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A New Adventure

I lived in Minnesota, at the Waseca FCI(Federal Correctional Institution) for over 2 and a half years. I had a lot of good experiences there, and met some amazing people; but I never left the institution. We were locked inside other than the time we…
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A New Beginning

Today is Sunday, December 30, 2018, and we recently celebrated Christmas, and the year is almost over. This was the last Christmas I will spend in prison. I prayed to our Father in heaven that He would allow me to keep the experiences I've had…
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Pursuing Greatness

I woke up today and looked out a window through metal bars, and saw a fence with razor wire around it. I am grateful that my bed is next to a window and close to a heater that keeps me cozy and warm. It's cold…
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Who I Am Today

I had a great visit with my family a few weeks ago. Chad came by himself one morning, and we shared some tender moments that I cherish. When I talked to CJ she said: "Mom, I think I should tell you something that I finally…
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Meeting Max

This is Chad.  Portia has been asked to take a leadership role in the treatment program she's in and it requires a lot of her time and energy and doesn't allow for much time to blog.  She asked me to post pictures from our visit…
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The Battle of Life

I participated in a competition called "The Battle of The Units",  a while back. Every year each unit forms a  team to compete in multiple events over four weeks. The points are added up at the end, and the unit that wins get's to watch…
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Free Woman

A letter recently arrived from a friend who is active in criminal justice reform. He mentioned that he is impressed with the progress I've made in self awareness. I believe most of that self awareness has come through my spirituality. My religion is a big…
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Becoming a Grandmother

I became a grandmother this week, what a beautiful experience! Shelby was induced on Monday morning.  I called Chad when I got off work to see how things were going, and Shelby picked up the phone and said: "Mom, I'm sorry I'm kind of emotional,…
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