Tomorrow is a certain someone's last day of pretty school for this year.
And this coming weekend we will attend the college graduation of our oldest, the guinea pig of the family, you might say.
As a parent who is both still in the trenches yet has three children who have flown from the nest, I can say that my greatest joys are first of all seeing my children serve Christ and others and secondly, seeing them become the person God created them to be. They aren't living someone else's dream, they aren't pursuing careers because of a promise of financial gain or notoriety, they aren't following a path to be like someone else. Instead, each of them is using the gifts and talents that began to emerge years ago, were tested and developed and encouraged by people around them, and now are appearing in all their fullness. And that brings me great joy.
I have prayed that God's favor would rest on each of them so that others would see Him. And that prayer has been answered over and over again.
Last weekend we were at Highbridge Film Festival with Andrew. Serving as host for the second year in a row, having three films accepted into the festival, winning Best Documentary - these things are all wonderful but as I told Andrew after the weekend, more important than those accomplishments were the words of affirmation I heard over and over throughout the weekend from students, professors, and even some of the judges who had just met him and his work for the first time that weekend.