I have known and been friends with Mariel since May 2011. My husband and I had recently left the Military lifestyle, and Mariel was one of the first people I had met, after reintegrating into the civilian lifestyle. My husband and I met her at a small group meeting we had attended and hoped to join. Right away, I loved Mariel. At the time, she and I each had one daughter, both with the same names. The girls, although just 18 months of age, loved each other and, since then, they have grown up together. My daughter adores Mariel, too. She is saddened to think people believe the lies that Mariel would harm another child. As time has gone on, Mariel and I have been pregnant and had children at the same time. We have often talked about how we went from two daughters to eight children in such a short time and we feel so blessed to have these little people in our lives.
Mariel has been one of my biggest supporters in my life. I have gone through some dark times and she has always been one of the first people I have gone to. I know that I can trust Mariel. She is loyal and caring. She is a Godly woman, who has prayed for me, for my marriage, and my children. When I needed someone to hold me while I cried, Mariel did that. When I needed a listening ear, Mariel was that ear. She has been with me during the joyous times in my life as well. She has celebrated the birth of my children, their birthdays, our anniversaries, and so much more.
When I think about women and mothers in my life who I admire and who I am blessed to know, Mariel has always been at the top of my list. She is so patient, loving, and caring. She is honest and understanding. She is thoughtful and generous. If Mariel can give physically, mentally, and emotionally, she will and has for me. I am beyond blessed to know such a Godly woman.
There are very few people I trust with my children and Mariel is, and always will be, one of them. When a child walks in her door, she does nothing but hug them and shower them with her love. I have seen her care for other children, who are not hers or mine, and she treats them no different. She has a love for children that is beyond belief. She has patience that I pray I had.
Over the past almost year, I have seen Mariel change. I have seen her grow closer to God. She is so focused and steadfast. Her love for God is evident in all of this. She is determined to give God the glory. I sat in the courtroom throughout most of the 8 day trial, and I was amazed at how well Mariel kept her faith. I KNOW and BELIEVE that Mariel Grimm is innocent.