Michelle – my – Belle….I should be asleep but I can do that on the airplane tomorrow, right?I just couldn’t go to bed without taking a moment to write you a letter on the eve of this monumental day in your life – your first day of college. It grips my heart to even type those words out as I know that this is truly a season of change in all of our lives. We will all never be the same again. In some ways that is really very sad but in many, many other ways this change is exciting and a time for rejoicing and celebration.I am sad that we will not get to physically live in the same house – enjoying that day to day contact that we always take for granted. I will miss the hugs, the smiles, the snuggling on the couch, the kisses goodnight, our family dinners and movie nights, playing games together and the long talks about life, love and the Lord. It is just not the same without you there.I am sad that “the sisters” will not have you there to look to for wisdom, advice, mentoring and spontaneous late night family room chats. I am sad that you will not be there to cheer them on in their sporting events, watch their performances, help them with homework, drive them to activities, and celebrate their birthdays and other milestones. I am also sad that Daniel will change so much over these next four years and that our long hoped for adopted brother may arrive when you are not there to welcome him to the family.Yet even with this sadness…I am rejoicing that you are going to grow, mature and be filled with knowledge and wisdom. These next four years will build on the foundation your father and I have laid and you will “be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water and in whatever you do, you will prosper!” (Psalm 1)I am rejoicing that you will make lifelong friends who will be a blessing to you and you to them. Friends who you will inspire, motivate, challenge, influence and love, as they will you. Friends who will become like family that you can count on and trust. Friends who our family will embrace as our own.I am rejoicing that we as a family will all learn to appreciate each other more and not take our time together for granted.I am rejoicing that you will be making precious memories that will last a lifetime!I am rejoicing that as God’s plan for your life begins to unfold that you will be filled with wonder, awe and amazement at all that He is doing in and through you.I am rejoicing that our love and the ties that bind us together are based in the Lord Jesus and that NEVER changes.And I am also rejoicing that we live in a time of technology that will keep us tightly connected via cell phones, email, text messages, webcam, facebook and we will even promise to write old fashioned letters! (they called it mail – you remember with paper, pen and stamps!)This is a BIG day for you, a changing of seasons and a monumental moment in time. I am so very proud of you. I believe in you. And I am standing in the wings cheering for you.My prayer for you today, tomorrow and always -Michelle, may the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you. May the Lord be gracious unto you and give you peace.I love you. Zoot! Zoot!Mommy
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I’ve never been one to live vicariously through my kids. In fact, I have often felt pity on parents who were so over involved in their children’s athletic endeavours, academic achievements, musical or dramatic talents and even their “love lives” - it was as if they were trying to either re-create their own childhood or live a life through their child that they would never have the opportunity to experience. To be completely honest I often thought pathetically to myself – “Why don’t they just get a life of their own?”
Well, here I sit living my life vicariously through my nineteen year old daughter, Michelle who is beginning her college career this week at The King’s College in the heart of New York City! Last night (or perhaps I should say early this morning as it was 1am – ahhh the city that never sleeps!) as I rode the subway back to the apartment where I am blessed to be staying on the Upper East Side (doesn’t that just sound so “posh”?) I couldn’t help but imagine that I was actually the young college co-ed who was about to embark on one of the greatest adventures of her life!
- She is living in one of the most exciting cities in the whole world, in a “large” apartment (well perhaps this is personal perspective – but for a gal who has shared a 10×11 room with her five sisters, this one bedroom apartment she will share with three roommates is an “upgrade”) that overlooks 5th & Broadway, the route for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. She is within walking distance of Times Square, Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, Central Park, Union Station and The Empire State Building, to name just a few. She can catch the subway to destinations in Brooklyn, Long Island, New Jersey and more. There are people of every race, culture, background, religion and language to meet and learn from. There are multitudes of restaurants and delicious different foods to try, more shopping opportunities than one could ever attempt to conquer, museums to explore, Broadway shows, concerts and athletic events to attend. (I am sure she will join you in being a Yankee fan, Granny!) Yes, I could do this!
She is already meeting and becoming an extended family member of some New York locals – the Shaerf family - who have generously opened up their hearts and home to her during her time in New York. They are “my type” of people – energetic, enthusiastic, motivated, “go getter’s”, committed to their community, their faith and their family (they have three darling, fun children who I know Michelle will love). Yes, I could thoroughly enjoy company like this.
- She has the choice of many dynamic churches to attend here. The one we went to on Sunday was called Origins. It was an awesome experience combining enthusiastic worship, traditional liturgy, inspirational scripture based teaching (and the pastors Australian accent was a bonus!), communion and obvious committed fellowship as many hung out in the pews for hours after the service talking and praying for one another. And from what we understand there is a smorgasbord of churches just as wonderful here in NYC. Yes, I could get into those options!
- She is attending a college that is inspiring, challenging and quite impressive in their mission, goals and accomplishments. I attended a preview weekend here a couple of years ago and was “sold” on this being the perfect place for Michelle. It was a match for her heart, her vision and her desire to be a world changer. Their commitment to a Biblical worldview is stronger than most private Christian colleges that I have experienced (and as a guidance counselor for over a decade in several years back I have sat through more than my share of college presentations) and their rigorous academic program would be a tremendous benefit for her life. This week as I have attended Parent Orientation, talked with faculty, staff and students, I am not only convinced it is the perfect place for my daughter, but I will be promoting this incredible institution to everyone! I could go on and on with stories of their alumni and what they are doing – a most impressive group of world changers who are working in business as venture capitalists and highly sought after by many Fortune 500 corporations, who are influencing public policy on Capitol Hill, who are employed in media, public relations and journalism, who are continuing their education by attending law school, pursuing MBA’s and Phd’s and receiving Masters in Divinity. They have students just this past summer who interned through the school for the Coke Foundation, the New York Sun, Ralph Lauren, a Washington Senator and one as a White House Intern supporting First Lady, Laura Bush. Wow! Ok so I have just shared the tip of the ice berg on all that I could tell you about this remarkable college, but I will have to save it for later posts. Let me suffice to say that it is a school of excellence in every way and that I left Parent Orientation wanting to enroll in this college! Yes, I could thrive as a student at The King’s College.
- Ok, so I wouldn’t mind a Starbucks on every corner and having tea at The Plaza Hotel either! (thanks Carrie) Yes, I could live in NYC.!
As I was relishing in the past few days I began to realize that this was just the beginning of my living vicariously through my kids. Michelle is just the first of seven to begin her life journey away from our home. Who knows the places all my children will venture to and the things that they will do, see and experience as they follow the Lord’s leading in their lives. Perhaps living life through your children is not so pathetic after all…in fact maybe getting a chance to live life all over again is one of the blessings of being a mother. I will be looking forward to many more decades of living this vicarious life through each of my awesome children. (although rest assured I will surely be living my own full and exciting life as well).
New York, New York
Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today
I want to be a part of it – New York, New York
These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it – New York, New York
I wanna wake up in a city, that doesn’t sleep
And find I’m king of the hill – top of the heap
A number one
These little town blues, are melting away
Ill make a brand new start of it – in old New York
If I can make it there, Ill make it anywhere
Its up to you – New York, New York