I used to think this day seemed so far away. And then all of a sudden it was here before I even realized it. My firstborn graduated from high school today. I am overwhelmed with mixed emotions. I feel like a certain aspect of our family won’t be the same anymore. Jessica is the life of the party around our house, and together with the siblings close to her age she plays a certain role that we will surely miss. For eighteen years this girl has been an everyday part of my life. How will I continue on without seeing her every day? How will I enjoy drinking my morning cup of coffee if she isn’t sitting across from me? She is truly one of my very best friends in the world, and I am going to miss her immensely. Even though there are sad aspects to this day, of course my heart is filled with joy knowing Jessica has completed this phase of her life, and is ready to embark on the next adventure God has for her. God has worked out so many details to help pave the way for her to be able to have a summer job, and then go on to John Brown University this fall. Jessica has a strong desire to follow the Lord, and has given her life to Him to be used for His glory. As a mother there is no greater joy than to see my daughter walking this path.
One thing that is definitely helping me in this moment is the fact that I will be accompanying Jessica on her journey to the USA. There was a time this year amidst all the planning when I didn’t think this would be a possibility, but God worked out all the details and has given me this special opportunity. So now I can prolong this goodbye, and enjoy some special one-on-one time with Jessica. I will cherish these weeks we have together! Thank you for your prayers for our family during this time!