to love well

i’ve heard it said that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away. last night while i was reading a simple social media post from my emi was such a moment for me.

the last several days have been ridiculously full of a lot of much. a lot of much and all at once. isn’t that often times how life is? i say all this at the risk of being dramatic- of course.

my baby went off  to college. i’m sure she loves being referred to as the baby. she’s not the youngest but in the arena of birth order & the age between she and the youngest emi really is the baby of the family. anyways. she rushed (pledged AXO!! an awesome story for another day), began college for crying out loud & mastered her first load of laundry. and she survived a car wreck sunday- a back tire came off her car while she was driving on the highway in alabama-she was undoubtedly protected by angels. honestly i have been trying to wrap my mind around the magnitude of that alone.  yet day after day, text after text, level headed responses after level headed responses to life… i’ve thought WHO IS THIS CHILD? no hysterical phone calls. no grumpy ugly responses. just a well adjusted, ready to take on her new life & all the crazy opportunities that come her way.

i’ve been blown. away. impressed.

blown away.

not blown away like i’m surprised, just blown away HAPPY for my happy girl.

so back to last night. dan & i were wearily climbing into bed-think puppy fostering weary..story later… & i wanted to check her instagram account…and i found this…

little wooden art that i gifted her for her birthday last week on her futon in her dorm room & the following words~

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these past two weeks have been some of the most stressful weeks, trying to do everything, but also not trying to burn myself out.

however, I have been surrounded by so much love and encouragement.

I have been reminded of so many important truths…..

to be a leader, it’s okay to not be perfect,

to be vulnerable, to love others well,

but most importantly I have been reminded that “I am loved”.

I am loved always.

I have seen what love really means in the simplest of ways.

I am thankful to be loved by such fruitful and faithful friends that push me to be my best.

I am loved by mentors who see strengths in me that I hadn’t seen for a long time,

and want a life lived to the fullest for me.

but, most importantly- I have seen the love by a God who’s love is unconditional.

I am so blessed to already be surrounded by girls who have poured into me so much

and have taught me what genuine love is.

after all…

to love well, is to know what real love is.

~emi

~~~~~

and so i laid my head down & closed my eyes and thought all the much that’s been going on…the move, the new school, the new friends, the car wreck where i know her life was spared, and through it all she feels loved. she knows she’s loved. and she clings to the unconditional love of jesus. what more could i possibly ever ask for?

you are indeed loved sweet emi. you are loved so very much & so much more than you’ll ever know.

you are loved & you love well. so very very well.

now… get to class & don’t stay out too late tonight 😉

i love you. mama

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August 27, 2015 - 10:36 am

Bobbi Everett - I love, love to read your blogs. Sweet “emi” indeed. A week or two filled with happenings. My life is always ten times more than I can handle it seems and then I wake up the next day and still am ready for everything that will happen again. It is just life and to read about yours being so normal and that you put that in writing is always inspiring. Your family looks “picture” perfect!! I love how you share that it is so normal.

August 27, 2015 - 11:54 am

beth - what a well adjusted, level headed and sweet young lady you have raised. Job well done Momma and daddy!

August 27, 2015 - 1:24 pm

chrissi - if only all of humanity knew the love that your sweet emi knows so well. imagine♥

August 27, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Becky - Good kids come from good parents. Congratulations and enjoy every minute of the next stage of her life.

August 27, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Lisa Mothersead - A daughter is life’s great blessing. Sweet.

August 27, 2015 - 5:56 pm

Beth - Alpha Chi! Yay!!! They and she will be blessed! Beautifully written Instagram post!