Kids are outfitted in their new shoes, carrying their new lunch boxes and school supplies and heading off to another adventure filled year of school.
Or...they are loading up their car, nervously saying good-by to the security of home and a big hello to dorm life and the college experience.
It seems like I get used to one season of life with my kids and all of a sudden we are changing seasons again. I get all settled and comfortable with one and before I know it we are moving on to another.
I just moved my oldest down to Texas a couple of months ago. I am so excited for his life and all God has in store for him. But I miss him. I wouldn't change anything. But I still miss him. My youngest is graduating and getting a big girl job and looking to move out on her own. I am treasuring every second she is in the house. Every conversation, I am fully engaged in. Because I know... change is coming. Again.
My Rock, in all this change, is Christ. Can I get a big AMEN! for the simple, powerful fact that Jesus NEVER changes?!
He is as faithful and wonderful as He has ever been in my life. He just keeps getting better and better. He is more than enough for my heart in the moments when my mother heart cringes with the sadness that comes with the change of seasons.
It is normal and okay for our hearts to hurt and feel sad when change occurs in our kid's lives. I have found it to be so liberating to stop and "feel" the emotions when they come. I don't try to push them aside or beat myself up for having them. I simply embrace what my heart is feeling and thank the Lord for His comfort.
He never fails in coming and ministering His sweetness to me. He will do the same for you in your seasons of change.
So to all you mommas out there who are waving good-by to that 5 year old....wait...18 year old...remember you are not alone.
He is with you.