a mom’s heart

In just a few hours, my baby girl will be home for the holidays. She worked especially hard so she would not have to take a final that was on the day of her brother’s graduation. She made the grade and was exempted from the final, so all five of us will be able to go to Florida to be there for her brother as he graduates with a degree in aeronautical science. She has off the rest of the month, and I will get to spend some precious time with her, and it makes this mama very happy.

My traveler daughter will be home late tomorrow. She goes to “the ends of the earth” in study, sensitizing herself to different cultures and how others live. She is working on her Master’s degree at Oxford and I have missed that girl terribly. I can’t wait to do the girly things with both my daughters this next week. I have no doubt I will shamelessly spoil them as we get pedicures together and spend hours just talking and catching up. I imagine we’ll get in a few therapeutic somersaults too. We cannot take ourselves too seriously.

A week from Monday, my oldest son will graduate from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Florida. We will all be there to say, “Way to go, Greg” as he walks across the stage and gets that long-anticipated degree. Then, he will come home for a little R & R, and we’ll catch up and talk about all kinds of things like his bright future, the hope and joy he brings us, and the exciting times ahead.

All of this makes my heart burst with joy. There is nothing like having all your chicks, no matter how old they are, together again in this overflowing joyful house as we celebrate the coming of our Lord.

The spilling over of love I feel for each of these precious ones still amazes me. It makes me smile! I know it won’t always be this way that we can all be together, so I treasure each moment. It is a short-lived but very sweet gift.

Even as I write, I know some of you won’t have that perfect Christmas you have longed for and my heart breaks for you. I pray our Savior fills your heart to overflowing with His love and takes you to deeper places in Him, which is an eternal gift. May God bless each of you deep in your hearts.

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6 thoughts on “a mom’s heart

  1. I missed this post. But I am so glad I read it…you have the most tender heart my dear…that in the midst of your own joy you think of others that will not experience what you will be…bless you!

    I hope the time is amazing and I am a bit in awe of your kids…wow…you have much to celebrate and be proud of…savor the time…you deserve it!

  2. I know how you feel my daughter is coming in these weekend too spend some time with me and I am looking forward too it “) love your look please share how you did the falling snow. love marina

  3. I know you are going to enjoy every moment with them. Take lots of pictures this week! I expect a slideshow soon! I couldn’t be happier for you! You are an amazing mom!
    Love you,
    Angie xoxo

    p.s. I may just have to make those Shrimp toasts tonight to pretend I’m with you! 🙂

  4. Blessings on your family. Wow what a great group you have. What fun you will have to all be together. Congratulations to your son and to the girls for being able to be there for thier brother’s graduation. You are one blessed mama. Love the new header on your site and love the snow coming down. My favorite kind of snow, the kind that doesn’t make you cold and you don’t have to shovel. All comments aside…it is beautiful. Way to go Annette. Sent you an email in response to the post you sent out. Thanks again. Know the next few weeks will be full of love and joy..Blessings…Love, Mary Lou

  5. I feel the joy bursting through the screen. I am thrilled for your son and thankful you will all celebrate his graduation together.

    Enjoy your time as you do all the girlie things!

    Love, Annette

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