|One of my favorite pics of us. |
She hugged me again at the door and I took goofy pictures of her before I backed out of the driveway.
Then I cried all the way to my meeting.
It would be selfish of me to try to make her stay. An 18 year old soon-to-be college freshman doesn't want to share a room with her 10 and 12 year old sisters.
I know this.
But that doesn't make it easy.
My selfish mommy heart says, "I'm not done with her. I have more to teach her, more to share."
|Mom, Alex and I|
She's more than that though. To me, she's a picture of grace.
Created in less-than-ideal circumstances, she was born with two kids for parents. Not understanding what it means to put your children before yourself, we made mistakes. A lot of them. A lot a lot.
Her father and I divorced when she was 6, leaving me the single mom of 3. Just before she turned 8, her youngest sister was born, making me a single mom of four kids under 8.
After the divorce, I fell into a depression that would grip me off and on for about 10 years. She often had to play the grown up when I couldn't or wouldn't function. And, while our life is much more stable now, I can't help but remember how I was scared at one point that she was the daughter I was "most likely to ruin" with all of my selfish choices... and that was even before I had seen that God had given me way out.
|Graduation May 2016|
Her creativity knows no bounds. And, while her exterior can be tough sometimes, she has a heart brimming with compassion.
She loves her family, even when it's hard.
I also love that she is not afraid of spiders. Although, I'm never sure if she is really rescuing me from them... or rescuing them from me when she captures them and sets them free outside.
The most exciting thing for me has been the many conversations we've had in the last year or so about Who God really is and what He really thinks of us. We've talked about things we do and do not believe. She's inspired me to write several blog posts with our conversations.
Not long ago, she started asking me to pray for her when she was sick so she could go on to school. She began to understand that God desires us to be healthy and believes we have authority over many more things than most people realize. Seeing her grasp those beliefs was so encouraging.
I know she will succeed at whatever she pursues as God gives her the desires of her heart. Even when things get hard or she falters at some point, she knows Who to turn to. He is for her and she's going places. I'm insanely proud of this girl.
Grace is getting something you don't deserve.
That's why she is a picture of grace to me.
You don't earn a great kid like this... I'm truly blessed to have her.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
(*This one might be more for me than her in this case.)