December 19th will forever be a favorite day. In both 2016 and 2017, this day has held life-changing events . Although 12.19.2017 hasn’t delivered news to the same degree of excitement, this month has still been packed full of “events” so to speak.
Just for grins, I’ll share my FB posts from 2016 and 2017, because it makes me happy and maybe you’ll smile too.
My entry on Facebook after all of the festivities:
Today was one of the most incredible days of my life! Graduating magna cum laude, and moving my tassle from the right to the left was exhilarating. But I could not have done this without the unwavering support and encouragement of my husband. Thank you Kenny for being by my side throughout this entire journey and for never letting me give up. I owe thanks to my whole family Kayla Jo March, Keenan Sinclair, Jeremy Tyler Sinclair Sr., Ivana Sinclair, Jude Anson, Adam March, Bonnie Morales, you’ve all been amazing, and tolerant, and patient, and so many other things! Thanks to all of my friends who’ve been right there with me from the beginning. Sherry Tomasick Matthews, Natalie Bowlby, Dance Smith, and Amy Fottler Leathers – What would I ever do without you!? Thanks to my perfectly perfect grandbabies, Kelton, Maisie, and JJ for being so perfectly perfect! Thanks to my nieces, Rylee and Kasey, for being smart, inspiring, fun, and the best company ever! Thanks to all who came and celebrated with me today! Can’t believe I’m finally done. Now… what’s next?
It gets even better in 2016:
In 1986, barely 19 years old, I made a very poor decision. One that would haunt me for the rest of my life. One that would be a constant voice in the back of my mind reminding me that I wasn’t really as deserving as the next person. That voice lied though.
My poor choice took me to jail for awhile, through drug treatment several times, and brought so many opportunities for growth. Some were easy opportunities, some were not. Along this journey, there were people that believed in me. People that saw something in me that I couldn’t see for myself. How they saw something good in a bratty, mouthy, pathetic teenager is beyond me, but they did and for that I will always be thankful.
Many years later, enter my amazing husband, Ken Sinclair He could not have come into my life at a more perfect time. I was about to go under again. He gave me two amazing kids (Keenan Sinclair and Kayla Jo March) and a bonus, my son Jeremy Tyler Sinclair Sr.. I had a purpose. My little family, to this day, is the reason my heart beats.
Years later, I still found I couldn’t shake that voice. It still lingered. So I pulled out my box of commissary receipts, newspaper articles, pictures, copies of files and dumped them into a hole I dug in my backyard. I threw in a match and said good-bye. Didn’t work. Not long after this, my former assistant federal public defender, Marianne Bachers, and I reconnected. She still believed in me. I could not have been more pleasantly surprised. Fast Forward.
It took me over a year to complete the Pardon Application. This was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I had so much support, though. This support came from former US Attorney, Thomas Coffin, bosses, co-workers, friends, family. It was unbelievable.
All the while, I have no doubt that Judge James M. Burns (my sentencing judge) was looking down on me and encouraging me all the way. Marianne and Judge Burns are pictured below.
I put the huge packet that was my Application (over 30 pages) in the mail box and waited. That was October 2014. Picture below.
Today, President Barrack Obama granted me a full and unconditional Pardon. Never ever stop believing.
Thank you to everyone who has believed in me, supported me and loved me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you all!