But they do grow up and then they're gone. And, in our case, so were we...6,000 miles overseas.
My youngest graduates from college tomorrow. Graduates with honors, summa cum laude.
She'll graduate surrounded by family and friends who love her. Her brother and his wife. Her grandma. An aunt, uncle and cousins. Friends she's made during her sojourn in Indiana. And three dear ladies from our home church in Michigan will be traveling down for the festivities.
These three women have all played a big part in Tina's life. Peggy was her mentor in high school and they spent long hours studying the Word of God together and sharing their hearts. During that same time, whenever we'd have to travel for long periods of time on deputation, Katie opened her home and not only gave Tina a place to stay but also made her a part of the family. Since we moved overseas Lois has done the same, providing much more than a place for Tina to crash whenever she goes to Michigan...she pampers and cares for Tina like a daughter.
I'm so thankful these ladies will be there to share in this momentous day with my daughter. But I'm still really, really sad I can't be there too.
Because tonight there's this amazing Presidential Dessert for graduates and their family.
I kid. Sort of. I am sad because as a parent, you especially want to be there for the big things. And this IS a BIG thing!
Tina, you know we'd be there if we could. We'll be with you in our thoughts and prayers, cheering you on from our little corner of the world.
Love you bunches :-)