The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk


Oh man, this hurt my feelings.  Seriously, I am not even joking.  I think, when you are living in a bubble, that this stuff never crosses a person’s mind.  Honestly, it would not have crossed my mind…had I not been living it.

Sadly, our family is living this reality.  I think about what my family member is doing, on a daily basis.  In all reality, I worry about her future and her choices.  Behind the bars, she says all the right things.  She knows what to say to get from point A to point B.  Also, she has a plan for when she gets out.  What we all wonder is is this real?  Will she be able to execute the plan?  Is she just talking the talk and can she walk the walk?

This series rocked my thought process.

Then, there is a moment when she will get out…then what?  Will she be able to acclimate to the outside?  Can she let us all rally around her and care for her?  That is my whole family’s desire.  Then, I hear about institutionalization and that thought scares me.  Scares the crap out of me.  I don’t want that for her.

Heck, no one wants the life she chose…not even her.  I hope this family succeeds.  Also, I hope my family succeeds.  I pray that those who are trying to live life, outside of the confinement of jail/prison, succeed.

Sadly, I also know the reality.  I encourage you to expand your thoughts and watch this series.  It really will open the eyes of those who do not live the lives that some people live.  Remember, to always have mercy, love, forgive, and know that God is our ultimate Judge.

Official Trailer: The Restoration Series

More about the series:

For years, Jonathan has been in prison. As a result, he has missed milestone moments with his family. He wasn’t there for his daughter’s first day of school or a thousand little experiences with his wife and as a father, he is devastated to be separated from those he loves most.

Jonathan has been looking forward to his release from prison for over a decade. So many life events have been missed and he is now ready to be with his wife and kids again. Of course, this transition isn’t going to be easy. The odds are against him: with over half of prisoners returning to prison within two years, Jonathan is aware of the challenge set before him.

Still, he is determined to take the skills he has learned into the world outside of incarceration and stay there, helping build the community that he is part of for years to come.
Prison Fellowship presents The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk, a 5-part documentary film series following one man as he re-enters his community after 15 years in prison. It demonstrates in imagery, powerful storytelling and social interaction what it means to be human and the shared need of all people to see communities restored.
Though America is home to only 4% of the world’s population, we house more than 20% of its prisoners. Recidivism–the tendency of a criminal to reoffend—is out of control. The Restoration Series tells the story of men and women who have experienced The Academy, a revolutionary in-prison program that is combatting incarceration and recidivism head on.

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Leaving On a Jet Plane

Leaving On a Jet Plane to DISNEYWORLD!!!  After a full year, Hunter’s Make a Wish is finally here!  What a process this has been!  After our trip, I will detail the process, from start to finish.  Tonight…I just sit and think.  I think about all the things that are undone.  There is still a small load of dirty clothes.  Also, Hunter got wet but did not get a scrub bath.  Oh, then there is the “is it liquid or not” conundrum.  I am sitting looking at my kids’ boxes (for their keepsakes) and all I notice is that 2 lids aren’t on perfectly.

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Big Daddy is working on his bag at 10:39 pm.  I’m thinking about the dishes in the sink, getting video/pictures, and do I wear jeans or leggings on the plane?  Oh, one of the kids puked…is it nerves or a bug?  Will he be sick on the plane, get everyone sick…what if it rains the whole time we are there?  Seriously, my mind is swirling.

Over the course of the week, I got myself and 5 kids packed.  Luckily, my big girls can pack for themselves LOL.  In a stroke of genius and Marie Kondo-ing luggage, we were able to get them all packed in a backpack.  Yay!  I have a HUGE tote bag and a weekender.  Big Daddy has a duffel bag.  Our “checked bag” is full of just extra things and liquids LOL.  We are also checking an empty bag for souvenirs, per the advice of many other Make a Wish families!

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I am very thankful that my son-in-law is staying at our house.  You know, I am all about safety!  Also, my dear friend is coming to take care of my animals during the day.  I have all the bases covered!

For now, I channel God’s grace on this trip.  I am putting my OCD in a bottle and am going to physically *try* to let it all go.  It is hard to not focus on why we are there, sometimes.  I will not do that, this week!  We are not going to stress and we are going to have a great time!

Prayers are TRULY appreciated!

Lyme Does Not Travel Alone

Lyme Disease does not travel alone.  It’s important not to think chronic Lyme disease only stems from ticks.  It is most often congenital and is a gift handed down from your parents.

One of the reasons it can be difficult to diagnose or be considered is because the symptoms are so broad.  The signs are widespread because several co-infections go along with Lyme and everyone has a different combo of them.

Lyme never comes alone it always brings at least one co-infection.  Your symptoms may be fatigue and pain while another has migraines or depression.  That’s because you have different co-infections.

Callie had Lyme and four co-infections well guess who tested positive (although symptom-free) for Lyme and the same four co-infections?

My parents–yup!

Why are they symptom-free?

Here’s how it works: God made you with a fully functioning immune system, and if we left it alone it could handle all the gunk we inherited plus things we are exposed to now.

Any number of things can give it a whack and make it limp a bit where it is not able to fight at its full potential.  When that happens, some of these fundamental things can pop up.

Of course, we all know that the food we eat and all the junk we are doing to ourselves are a factor.  Then other things can give your immune system a whack that’s just enough to be a trigger.

For Callie, it was an exposure to an insecticide (probably while playing soccer).  Then she had her 6th-grade booster shots.  That whacked her body just enough that a month after having them, she began having her first of many symptoms.

Because Lyme Disease does not travel alone, she not only Lyme but four other co-infections that her body was battling.

Any Big Stressor

I’ve heard others have been in a car wreck, gone through a divorce, (any significant stress).  Some had gotten a flu shot, had anesthesia or a significant health crisis.  Afterwards, their symptoms began.

All of those things can affect the function of your immune system letting congenital Lyme take over.  Once Lyme Disease takes over and Lyme Disease does not travel alone, other symptoms begin to emerge.

So if your family tree looks similar to the one below, there’s probably a good reason for it.

Lyme does not travel alone

Lyme Disease Easy to Diagnose

Lyme Disease Easy to Diagnose

Lyme Disease is easy to diagnose and it is easy to treat.  You might assume that if it were a possible cause to your illness that your medical provider would have considered that before your diagnosis and there’s no need to discuss it now.

If Lyme Disease is easy to diagnose, then why isn’t it standard practice for anyone that shows signs of autoimmune illness, mental illness, autism or other related illnesses?

It’s pure and simple, and nothing shows it better than this picture of Callie administering her IV antibiotics that cost us (with insurance) $700 per week. 

Yes, we had insurance, but they paid for only the first 30 days of treatment. Thirty days is not nearly enough.

She did this 3-4 times each day and would become very very ill afterward.

Our medical system has been taken over by greed thus tying the hands of and misinforming our medical personnel.

I admired his conviction, but honestly, I cannot imagine risking my livelihood for someone I barely know.

Please do not assume your doctors considered the possibility of Lyme before diagnosing you with something else.

Btw we found a much cheaper alternative so don’t let that scare you.

What is a PICC Line?

Lyme Disease Easy to Diagnose

Where Does Your Body Hurt?

Where does your body hurt?

So, where does your body hurt?  Your joints, your head, your fingertips, your back?  Why are there so many symptoms of Lyme disease?

The bacteria is corkscrew shaped and can bore into any tissue or organ in your body.

Some people have neurological issues because it is predominantly in their brain, some in their digestive tract or back or anywhere from the top of your head to the bottom of your toes making it difficult to diagnose just based on symptoms alone.

Testing is super easy with the Western blot test from Igenex Labs!

When your body is hurting, all over, it is time to enlist the big guns at Igenex Labs!

Things That BITE!

Things that Can Get You!

Things that bite can carry Lyme Disease.  They do not always carry Lyme, but they can. Lyme is not restricted to a deer tick! Although, I don’t remember being bitten so I couldn’t have Lyme, right?
Well, no…other insects can carry Lyme, can they?  Also, the most likely insect that carries Lyme is a tiny little deer tick.


Unless it was in an obvious spot, you wouldn’t have seen it and you may or may not have had a bulls-eye rash.  50% of people *never* see the bulls-eye.  You can be bitten and have no obvious symptoms for years.

Things that bite

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