I wanted to pop in with a quick personal update. (Since we do life together.) 🌸
My son Hunter is graduating from high school tomorrow and I can’t begin to tell you how many thoughts and emotions I’ve got swirling in my mama heart. Tangles and tangles of them… joy, excitement, pride and happiness all interwoven and smashed inseparable from sorrow, nostalgia, fear and even a looming sense of loss.
A part of me wants him to go back to being a little boy. Back to those sweet days when he’d ask me to help him tie his shoes, mend a boo boo, or sing songs and cuddle at bedtime. Back to those days when hugs were kid-currency, books were everything, and kisses were joyful, whimsical expressions of love.
And I’d like a do-over on those younger years. An opportunity to linger, listen and love deeper, wider and higher. An opportunity to bark less and wag more, snuggle longer and laugh louder with generous doses of grace.
You know what I mean?
Graduation is a ceremonious time that places one foot of my heart in the past and one foot in the future. I feel torn.
Yet I want to be present in the midst of all of it. So I pray… and praise God for all that He has done and all that He will do. I give thanks and celebrate the ways that God’s fingerprints are visible in Hunter’s life.
And I pray for his tomorrows.
In a very mama-kind-of way…
You see, I want him to go out into the world, scale high mountains, and do great things… but in a safe and comfortable bubble… knowing all too well that God teaches many of our richest life lessons in the crucible of disappointment, hurt and error.
Agh! Please pray for me as I pray for him!
And please join me in prayer for every graduate this year to embrace the words that Christopher Robin said to Winnie the Pooh, “You are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem, and SMARTER than you think.” And to take the charge found in Deuteronomy 31:8 to heart, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
BIG HUGS and BLESSINGS to you,
🌸 FAVORITES RIGHT NOW 🌸
It’s graduation season and here’s a glimpse what I’m loving…
Online Invitations: I was asked to review an online invitation service called Paperless Post and I have to tell you, I’m impressed! Paperless Post is a company that designs customizable online stationary in a way that is personal, practical and comprehensive. I’m not a big card sender, so this totally appealed to me when it came to organizing a graduation party for Hunter. My favorite part? It’s simple, the templates are amazing and the dashboard is helping me stay organized with my guest list. Loving Paperless Post. Will totally use them again.
Everybody Always: This new book by the one-and-only Bob Goff is my go-to graduation gift this year. I’ve ordered several copies. Our family loved reading Bob’s first book together, Love Does, and from what I’ve already read of Everybody Always, there are gobs of great heart directives in each chapter. Love me some Bob Goff. And love his heart for loving others. So good.
Jewelry With a Message: And these. I love to give these bracelets by DESIGNING for HOPE as gifts to young women to be worn as a reminder to PRESS ON and prioritize FAITH in Christ above all else. They’re simple and casual. I wear mine all the time.