 when we went to live with my aunt.”

“Katelin is the mother hen. She has been since she was 6,” Watteau said.

Social worker Bethany Cooper, with New Hope Services, has been working with the family and has been impressed with the strides they have made.

“Breah has an amazing story. I work with a lot of people who struggle with substance abuse and she is one of the most determined I have ever worked with,” Cooper said. “She does it for her kids and they are pretty good kids.”

Watteau said her future looks brighter. Having her three kids back and beating substance abuse are two big steps forward.

“I didn’t know what to think at times but everything has fallen into place,” she said.

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