Friday, June 11, 2010

Seismic Shift

This is my baby.

The one who introduced me to motherhood and adulthood, all in the same moment.

The one who I was certain would never sleep through the night, or learn to eat solid food, or toilet train.

She's wearing business casual.

Today - (ok, well, it really was a last week, but we had a vacation in there) - she started her first job.

(Disclaimer:  alright, really this is NOT her first job.  She's taught ballet and run her own camp for 3-4 years.  This is somehow - I don't know.  More official, or something.)

She's working 20 hours a week for the kids' missions program at church, and in the fall it will go to 25-28 hours.  I'm so proud of her.  This position is a perfect merge of her amazing organizational skills, her love for children, and her love for missions.

There is, at the same time, a seismic shift going on at home.  Suddenly, my right-hand girl will be out from under my wings, and away from our home for most days of the week.  The rest of us - her four younger siblings and me (especially me!) - are finding our new places as we manage the void.  She's not gone, really. . . . . .but it does change the way we operate on a day to day basis.

It's strange, and good, and sad, and happy.

All at the same time.


M. Ann said...

Awww....hugs for your mommy heart! Just so you know, she has a friendly and confident phone voice. Very mature. I also think this is a good fit for her.

Suzanne said...

Wow! I can't even imagine but I'm sure I'll be there before I can turn around good. You know she's in God's hands. What an incredible opportunity for her! Blessings to you all.

Jamie said...

Seeing them grow up is so hard, but rewarding, too. She's a beautiful girl, by the way!