Monday, February 01, 2016

A Season of Bridal Showers

This beautiful girl is getting married very soon. We have had friends and family lovingly shower her with generous gifts to help her begin her life with her beloved. As her mama, it is overwhelming to me to see the love and kindness bestowed on this precious young woman - my firstborn. She has been blessed by two showers, from our church friends, and one from family. Both were amazing, and filled with love and blessing. How grateful we are for these people!

We share her presence here for about five more weeks. We have been diligently planning her wedding for seven months, and the time is almost here. Most of the details are done, and we are fine-tuning the ones that are left over. I am cherishing these last days. What began 21 years ago, with a plump and bright-eyed baby, delivered to a mama who had no idea what to do with her, is coming to its rightful ending. One ending is another beginning, and that's how this mama heart is viewing it. I have had my sad moments, knowing that my girl will no longer wake here, sleepy and in need of coffee. However, I know that our late-night conversations will turn into coffee dates or dinners as families. Change is not always bad, but now and then, it can be stretching.

If the season of being a day-to-day mother with my daughter has to end, I am grateful it is ending this way. I am grateful to God for bringing a man into her life who loves Jesus and loves our girl. I am grateful I have been able to be her day to day mama for 21 years. I am grateful for the friend my daughter has become to me. I am honored that God allowed me the privilege of being her mother. Seasons of life come and go, and we must change with them or be knocked down by them. I look forward to seeing what God does in their future, and am so very happy to have been a part of her past.

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.
-Ephesians 5:31

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