Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Best News Ever

Do you remember when everyone was sharing love stories and I shared mine? If not and you'd like to read it, you can find it here.  In the last part of Frank and I's love story I shared a huge secret.  I thought about whether or not I would include that (huge) part of our story or not for fear of being judged... or more accurately, misjudged.  Do you remember which part I'm referring to?  I'll sum it up and then share the best news ever.

Frank was put in jail for 120 days and then released and put on house arrest (no ankle monitor, just strict instructions to only go to work and church related functions).  He was arrested and charged with armed robbery.  He did not commit armed robbery or any crime to be exact.  His name was thrown into the shuffle when some people he briefly associated with at the time and the State of Georgia decided they would trust these criminals words and take Frank down as well.  Frank and I did not reconnect until after he was out of jail and I began going to see him and quickly trusted and believed him and fell in love all over again.  Franks lawyer has been working so hard to ensure that justice prevailed, this case meant so much to him.

As you know, I am very unexpectedly pregnant, so Frank being on house arrest and possibly being sent to prison for a crime he did not commit has been weighting very heavily on us, not to mention the fact that we haven't been able to plan anything with so much being unknown.  

Monday night at 7pm we got a call.

Franks lawyer was calling to tell us that we, along with Franks parents and grandparents, needed to come to his office immediately.  You can imagine that we were confused, upset, etc.  We had been waiting for a letter informing us of the trial date but had never got one.  After much discussion Franks lawyer stated that trial was no longer an option.  Ummm what?  Oh because...

All charges have been dropped.

The prosecutors finally acknowledged that they had nothing but hear-say to go off of and had built absolutely no case against him.  It has been exactly one year since Frank was put in jail. Exactly one year of being punished for a crime that he did not commit.  Exactly one year of praying our hearts out to God for guidance for the lawyers and judge involved, for justice to prevail.  We rode with Franks parents to the lawyers office, held hands and prayed the whole way there.  I texted several of my family members and friends and asked for their prayers, we needed them now more than ever.

God answered our prayers.

So what does life look like now for us?  On Monday night we went to visit my parents and then to my best friends house so Frank could meet them.  Last night we went on our first real date since being together (we went on dates years ago and have had several date nights at home).  We ate Japanese food and had stomach aches from the giddiness of being able to be out and about.  Tonight? We're not sure what we'll do yet, but I can promise you that we won't be sitting at Franks house!

You can not imagine the fear that is associated with possibly losing someone to prison, an innocent person to prison.  Add in the prospect of being a (not so) single mom to the picture and you can imagine the pure hell that we have been going through.  It's all over now though.  Frank and I can get engaged, plan a wedding, get a home, and enjoy our family all outside of the home he/we have been stuck in for the last eight months.  

Praise the Lord. God is so good.

I am so thankful, so hopeful.  Our future is so bright.

15 comments:

  1. That's so awesome! Yay for you guys!

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  2. I'm so happy to hear some good news!!! Everything seems to corrupt and to hear the good guy finally one brings back a little faith!!!

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    1. Thank you!!! I totally agree, the good guy coming out on top seems to very rarely happen now

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  3. I'm so happy for you! God is so amazing :)

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  4. love the blog doll! can't wait to read more!

    happy to be your newest follower ♥♥♥... follow back sometime ?

    hugs, xoxo
    *BARBIE-BOMBSHELL.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  5. Okay, where to start? let's see, first of all- Olivia is the world's greatest name, no? We share it. :)
    And I just found you, and really am delighted about what is here. You see, it is the REAL THING and not perfection with pictures, ya know? I appreciate how transparent you are, how truthful! You are NOT weird, you ARE normal. Go you!!
    And congratulations on Frank and the baby! What blessings! My advice about that MIL? MOVE AWAY. My sis has one that is like the devil too. Don't stay somewhere that people abuse you. It's not safe.
    I am a blogger too, hope you take a sec to check me out! I am now following and will be a frequent visitor. :)

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    1. Olivia is definitely a great name :) So glad you found me too and that you like what you see! I strive to be very transparent here because you see it so rarely. Thank you so much. And yes, we plan to move away from her ASAP! lol.

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  6. That is wonderful news, congratulations!

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  7. I was reading blogs and blogs the other day as I was so bored and tired of reading the same blogs I always read, and I stumbled into yours. I read the WHOLE LOVE STORY, and some other posts to see who was this person... Well, I didn't think too much about you for a couple of days because, when you become a mom, you'll find how forgetful you're about silly things, even the ones that are totally important (like paying the rent) just skip your mind. Anyway... I woke up yesterday morning thinking about the pregnant girl with the boyfriend in jail (that was the way to remember you, just simple words...) and I couldn't find your blog. I had to go thru SO MANY blogs just to find you and I'm SO HAPPY I did.
    This news, about your bf not being charged and being released from house arrest, and everything that's going on... just made my day!

    Thru all what happened to you guy God was testing your faith and trust in Him, and never for one second think He was punishing you, or WHY is this happening to us. He knew exactly the plans He had for you, and may be he was preparing you for the future.
    I'm really happy you're going to start a life togehter! All the best wishes to you, and keep praying, thanking God every day for the new oportunities you have in life right now!

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    1. Your kind words mean so much to me!!! We have traveled a hard road and know that having a child will also be a very hard road, but after dealing with what we've had to deal with, we're thinking that we can make it through just about anything :)

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  8. This is such a blessing and I can, well kinda, relate. My older brother was arrested a few years ago and charged with assault with a deadly weapon when HE was jumped by 3 other guys at a bar and used an ash tray to try and defend himself...?? How is that justice by any means?

    I do however believe instances such as this are tremendous blessings in disguise as my brother no longer drinks or associates with people that are likely to put him in situations as such.

    I'm so glad your story has a happy ending!


    Good luck!

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  9. I am playing catch up but so happy for you.

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  10. oh my...i'm so glad and relieved to read this!!!
    i'm happy for you guys

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