Update 11:10 p.m…..Most people left church around 8:30 tonight, but Steve, Brandon, Rachael and I stayed till a little after 10:00 talking to Mark. He really needed to talk. He also needed to laugh some, and we did that. About 9:30, the Stone family stopped back by when they saw we were still there. They had taken their 3 dogs for a walk, so they stayed and talked. Mark said he has slept about 4 hours in the last 3 days.
Ashley called Mark tonight while we were still at the church. She wants to talk now. When she got caught, she didn’t want to talk. And she talked to him in that smart-alecky teenaged way that just makes a parent want to slap them. She complained about how all her freedoms were taken away and she didn’t care what happened to her. She was happy to be going to Minnesota, because she had wanted to go live with her aunt. But she didn’t know she was going to be in a drug treatment program. I guarantee she won’t like this. The school counselor and DARE officer told Mark that she will call and beg to come home, and when she does, he must tell her no. They said it was important to shock her, and to let her know she was not going to get what she wants. I don’t know if Mark can go through with that. But I hope he will listen to what these professionals are telling him now.
I don’t think I mentioned that she had been stealing money from him to buy the drugs, but was putting her own money from her job in her savings account. She managed to save $1000, while spending his money on drugs. She was high when they pulled her out of class on Thursday. She tried to fool the DARE officer, but he knew better.
Last night Bethany took Candice and Jordan out for a hamburger, and then they stopped by Brandon and Rachael’s apartment. They had not ever been there. That was her hot date. I started babysitting Candice when she was 8 months old, and still kept them in the summer and after school till about 3 years ago. I started keeping Jordan when she was born. Candice is about to be 15 in June, and Jordan will be 13 in August. They still like to hang out with Beth. They are like her little sisters.
This is Candice, Brandon and Jordan at the wedding in November:
Update 3:10 p.m….We are back up and running now. So far the problems seem to be fixed. But now I have to leave again I accidentally deleted the previous post, ladies, so your comments are gone. I’ll finish this when I get home.
Hopefully I will be able to update tonight. Steve has been installing some updates on the computer, and right now, programs are not behaving as they should Hopefully he can fix those problems tonight. Our email is not even working right now.
After our evening service, we have our next financial management class.
Beth is still sick.
Mark is not in good shape. Every time he tries to speak, he cries. This thing with his daughter (in the last post) has really got him torn apart. He needs lots of prayer. It’s hard to watch him go through this.