Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Waiting For Uncle Al


Hello Family,
I wanted to share with you two very special people close
to my heart. My daughter Zoe and my dear Brother-In-Law
Alan Newton. Their story. Alan was wrongly convicted and
served 22 years in prison for a crime that he didn't commit.
It tore our family apart and caused us great pain. Zoe grew
up knowing about her Uncle Al. We spoke to Al over the phone
and wrote letters and sent cards. One day in 2006 we got
the most wonderful news and phone call. Alan was coming home!
DNA evidence tested by the Innocence Project freed my Brother-
In-Law and he is doing excellently today. Zoe and Alan have their
own special relationship. She is so proud of him and you can see
it all over her face when she sees him. Alan has been on CNN
and Fox News talking about his case and sharing his story with others.
The blessing is that he is NOT BITTER. Though wrongly accused and
imprisoned, you will often hear him say, " I did the time, but the time
didn't do me. I still feel sorry for the victim because the person that
has done this wrong is still out there." Alan speaks to young people
about the choices that they make. He speaks to my Zoe about who she is
and what she wants to be. He encourages her to work hard and
reach goals. I decided to write a book about Alan and Zoe's story.
About how they waited for each others and what it was
like meeting Uncle Al face to face finally.
It was a very special moment that my husband and I
will always remember. Al coming home was the best present
ever. There is still a long fight ahead of us and I still believe,
"What doesn't kill us, fattens us for the rest of the journey"
We still have a long way to go ,but at least we get to do it
together.
Shalom to All

33 comments:

Tamara Henderson said...

Hi Vanessa, I heard about the Innocence Project on the news. It's great you brother-in-law was finally able to come home to his family.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh Vanessa~~what a blessing that Al is not bitter with the sacrifice of those years and using the experience for the betterment of others. I truly believe we are given strength we don't know we have, and can choose to use it or not.
The book will be a blessing! You know that!!!
Keeping all y'all in my daily prayers~~the *special* ones! :-)

XXOO~~
Anne

Peta-Ann Smith said...

Excellent news about your brother-in-law! :D

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Thanks my family, Tamara, thanks so much.
Anne, I know your working your stuff and Love you for you, Peta-Ann you are the bestest in the world girly.
Big Hugs

theartofpuro said...

Wonderful post!So happy for you brother in law!You had a great idea about the book:)Love the cover!

Ces said...

Vanessa, I am so happy I am crying. I am just so happy for your family. God bless you! Tsup!

Trauma F Newell said...

Vanessa, through God All things are possible. I'm so happy for your Brother-in-law and your family. It's really wonderful of you to write a book about him. Love the Cover of the Book. God Bless!

michele said...

Even though our society can be unjust, there is so much beauty within some individuals that can't be held back or help but be shared. Such inspiration shared with all of us from the journey of Uncle Al! :o)

Marsha said...

I think your story is simply amazing! Alan sounds like a wonderful man. I hope the best for him and all your family.

Missy said...

What an incredible story, especially since he has such an uplifting attitude about it, wonderful illustration to honor him and your daughter. I've heard about the Innocense Project before,I'm so happy they were able to help your family.

Brad said...

wow incredible! wonderful that alan is back and able to be with his family again. thanks for sharing!

wirbeleit said...

This is a sad and wonderful story and you should definitely make a book out of it! Your life seems full of such storys. And I agree. The most admirable thing for me is that Alan is no bitter after all.
I am deeply impressed.

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, my SWEET! I am so glad you wrote their story to share with others. It must be an inspiring story about keeping the faith and having an indomitable, positive spirit. Alan is a remarkable and exceptional man and a model for the rest of us. Bless him, bless your whole family, bless you!!!

XOXOXOXO

k.h.whitaker said...

Wow, Vanessa, this brought tears to my eyes. How hard that must have been for your family. How wonderful that it had a happy ending and that you can share his story with others. Hugs sweetie and I can't wait to read this.

Rabbit Town Animator said...

A wonderful story, am sorry to hear about your brother in law getting imprisoned but am glad to know it ended up happily. Your illustration is awesome too.

T.L. Holmes Williams said...

How fabulous!! Your brother-in-law sounds like a blessing...not only to your family, but to others as well. What strength of character and fortitude Alan displays in his positive attitude. Wishing you all countless blessings to come! Thank you for sharing your story :)
-Tara <3

Carin Bramsen said...

I am floored by this story, and in awe of Al's spirit and heroism. I can't wait to read your book about him and Zoe.

Cassandra said...

Wow that is an inspiring post Vanessa!! Sounds like it will be a great book!! Sounds like Zoe is a very lucky girl with lots of special people in her life!!!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Okay Y'all, I'm a crying fool right now. You comments have touched our hearts so much. Thank You Family for your encouraging words and your support. It means the world to us.
Big Hugs
V

yoborobo said...

VANESSA! What an amazing story! I am so glad that Al got to come home, but oh my god, all those years! He is an amazing man not to be bitter, and to be living his life as a light. God bless him, and you all for this long struggle you've been through. This is an important book, V. Good on ya, girl. xox Pam

AtelierBrigitte said...

I couldn't believe this story! But what a great relieve it must be for you and your family that Alan finally found justice.

salli s. swindell said...

sweet tears of joy for you + your family...xox

Eric Barclay said...

Awesome

donny* said...

Oh, this is so heartbreaking, but uplifting at the same time if you know what I mean. Big smiles and congratulations and relief to you and your family. What a gift and what a great man he must be!

Roberta Baird said...

“In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.”

You have a strong and wonderful family Vanessa! I wish you great success with your story...it deserves to be told!

Marián Lario said...

Wow, wow, wow.....its very nice!!! incredible, beautiful!!

kisses :-)

Shell said...

Wow, what a great story and picture. Al shows we always have a choice on how we choose to look at things that happen in our lives. Way to go, Al!!

Mechelle said...

Thank God for the Innonce Project! They have helped countless innonecent people get freed.

Lisa M Griffin said...

your spirit and energy continues to impress and enlighten. so proud of you and all you do!! thanks for sharing your story my dear - keeping you in my thoughts.

Dennis Salvatier said...

What a great story. It just goes to show it's never too late, right? So awesome.

SonatasWelt said...

These are great news about your brother-in-law!!! Thank you for sharing.
Hugs
Sonata

Kay Aker said...

What a harrowing atrocity! Thank God for the Innocence Project! And what a miracle not to be bitter!Love to you and your family!

Tali said...

oh vanessa, there is so much injustice in the world! 22 years!!
Alan sounds like an amazing person to have come out of such an experience with so much positivity to give.
x