Our 5th child is going to be 18 in a few months. Kinda crazy to think that yet another kid is on the brink of adulthood, and how fast it seems to happen. The fact that she didn’t arrive in our family til the age of 11 makes her childhood really feel like the blink of an eye. But here we are, teaching her how to drive, and talking about what she might like to do after she graduates next year. Maybe become a dental assistant? Maybe save some money and do mission work in Ethiopia with my sister? We’ll see…
When I think back to our years of early adulthood, I always think of John’s grandma. Whenever she saw us, she’d almost always say, “You kiddies are doing so well!” No matter how rough the current moment felt in our lives, somehow her cheery praise made us feel like we must be doing okay. There may have been moments when she wondered how things were going to work out for us, but I never felt anything from her other than confidence and pride. What a gift.
When you think back to your late teen years and your early years of adulthood, who blessed you and encouraged you along the way? How did they do it? I hope you’ll think about the question and comment below. I’ll be sitting back, taking notes.