Her room looks empty. Her dresser is bare. Her bags are packed.
This is happening. My firstborn is leaving home. It isn’t her first adventure, but it is her longest so far. Seeking God and helping others is her mission, taking photos along the way.
How can I say goodbye to my right arm, the joy of my heart, and my best girlfriend? I fear I will be overcome with testosterone and daily tasks without her.
But I know that it is her time to fly.
God’s timing is perfect, and His grace is sufficient for me. She graduated two years ago, an amazing student. She stayed to save money and help me through my hardest pregnancy and recovery yet.
She is a second mother to the others. She diapered them, fed them, washed them, dressed them, educated them, had fun with them, and loved them. They are the children they are today because of her. I am a sane and happy mother of 10 because of her. She had a job and was a leader at youth group. Many have been blessed by her!
“What will we ever do without her?” my heart keeps asking. “How will I bare the emptiness?”
The truth is, we are not becoming smaller as a family, we are expanding.
We are not losing Areli, we are going to be seeing a whole new world through her eyes. Her room won’t be empty! Two little girls will being filling the space with feminine joy and enthusiasm soon. And what a good change it will be. Four year old Annalise is still in a crib in her brother’s room. 10 month old Aria will be a wonderful roommate now that she sleeps like an angel.
All the children will take a step up and grow in maturity. They will learn new skills and take on new jobs.
Areli will be going to the same missionary school that I attended just a brief 25 years ago.
25 means double grace, and there is double grace on her life.
To live…to love…to learn…to grow…to embrace each moment! Our hearts are going with her, and our prayers are surrounding her.
One of her walls looked awfully bare. So I pinned up some photos of Areli and the family. Aria will be able to lay on her new changing table and see that beautiful smile everyday.
We are so proud of you Areli! It won’t be long until we are all together again.