Moms College Journey

One year ago I began a new and scary journey as I faced the effect college life was about to have on me. Not because I was going to college, but because my first born...my baby girl...my Samara was leaving our home and venturing out on her own. For her, the past year has been filled with new friends, new experiences, new adventures, travel and a fuller appreciation for learning. She has had her ups and downs, but more than anything she has … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Changes

As you may recall, my daughter started college a few months ago. That has led to changes and a new normal around here. She certainly left a big empty space in our home upon her departure, but God is graciously filling that void. Having the capacity to embrace change, even one so very close to one's heart is a choice - and I am choosing to accept, adapt and grow. I have been counting the days until Thanksgiving and then CHRISTmas so I can … [Read more...]

Imagine Your Child Disappearing

Mine did Two days ago To go to college I miss her so   As memories flash my lips curl upward with a soft smile I feel tears welling in my eyes Memories are a sweet gift Taking the time each day to make them, a wise choice   Amazing grace that she was given to me causes gratitude to flood over me Reminding me that her Father in heaven gave her to me for a season A season of loving, encouraging, … [Read more...]

Letting Go Of My Girl

I am having a sad day. Not sad in a pathetic way…just deeply reflective. How did 18 years happen…just like that? Such joy, fun and vibrant life lived while sharing my days with my first-born.  I am so very grateful that God blessed me with her. I was told I would never have children, so that she and her younger brother were gifted to me is indeed an embraced blessing. As I contemplate her future I am filled with a sense of … [Read more...]

She Is Flying The Nest!

I am having some breakfast before I go meet my soon to be good friend Ted Dekker (yeah right!) and I started crying. I read today's post over at MomLife Today... Sweet memories tumble through my head and slowly spill out of my eyes as salty tears. It was supposed to be just another one of my daily walks through the nearby lush green park, but it ended up being a walk down memory lane. I saw her running through the play ground, her dark … [Read more...]