Friday, November 7, 2008

There Goes My Baby.

At 8am I found myself at the Courthouse, again. 3 days ago I walked through those double doors to say goodbye to my daughter, Amber. Today, I walked through those double doors to say goodbye, in a different way, to my daughter, Sammie. Both days involved tears of letting go.

Sammie got her drivers license today!

I really thought I might get through this morning without tears, but it just didn't happen. As Sam and I prayed together this morning, I struggled to keep my voice steady and my lip from quivering. Darn it! I had intended on being so strong today. However, as I watched her drive away, alone, I could feel my eyes and nose begin to sting. Where has the time gone? How did this day arrive so fast?

It's 9:44am and Sam has already stopped by my office, returned the video's to the movie rental place, gone to the grocery store, and stopped by her work to check her schedule. On most days I am doing good just to get her out of bed, into the shower, and doing her school work by 9:30am. I think she may be a little excited!

And...even though there is a part of me that wishes she would stay a little girl forever, I can't help but be excited for her as she begins another chapter in her life. Next year, she will be graduating and leaving for college. I better spend lots of time in prayer over this next year asking God to prepare my heart for that. I have a feeling.........that's not gonna be pretty:)

Congratulations Sammie!
I love you and I am so, so proud of you.
Be safe.

(And don't forget to watch for deer, look both ways before going through an intersection, make complete stops, watch for pedestrians, don't be in a hurry, don't talk on your cell while driving, and always buckle up! I know. I can't help it. You're still my little girl.)

12 comments:

Susan said...

O.k. I love the end of the blog. Still being mom inthat still quiet voice. I love it just like our Father the still quiet Voice.

You Rock Sam We are so Excited for you!!!

Tanya said...

Oh my gosh, I am staying off the sidewalks. Jeff said he will be walking down the middle of the street, every where he goes. Let her know we are proud of her and we are so in shock!! Love The Ross family

Sherry said...

You raised her right Heather! She has a good head on her shoulders and she is not a wild child, count your blessings! I loved the way you ended your post!

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Robin said...

Great post! It's still down the road for me, but I know it will be here before I know. We must savor the moments and make the most of them - and you are doing just that Heather!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Being a parent is so much fun - yeah, until they drive! LOL I am sure she will do fine!

Sharon said...

Seems like only yesterday she was walking around holding on to the furniture for balance. Lots of memory flashes as I watched my first born grandchild drive off by herself, although we are very proud of her and know she will do good. My Lamb driving unbelievable so soon,

darla said...

Hey Princess! my heart just broke in a million pieces for you, and tears..dang! I was reading and jamming as always here...and I felt your heart..as one mother to another, and with the episode with Amber..i went through that too mine was a Rachel...I wish I could be there with you...just to hug you, or laugh at stupid programs..or dance a wild dance..praying that GOD will just pull you close to HIM, and do all those things with you! love you so much!

Roxanne Kristina said...

Eeek... we are on driver's ed's door step. I'm not excited.

Robin said...

Cool new background!

Happy Thanksgiving!

darla said...

Hey Prin!! Happy THanksgiving!! just thinking you should be here..ya know family dinner and all...I just haven't decided if you are my adopted daughter, or sister, or my dear friend..anyway I look at it we should be sipping coffee and smelling these amazing aromas together!! some day...I am sure!! Love you

Indian Lake Papa said...

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving! praying for you right this moment - are you okay?? Love you - papa xo