You know, I really should write more. I've really got some 'splaining to do...
But for today, this will have to do.
I was thinking this morning what an amazing thing that encouragement is.
I was thinking how much encouragement went into raising my young ones.
There were no days where I didn't rise each day and pray for the wisdom to encourage them
in the ways that would be best for them... for their lives, for their happiness and for strength and courage for the lives that they would live.
Yesterday,,, last night, actually, I realized that the tables have turned.
When I most need it, I hear, see and feel encouragement from my children.
Don't get me wrong, I'd be remiss to not count encouragement from Tommy and countless friends, but in the last two weeks, I've had the great opportunity to spend a greater than average time with the young adults who are my children and I didn't realize how much I have needed it.
Thank you to Elizabeth for verbalizing things that make me certain that I raised you right (or at least as close as humans can get). As the 'practice' kid, you've turned out well.
Thank you for saying that watching what currently feels like struggles gives you hope and inspiration for the future. You have no idea how that speaks to my heart. For a girl who didn't have a cheerleading bone about her, you are my steadfast cheerleader and a solid certainty that I count upon.
Thank you to Jordan, for being here at this time. I know that it's hard to wait upon the things that you so deserve, but I have enjoyed this time. You have eased the transition to a quiet house for me. Never having been an 'only' child at any point, I have had days to realize the power of your humor, the depth of your spirit and appreciate your calm, steady approach 90% of the time and your feisty Scottish heritage the other 10% of the time. Sometimes, it is enough to be here.
Thank you to Trent, whose unshakable tenacity has always been there, but whose adult character is coming into view. Thank you for pushing the point sometimes, and for thinking outside the box. Thank you for coming into your own in a way that makes us proud. For having had parents who were far more experienced, you've consistently met both our high expectations and let your creative side run. No easy task, to be sure.
Know that I love you three more than reason and know that I appreciate the encouragement that you offer me. It's a beautiful thing to catch it on the bounce back.