Written on January 31st, 2013
My daughter is 19 years old. She is beautiful, smart, funny, loves the phone and computer, has a serious fondness for McDonald's french fries, is crazy about camo and loves to watch Duck Dynasty. She is also in jail. My little girl, long blond curls and her favorite teddy bear are so distant in years but so clear in my mind. I did my best to raise her with good Christian values and principles, taught her to use her manners and to be respectful, how to cook and clean, how to ride a 4 wheeler through the mud, how to put makeup on, worked together on science fair projects and homework, went to get our hair done at the same time, splurged on movies and ice cream. She joined ROTC in the 9th grade and looked so beautiful when she went to the Military Ball. Somewhere, sometime after that things changed. Her group of friends changed. She changed. Fast forward to today...the wrong crowd led to the wrong boyfriend. Which led to meth. Which led to stealing, lying and running. I guess it would take a novel to explain all that has happened but in a nutshell, she ended up with two warrants on her for stealing (one for shoplifing and not paying the fine and the other for larceny). She was picked up this past Monday night and is serving her time for the one warrant and then will be transferred to another county for the other warrant. I don't know what to expect out of all of this. I only hope that she will learn positively from it and change her life around. I have felt so much guilt on what I could have done differently. I am a wreck inside and am having trouble coping with all of this. Please keep my little girl/young woman in your prayers. Thank you so much.