Friday, March 28, 2008
Empty Nest...Oh my!
My last child, Jenna is getting ready to leave next Wednesday for six months, to participate in a YWAM mission base in Perth, Australia. This is something we have been praying about and planning for over a year. I really want this experience for her. It will be such a great time for her to grow and give of herself to others. YWAM stands for Youth With A Mission. It is a Christian based organization that gives young people a chance to learn how to love the world around them. They participate in a three month training phase, then they are sent out to a third world country to help and reach out to people in need. Her group will be going to Jakarta for their outreach phase. I am so excited and delight that my daughter will have this fabulous opportunity. BUT and this is a big but, I am finally having to face up to all my children being gone from the nest. Now I am obviously not the first mommy to have to go through this. But last night, I had such a melt down. I went into my daughter’s room late at night and begged her to let me rub her back, and just hang out with her. Oh my how do we let them all grow up? I guess it is not about me letting her...she just is. Jenna is such a wonderful girl with so much in life going for her. Please forgive me but I feel a big need to indulge myself here. So here is a little slide show for a trip down memory land. I will miss her so much!