There are moments in life that lead to reflection. Weddings. Funerals. We had one of those happen yesterday for our oldest daughter. Fifth grade graduation ends a chapter in her life and she has no idea how much her life is about to change. Elementary school is a safe place. It’s welcoming and cozy. All the teachers are sweet, loving, compassionate people that actually WANT to spend every day with a room full of young children. (Some might call them crazy. I call them super heroes.)
She walked out of that safe, comfortable school yesterday and will walk into a much scarier, intimidating place in August. It will be filled with new responsibilities like locker combinations and class schedules. But it will also be filled with new friends and opportunities. She will find herself in those halls with those friends and those teachers. She will shape herself into a woman and make decisions that will last a lifetime in that building. As her parent, it terrifies me. My middle school years were not my favorite and I hate to think of her walking through all that, but I have to reference the advice I give her all the time. Think about what is TRUE. She has proved herself to be very responsible. When faced with tough decisions, she makes good choices. She is committed to following Jesus Christ. When I think about those things, it’s not so scary. It’s exciting. So I am choosing to celebrate her today….the preteen she is today, the baby she was yesterday (well it seems like yesterday) and the woman she will be tomorrow.
God, thank you for blessing my life with such a precious, amazing, charismatic, jokester. For giving me a daughter that has made me a better person. That has made me look at life in a completely different way. Thank you for making her the person she is today and be with her as she enters this new stage in her life. May she always turn to you for everything first and feel your grace and compassion when she makes mistakes. Be with Jeremiah and I as we alter our parenting to meet her much different needs. It is through you that every good thing in our lives has come to be. And we thank you! In Jesus Name, Amen.