Mother’s Day and Graduation

Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ‘em?

Mother’s Day this year marks the beginning of a new stage of life for me as a mom.  My oldest child is graduating high school, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out where the time has gone.  I’ve seen lots of mother’s online sharing pictures of their children in their cap and gown; so I know I’m not alone in this new territory.  As moms we often feel that our children’s failures are our failures and their successes are our successes.  For me that feeling seems to have intensified knowing that this is indeed the end of this season of life.

While graduation is the end of one chapter, it is also the beautiful beginning of a new one for our children.  All of the hope that we felt the day they were born greets us again as we become excited for the endless possibilities that their future will bring.  Some might go on to become doctors while others go on to become good mothers and fathers themselves.  (Both callings are as noble as the other.)

C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Children are not distractions from more important work.  They are the most important work.”  Investing in our children is investing in our future, and the returns for such are unlimited.  Franklin County has always been a community that puts our youth at the forefront.  It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child.  If this is true, it makes me all the more grateful that my children belong to the village that is Franklin County.

To our moms:  Happy Mother’s Day!  For every moment of self-doubt and worry, and for every mess left for you to clean up, it is worth it.  You’ve done good.  Celebrate!  “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”  Proverbs 31:29

To our graduating seniors:  Congratulations!!  You have made it!  The world is yours.  God has great big plans for each of you.  Proverbs 3:5,6 reads, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your path.”

To my graduating senior:  My sweet Dacey, your dad and I couldn’t be more proud of who you are.  Go forth and shine!  “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16

(And to Dacey’s three younger brothers, “No.  You are not getting her bedroom.”)

Have a blessed week, y’all!

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