his christmas gift to her was a surprise. tickets to see The Nutcracker, at The Fox Theatre.
while we watched madison perform with the atlanta ballet for a couple seasons in the production as a little girl, there’s something extra romantic about going to a ballet, as a young adult, with your sweetie. all dressed up no less.
at this point ( when the pictures were taken) savannah didn’t know where they were headed.they both had just returned home from kosovo after spending 10 days traveling and serving the people there by delivering the christmas shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
as savannah drove off sunday, heading back to the sorority house, i was once again bittersweet in my thoughts. aren’t i always? she’s always been fiercely independent. that’s awesome. she’s confident and happy. bright & a leader amongst her friends. always thinking and planning ahead, yet fully in the moment. that’s a quality i wish i had myself.
she continues to have awesome opportunities where the lord orchestrates people and connections in her life ( i’ve shared a couple here, here, here, & here )…all the while weaving together her next step. as her mom, i totally love having a front row seat and watching these things unfold.
but each time she leaves i’m reminded she’s yet another step closer to becoming fully independent and moving on…
now let me make this clear. i’m not an emotionally needy person. i’m not a homebody nor am i trying to hoard my girls in the basement in an attempt to keep them away from the world. sometimes i just wonder what part of the world my girls will go.
i thoroughly enjoy parenting at this stage. well except for the distance part. i love to hear her opinions on things. i love to hear her explain what the lord’s doing in her life and what he’s teaching her. i love to hang out while she & bailey chat and speak in their hilarious british accents. i love it that she tells me she wants a new bag for christmas and says, just get whatever you like mom, i’m sure i’ll like it if you do. i love it that i love her boyfriend and her best friends. i love having her and caroline perform an impromptu medley from Les Mis. and i love it that she’s on fire for the lord and wants her friends to know Him too. that she wants precious children in an almost 100% muslim country know Him too.
she made some super cute thank you cards for the friends that supported her and made her trip possible. allow me to add her words from the card:
“i wish i could fully communicate how grateful i am for all your support and prayers! the ten days i spent in kosovo were absolutely incredible and i never would have gotten there without your help.
working primarily as servants with berat & valdete, the local believers, my team helped deliver around 7,000 shoeboxes to the children and all the way up to the top of the kosovar mountains.
we met with groups of highschool students, taking part in their bible studies and praying over their ministries.
our time was unforgettable and full of fruitful interactions.
god is doing big things in kosovo and i am so blessed to have played a tiny part. i am ever grateful for your generosity and prayers!”
i never had a world vision, much less a heart for the world at 19. that’s one of the biggest regrets i have….
well, i have no excuse now. i am growing a heart for the world. and i have a child who’s growing into someone i wish i could be when i grow up myself. and that my friends, is the highlight of parenting. if you’re in the drowning in diapers stage, or frustrated with a strong willed toddler or a middle schooler that just started acting like they don’t like you anymore. hang in there. they’ll come around and they’ll grow up and do awesome things. and change their world. that’s what you’re raising mama, a future leader of the next generation. they’ll change the world….”just you wait”!!!
in the immortal words i’ve shared with some long time blog readers, but this time with a positive twist…..“just you wait” !
ps….if you want to pray for a modern day world changer, somewhat like Paul in the new testament, pray for berat and his beauitful wife valdete. they most certainly are changing their world!
Direct your children onto the right path,
and when they are older, they will not leave it
proverbs 22. 6