So many life changes going on right now in our home. Hannah will be getting her drivers license next week. Nicole has a job. T.J. is heading off to a university soon. Lacey has her own apartment. Zack is doing drivers ed. All of them have friends that are driving, voices that are changing.
They are getting more and more independent as the days go by. I know this is a good thing, but really, we're heading into a season that is different than I've been in before. Hannah is already even talking about "when" she moves out. (crying here)
It's fun seeing them become the adults that God has designed them to be, but it's also hard because it's letting go a little more control and trusting them. I just want them to have good lives. I don't want them to make the same stupid mistakes I made. I want them to make good choices.
I started worrying last night about T.J. going off to college, and then I realized that he is the Lord's and that the Lord will care for him and take care of him. It's my calling to pray for them, help them when they ask and do what I can.
The scripture I've held onto tightly is "train up a child in the way he should go and he will not depart from it." I believe it's in Proverbs. I just want them to have good, healthy lives.
It's just a different time. The house is quieter at times. And then there are the times that we have a house full of teenagers — which is quite interesting and fun. And loud! I really am not looking forward to them moving out. I know some people do look forward to that time in their lives, but I love all my kids — messes and all. I have no choice but to embrace it – I can't fight it. Maybe I'll get another dog! :-) Just kidding honey — I think Joe would get a hint upset if I brought another pet home!
Ta ta for now!