Hi Friends. Anxiety is eating me alive today. My daughter Anna, the kids mother, will be sentenced in Federal Court this week. I have been dreading this for months, and at the same time anxiously awaiting the answers we have all been waiting for. She has pleaded guilty and has taken a plea deal of 10 years. My understanding is that the judge can give her up to 10 years, but has the ability to issue less of a sentence.
Anna has requested and has been recommended by a mental health provider to go to a local treatment center. This is a large part of my anxiety. I love this child with all my heart and want the absolute best for her. I can’t help but think if she “only” gets treatment at a local facility, will this be enough to keep her from going back to the behavior that landed her in jail to begin with?
If she gets treatment, she will be in the same town that she got trouble in. The same town those friends are in that walked with her down this destructive path. The same town as her grandmother, her enabler, who continues to this day to tell her she did nothing wrong; that the blame is completely on her ex-husband who walked out on her and her kids.
Does it make me a horrible mother to want more than that for her? To my core I know she desperately needs treatment and counseling. I’m not sure she will get that if she goes to prison, but I’m not sure that staying in the same town with all the dysfunction will provide her the mental capacity to accept the counseling and treatment.
I’ll update after sentencing later this week. Please pray for God’s will for my daughter friends. I’m praying for your peace as always.
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