The oldest son is leaving for Air Force boot camp one week from today.
To answer your question…I’m doing good.
I am always asked, “how are YOU feeling about this?”
Well, we prayed about this before Matt signed up and God has given us all peace that he is doing the right thing.
It is tough knowing that I won’t see him for long periods of time, I will miss his face around here! He has the best sense of humor. He makes me laugh all the time.
It is going to be so hard!
God’s Word says:
Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it.
The thing I am focusing on right now is “go.” It does not say, “train up a child and then hope he/she never goes.”
The job I am so honored to have, is to train up my children to be prepared for God’s plan and purpose. I pray that I’ve done that. Many things have been flying through my mind as time come closer for him to leave- did I tell him this?…, or did we prepare him for that?…
At this point I find peace in the fact that he has a personal relationship with the Lord. He is God’s kid too!
The Amplified version of that verse is:
Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.
That’s been our prayer all these years, God help us to prepare them for what YOUR unique plan is for their lives.
I’ve made so many mistakes in the raising of my children these past 19 years. I’m so glad that God is merciful! In spite of his imperfect parents, Matt is a really great person.
I know that He has His hand on my son, no matter where this life takes him.
I want my children to be in the middle of God’s will for their lives. Even if it is scary to me, I know that is the best place for them.
I trust that the Lord loves him infinitely more than I could ever imagine and will be with him everywhere he goes.
He will be gone for 4 years (give or take a short leave here and there). I don’t know where the road of life will take him. He could come back with a wife and have a child by then! Or, he may never choose to move back here.
You always hear about how fast they grow up and how the time flies, now I believe it.
Life will never be the same around here after next Monday. I’m sad for myself because I will miss him, but I am so glad that he is excited to go and start this new chapter in his life.
Hug your babies girls, it really does go by too quickly!