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I'll Always Be In Your Corner - Issue #8

Nicole Ivie
Nicole Ivie
August 10, 2022
Hi Babe,
I know I told you when you called today how excited I was to hear your voice but I’m telling you again. These last few weeks seemed so long. The old phrase, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” is really true. I would have argued with anyone till the end of the earth that I knew exactly what I had, but I am still finding myself surprised at every corner! I have always known that I was married to the most loving, sweetest and kindest man in the universe, but I honestly had no idea how hard it would be to breathe without you! My soul lights up when I hear your voice!!! I guarantee you, not matter where I am, no matter what I’m doing, I will stop the world to take your phone call! You are just that incredible!
I got your second letter today and I sent it to everyone so they could read your personal greetings themselves. They were all so excited and they all told me that they will be scheduling a video visit soon!
Every word made my heart melt! J told me how excited she was that you replied to her GTL message so quickly. She smiled such a big smile! There is not a soul in this family who doesn’t think about you all of the time. You are still such a huge part of our everyday lives!
I did finally get D and N to discuss their feelings about the picture I sent them. D made such an important statement. He said it was just hurtful to look at someone who now doesn’t even resemble the man who walked in that jail cell. He said he thought you still looked great, but you don’t look like his Dad. He said “THEY” destroyed “you”. I actually understood what he was saying. When someone like you, who has an inner light that shines so bright on a daily basis loses that light, even if its just a lower level of brightness, it makes a significant difference to those who have relied on that light for a type of survival. We talked about how I had told you that I wanted you to keep the beard because I too saw a difference in your appearance, but I thought that difference would serve you well under the circumstance. I hope I gave him reason to be optimistic that his Dad will return to him with this light back on high beam.
We continue to re-enforce the TRUTH that your situation, our situation was and continues to be an attack brought on by the mis guided, and you know my opinion, EVIL local justice system who only follow their own laws. Their hatred for gun owners has blinded them. Their habitual discrimination is why they are so comfortable in what they have done. But I hope he (D) understood that whatever he is feeling you may have become is just a temporary thing. N seemed to show belief in that.
We continued to talk a bit more of how different you must be from many in there. You know us….. that led to many belly laughs as we all discussed how you look in this situation and that situation….Yes my dear husband, we took some cheap shots at your expense but the laughter was worth it!
I am still so excited to see you on the video chat tomorrow. I will never stop being excited to see you or hear you! The butterflies make me feel young again! I honestly believe that you will always be able to give me butterflies. “We” have never gotten old to me. I fall in love with you more and more every day. I always have!
Yesterday, after sending a family text about our video call, N text me back with “Mom, you’re so loyal and you’re the best person to have in any corner❤” This comment made me smile because my initial thought was, “I hope so.” And then I immediately told myself, “YOU’RE DAMN RIGHT!!!”
But here’s the thing, think about it…. I know you just smiled and agreed but do you believe that if I were in your shoes, I wouldn’t know you would do the same for me? Would our children do the same for us? YOU BET YOUR SWEET SEXY ASS! That says a lot about who we all are! The love and respect that this enormous family has for one another is unique. The unconditional support that we have all showed one another through thick and thin makes me so proud! It’s just who we are. I’m proud to be in this corner! There is no doubt in my mind that you have always been proud to be in my corner every time I’ve needed you there. I may be out here fighting for you because it’s a tad bit difficult for you at the moment, but I have never doubted that you are right here with me. Your strength strengthens me! Your fire fuels me! Our corner is wild and furious with a touch of grace, a well of hope and a spark of tenacity that is going to prevail!!!
I love you so much Mark Ivie! I am so proud to be your wife and I plan on feeling this way for the rest of my life!!!
Your Loving Wife,
~Nicole
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Personal Letters mailed to Mark Ivie - Inmate #QPxxxx

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