Monday, August 22, 2011

Ch ch ch ch changes! (Part 1)

Well, I have thought about this post since Friday. Not sure where to start or exactly what to say. There have been so many changes in the past several months. The merry go round I am on seems to go faster and faster. So the changes in our family mostly have to do with our precious baby girl, who is not a baby, but a lovely 18 year old young lady. In April, when she actually turned hit me like a ton of bricks. If you know me at all you know that since the beginning of her Senior year I have been a bit emotional, (yes I know that's putting it mildly). Months of up & down bittersweet moments. Many firsts and many many lasts. As her senior year began, so did her brother's last year in middle school, and if all that wasn't enough, our baby boy started Kindergarten!!! So if I have slighted you in the past year. I am really sorry!! I know I am a basketcase!

Since she turned 18 she got her license(yes, at 18, not 16 or 17~I will tell that story another day), began dating a great guy that she has known since kindergarten, graduated (with Honors!!), got a job and as of Friday she became a full fledged LR Bear! I have had so many emotions going on ..... I am sure more so than I ever did when I was pregnant with any of my children.

On Friday, she & I went to her Orientation (Dad wanted to attend, but due to family obligations he didn't get to). A topic they covered was for on campus students, talking about RAs, $$, getting involved, etc. She looked over at me and said, I have my own personal RAs, a cook, a maid, with a giggle lol!! I was fine until the parents & students parted ways. And as she walked up the aisle (thank God she was with a couple friends from HS) I was a proud Momma..with a lump in my throat & a tear in my eye, God gave me a peace and I knew she would be fine. As I walked out of that auditorium a mother clung to her son just sobbing, I thought my heart would break! Right then and there I could not imagine leaving her somewhere. Praise the Lord my daughter would be coming home to her own bed that night. Right then & there I thanked Him for sparing me that. (He is mindful of me!!)

Although, she isn't going off to school there are still some major changes going on with her and our family. She is a wonderful young lady grounded in the Lord. She stands strong and doesn't give in to many of the world's temptations. We pray that she will continue to stay focused on what the Lord wants. That night, she did come home and spent a little more time with her boyfriend, he left on Saturday to head to college himself(tears, yes). After I went to bed that night, she came in my room with tears flowing (don't know where she gets being soooo emotional) I once again held my sweet baby girl in my arms and comforted her. As I pillowed my head that night I thanked God for giving me that moment with her once again. A great reminder that she still needs her Momma and great comfort in knowing that He will hold us in His arms when we face changes in our lives and need Him the most.

The weekend was filled with lots of Orientation stuff and she was in & out all weekend. Some dear friends allowed us to got on the lake with them and she didn't get to go. For those of you that don't know us, may not think that's anything, for the most part all of us go together wherever we go..... so not having her was different. It has happened more this summer than ever with her having a boyfriend and Bub having a girlfriend. Do we like it? UH NO! So we will not get used to it. EVER. We still miss our oldest, her husband and baby C when they aren't around.

She did get to go to church on Sunday, and I WANT TO SAY PRAISE THE LORD!! I have been praying for weeks about my children returning to school and Preacher D must have been hearing my prayers! We are so blessed in so many ways. We cannot thank God enough!! No matter how old my children get I will continue to point them to the Lord.

(Picture is missing Big Sister & Wonderful SIL)

We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: Psalm 78: 4 & 7

I know this is long and I have many more changes to record, I may or may not get a handle on posting before I forget, but I will post again at some point with Ch ch ch ch changes! (Part 2).

Things are changing as I post!!

Piper :)

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