HAPPY BIRTHDAY TINA!
HOPE YOUR DAY IS SPLENDIFEROUS!
My baby (*sniff, sniff*) is 23 today. This is the second birthday we've celebrated far, far apart. It doesn't get any easier. But even if we were nearby, not sure we'd be able to do anything since she's in class all day and has to work tonight.
When I was pregnant with her, we were living in hot, muggy South Florida. I rarely ventured outside our air conditioned apartment except to take our 4-year old son to the pool for brief -- very brief -- periods. Oh my word, I don't think I've ever been so hot in my life. Southern girls aren't supposed to sweat. We glow. We perspire. But we do not sweat. Only that summer? I sweat. Great big drops of sweat, all the time, everywhere.
It was a difficult pregnancy with me losing weight rather than gaining it. I survived on yogurt and the newly released Dole Fruit 'n Juice bars. And water. Lots and lots of water. Couldn't stand the smell of meat. Any meat. Couldn't stand the sight of meat. Any meat. Ivan had to do the grocery shopping the entire pregnancy. I could not walk anywhere near the meat section or I'd barf. Just thinking about the meat section made me barf.
I weighed the same right after I had her as I had when we got married. Only the weight had seriously shifted. My arms and legs were stick thin but my middle... well, let's not talk about that.
She was a scheduled c-section and I was relieved to know my mom would be flying down right before, to stay with our son while I was in the hospital and then help the first few weeks I was home with the baby. Only Tina was rather impatient and came three weeks early. She's always been raring to go, the first one in the car, the one planning trips whether it was just to the library or out west to Colorado. We called her our "Go Go Girl" when she was little because she was always wanting to Go! somewhere.
She hasn't changed. Give the girl keys to the car or a ticket on a plane, and she's outta there. She might have gotten the itchy feet from her parents but she's taken it to new heights. She's already been to more states than us, and I have no doubt that within a few years she'll have been to more countries and continents as well. And that's just fine. I have only one thing to say: You Go, Girl!
Right now she's busy finishing her bachelor's degree and thinking about that next, all important step: finding a "real" job, one that will utilize her skills and training. We're excited to think about where God will lead her next.
AFTER she visits us, that is :-) We are very much looking forward to her visit in December. Only 99 days to go!
Will God direct her to a secular job? One with a non-profit? Into full-time ministry? She doesn't know. But she's open to wherever He wants her to go. And for that we're thankful. Thankful that she knows God and loves Him and wants to do His will.
I'm sure y'all have some great verses you could give to encourage her in these coming months as she seeks to know WHAT'S NEXT. Today would you share those verses in your comments? Don't forget, comments serve as entries in my 2nd blogiversary giveaway!