We are reaching yet another milestone in our family. My youngest son will be graduating college on Saturday and then will be going out into the world for his first full-time job. My goodness...I can't tell you how much I wonder where time has gone. It seems like just yesterday that I was starting our first day of homeschooling as a green homeschool mom and two boys that had no idea how this whole thing was going to work out. It ended up working out beautifully.
I've seen my youngest son overcome a horrible injury that had him in a lot of pain. During that time, he started online college studies and got his Accounting degree. His real love, though, is using his hands and so he went for the degree he's getting now - Industrial Machine Mechanic. In case you're like me and have no idea what that is, he will be the guy that works on the big machines in mines and things like that. He loves it and I know he's thrilled that he can do this.
I look at my time spent with my children and I absolutely wish there were things I could do over but, honestly, I am mostly so happy that I was able to homeschool them, spend time doing fun things, and getting to know them. I am so thankful that they both have held tight to their faith in Jesus and that, as adults, they still like their mom and think of me as a friend. There is no greater joy!
Each time a milestone happens, it makes me reflect on our lives together. I get a little sad, wishing I could have those little boys that ran around all sweaty in the yard again. Of course, they still get sweaty but it's not the same thing. LOL More than sadness, though, I feel such pride that they have lived their life in a way that God is proud of them and that they are not ashamed of the Gospel.
I'm sure I'll shed some tears on Saturday night. Tears of joy but also tears of sadness that things will be changing in our lives once again. Yes, it's right and I'm glad for it, but it's always hard for me to have changes happen, even if they are good.
Most of all, I can't wait to see the next adventure in my sons life. I can't wait to see how he is able to take all he has learned and share it with others and become what I know he can do. It truly will be a grand thing!
Blessings - Julie