One thing about raising a family…you can count on constant change.

My youngest son (child #4) left for his sophomore year of college on Saturday. Earlier in the week, as he was starting the packing process (slow, oh so slow!), I asked him if he was ready to go.

“Yes!” he said, a little too enthusiastically.

“Well, I’m NOT!” I answered.

Anticipating a goodbye is the worst part–the last hug, the empty room. After that initial shock, my husband and I start adjusting. Soon, it feels normal. And it helps when we hear the smile in our son’s voice. He is LOVING college. What more could parents ask?!

Another new first today…my youngest daughter (child #3) begins her first day as a teacher for a private international school. Can’t wait to hear her report tomorrow eve! She’s been working toward this goal for a while. There’s nothing more wonderful than a teacher who feels “called” to teach. At church on Sunday, our pastor had all of the teachers stand up for a special blessing. “There is no greater influence on a child outside of the home than a teacher,” he told them. How true!

So that’s the story in my household. Now it’s your turn. What’s new in your life?

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