Very big milestone this weekend. This girl….graduated from high school. I have to repeat a quote that has stayed with me – "I can no more take credit for my children's successes than I can blame myself for their failures." How true this is. This girl has made some fantastic decisions. She has also learned to take her not-so-fantastic decisions and turn them into life lessons.
This girl was born early one April morning. Her life literally began needing me to be close to her. And so I was. We were attached at the hip for the first 4 years of her life. I remember days that dragged on and on, and nights that – well, seemed they'd never end. She had opinions, even then. But we both learned to adapt to each other, to give and take.
This girl has always had an infectious smile. Even after, as a 4 year old, she fell off her bike and broke her jaw – on both sides. That smile never went away. She taught me so much through that experience. She was a trooper indeed.
This girl has lived her life wanting to serve and please others. And she has.
This girl embraces new opportunities to learn, to make friends, to travel. There's just not much that she's afraid of.
This girl can drive a truck and trailer, kill a snake, and hang with the best of them when it comes to fishing or hunting – and in the blink of an eye transform into a beautiful princess who just walked out of a fairy tale.
This girl has accomplished much in her 18 years. Perhaps the one decision that she has made that has made the biggest difference in her life was to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Looking back, that one decision that she made when she was 7 years old, literally has been the cornerstone of all other decisions that she has had to make.
This girl begins a new chapter of her life, and consequently, so do I.
Last night, as she walked the stage, it FINALLY hit me. And it hit me hard. This was it. The end. The end of a lot of things. The tears just would not stop. Selfishly, I thought of all the things that I would miss when she moves out.
But this girl will not be far. She will be an Aggie. She is ready to embrace college life. She is ready to prepare and educate herself even more for the rest of her life. And THAT makes me excited to be a part of what might be around the corner for her. I can't wait to see what God does through her in the future. I know what He's done through her in my own life and I can never put into words all that means. What a blessing she is to me.
This girl. I love her with my whole heart.