Thursday, July 28, 2005


For those of you who have known us through all of this, I hope you'll bounce up and down like we are right now over this news! Ric is OFF PAPER!!!! It's DONE, It's OVER!! He can now put the entire situation behind him and keep doing as good with his life as he has been since he was released from prison!

We've talked about alot of this over the past week or so, especially since my lovely sis brought it up. I've told him some of the feelings and stuff that I went through while he was gone, how I felt when he came up for the early release hearing and wasn't released, and how wonderful it was on the day he finally walked out, got in the car and came HOME!!

I think that "reliving" some of it was a healing process and a way to kind of put an end this chapter of our lives. It's been a rough few years, that's for sure, but we made it through it, and we're stronger now than ever because of it. As I sit here typing this, I'm also sneaking looks at him out of the corner of my eye. He is such a remarkable man who has overcome so much in his life. And he is such a completely different man than what he was before all of this happened. He's more "content" now. He's sitting there right now watching a rerun of CSI that we have to have seen AT LEAST 50 times, and he's as into it right now as he was the first time we watched it...LOL.

I feel so lucky and so blessed to still have him in my life. In September it will be 14 years since our first "date", if that's what you want to call it. He had stopped into where I worked earlier in the day and asked me what I was doing after work. I said nothing and he said "why don't you come over to my mom's for a while", and gave me the directions. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous, because I WAS! He's different than any other man that's been in my life. When I got over to his mom's we grabbed a beer and went out in the back yard. She had a beautiful view of this pond and woods from her back yard. We sat there for what seems like hours, talking. I can still remember it like it was yesterday. From that moment I KNEW that he was the man that I was meant to spend the rest of my life with. He has touched me inside in a way that no one else ever has, and probably ever will.

Anyway, I see I'm getting a bit mushy here...LOL. I need to finish this up and get ready for bed, it's been a long day, but a good one. Thanks for listening!!



KottonKandi said...

That is wonderful!!! I'm so happy for you guys :D I only hope that if I make it to the 14 year mark that Patrick and I are as happy are you two and still think of each other the same :) LOVE YOU BOTH!!!

magikjaz said...

YAY!!! *does happy dance* I know what a relief that has to be! And congrats on your relationship! You are a beacon of hope for the rest of us! *hugs*

Running2Ks said...

What an amazing tribute to your life partner and relationship!