Saturday, May 4, 2013

Preparing to Say Good-bye

They grow up so fast...

How many times do we hear this as moms and blow it off? I have preschool tantrums, school-age drama, and teenage rebellion. Let me tell you, it has not felt like it has gone fast.

Yet, I am preparing to say good-bye to my first born son. My sweet boy with the mop of curly black hair.
The boy who made me a mother.

In just about six weeks, my son will pledge to the United States Army that he will serve them.

He will leave.

And all I can think of lately is, "How will I say good-bye?"
I have already seen glimpses of how God may use him while he is gone. Ruben has a love for Jesus that is so apparent and real. I want God to use him in big ways.

But...a piece of me will go with him.

This is the most difficult part of being a mother.

The letting go. 

Philippians 4:13 tells me, "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."

Lord, I need your strength...


Brittany..Following my Bliss said...

As a mom, my heart aches for you and what you're feeling... how bittersweet... but how awesome of your son and how proud you must be!

Spirt Mom said...

My son is 16, but told me as an 8th grader he wanted to fulfill his dream of going into the Army. At the time I said he was crazy, but he has not wavered in that goal at all! I've come to accept it, and while you are two years ahead of me, I feel like I'm with you!! He is so confident and excited about his future, what kind of mother would I be if I did not support him? Big hug to you, from one future Army mama to another!

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