Today marks a special day in the chapter of our lives. It is the first time we will take one of our children to college. It is the first time I have a 19 year old, remember I am only 34, it is the first time I have felt sadness and true happiness at once. It is the first time I have witnessed first hand GOD's hand and grace and mercy at work in one of my children's lives, as it is played out so obviously before us all.
This time a year ago, M's college plans were swiftly changed and a new plan was instated. She held onto her hope that she would this year go away to school, start her college experience and be "independent". As that day has come, I cannot do anything but stand in awe of God's hand at work in her life. His and her plan have come together as one and her she goes. . . .
She will only be an hour away, but my other children just cried this morning as they pulled away to go to school. M had gotten up to see them all off and say their good-byes, but I had no idea of the reaction from some of my other kids. Especially little ME. ME was 2 months old when M came to live with us. So. . .for ME it is like a part of her mother is leaving. M was truly MY helpmate in the early days of this ministry. She rocked, fed, changed diapers, put little ones to sleep, and most importantly bonded and shared a relationship with her. She has done that with all of our kids.
Saturday marked M's 19th birthday and all the kids were given the statement to finish "how M has impacted me or what I love about her most.. " All eleven statements would be too long to post, but the underlying comment was the importance of her positive, upbeat nature and her willingness to have a relationship with all of them. Truly amazing, God is awesome and HE has hand-picked our little, big family to work just so. To Him be the glory for that.
Check out some fun photos as a tribute to precious M!!
Our first family photo with M and M. (they will die when they see this!)
Through the years our family began to change and grow!
Then. . through the years, she began to change and grow!
M and little ME, they were inseparable in those early years!
Then along came little J, what a great big sister she has been to him.
More importantly, all these girls are looking up to you!
And now, she is 19, all grown up and going to college. . . I think I will cry my eyes out right now, then some more later! We love you M and God has big plans for your life. We can't wait to watch it all unfold!!