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!