This last Friday, our family attended a Spring Preview Day at the college my daughter will be attending this fall.
This was such a wonderful day for us. My husband and son got their first view of the school. I have to say, it's a beautiful campus, bordered by a lake on three sides, mellow brick buildings, a new arts/theatre building, new athletic building, and they just broke ground on a new Christian Leadership Center building that will house classrooms, administration, and student leadership and development offices.
We took the whole tour, got to meet other students, staff, and parents, and got the bottom line scoop from the business department. The bottom line? School costs a lot more than it once did.
As we progress through this spring and summer, we're getting closer to the time when our girl will leave home. A big step for her, a big step for us. As I sat in the chapel service (Ruth Graham was the speaker- AWESOME!) I realized that one of the hardest things about being a parent with an about-to-be-launched child, is that as she goes away to college, she will become more and more HER, and less and less, US. While she will be growing personally, mentally, and emotionally by leaps and bounds, establishing more firmly the woman God wants her to be, we will stay here, as we are, watching from the sidelines. We'll support as we can, and as she will allow us, but the journey from here on out is hers.
What happened to the time? It was only yesterday I held that pink bundle in the hospital and wondered if I was cut out for the task of being somebody's MOTHER.