Pomp And Circumstance

It is official.  Madison graduated this weekend!  What an incredible experience to watch your child walk across a stage and know all of the education they technically have to complete is done.  What profound knowledge to know that your job as a parent is slowly coming to an end.  What a mixture of sadness and excitement to see her walk out into the rest of her life and wonder what the Lord might have planned for her.

I am excited for her, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t apprehensive or nervous for her future.  She’s still my baby.  Not a real baby I can hold in my hands, but she is still that to me in my heart.  

A million questions have been going through my mind.  What if she gets out in the big wide world, and she doesn’t know what to do?  Who is going to keep her safe?  Who is going to make sure she comes home at night?  Have I given her the tools she needs?  Have I done enough?

I posed that worry to a friend last week who quickly told me, “Yes, Andrea, you have done enough.  You are a good mom.”  I sure hope so.  She is a good girl, and I am super excited to see what God has in store for her!

We celebrated this weekend by having a BBQ at our house after the graduation with family and friends.  My mom and mother-in-law were there so that was super special to us.

One of our friends created this beautiful verse on our chalkboard for her graduation party! 

I need to remember that my plans and hopes for my daughter pale in comparison to the plans and hopes that God has for my daughter.  I look forward in expectation to what God has planned!  They are unknown to us but known to Him.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11, NIV 

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