Ted and I have just returned from a 5-day visit to see our two oldest kids, Cristi and TJ, at Greenville College in Illinois. It was a packed few days, with Cristi’s softball games and every available moment spent hanging with the two of them.
Guess that’s how Mary felt when she watched her baby, the Son of God, being adored by shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
These are the things I will ponder:
…the pleasure of knowing that our kids were excited to see us! They wanted us to meet all their friends; they wanted us to hang out with them.
…the joy of getting to know–even just a little bit–their closest friends, and seeing what a great job they have done in choosing companions!
…the amazement I feel when I see their walk with God growing–and Ted and I aren’t even around! Imagine that!
…the extreme satisfaction of knowing that their college experience is a good one; they are growing up, being challenged, making lifelong friends, seeing new places.
…the deep-down peace that, even though they are many miles away, they are happy.
…the pride I felt when watching Cristi be a leader on her Greenville College softball team as the catcher. As a senior, it is a wonderful finish to a softball career that began when she was in second grade.
…and to top it all off…16-year-old Holli stayed home on her own (with plenty of friends and family nearby) and made us proud.(No, I’m sure I wouldn’t have done that with our firstborn, but you know what happens by the time you get to the youngest….)