Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Countdown to Graduation

In just ten days, my daughter, Allison, will graduate from high school.  We will be finished with the era of school lunches, backpacks, field trips and permission slips.  No more absences/excuses, textbooks, forms to sign, sporting events to attend or emergency forms.  No more awards ceremonies, fund raisers, high school dances  or banquets.   We will have gotten three children through elementary, junior high and high school.  We will have had children in school for the last  23 years !!! What a GINORMOUS change!!

It seems like we've seen had a taste of it all, from Math Competitions, to all-consuming band days/practices, tailgating meals to feed the band,  theater plays, track meets,   FCA and PALS........ we've seen three children blossom from awkward adolescents to caring, generous, God-fearing young adults.  Now my oldest son is going to be a daddy to a little girl...Whoa, I better stop this reminiscing before I go on emotional overload......

Um, hum you can just imagine, if you've not been in this place yet, what the spectrum of emotions can be.  We are very proud of our children, yet knowing that they are really only "on loan" from God, that they truly belong to HIM. 
So as I get ready for this big party to celebrate ( a little early as the weekend of graduation will be filled with visiting with family) my mind goes backward and forward....looking backward at all we've done, seen and accomplished...and looking forward to what God has for our family in the future and for each child what God will accomplish with them.  How will He work in them, where will He take them?  Will they marry and have families, or will they be single and independent???  We do have hopes and dreams for them, but for now, that story is still unfolding.

8 comments:

Playing Sublimely said...

Oh my, your last one leaving...my heart is racing!

Joyce said...

Bittersweet to be sure. Although I will say I don't miss packing lunches every morning one single bit : )

Congratulations!

southerninspiration said...

YES!! Joyce that is a day I look forward to, although my hubby does often take leftovers to work with him.
And there are things I look forward to with no children home! But it will be sad for sure.

Stacey said...

I have thought several times about the hundreds of lunches I've packed over the years.I never really minded doing it...

It's hard Suzanne. When it's your youngest it's different. Take kleenex!

Debbie said...

Oh, how well I can relate to everything that you wrote. (OK, not the expectant grandma part yet, but the rest of it.)

I feel exactly as you do. It's such a wide range of emotions. It has been a busy journey, but I will miss that busyness.

Not lunch packing. On that I agree.

The end of an era. I'm not ready...

Pamela said...

I do not even like thinking about my boys at that age! I don;t want to even think about me by then! I will be a total mess! Hugs and enjoy!

Beverly said...

Tears are okay. It is a joyful time too, so enjoy it. I raised three boys and was just thankful they graduated. Although sports kept them focused. The hard part was the going off to college. I cried for weeks after each one left, but learned after the first one that my heart would heal. My prayers are with you, Suzanne as I think there are more concerns with a girl going out into the world.
Just know you did the best job you could raising them and hand them over to the Lord and trust him with them.
You will come to love the time with just he two of you and a quiet home and then you will be ready for the grandkids. Congratulations, by the way.

Bella Michelle said...

Indeed, it is a bitter sweet time. I will be lifting you all up this week in prayer as you come to the path in the road that turns off into the new season of life.