🚨🚨Update🚨🚨 As of February of 2023, Doug is in Texas serving the rest of his 5 year sentence That is still 11 1/2 hours away from us! If would like, please follow and share our story so we can go see our Patriot as often as allowed! It’s been a long 2 1/2 years(in 2 weeks) with no visits and I want to be able to hug, kiss and see him in the flesh as much as possible! Every trip is pretty pricey! I try to do it on my own, plus pay our monthly bills, but it’s rough! Thank you to all of those who have followed along with us on our journey the last couple years! Your love, prayers, support and encouragement have been amazing!
Thank you & God Bless💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update, as of September 2nd 2021! Doug was taken back into custody, 49 days after he was released!
The events of January 6th, 2021 have devastated our family of 5, as it did many other Americans! My husband was arrested in our home state on January 8th, 2021 and incarcerated here until he was ordered to DC. He had been incarcerated in DC since early February! We had went from a 2 income household, with him being the main provider, to only my income for the last 6 months! I have somehow maintained everything we have worked so hard for in our life together over the last 25 years!
My husband was finally released on July 14th, 2021 on bond awaiting "solution" to his case! He is on house arrest and is ordered not to work! Any help would be greatly appreciated during this hard time of our lives!
God bless you all!
Update #111 September 16, 2023
Happy Friday! Today makes 980 days! Thank you so much for everyone who has continued to follow us on this journey! Your love, prayers, and support has been amazing and I wish there were a way to show how grateful we are! We are about 1 1/2 months away from our 2 day visit again:) I’m hoping COVID rules don’t start applying to visits! His unit had a “positive” case so they all are told to mask up and stuff again🤬 My husband has refused so far🙏🏻 but on the other hand, I don’t want this to be any reason for “them” to mess with him and his good time and program🤬 He finally met with his “TEAMS” people and as of right now, he’ll graduate his program in January and the next day go to a halfway house for a month or few💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Please continue to pray for our family and that we are almost at the end of this, well, he’ll at least be back at home💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #110 September 2, 2023
I HATE this🤬
966 days it’s been and I just hate it!
One late night phone call and little explanation, can drive a person insane! Thought about making an irrational, but justifiable decision and popping up to see my husband!
In the end, we will come out of this stronger than ever! 💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #109 August 15, 2023
I don’t understand!!!! If people don’t agree or don’t like someone or something, it can’t just be they don’t agree! Why all the mean words to each other! I remember being taught, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all! People believe my husband and others are getting what they deserve, fine, have that opinion but don’t bring that bullshit back to me! Go talk about it with your likeminded people! Any of these people spewing their nonsense don’t know my husband AT ALL! They know what they’ve been told or seen about him, but they don’t KNOW him🤬
Thank you to all who have been by our sides the last 2 1/2 years! There is something truly powerful going on between good and evil and we all have to just PRAY for the best outcome for ALL💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #108 August 14, 2023
Had a great 2-day visit with Douglas last weekend💙
Doug’s brother Bill and his wife met us in Texas Friday evening and Bill joined us Saturday for our visit!
Also, finally went and walked around Dealey Plaza Sunday😊
Thank you Austin for going with me to Texas! Your dad was so happy to see you!
Douglas finally caved and shaved his head😳The last 2 1/2 years and his bald spot got the be a bigger bald spot🤦🏻♀️ He had been telling me for months and months he was just going shave it! I always said no, wasn’t ready! Told him he’d just have to do it and there’d be nothing I could do about it! Well…..he did it🤣🤣🤣🤣 Can’t wait to get the pictures!
Definitely take some getting used to, but after 2 days, it was already growing on me!
Love and miss you the MOSTEST Douglas💙
Hope we made your birthday (8/7) a little brighter this year🎁🎂🥳
PS his date went down again😊
Update #107 July 25, 2023
To most, this is just an ugly grey T-Shirt…🥰A box came in the mail today w/ some books, letters, & this T-shirt, from my husband! It smells JUST like him, minus no cologne! I miss him so much! Will be putting it on a pillow,for sure! What a GREAT surprise from him🥰
Update #106 July 11, 2023
💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸2 gut punches in one week They “the gov’t” can do whatever they want! They upped the amount we have to pay on his fines/mo, BEFORE he can get commissary! Second, he was told DC claims he’s not eligible for the program he’s been in for months & the year off his sentence🤬
Makes me so mad, so sad and some other words I won’t use here! Why I tried so hard not get my hopes up of an early release! But I started to believe it was a real possibility and now I’m heart broken all over again
A new shirt made for my bestie and I! Love them💕💕
Update #105 July 7, 2023
Wanted EVERYONE to know how thankful WE are for everything ANYONE helped us with these last 2 1/2 years! It hasn’t been just one! It’s been an array of people! I’m not out here just taking, taking, taking and off spending however I want! I’m SURVIVING💪🏻 And I’ve done this with the help of so many! Some I’ve known most of my life, some I just met and some I may never meet💕Douglas was the $$$$ maker! When they took him, they took our families $$$$ I’ve always worked, but it was for our “FUN” and “LIFE” with our kids $$$$ If anyone needs to know for sure who or how I’ve been helped, please reach out, otherwise it’s not something I should have to freely tell! Pretty sure I can get with my bank as well and get records, as I’m not keeping tabs🤬If anyone would like to take care of this debt I’ve acquired too, feel free!
Last but definitely not least💕
Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! God Bless you all💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #104 July 2, 2023
Happy Sunday! I’m alive and doing the best I can over here! Ventured out yesterday for a bit, probably gonna pay for it today, but worth it!
Best part about my weekend, all our kiddos are home under one roof for a moment🙏🏻💙💜💜
Update #103 June 27, 2023
Today’s been 900 days, that my husband has been “held hostage” in my OPINION! Never once has any of the days become easier! We have learned to adapt to our new way of life together! 731 days he has left, but hopefully it will be way less than that💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Love you FOREVER Douglas
Update #102 June 20, 2023
Ok, last share about Father’s Day! This was 2021…..his first EVER missed!
Who would’ve thought that 2 years later, this still hasn’t ended and I’m definitely stronger than 2 years ago!
And we ARE making it and we ARE going to make it💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Can’t wait to finish our FOREVER💕
Update #101 June 19, 2023
Well Doug’s 3rd Father’s Day away from his children has come and gone! We can only hope and pray this will be his last!
Planning the next trip to see him! This time a kid or two or all three are gonna try to make it work to go🙏🏻
Thank you all and God Bless💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #100 June 10, 2023
My heart is happy today! Got my picture from our visit last month finally! Doesn’t he look so good! So glad he can exercise and get Vit D😍
God I love and miss this guy so much
Update #99 June 7, 2023
Well, got a late phone call from my husband at 9:45! He was able to get the the phone for the last call of the night! They had been without power in the prison since Sunday
Also, the Birthday card he had made for our daughter arrived💜💔
Update #98 June 7, 2023
Haven’t heard from my husband since Sunday, still an hour and 45 minutes left today, so there is a chance!
These are the times I dread, the unknowns! Record is 24 days no communication, so I got this!
This is how I was feeling 2 YEARS ago, after 6 months of this crap💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #97 June 6, 2023
This beauty turned 19 today! 3rd Birthday her dad has missed! She had her wisdom teeth out Friday and has been miserable! We made the best of her day! Her older brother was able to make it home. They are ending their night with a movie together! Hopefully this will be the last of missed birthdays for her! We love you FOREVER baby girl💕
Update #96 May 30, 2023
872 Days Douglas has been held against his will🤬
Happy Tuesday! Another Holiday has come and gone, it’s the 3rd Memorial Day missed! Next is going to be his 3rd Fathers Day and 3rd 4th of July
It never gets easy! I miss and love him more than I can ever describe to anyone!
Little rant……I hate how if one or two people in is “unit” decide do do something that they aren’t supposed to, EVERYONE gets punished! I get it, it’s prison, but I’ve never punished all my kids when one did something naughty🤬 End of rant🙄
Have a great day and Gob Bless everyone💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #95 May 27, 2023
It’s not easy being the sole provider for 2 1/2 years
My other half was the majority$$
But I’ve done it💪🏻(with a little help😘)
Visitation was basically denied the first 2 years+, I want/need to see him always
24hrs round trip🤬 Do I stay or do I drive🤷🏻♀️💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
4 day weekend🤔
Update #94 May 25, 2023
Got my new hat today😊
Figured I’d get a cuter/girly one💕
44, no filters, no makeup, I’ll take it! Not a model by any means🤣but hey, nobody believes I have a 22, 18 and 17 year old💙💜💜
Even the life we’re living right now can’t age me😊minus the grey hair, thanks Babe
Update #93 May 22, 2023
Just a crazy trip idea!
I have a 4 day weekend and I want to go see my husband, for my one day and try to make it to DC for a Memorial Day Event🇺🇸
This is what it would cost to fly and do both💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #92 May 21, 2023
It’s a beautiful Sunday here! Little Leo enjoying his cheap pool from the Dollar Store💙🐕🦺💦
Also, Doug had tore down our deck in the fall if 2020 with plans to rebuild one the spring 2021!
Needless to say, our lives took a different path, for a minute or a kazillion and I’m still waiting for my deck beautiful days like today, I really miss having one💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Some day soon🙏🏻
Update #91 May 18, 2023
These guys are so happy to have “Betty” back too! They’ve missed their car rides🐶💙🐕🦺💙 2 1/2 months and 5 different rental cars! Finally have my car back after being rear ended🙏🏻
Hope they can make someone smile, I know it does me💕
Update #90 May 8, 2023
Home sweet home once again, without my husband💔
Landed safely Friday morning at 7:52AM in Dallas and it was a shit show from the the start! But I made it home safely this morning about 5:00AMish? My weekend may not have gone as planned, but I’m forever grateful to have amazing people in my life! Thank you Bestie and 2 of her kiddos for coming to my rescue Friday night/Saturday morning, 11 1/2 hours away and getting us all home safely this morning!
I know it was a hectic weekend for you guys as well, but I’m glad I got to experience it with you guys💜And I have to believe this was the way it was supposed to work out, something about my plans wasn’t right obviously and I wasn’t supposed to be alone in Texas, maybe driving or even flying?
Absolutely LOVE seeing my husband and actually getting to touch him, smell him, and just enjoy him! Things I will NEVER take for granted again! But absolutely HATE leaving him behind! How does ones heart not break and ugly cry when that clock starts to wind down and you know they are going to tell you it’s time for you to leave and leave him behind! My husband has stayed soooo positive this whole time (he’s had his days) and somehow makes me feel some peace💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸 His tight hugs, where i feel the safest, where I just melt into him, is what my heart and soul needed💙💜
How is this our life🤬
I’m gonna be over here having my pity party for a bit, but I’ll be back! I just need a minute, or ten!
Prayers that January is here before we know it and everything goes as planned🙏🏻
Update #89 May 5, 2023
Made it to Texas✈️ See you in the morning Douglas💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #88 April 30, 2023
Update #87 April 28, 2023
Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a blessed day! Today it’s been 840 days Doug’s been held “hostage” as I call it! He was approved a month early for a special 2 day visit again! I am signed up for next weekend, May 6th and 7th! The sooner I go, the sooner I can be approved for my next one! I am spending money I don’t have, but it is so worth it! It’s been 2 months since I’ve got to see him and give him a HUGE hug and kiss! I will not complain, as I went years😳 without seeing him and hugging and kissing himLove you FOREVER and ALWAYS Douglas Austin💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #86 April 26, 2023
Happy Tuesday again! Another week down, too many to go! 838 days Douglas has been gone today and only 793 days(hopefully way sooner) until he is released. Please continue to send huge prayers for us! Thank you and God Bless💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #85 April 20, 2023
Happy Thursday! It’s been 832 days since my husband was arrested🤬It’s 799 days (we are under 800) until his release date of 6/27/25🤬 He’s officially been gone longer than he has left🤬We can only have hope and pray huge that the time comes sooner for his release! Thank you all and God Bless💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #84 April 18, 2023
Happy Tuesday! It’s been 830 days since my husband was arrested🤬It’s 801 days until his release date of 6/27/25🤬 He’s officially been gone longer than he has left🤬We can only have hope and pray huge that the time comes sooner for his release! Thank you all and God Bless💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #83 April 14, 2023
Finally got my picture! He looks so much better💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #82 March 31, 2023
Happy Beautiful Friday! It’s 72 degrees here in the Midwest😎 so gonna take ours boys on a walk before severe thunderstorms arrive in a couple hours!
814 days he’s been held hostage now! Another work week is complete! Thinking about trying to pick up some extra shifts this weekend, so I can make extra money to be able and drive down to Texas next weekend to see my husband for a 1 day-7hour visit! He can’t have another 2-day-7hours each day, visit until June🙄 it’s been 4 weeks tomorrow since I was there last! Not being allowed visits while being held pre-trial the last 2 years really sucked! So now that I can see him any weekend, if I can go, I’m gonna go💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #81 March 26, 2023
It’s been 809 days today, that my husband’s been held hostage🤬
It’s 824 days from today until his “release” date🤬
So one would say, at least we’re half way done🤷🏻♀️ But it still sucks and it’s fair
I hope and pray so much that he will be home way before that time🙏🏻💙💔🇺🇸
Update #80 March 25, 2023
Happy Saturday! Beautiful sunrise this morning with so much to be thankful for today!
I’ve been up since 2:45, I’m working some overtime today!
I’m so happy that my husband is finally in his permanent spot, counting down the days, until he gets to come home! But, Doug’s been on lockdown the last 3 weeks pretty much! He’s still working his job in the warehouse, and is supposed to start his programs April 1st! Then he’ll be working towards getting to be moved closer to home (hopefully) to a halfway house in less than a year🙏🏻🙏🏻
Now to try and work as much as possible to get his fines paid off (before he’s released hopefully), keep commissary money in his account, with the help of some fabulous people, to make sure he’s able to get all his “basic needs” items and some “wants” along the way (food, beverages, alarm clock, etc)
I’m also trying to work and save to be able to make the 11 1/2 hours (each way) trip to see my husband as much as possible! Flying is faster, and more feasible, but definitely more expensive, kind of!
I can’t get a “special 2 day visit” again until June, but even a one day, 7 hour visit, is worth it💙 It’s already been 3 weeks and I want to go hug him again soooooo bad
Thank you and God Bless everyone who has sent a thoughtful message, letter, prayer, donation, etc! We are eternally grateful for all the love and kindness that has been shown to us these last 2 years+ years, from those we’ve never met💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #79 March 17, 2023
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I know it’s not a big holiday, but still, another holiday without my husband home
Douglas has started a job in the warehouse at the prison! He’s loving getting some strenuous activity in, as he’s been in solitary confinement for the last 2 years! He was used to throwing huge block/brick around for his job in the union! So good to hear him doing better for the first time in over 2 years!
Trying to plan my next weekend getaway to see his handsome face again. He can’t have a “special 2 day visit” again until beginning of June! So trying to plan a weekend go go down for Saturdays visit! He says not worth the 11 1/2 hour drive both ways for a one day-seven hour visit! I tell him anything is worth seeing his face and giving him huge hugs and kisses again!!
Love you FOREVER Douglas💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #78 March 7, 2023
Just thought I’d give a little update!
Went and saw Doug this weekend! Drove the 11 1/2 hours! Our middle daughter went with and visited for a little bit too Saturday! She wasn’t liking the “prison” feel!
I Got 7 hours on Saturday and Sunday.
My husband looks so good! Crazy what the Vit D, working out, a pillow, human contact and just not being in solitary can do for a person!
He says he is treated great, and I have nothing to worry about, when it comes to his safety🙏🏻
Got to hold his hand, kiss him, hug him and just love on him💙
Still says he can’t sign up for any classes for 6 months, minus his “finance” class🙄🙄
I can just pray for something “great” to happen soon for all of our loved ones💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Now can’t wait to start planning my next trip, overtime here I come🙄
Update #77 February 16, 2023
Let the count down to my visit with my husband begin! I can’t wait to give him the biggest kiss and hug! Excited to sit at a table with him and hold his hand💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸 It’s been too long! I’m ready like forever ago!
Love you Douglas!
Update #76 February 14, 2023
Happy Valentines Day to my number one! I may not get to hug and kiss him today, but he’s always close to my heart!
Also, my 3rd Birthday today, that I will be celebrating without my husband as well
I love you FOREVER and miss you the MOSTEST Douglas Austin💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #75 February 13, 2023
Long post, but I thought I’d share💙👋💔🇺🇸
Welp, Doug is now in the his permanent pod! He is in Fort Worth Texas!
Please pray for him! I’m glad he is getting settled and that he’s not “caged” up anymore, but I absolutely HATE this💔I hate that he’s there, alone. I hate that anyone can think this is ok. I hate that my husband is having to live/experience the “prison life” AND be treated so unfairly/badly too. I hate that he has to “choose a side” and all that entails, while there, and yes, it’s what I thought, and I hate it🤬
I just have to continue to stay strong for my family, have faith and keep hearing my husbands voice telling me, “everything happens for a reason and to hang on, he’ll be home before I know it, and that our best, is yet to come”
868 days until his release date! I know he’s signing up for whatever he can that will take time off of that! But in the end, the government can do whatever they want, as we all know🤬 so, I say 868 days and when it’s less, it will be a very great, welcomed surprise💙
He says there is about 400 in his unit! He’s on a bunk bed for now, along with about 11-13 other people! He called it the school bus! Where he waits until he gets in a “room” with one other person!
He’s already been to the library, figured out where to get a haircut, was able to clip his finger and toenails, has a pillow for the first time in 2 years and can’t wait to go outside, which I believe is whenever he wants/can? He’s ready for any kind of freedom! Going from solitary confinement the last 2 years, to now this, I can only imagine! Saddest part, it’s not home
The bonuses, he received the calendars I made him, so that’s awesome they allowed them💕 and I have my first visit scheduled! As long as everything goes ok, I’ll be seeing him soon, but still not soon enough!
Let’s do this Douglas💙
Update #74 January 15, 2023
Doug started his journey closer to home yesterday! As of now, he’s in a “not so good place” in Virginia, but he was able to call, so there’s that🤷🏻♀️
Hopefully Tuesday he’ll be moved to Oklahoma for a week or two or ten, who knows, and then awaiting his final move! We think we have an idea where that will be, but will wait for the final stop! Definitely not where we were hoping and not as close as we had hoped, actually further than I thought was allowed🤷🏻♀️
But that’s why we wait…..I’ve learned….anything is possible!
Please keep us/him in your thoughts and prayers as another step in this process unfolds🙏🏻💙
Update #73 January 8, 2023
2 years ago today my husband was arrested💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
It never gets easier, but at least we are done with trial and sentencing and we have an end to this nightmare! Just waiting for the move, hopefully🙏🏻, closer to home, any day now!
Update #72 December 22, 2022
Doug was sentenced last week!
Thank you for all the positive thoughts and prayers🇺🇸🙏🏻 The last almost 2 years hasn’t been easy! But we will continue to move forward!
60 months for those who think they know everything! We are over halfway to the finish line. He gets time served, good time, and will get involved in programs, once he gets to where he’s going! My hope and prayer is that sometime in the next 8-18 months, he’ll be home!
An appeal has been started! We will continue fight, but also be thankful and look/move to the future!
We got this Douglas! Miss you like crazy and love you forever💙💜
Update #71 December 8, 2022
Today has been 23 months my husband has been held hostage, as I call it!
Next Friday he has sentencing! The government is asking for 64 months! Not the worst but not the best! Prayers the judge has a heart!
Update #70 November 25, 2022
One holiday down, a couple to go! Not my favorite time of the year right now! But made it through and had a wonderful day! My family was blessed with COVID for the first time! My thanksgiving was spent quarantined, with all 3 of our children, couldn’t have asked for anything better, minus my husband here too, of course💙
I see my husband in 20 days and sentencing in 21 days! It will have been 709 days at that point, that my husbands been held hostage💙
Please continue to pray for our family! Thank you and God Bless!
1:) I get to see my husband this week…..thank you to those who made that possible again.
2:) For the first time in 22 years, as of 11:59PM tonight my family and I will it have health insurance offered to us through the union my husband busted his ass for the last 22 years…thank you to those who were able to help me keep that the last year. As everything else in my life, I’m gonna figure it out🤞🏻💕
Update #64 October 27, 2022
So I’ve decided I really need to write a book of reasons “why I need my husband back” #209 spiders, hate them, encountering a HUGE one while doing #210 in the dark(garbage every week and recycling, which is every other week, but different days of the week🙄) and nobody to help pick up the recycling can (really, really full, well, because I suck) that spilled when I freaked out🤣🤣🤣
Can I please have him back yet💙
6 days and I see his handsome face and 50 days until sentencing
Update #63 October 23, 2022
Recording of the Jan 6 hostages in the DC jail, singing the National Anthem🇺🇸🙏🏻! Every night at 9:00PM DC time! Many, many times I was honored to hear this live while on the phone with my husband, who has been a hostage for 653 days🤬🤬
11 days now until I see my FOREVER love and 54 days until sentencing!
Miss you like crazy and love you FOREVER Douglas💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
And we are down to 62 days until sentencing and 19 days until I get to see my loves face! Sucks no physical contact like a HUGE hug and kiss but seeing his face makes everything better for a minute!
Still miss you like crazy and love you FOREVER Douglas Austin💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #59 October 13, 2022
Ok prayer warriors!
My moms landed herself a room in ICU again! Horrible infection somewhere again and kidneys failing, blood sugars over 800! Last temperature check was 105! Now have her on a cooling blanket, have her on antibiotics of course, fluids and a insulin drip! Waiting on blood gas results and blood cultures! Preliminary cultures showing a blood infection and she’s septic! She’s completely out of it again💔
More waiting and lots of praying🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Update #58 October 11, 2022
66 days until sentencing🙏🏻
23 days until I hopefully get to see my husband again🙏🏻
Just have to keep going! No time to look back or be negative!!
Miss you like crazy and love you FOREVER Douglas Austin💙♾💕
Almost 77 days until we’ll hopefully know how much longer they will be holding my husband hostage🤬 and hopefully not too much longer after that, know where he will end up! Prayers it’s close to home🙏🏻 He can’t receive pictures, so I cheated the system and made him a calendar! They are photo copies of pictures! Now he will be able to know the day and date! Hope they let him have it!
Miss you like crazy and love you FOREVER Douglas Austin💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #52 September 25, 2022
Thank you all for all the positive thoughts and prayers! Thank you to everyone who has reached out, sorry if I haven’t responded! You guys are all amazing and we are so lucky to have you all in our lives🙏🏻 I’m emotionally, mentally and physically drained! It’s so hard leaving my husband over a 1000 miles away This fight is far from over! December 16th will be sentencing, and then he will hopefully, FINALLY, be moved closer to home, almost 2 years later! An appeal will be started with a new lawyer. Again, yes my husbands actions were not the best, but I was there and I saw the videos, well, what they wanted to share! I heard what was said, 75% or more of that not having anything to do with my husband! Let alone, the things I witnessed about his treatment first hand this week! I Thank you so much to my bestie for being by my side, I’m not sure I could’ve done this shit show alone! You are absolutely the best💕 I’m glad we were able to get out and see some of the beauty DC and 5 of its surrounding states😊, has to offer, but that place sure does suck the life out of you!
Douglas Austin, I love you FOREVER💙💪🏻💔♾
Update #51 September 19, 2022
Made it DC! Gotta try and relax and get some sleep! Up and at it early!
Please pray extra big for our family! Trial starts tomorrow morning! I’ve waited so long for this day and I’m not so sure I’m as ready as I thought I was! And my husband….can’t even imagine what he’s feeling or thinking! I just want to give him the biggest hug and I can’t even do that while I’m here🤬
We have been through H$&@ the last 20 plus months and I’m ready for some kind of “known”! I brought my husbands ID, with hopes and dreams they will just let him come home with me💔
No matter the outcome, we are going to continue to be the strong couple we are and nobody can take our “love for each other” away💪🏻
Douglas Austin, we got his, stay strong, hold that head high and I can’t wait to look into your eyes in the morning💙🙏🏻💔🇺🇸
Update #50 September 15, 2022
1:) shits getting real, 3 days and I’ll be in DC😳
2:) when talking to my husband, he sounds so “sad” or “defeated”🥺
3:) doesn’t help he’s back in solitary 22 hours of the day😡
5:) continue to pray for our family please….I’m a wreak right now too🙏🏻💙🇺🇸💔
Update #49 September 9, 2022
Called the prison again this morning🤣🤣 He has been moved to a segregated unit🤷🏻♀️ and hopefully I should hear from him today! Gentlemen today was way more polite and helpful than the lady guard last night! Pray I get a cal today! 48 hours has been too long, but definitely not the longest, so I won't whine too much💙🇺🇸💔
Update #48 September 9, 2022
Another day of…….no call from my husband🤬💔🇺🇸💙🙄🙏🏻
Today is 20 months, 608 days,14,613 hours, 876,893 minutes, and just because, 52,608,260 seconds😳🤬
Miss and love you FOREVER Douglas
Update #47 September 9, 2022
I NEED HIM
I remember my husband asking me one day if I wanted to learn how to cook on the grill. (My husband can’t cook🤣💙)
I laughed and told him if he taught me how to grill, then I wouldn’t need him anymore. I quickly reminded him I didn’t need to be with him -- I wanted to be with him.
But truth is, I do need him.
I need him because he picks me up on the bad days and celebrates with me on the good ones.
I need him because he is honest with me. Even when I don’t want to hear it. Even more so when it hurts.
I need him because he can always make me laugh. One liners. Bad dad jokes. Or just being ridiculous.
I need him because he makes me feel beautiful and confident. He puts me first and makes me a priority.
I need him because he respects me and prays for me.
I need him because no one else could tolerate the terrible singer I am.
I need him because of his constant support and encouragement.
I need him because he’s patient. He listens. He understands. He lets me cry.
I need him because he leads, provides, and protects our family.
I need him because he opens the doors, does all the heavy lifting, and carries down the piles of things I place on top of the stairs because for some reason I’m incapable of doing so myself.
I need him because he gives the best, warmest, longest hugs that can instantly make the whole world better.
I need him because he holds my hand at all the right moments.
I need him because he loves me through it.
I need him because there is no one else I would want by my side.
I need him💙💔💙💔💙💔
Update #46 September 8, 2022
When my husband hasn't got pictures in awhile and you can only send 10 pictures at a time! You send 10 packages🤣🤣🤣
Thank goodness he sent me his leftover stamps!
Gosh, I just miss him something fierce! And as the days count down to trial, I become a freaking wreak🙏🏻💙🇺🇸💔
Update #45 September 6, 2022
I just want my husband back💙🇺🇸💔
I shared this everywhere, with everyone, on every account today🙏🏻🇺🇸
I just want my husband back💙💔💔
I’m sharing this with all groups I’m in!
I, myself am a member of multiple groups! I have come to know, love, admire, etc, so many amazing people! Im not a loud person and I wish I had the voice some of you have!
I have said this before I will say this again! Many people have helped me/us over the last 20 months (in 3 days), not just one!
I shouldn’t have to throw my personal business out there, for all to know! I/we are eternally grateful for the love, support and kindness from so many! What I, myself, have benefited emotionally, spiritually and mentally, is by far more important, to myself, than any monetary benefit! Of course, every person that has helped me/us has made this difficult situation, just a little bit easier! But in my mind and my hope is that everyone single one of us are in this for the same reason, to bring our people home, justice brought to those who deserve it, and an end to this nightmare(what ever that may feel or look like) When I see all the division, it puts my own mind into a whole new mindset again and my anxiety back to a max! I don’t want to have to choose sides and I will not choose sides! I am here for the good of the “cause” and not going anywhere! I don’t know everyone’s business, nor, do I want to! If me or mine have pissed anyone off along the way, I’m sorry, I had no idea! I have not spoke badly about anyone, ever, even though there my be a few who may deserve a few kind words, or two, from me! But, I can’t fight negative with more negative! I’m trying so hard to stay the positive for my whole family! I don’t have time or energy for any nonsense!
I don’t follow people on any social media sites, so I don’t know what’s being said about who, from who, (good or bad) except for what is brought to my attention and shared! If I need to be removed from this group or any of my other groups I have joined, so be it! I can’t let sides, division, money, power, etc, hurt me more than I’ve been hurt by it, that’s why we are ALL in this situation! I, myself, want my husband home, period! It’s been a long, hard, journey and it’s going to continue to be that way! I have to find a way to continue on, staying positive, without losing hope, faith, and love for all! Thank you again to any and all that have been here for me/us and will hopefully continue to be!
Update #44 September 4, 2022
Happy Sunday! God Bless!
Update #43 September 3, 2022
Happy Saturday! Headed out to Topeka Kansas for a family reunion! Feels so weird going without my husband, 2nd year! I didn't go last year, couldn't bring myself to do it!
Labor Day parade on Monday, had been 19 years of being IN the parade walking or on the semi with the kids!
Doug's union was always IN the parade! I'm doing this one with a kid for sure😊🇺🇸
Praying Mantis saw me off this morning💕
Update #42 September 2, 2022
September 2nd 2022! One year ago they “yanked” my husband away from my family again🤬 for accessing the internet! I was blessed to have him home from July 14th until September 2nd! In 6 days, it will be 20 months, January 8th 2021, he was arrested! Life has not gotten one little bit better since this started! Please continue to keep our family in your prayers💙🙏🏻🇺🇸
Update #41 August 31, 2022
Got to talk to my husband for 30 minutes tonight💙! That was a long 16 days! Yes, I received some 5 minute calls since Friday evening, but 30 minutes was awesome🙏🏻
My husband is now in Alexandria Detention Center in Virginia! He will be there for the foreseeable future. Please send prayers he stays safe at this new location💔
Trial is set to start in 2 weeks/5 days!
Please pray for our family as these even more difficult days are approaching for us all! May God walk beside us during these days/weeks/months ahead and always🙏🏻🇺🇸
Update #40 August 28, 2022
I was able to see my husband in court on Friday…..no hug, no kiss, not a single word……but I saw he’s alive and ok! Court sucked……per usual! I did finally get 3-five minute calls last Friday night and about
5-five minute call last night too, didn’t care the cost💙 I was gonna try to see him while I was here because I finally found where he was moved, but, stupid quarantine time won’t allow it!
About to board the plane to go back home…..the hardest part for me is knowing I’m leaving my FOREVER LOVE over a 1000 miles away💔 really sad I wasn’t able to see him at the jail, but I’ll be back! Trial in 3 weeks😳🤢!
Please continue to pray for our family, especially for my husband, that he can remain strong, keeps the faith, he never loses the hope I know he has, that he stays safe and that he continues to never doubt the love I have for him💙
Love you all💜🇺🇸
But, he’s ok💙💔🙏🏻 Thanks again to everyone who helped make this possible💕
I love and miss you FOREVER Douglas Austin💙
Update #39 August 21, 2022
Hate to repeat myself, but...ONE WEEK (24 days is the current record)💔💙🙏🏻🤬 One week of not hearing my handsome husbands voice, telling me how much he loves and misses me and knowing that for that moment, he is ok! One week of me getting to tell him to stay strong and to "hang on" and not let go of the grip we have💙♾💜(it can’t be broken) and that I'm gonna be here waiting for him FOREVER, "tell death do us part" One of those weeks were it's really hard to hold it together and stay strong, but I'm still over here killing it💪🏻
Keep the prayers and the kind words coming!
Miracles can happen and hope and faith can bring you what is needed when you least expect it! We received a small (huge) miracle, that I can’t even begin to think of the words to say to the people who helped make this happen!
Thank you and God Bless🙏🏻
Update #38 August 19, 2022
So, still no word from my husband! I can only hope and pray that everything is ok with him!
I hate this whole situation, but again, these are the times I REALLY hate! I’ve said it before, the unknowns are the worst! I have messaged him everyday, so when he can see them, he knows that I am still out here worried sick about him! I tell him to hang on, stay strong, and hold onto our love, because they can never take that away💙
Please continue to say prayers for him and our little family🙏🏻💔
Update #37 August 17, 2022
Well it’s Wednesday, August 17th at 2:20PM and I haven’t heard from my husband since Sunday💔
I’ve been told there was an “issue” with another inmate and my husband and because he’s in prison, both parties get put into the hole! He was in need of medical attention, possibly and I’m not even certain that was given to him🤬
Over 19 months of the crap and his first time going to the hole! All because of the actions of others! Another time I’m “throwing my baby fit” and saying “it’s not fair”
Please pray for my husband that all is well with him, he was given the medical attention he was needing, he makes it through the dark time, and that he continues to know how much is his loved and missed daily💙💔
Thank you and God Bless
Update #36 August 15, 2022
Happy Monday! HOPE!!! Amen🙏🏻💙
Update #36 August 13, 2022
God Bless the good ones💙🙏🏻
Update #35 August 10, 2022
So, as of Monday it has been 19 months of this huge nightmare for us!
Trial is on for September still. I’m trying to help keep my husbands spirits up too💙
Not sure who gets to see these, but to Connie in Florida, if you can see this…. My husband received his letter💕Thank you so much for the kind and encouraging words! They were definitely needed, for all parties!
Thank you everyone for the prayers🙏🏻
Update #34 August 7, 2022
August 7th 2022
Screaming a HUGE Happy Happy Birthday to my FOREVER love! Still miss you like crazy and will always love you FOREVER💔🎉🎁🥳🎂🎈💙
Also this guys 8th Birthday today! Harley or as I say, “the big Turd”🐶💙🎂🎁
Update #33 August 3, 2022
Yesterday was 11 months since they took my husband back! The 8th will be 19 months since this nightmare started!
Everyday I just continue to pray for a miracle and have faith that my husband can home sooner, rather than later,
Update #32 July 28, 2022
Well, my husband told me last night, that I shouldn’t even bother to come to DC in August for his pre-trial conference hearing or September for his trial! I don’t need to make sure he has nice clothes for trial, he’ll just wear his “oranges”! He says he’s already been convicted and that he’s going to be found guilty, because he can’t get a fair trial in DC🤷🏻♀️🤬
Me being me, I’m still going! Just have to try to turn his mindset around!
Miss him like crazy and love him FOREVER💙🇺🇸
Update #31 July 25, 2022
Just missing my husband like crazy💔💙😢
Thank you for all the prayers🇺🇸💙
Update #30 July 24, 2022
It’s a beautiful Sunday here! Perfect, gorgeous weather!
I can’t help but miss my husband! I hate he is “caged” up! He’s requested a fan for months and they have been “on back order”! It’s got to be so hot and unbearable for him! No air, limited fans running out in the rec area!
In a little under 2 months now, we will hopefully have an answer to some unknowns! We can start to plan for our forever again! I’m not a fan of “unknowns” at all! Just let me have it? What are we looking at? When can I get him home? Or at least closer to home? So many questions, so little answers! His trial may get pushed out even further? We shall see?
Please continue to pray for our family💙🇺🇸
Update #29 July 14, 2022
💙🇺🇸 Miss you like crazy and Love you FOREVER Douglas💙🇺🇸
Update #28 July 13, 2022
One year ago today, I had drove 1,031 miles in about 17-18 hours! I waited 5-6 hours outside of the DC Jail! It had been the longest 6 months and 6 days of my life at the time! All of the correction officers were A&@holes, except one! Sargent Robinson! He took my pic and went up to Doug and said there was some women from Iowa that said she wanted her husband back! He gave me his number so I could reach out for an update! I got to pick up my husband! It was the best to finally get to hug him, kiss him and bring him home! I was blessed to have him home for 49 days, until they took him back, because he “listened” to something though bluetooth on a work radio, while cutting down a huge tree in our back yard and had to “access the internet” to do so🤬
Now today it’s been 10 months and 11 days since he was taken away again and it feels like there is no end in sight! I miss my husband more than anything and life just isn’t the same being a “single” parent or a “single” wife! I WANT/NEED him back!
Update #27 July 10, 2022
It’s my day of rest! My husband tells me I’m not supposed to do anything on Sunday’s! they are for relaxing, recharging and spending time with your family! I’ve become really good at this over the last 18 months!
Update #26 July 8, 2022
Happy Friday! Today is 18 months since our nightmare started! Another week has come and gone! Another holiday missed by my husband!
As time goes on and things come up that need to be taken care of, it gets harder. I’m tired of being a “single” parent and a”single” wife! We have worked so hard in our 25 years together to give our children everything they could ever need and want! We wanted them to have better childhoods than we did! Which was going great until 18 months ago!
It’s so hard doing it alone! I’ve been able to keep everything (minus my husbands truck and stocks that I sold 17 months ago to pay off my car to save me $500)
Thank you and God Bless everyone who has helped us along the way!
I’m so ready to at least see a glimmer of light at the end of this dark tunnel we are in.
Update #25 July 1, 2022
Happy Friday! Made it through another week of work and life alone! Also, another month down onto the next🤮Some days I am just a little more sad than others? No reason, just the weight of life on only my shoulders right now and just missing my FOREVER love ALOT lately💔😢
Update #23 June 28, 2022
As the 4th of July approaches, I can’t be anything but thankful for my own freedom! My husband unfortunately will be spending another Independence Day behind bars, in prison, awaiting his day in court!
Please say a prayer for everyone affected by this whole nightmare! And thank you for your continued support and prayers!
Thank you and God Bless!
Update #22 June 21, 2022
Well another Fathers Day came and went (2nd one he’s been incarcerated for) and my children's dad/my husband wasn't here to be celebrated! Those are the days that really stink!
Thought eventually the days would get easier, but it feels as though I’m just doing the motions and not really living!
Please pray this nightmare ends sooner rather than later for my little family!
Update #21 June 17, 2022
We have raised some of the best kids! Our puppy had to have surgery today, ER vet wanted to do it yesterday, but at 2-3 times the cost! Vet today did it for way less!
Our 16 year old was there with me, and heard them say $5000-$7000 at the ER Vet yesterday and saw me break down! She then came to me last night and said she had started her own Go Fund Me to help me!! She had no idea what she was doing but was gonna help save our puppy!
“Hi. My family and I have a puppy who is 3 months old and ate something he should not have. He needs surgery tomorrow morning in order for him to be okay. Help us help our mom save our puppy. Even if you cannot donate prayers are helpful.”
Prayers please for our Little Leo🙏🏻
Update #20 June 5, 2022
Happy Blessed Sunday!
Our Baby Girl is now a legal adult! Our 2nd born, 1st daughter is 18 today! Going to be another day we celebrate, while her father sits in prison! I have to “let her go” without my husband here to hug me and tell me everything is going to be alright and that “we” did it too! Raised another child to become an upstanding citizen! I’m just not ready to send her out into this crazy world on her own:(
Dad and I love you Baby girl, have fun, be safe and make good choices. The world is yours if you want it💕
Please take a moment to send a quick a little Birthday wish and prayer her way!
So many life events keep happening and there is nothing we can do to bring my husband home any faster:(
Thank you all again for the continued love, support and prayers! They do not go unnoticed!
Update #19 May 29, 2022
Well she did! Our 2nd born, 1st daughter graduated yesterday! It was a bitter sweet day! She worked so hard to achieve this goal and never gave up, even though there were times is was very hard on her! I ended up finding her a locket to wear, and put a picture of her dad in it, per her request! He was near her heart the whole time💙! This is one of those life events we can’t have a redo of, I’m so sad for all of us😢
Have a great Memorial Day and be sure to thank those, who have served to protect us, past, present and future!
Update #18 May 22, 2022
Happy Sunday Morning!
In 6 days our middle child will walk across the stage and graduate high school!
In 2 weeks she will turn 18!
And in 3 weeks, we will be celebrating her accomplishment!
We are so incredibly proud of her! She did this as a teenager going through this horrible situation!
It makes me so sad, angry, frustrated, scared, etc that we are having to do all of this without my husband and my children without their father! Just another “first/only” life event being missed by him!
Please pray for us and say a little congratulation to the one who finished high school while living a real life nightmare😢🙏🏻
Update #17 May 8, 2022
Tomorrow is 16 months since our nightmare started! That’s 486 days! I’d be lying if I said it has gotten any easier! Today my dryer quit working! I’ll admit I had a little melt down and yelled at my husband out load for not being here to fix it! I tried to clean the vent, but it didn’t work! When my husband called tonight I couldn’t quit crying about it! He has a way even as he’s locked away in a Maximum Security Prison, pre-trail, to calm my nervous! He told me to call Maytag as it may be under warranty! So part my Mother’s Day will be spent with our kiddos at the laundromat, something I haven’t done in many, many years! Ugh!
Please continue to pray that this nightmare for us can be over sooner rather than later! I just really miss my husband and really want him back!
Update #16 March 28, 2022
Haven’t done an update in forever! Life has been super crazy and I need nothing more than my husband home to wrap his arms around me and tell me life is going to be ok!
Please pray for my momma! She had bypass surgery on 11/5/21 and has had complication after complication, too much for this update! After being in the hospital since surgery, minus 2 small releases to home, she was finally released to my sisters on 3/17/22 with a wound vac still in place on her chest! She was transported back to the hospital via ambulance on 3/24/22! They’ve found she has staph infection in her chest wound and her blood! Please pray the medications start working and help save her!
Doug’s trial date has finally been set for September 19-23 in DC, unless the motion to have it moved to our home state is approved!
We have almost 6 months until then and he is still incarcerated in a Federal Prison! Just doesn’t seem fair or legal, but what do I know?
Our baby just turned 16 last week, our middle baby is graduating in May and 18 in June! Doing this life without my FOREVER love is getting hard, but I will continue to stay strong for my husband, our children and myself! I will continue to rise everyday and kick life’s ass!
Thank you all for the prayers, positives messages and donations! They are very appreciated and are not ignored!
Update #15 January 26, 2022
Just talked to my husband! Longest 24 days of my life! That has been the longest I’ve had to go without talking to him since this whole thing started and he was arrested on January 8th 2021! Prior record was 16 days without talking to him!
Please continue to pray for our family and my husband!
Update #14 January 6, 2022
It’s been 4 days since I’ve heard from my husband! These are the days I want to scream, cry, cuss, break something, just want to straight throw an “it’s not fair” fit!
The prison says it’s because they are on lockdown due to COVID? Fine, I get that, whatever, but how can they not have to let them at least call their families? Don’t they realize what it does to a person? Him, being locked up 24 hours a day by himself, knowing that I’m here worried sick! Or me here not knowing if he really is ok and just on lockdown? Or is something wrong? They’d have to tell me right?
I’ve been with my husband for 2 1/2 decades…25 years! That’s a lot of days of waking up next to him and saying good morning and a lot of nights, laying next to him and saying good night!
This last year has definitely been challenging and we’ve conquered things that I never in a million years would have thought would be my actual life now.
A lot of days and life events have been missed by my husband and for us having to continue on, missing him on so may firsts in the last 365 days!
I have to continue to believe in miracles and continue to pray that my husband will get to come home soon, or at least that phone call home!
Update #13 January 1, 2022
Today marks 51 weeks since my husband was taken from our family! 1 week away from a whole year!
I just celebrated my first Christmas in 25 years without my husband and our children just celebrated there first ever without their dad. Doug spent his Christmas and now New Years Eve all alone in Solitary confinement/quarantine due to COVID, as he was transferred to a different Federal Penitentiary 2 1/2 weeks ago from the DC prison! Now we are about to start a whole new year without him! This has been such a rough and overwhelming year!
Please continue to pray for all of us and for the strength to continue to fight this ugly battle!
God Bless and Happy New Year!
Update #12 December 19, 2021
We are 11 months and 10 days into this nightmare! We are one week away from Christmas! And 2 weeks until the new year!
As of Tuesday, December 14th my husband was transferred from the DC prison! No idea why he was moved, but have an idea of where he went! I have not talked to him since the 13th! I believe it will be 2-3 weeks until I hear from him, due to him having to go through the quarantine process!
Please pray for us all!
Update #11 December 8, 2021
Today marks 11 months since this nightmare started and Doug was arrested! I'm still in awe daily that this has become my/our life! I can only hope and pray that someday soon, we can begin to move on from this!
We truly appreciate all the love, prayers, emails, letters and donations from everyone!
Update #10 November 10, 2021
Thank you to those who have prayed, messaged and donated for our family!
It’s been 10 months 2 days, almost 44 weeks, 306 days, 7,360 hour (just because sometimes that’s how slow I’m taking it all in, since our nightmare started when Doug was arrested!
6 months 6 days, 26 weeks 5 days, 182 days 4,368 hours and he was miraculously released!
1 month 19 days, 7 weeks 1 day, 50 days, 1200 hours, I was blessed to have him home!
Now he’s been gone again 2 months 8 days, 9 weeks 6 days. 65 days and 1656 hours and I can’t seem to see the light at the end of this dark tunnel!
We continue to pray and have faith that this will all be over soon!
Update #9 October 9, 2021
Doug finally made it to DC on Monday the 4th! He will be in general population until the 18th or so! Please pray that he stays safe! It has been 9 months today since this nightmare started for us when he was taken into custody. 9 MONTHS, 40 WEEKS, 280 DAYS! This feels like a horrible nightmare I can't wake up from! Please pray that this can all be over soon and justice will prevail, so my husband and so many others, can be reunited with their families! Thank you and God Bless!
Update #8 September 17, 2021
As of yesterday, my husband is now on his journey back to DC! Last time, this took 16 days! 16 days of not knowing where he was or if he was ok! Please pray for him/us! This is all so hard and unfair! Thank you all for your support and prayers! This fight is far from over! Thank you and God Bless!
Update #7 September 4, 2021
As many already know, Doug was taken back into custody on September 2nd! Please continue to pray for us! Thank you all that have helped us during this hard time! I will continue to stay strong and take care of our family! This is so unfair! God Bless!
Update #6 August 11, 2021
Doug's been home for 4 weeks today! Still feeling so blessed they let him come home! He's going crazy not being able to work and provide for his family! But we will take it! He had a friend bring over a "boom" and he's been taking down trees in our yard! Thank you all for the prayers and donations! We appreciate you all! God Bless!
Update #5 August 7, 2021
Happy Happy Birthday to Douglas! Best present he could get was being home for his birthday! Thank you all for the positive messages and all the donations! God Bless you all!
Update #4 July 30, 2021
God bless each and everyone who has stayed strong for our country through these hard times!
Thank you for all the love everyone is showing us right now! You are all truly amazing! Every donation will definitely help us financially during this hard time in our lives!
Thank you and God bless!
Update #3 July 29, 2021
2 weeks since Doug's release. Happy to have my husband home! He was granted permission to go out in the yard at court yesterday! It's a very small step but he enjoyed every minute of it today even in the 100 degree weather! Sunshine and fresh air! Something he was denied for 6 months and 6 days!
Update #2 July 25, 2021
Thanks to all who have donated! Very much appreciated??
Day 10 since my husband was released home! It truly has been a blessing! Our family has been spending precious time together, trying to heal together! We have a status hearing next week! All positive prayers are greatly appreciated???! Please continue to prayer for the other Patriots who are still incarcerated and all of their families as well!
Update #1 July 19, 2021
Day 5 of my husband finally being home! Things have been good given the situation! Back to work for me tomorrow and I don't want to leave his side! Please continue to pray for us, as the nightmare is far from over!
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