Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Too Excited to Stay Sad

That's a pretty good description of how I'm feeling right now.

Yes, I'm sad that my girl is gone.
It stinks that I won't see her again until October.
My heart hurt when I only bought four ears of corn at the store Sunday - because Elizabeth wouldn't be at the dinner table.
I was kind of jealous of all the other moms at the store who were with their kids buying stuff for college (The MSU kids are back in town!) because there were still with their college-kid.
But I spent last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with my husband and daughter at Wheaton College - moving her in to her dorm, and going through orientation sessions - and now I am just too excited to stay sad.

I was impressed with Wheaton when we visited last summer. That's why I was so supportive of Elizabeth choosing to attend there. But, the time we spent at orientation - listening to faculty and staff and the president speaking, talking to other parents who already have children at Wheaton (and many who attended Wheaton, themselves), and observing life on campus - has increased my confidence and joy in the school in ways I could not have anticipated.
I fully trust God has led Elizabeth to this place for a specific purpose - to grow her and use her. And I am excited to witness the good things HE is going to do.

Yes. I'm sad I won't get to see her every day like I'm used to. But I am entirely too excited to stay that way.
Oh, and I'm excited about sending notes and packages to her. That's going to be fun. :)



Leah @ Point Ministries said...

These are exciting times for your girlie! At least you have Skype, texting, etc. When you and I were her age, all we had was a rotary dial telephone!!! I bet she has a great year!

Karen Hossink said...

Leah - You're right. I'm sending her a text message every morning. :)

Kaira said...

I love it! You're right - it's all very exciting! I'm eager to hear about it when we see her again.

Karen Hossink said...

Kaira - She called me yesterday to tell me how much she had spent on books for her classes. Not very "exciting" in the happy sense, but worthy of a phone call, nonetheless. *wink*