The Ups and Downs of Motherhood and Life

Well, not only did Stephen leave for MSU Sunday,

Joel began his senior year at Cornerstone University on Monday.

And, Tuesday night we had Joel’s best friend, Steve C., for his “last supper” before leaving for U.M. Wednesday, where he will be a junior in the engineering school. Very hard, this losing so many kids…one might even say it’s a real downer. 😦

Wednesday morning, I taught at the Ladies’ Day ministry of Mel Trotter, an outreach both to the local residents of downtown GR and to the women living at the mission and involved in their discipleship program. Pictures aren’t allowed (for the protection of the residents), but I’ll tell you, it’s a wonderful ministry, and you really see the Spirit of God working! If you’re ever wondering how to use a free afternoon or wish you could do something for the down and outers, consider your local rescue mission. I’ve been teaching just one day a month, but I am challenged and blessed every time I go. What a wonderful work to help encourage and try to uplift women who’ve been abused and misused most of their lives, and yes…made lots of bad choices too. God is in the business of transforming us, if we’ll only let Him! I stayed for lunch and the chance to counsel and pray with some of the women, and then I headed off the Channel 25 TV to pick up my Song of Solomon series, which has run for the past two years and is now finished (for the second time). Kellie, who does the programming, is always looking for inspirational materials, so if you have any videos to offer and are living in the greater GR area, consider sharing some good programming with the cable TV station here!  Having the time and freedom to be involved in volunteer ministries is—as one might say—a real upper! 🙂

Wednesday night Vanessa and Jennifer R. came over for dinner and to enjoy the evening with the home team (sans Alan and me, who’d gone to the Mounts for a most encouraging prayer meeting). V & J are French girls who’ve been living in the U.S. for the past three years. They are really lovely young ladies, and it was a joy to catch up with them since they just returned from visiting France with their parents. I think there’s definitely something to this idea of globalization. I am ready for a visit to Europe and to see my kids across the ocean!

So, there you have it…some of the ups and downs of mothering children who are growing up! More friends and more time…but then you have to part with your kids more and more. All good, and all the way it “should be,” but I’m still feeling nostalgic. Doubtless, recovery is in the forecast.

And, how are you? I was so busy preparing my messages for Monday and Wednesday that I’ve hardly kept abreast of my friends and family! What’s going on in your corner of the world? Just hit that comment button, and you can comment without having to “join” or anything. V simple!

7 thoughts on “The Ups and Downs of Motherhood and Life

  1. I’ve never been in your shoes, of course, being, as I am, in the “birthing children” stage rather than the “launching children” stage, but it does make me think. The Lord gives each of us a bunch of work to do for Him each day that we’re alive. But in different seasons that work is very different. Young moms like me often feel worn out and overwhelmed, and long to be able to have a “real” ministry and be able to impact lives out in the world. But here you are doing all those exciting things, and you still find it in your heart to feel nostalgic for the days when all your chicks were under your wings. I want to learn to appreciate and enjoy the work that the Lord has given me today. I know that the “power ministry years” are coming, but for now, I hope I can just snuggle my wings down over those chicks.

  2. I’ve been so busy too! We started homeschool this week. Wow. Now I know why I got so much done this summer! I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to get it done. Hhmm.. I need an organizing mommy!! (Oh, I am the mommy)

    My kids are taking on their challenges just fine though, so that’s good.

    Sorry about the sadness of the launching stage. May they keep in touch! I think I’ll have a complete meltdown when that happens. Ugh.

    Love you!

  3. Ah, good reminders! I’d better be thankful for the health to plow into the ministries I always dreamed about when my children were little. Yes, let’s enjoy the stage of life and roles the Lord has given us for today and this season…coming or going! Time FLIES!! I love you two too!

  4. Song review: I’ll have tears as you take off, but I’ll cheer as you fly! 🙂 Fly high, kids!

    Did Steve C. CLEP out of a bunch of classes? You said he’ll be a junior, but isn’t this his first year?

    I may be having a new adventure myself. Check your e-mail.

    I can’t wait to meet Linda! Although, it will have to wait a little as we’ll be gone this weekend.

  5. Love that quote! How true…tears and cheers!

    Am praying for your interview and think it sounds ideal. 🙂

    Stephen is transferring from GVSU and has about 120 hours…earned! But, since he started out in premed and has transferred twice, he still needs two years of class sequences to graduate! He’ll be one well studied owl when he’s done! 🙂

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