Goodness…I didn’t realize how long it has been…. my baby girl (she’s really 18, but she’ll always be my baby girl) recently said she missed my blog posts. She just took flight to college last week, so I thought what better time to write. What better time to pay tribute to my baby girl. What better time to reflect on the process of releasing her so that she can fly. What better time to express my love for her. Abby Joy this is for you!
It’s been a week since I helped make your bed, hung your corner shelves with a gazillion commando strips and made last minute Target runs for storage units and highlighters. It’s been a week since I left little love notes hidden throughout your belongings in your dorm for you to find a long the way. It’s been a week since I buried my face in my pillow, wondering how this day to set you free came so quickly.
I keep comforting myself, knowing that you are ready and that your life experiences have prepared you for such a time as this. I know without a shadow of a doubt that these are not mere words or thoughts, but that it is truth! You are ready. You have literally been around the world and back. Your understanding of various backgrounds and cultures cause you to think deeply and understand many. Your experiences have taught you to draw from God’s strength. He has proved to you over and over again that HE will never leave you nor forsake you. Your love and strength is found in Christ and it runs furiously though your veins and is displayed through all you do. It radiates through your smile, your actions, and your commitment to all you touch. You are strong and courageous. You are smart. You are joyful and bubbly. You are crazy fun. You are in love with our Savior!
Since I held you as a tiny baby in my arms, I have prayed that you would love the LORD your GOD with all your mind, all your heart and all your strength!! I am forever thankful that God has heard my prayer for you and answered. You will continue to have many successes throughout your college years and beyond… but KNOW that you have accomplished the GREATEST success off all. YOU LOVE JESUS with all your soul! Now it’s time for your to spread His wings of LOVE and FLY! You are ready to soar to new heights and God is ready to take you there.
I love you always baby girl! Mom