it takes someone strong…

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the path i jog along takes me right in front of our local elementary, middle & high schools. my girls have grown up in this community & attended these public schools for years. monday was the first day of school. caroline is a sophomore in high school. emily starts rush for AXO at UGA with her classes beginning later this week. madison will graduating from college soon. and we’re 10 days away from savannah’s wedding.

i’ve been a runner (although currently i feel more like a slow-jogger than an actual runner) for as long as i can remember. and truth be told, i love running in the heat. there’s something purifying and tangible about the effort involved in the run, especially when the heat index is close to 100. there are word pictures and scriptures about running, about the race, about endurance, about finishing well, about passing the baton. i’ve always connected with these.

yesterday as i passed by the high school & prayed for caroline i came up the hill to the elementary school. i thought about all the mamas dropping off little bity kindergarteners for their first day. i thought about the ones that surely clung tightly to mama’s hand all the way down what seemed like a mile-long hallway. i thought about the little ones who were so excited, who loved the adventure & were tickled to do it all by themselves. ( one of mine used to say “no, i do it” as she tried to do things on her own!) i thought about the mamas that would drive home teary. the mamas that would go meet friends for their first kid-free hour since may. the mamas that would drive their reasonably “still full” minivan back home to take care of the rest of the littles.

i’ve been there. i’ve been in all those places & i’ve raised all those kiddos too. i had one a little shy & nervous about her first day in a new place. i had one we called intrepid because her bravery always has inspired us. and i’ve raised one who came out of the womb independent and seemingly effortlessly takes on the world.

i thought about all us mamas yesterday from the ones driving their first carpool to the ones who’ve planned weddings for their first borns. we’re strong. it’s what we’ve trained for all along…we just didn’t realize it..we were so busy training our littles that while we were cheering them on, we too were becoming strong. i think about esther & such a time as this. i think about our kiddos starting new chapters in their lives & walking into their calling with passion. i think about what an awesome privilege it is to cheer them on. i think about the kindergarten mama & it’s as if she’s with them in the starting blocks, perhaps standing in front of them saying things like you can do it & you’re gonna be awesome. i think about the mama of the college freshmen cheering nervously from the stands ( insert aly reisman’s parents watching their olympian !! too funny!) as she watches her child run her race. and then i can’t help but think of those of us who are passing the baton at the end of an aisle to the one we’ve prayed for, essentially for her whole life. from the starting blocks & forward, we can do the hard things. we can do the hard things!

it takes someone strong to make someone strong. thanks p&g for yet another shout out to the mama’s who’ve raised champions!

 

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(the She looks to the future print is available here)

August 10, 2016 - 10:05 am

natalie cooper - oh paige. this was beautiful and touched my heart in so many ways. love this.

August 10, 2016 - 12:44 pm

Amy Avery - Oh dear dear friend whom I love with all my heart, this post just opened my heart right up in such a wonderful way! Wow! I just love how your heart is growing and transforming through all of this new change in your life. It’s like watching a master artist create and form his masterpiece, and HE is! You always are so gracious in expressing life’s journey as it happens in your own life thus encouraging all of us as we watch it unfold. You continue in my thoughts and prayers as Savannah and Trevor’s big day approaches. You’ve got this my friend because HE’s got you! 👊🏻👏🏻👰🏻

August 10, 2016 - 12:50 pm

Amy Coon - You NEED to write just for me. EVERYDAY!!!😍

August 10, 2016 - 2:20 pm

Denise - Oh Paige, I LOVE reading your posts…my thoughts and prayers are with you these next few weeks. So excited for Savannah! Prayers for you as this new chapter in your life starts also.
Love you sweet friend
Denise

August 10, 2016 - 4:16 pm

Lisa Mothersead - Beautiful. They teach us as much as we teach them, too. 💕

August 10, 2016 - 7:39 pm

Kellie - My girl will be a senior this year….she will turn 18…and then she will spread her wings and I won’t see her everyday. She is my only child and just the thought of these things brings me to tears! I have been thinking a lot about what you wrote in your last blog about praying for God to change your feelings about Savannah moving to San Fran and I am thinking I may need to get a head start on that. Thank you for sharing your mama heart!

August 10, 2016 - 8:26 pm

Mary - I have a daughter who will be a freshman in college. She will be leaving in 1 week. Today was a rough day for me. Your post was beautiful and was exactly what I needed to read today at this moment. Lifted my spirits and I know everything will be ok. Thank you!

August 10, 2016 - 11:52 pm

Elizabeth - This post moved me to tears. My daughter starts middle school this year, and I’m sure the next few years are going to fly by so quickly. She is strong and has such a pure heart, and I pray that she always believes in herself as much as she does today. I am fearful that middle school is the beginning of some hard years and I just enjoy your blog so much and hearing about motherhood from someone who is a little further along in this journey gives me such hope and strength. Thank you so much for your words.

August 11, 2016 - 3:44 am

Lou - Oh Paige – I so needed this! What a beautiful sentiment along with the inherent message that it’s all going to be OK. Like in the advert – ‘it’s just a little turbulence’! Sometimes I don’t feel like a strong mother, it’s good to be reminded that I am. L x

August 11, 2016 - 7:19 pm

Jill - Spot on Paige! Thanks for another great post. We got this right?! Thankful for friends like you to get through this journey together. Love you!

August 15, 2016 - 5:18 pm

Denise - Bravo!!! Well Said!!!!! My youngest is a senior in college and it is still tough. Both of my daughters are my hero’s for the heart ache they’ve lived…..We have all 3 managed Together and that part of life has been great 🙂

August 18, 2016 - 3:54 pm

Rebecca - What a sweet sweet blog post, Paige. I know where you are. We have three who have flown the nest, two living in other locations, including San Fran! And one still at home. I looked at my sweet granddaughter last week, who was readying for her first day at Kindergarten, and wondered where the time has gone, and who am I now? I love the She looks to the future print. I read that scripture at both my mom’s and my younger sister’s funerals, so it’s special to me. thanks for the link. You have alot of excitement in your home right now. Rock it. You’re a warrior mama!

August 22, 2016 - 9:04 am

Karol - So perfectly said. I’ve walked through several of the stages you mentioned and I’m in the thick of the middle school and high school stage. I know there is so much ahead of me and I’m eager to watch my girls grow and become happy, independent women. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post.