Life In Prison

Bullies

There are things that go on in Federal Prison that are hard for me to tolerate, the bully/gang mentality is high on the list. Each day all the inmates are called to their rooms for count. It usually happens twice a day except on weekends…
Life In Prison

Missing Lake Powell

Favorite Place on Earth ... Lake Powell The last 2 weeks have been challenging for me. Chad and the kids went to Lake Powell with some incredible friends of ours and although I am extremely grateful they went, I really missed being with them and…
Life In Prison

What I Miss Most

It's been a pretty good week.  I finally received my garments and I'm so grateful to have them.   I miss my family so much!  I miss every detail of their faces.  CJ's laugh, Sadie's sassy attitude, Shelby's sweet and tender face, and her beautiful…
Life In Prison

Memorial Day Prison

My first Memorial Day in Federal Prison, like most days, started at 4:00 am.  My boss came back from training and asked me nicely if I would work in the kitchen for the holiday with little kindness and gratitude which goes along way with me…
Life In Prison

New Job

I knew that I would be cut off from the outside world when I came to prison.  I was afraid to be disconnected from my friends and family but also knew I would need to engage in a new chapter of my life and make…
Life In Prison

1 Month

I self surrendered almost a month ago to FCI Dublin federal prison.  It is so much different than I expected or hoped it would be!  Of course it's hard to hope for much when you find out that you will be separated from your family…
Before Prison

Say Goodbye

I knew it would be hard to say goodbye,  I didn't know it would be this hard!  There is no way to prepare for the pain and loss I felt.  Our family spent Tuesday night together and I'm so grateful for every minute that we…
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Before Prison

Sentence Part 2

I felt tears streaming down my cheeks as I looked back at my family.  They were beautiful!  They were all sitting together in their nice clothes.   Little CJ was on Chad's lap and I knew what was about to happen.    My fear was gone…
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