Ahhhh. Feels like a long time since I've been sitting at the keyboard, typing out a post for this blog. I had a good break. And I'm glad to be back at it now. One of the things I did over the past weeks was to make a gift for Elizabeth, and I want to tell you about it today. A friend of mine heard about this idea on Family Life Radio and passed it on to me - thinking I would like to do it for my girl. *I'm so glad she did!*This is how it went: I gathered ten envelopes and wrote one of these statements on each envelope: *Open when you bomb a test. *Open when you're overwhelmed. *Open when you're facing a tough decision. *Open when you don't know what to do. *Open when you feel like giving up. *Open when you feel alone. *Open when you're anxiously awaiting an answer. *Open when you regret something you've done. *Open when you feel a cold coming on. *Open when everything is going great. I wrote a note to Elizabeth for each situation. I prayed for her as I wrote - knowing God is timeless and will answer those prayers when she faces each circumstance. To the best of my ability, I shared words of wisdom from my mother's heart which I pray will comfort and encourage her each time she opens an envelope. And, because I am a huge fan of carrying scripture in my pocket, I also included a piece of paper in each envelope with a scripture verse appropriate for each situation. I suggested Elizabeth carry the verse with her and read it often. Then, I put all the small envelopes into one BIG envelope and sent it off to Wheaton. Even though my girl is becoming a woman, even though she is spreading her wings and learning how to fly, she is still my girl and I am still her mom. And I am delighted God has put me in a position to care for and support my daughter - even when we aren't under the same roof. What words of encouragement would you have written regarding any of those circumstances?