Six thousand nine hundred and thirteen days ago I became a mom for the first time. Today I became a college mom for the first time.
Six thousand nine hundred and eleven days ago I left the hospital with a 10 lb baby boy and no clue how motherhood would change my life. Today that baby boy began a new adventure as a young man preparing for his future.
As a young parent you spend many days wondering if you'll ever sleep through the night again or get an uninterrupted shower. You feel like a broken record repeating the same commands day in and day out, "Clean your room", Don't hit your brother", "Take out the trash", "Do your homework", "No cellphones after 9:30".
Many times you think the long days will never end and they will never grow up. But they will. Before you know it, six thousand nine hundred thirteen days will be gone. You will look into the face of your child and instead see the face of an adult.
You will realize that the day that you've been preparing and working towards has arrived. Your parenting journey is about to change in a huge way. Your baby is all grown up and eager to begin the next chapter. You know this is the next step in God's plan but it's a difficult one....especially for a mom.
You carried this child in your body for 9 months. You felt their kick for the first time. You spent many long nights rocking them and singing to them. You've cared for them when they were sick. Listened to them when they needed to talk. Prayed for them through the good times and the rough times. You've been their cheerleader, taxi driver and teacher.
But now you must let them go. You must hold back the tears and put away the feelings of sadness. This is a time to celebrate the learning and growing that has taken place over the past six thousand nine hundred thirteen days. Celebrate the blessing of being an integral part of the training and upbringing of a passionate, dedicated follower of Christ.
I never knew that six thousand nine hundred plus days would feel like such a blur. When you're in the midst of the trenches of parenting, it can be very difficult to see past the moment. I want to encourage you to make the most of every one of the days with your children.
Ask God to give you the strength to keep going when you get exhausted and discouraged. Make time to teach them how to be godly young men and women. Because you will blink and the child that you are rocking will be spending their first night in a college dorm a few hours away. And you will be excited for them yet missing them at the same time.