When each of my children left home, they left to pursue serving The LORD either through missions or youth ministry. I think because I was so at peace knowing that they were in the perfect will of God, that I never experienced the "empty nest syndrome". Never. Not for one minute.
My daughter, Alece, is finally settling into American life, living in Nashville, Tennessee. In all her years since she left home, New York has always been her legal address. She has only had a NY driver's license since she first began driving.
Yesterday she texted me. She was at the Dept. of Motor Vehicles in Nashville. She was becoming an "official" Tennessean by having her license changed.
When I enlarged the photo, I cried.
My daughter has traveled to places I can only dream of, and had made her home and life in exotic Africa, but always came "home" to New York when in the States.
Mail still comes here for her.
But, Alece is officially not a New Yorker anymore. She is officially a Tennessee resident, so she will put in a change of address, and her mail will eventually stop coming here.
Not really understanding why. But, I am...
...Maybe...because I had that connection to her by receiving her mail and then forwarding it on...maybe because in the last three years I've lost so much of her life. It just slipped through my fingers. Gone. Never again to have that daily connection with her through her ministry. Now, once the mail stops coming, that last little bit of connection I had with her will be gone too.
What's a mother to do with only a text here and there?
My nest is now "officially" empty and I'm going to cry.
Because of Him and Unto Him,