From the moment we
push our little ones into the world…
They are pushing to
Pushing to change…
from sleeping in our
arms…to sitting alone…crawling…walking…
all these changes
taking them on their own journey toward independence…
they learnto ride bikes…
and before you know it
they are driving way in a car.
And it seems like with a blink of an eye…the
car is packed…
they are college bound...
and this change…this
forever changes the
topography of the family…
a cataclysmic change
…a permanent shift.
We as moms we give our
lives for this moment…
we pour our heart…our
prayers…our time…into their lives...
so one day they will
be ready to fly…
to make that
metamorphosis from a child into an adult.
Even though stand and
cheer them on with joy…
our heart aches as we
feel this forever change.
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My oldest is getting
ready to turn 30 and my youngest is 16.
When asked to share
what I have learned from all these years of schooling…
From raising my kids…
So many things come to
Don’t let homeschool
become an idol
Let Christ be the
center of your day
Look for teachable
moments right in the middle school lessons
Teach kids to be hard
workers…as unto the Lord
Give an honest days
work at school
You can’t give from
the spiritual realm what you don’t have yourself
The list could go on
Gohereand you can read more
of my homeschooling journey... Parenting lessons are universal... No matter the path we travel educating our children... We all have lessons of letting go... lessons of trusting God.
We share out of where
right now I am watching my son as he turns the page of his story…
Ready to start a new
One foot out the
door…stepping out with confidence and hope…
This “launching” makes
a parent shake just a little…
Because I know there
are “gaps”…areas not covered in homeschool or lifeschool
Gaps in his education…gaps in his upbringing…
Gaps that in the past
would have crushed me…
Blinding me to all the
Gaps that in the past would
have condemned me…
Gaps that would have
labeled me a failure.
The enemy’s tactics
have been the same since the beginning of time…
He tempts us like He
He tell us… we too can
be like God…
Be the savoir to our
Bearing the burden of
having all the answers… of holding all truth…
He shouts the lie…”If
you don’t get it right…If you don’t fill all the gaps…
If you are not
perfect, your kids will not make it.”
The enemy is still
right there to whisper the doubts…
Begging me ask the
Did I do enough? Did
I…? Did I…? Did I…?
But now, by His love,
when I see gaps…He helps me see grace…
Today, I realize we
will never be able to fill all the gaps…
We as parents were
never meant to fill all the gaps…but He can.
So now, the better
question is … Is He…?
Is He enough to take
my son and continue the work started in a heart…in a home?
This “launching” is
the 4th of our 5 children…
With each one, I
release more freely…more confidently…
Not because of the job
But because God has
proven Himself faithful…
To love my children
unto Himself…to be their Abba Father…
To be their Friend…to
be their Comforter …
To give all the wisdom
To truly fill the gaps
with his love and grace.
Oh, how counting the
graces opens my eyes...my heart to...
Feeling joy and sadness walking side by side through this passage...
To trust while one chapter closes...
And waiting for the new
story to be written.
I continue to count
with words and pictures all His graces given to me. *the most gifted “commentor” left this acronym in her comment... just had to add it here...thanks lynn:) GAPS God Always Provides and Supplies.
One last basketball game before he leaves.
Always a little competitive.
But love triumphs over all.
My grocery bill will see an decrease without these portion sizes:)
What a gift to have older brothers to give wise words...
challenging and charging him before he leaves.
She entered into his joy...but carried some sadness home with her.
Until the sting of being an only child was soothed by a night with friends.
~daughter's MIL…better report than first thought
getting to go to the beach before she starts chemo
back to school dinner…surprise bonusJ
the Revelation Song…everyone together
on a college campus
blessing of this wonderful job for my hubby
to get much done
customer service lady
son in…great roommates
for growth and stretching ..taking him outside his comfort zone
friends spending the night…
the winds of change
for the changes taking place in our family
a family of 7 …now a family of 3
expectancy for what the unseen future holds
“prisoners of hope”…Katie davis
~”stumbling" upon an Holy Experience…and yes, it has been indeed…