Simply the Simmonds Life

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Redemption by Stacey Lannert and Kristen Kemp December 1, 2011

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 6:51 am

On July 5th, 1990, Stacey Lannert shot and killed her father who had been abusing her sexually since she was 7.  Missouri state law, a disbelieving prosecutor, and Stacey’s own fragile psyche conspired against her: she was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Redemption is Stacey’s candid memoir of what happened after she found herself in prison for life.  It is an extraordinary account of Stacey’s will to live a positive-even triumphant- life, and ultimately, the healing power of forgiveness.

After spending as many years in prison as she had out of it, on January 10th, 2009 outgoing Missouri governor, Matt Blunt, commuted Stacey’s life sentence.  Six days later, she walked out of the prison gates a free woman.  Redemption is the story of how Stacey became a free woman while still inside those gates.

Redemption starts out as the story of an idyllic family that seems to have everything.  Quickly, it turns into something ugly as Tom, Stacey’s father starts coming home drunk every night.  A sickening, disturbing memoir, Redemption is Stacey’s attempt to free herself finally from the secret she kept for so long.  Please stop by my book blog By Book or By Crook for the full review.


Highlight Reel November 19th-25th, 2011

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 12:12 am

Saturday-  Didn’t do anything until it was time to take Zach to work at 3pm.  Then got some groceries and headed for home.

Sunday- Made a loaf of sandwiches for the church bingo today, Visited Papa and then went to the Fall Court of Honor.  Mom & Dad joined us for the award ceremony as well.

Monday- After all the hard work of earning the awards, on Scout night tonight we had pizza and a movie.  Jeff and I went out for supper while Zach was at scouts.  We stopped in at TJ’s log cabin for burger night where they have 20 different kinds of burgers to choose from!

Tuesday- Jeff and I watched Gracie while Monica went to RCIA class.  Gracie and I read and watched part of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer before we left to meet up with her mother.

Wednesday- Because of the holiday Zach didn’t have confirmation so he was excited about having a free evening and I was happy I didn’t have to drive him anywhere.

Thursday- Thanksgiving (see previous post)

Friday- Black Friday.  I don’t want to talk about it.  Just think of state fair traffic/tailgate parties/drunk customers/sales on steroids and you’ll understand.  I’m too old to still be working this mess!


Giving Thanks

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 12:02 am

There are so many reasons to be thankful this year.  We are thankful for family (and being able to have Papa out for the holiday), health (even though Zach had to go through another surgery following an ATV accident), and friends (like the Bookies who are such a blast to hang out with.)

Mom had everyone out for Thanksgiving.  I don’t know how she finds the energy with all her disabilities but she manages to pull it off.  My aunt Candy joined us this year and she brought Papa out from the nursing home.  Even though Tyler had to work, Monica and Gracie were there with us too. 

Mom always puts on quite a spread but I noticed there was one thing she was missing.  Tums for afterwards!