Our youngest child of three leaves for college soon. As we prepared for her graduation/farewell party recently, so many thoughts ran through my mind. What developed was a “Love Letter” for her and really, for all three of our kids. Perhaps some of you reading this have experienced similar thoughts and prayers when your children have left home.
As we put together a card box and sweep off the front porch for your graduation/farewell party, so many thoughts cross my mind. And not just thoughts of you, but of your brother and sister and Dad, too. Together we have lived out so many of life’s lessons. We have laughed often and cried together at far too many goodbyes. I hope you know that this one chapter in your life journey has only been the prelude to whatever happens next. While the goodbyes will be hard, the reunions each time will remind us of how strong the bonds of love and family can be! Please let those around you get to know that beautiful smile of yours and your sharp wit! Be totally YOU and don’t ever apologize for being yourself…I love you to the moon and back…thank you for the gift of being your Mom.
I keep thinking about how you will be in so many new situations. Some are going to be exciting and some may be challenging. Trust your instincts, or as I’ve always said, “your gut.” Use your “lifelines…” Phone a friend (or family member!) Ask for advice. Pray often. Only your surroundings are changing. We are all still here for you, only a text or a call or one Skype away.
You may occasionally be unsure about what to do in a situation, and even be tempted to do stupid things at times. I hope you’ll remember all that you have learned, especially that actions have consequences. Choose the high road whenever possible. You’ll still mess up sometimes, but probably a lot less often.
Finally, remember that life is messy. Situations and people are never perfect but continue to strive to look for the good in everything and everyone. Put on a brave face and keep showing up. Life can be hard sometimes, but you have persevered and will continue to do so! Always remember that you are loved.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. JEREMIAH 29:11