Steps of Faith

Steps of Faith

Sunday, July 3, 2016

When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what's happening.  Ask God to help you!  

I have these words memorized....because, I have said them over and over again for the past few weeks.  

I won't tell a lie.......sometimes, the way you respond just might come with a huge bucket of tears!  This is how my response has been this week, to the fact that I can not control Tyler's future in the military.   

The truth is, I really don't want to.....BUT....what I would like, is to be able to be there at the end of each of his days, so I can continue to give him a big hug and the voice of encouragement......just like I have done for the past 20 years. 

I have always had great respect for the American Flag.....but I don't think I will ever look at it the same as I did before.   I have a whole lot more respect for our beautiful flag and for what it stands for.

I also have a tremendous amount of respect for all of the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins....who send their loved ones on the journey of serving our Country.  

Gosh.....it is a HARD thing to do!

Tyler, came by our house just a bit ago and even though he's not leaving until tomorrow......we gave each other the biggest of hugs.  As he walked out our door to leave......My heart was breaking into.
Tears, tears and more tears!
It is great seeing him change into a man, but I just wasn't prepared to do it in this manner.   

I have had to ask God to help me....   and HE has.    

I am an emotional type person anyways, and my feelings are even stronger when it comes to those I love.    Some may want to lean toward thinking that I'm bit obsessive and a little crazy....

the way I see it is.......when you have a very close family.....you have deeper feelings than some can imagine!!

Tomorrow is the day that we say our "Good byes" for a few months.....to say that I'm going to miss him is an understatement....I will miss his witty humor each day.  

However.....I'm already looking forward to August and for the trip down to his graduation....

Hugs to all of you.....hope you will send one back to me!!





  




9 comments:

Ruth Hiebert said...

Big hugs to you.You may not be going with Tyler,personally,but I am sure he is taking you with him in his heart.

Terra Hangen said...

Here's a hug for you. You are a sweetie with a tender heart for all your loved ones, and now Tyler is walking his own path. He will always benefit from all the love and advice you poured into him.

Chatty Crone said...

What a wonderful thing he is doing - and I can't imagine how hard it is for you! HUGS.

Michelle said...

It is hard to let our young people move on in life! I know you will miss him!

Ginny Hartzler said...

Shug, I am so sorry. I can't imagine what you are going through! God is in control of everything and He is watching over Tyler. But you already know that. He will be getting stronger and stronger and you will be more and more proud of him.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am a mother of four sons so I have an idea of how you feel. I looked at the party pics too and he must feel so blessed to have so many people encouraging him. I'm sending you a BIG hug! I'm so proud of your son! Hugs, Diane

Betsy Adams said...

Oh my Sweet Friend... I can imagine (and I KNOW) how hard it is when the kids AND grands grow up and leave home... You are just lucky that your daughters chose to live in the same community... All of my sons live far away --so I never had the relationship with any of my grandchildren that you have had. SO---be thankful!!!!!

Tyler will do GREAT..... There are so many wonderful ways to communicate with our families these days. You will find all of them!!!!!

Much Love,
Betsy

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Sending {hugs} I know how scary this is. I know you are proud of Tyler, and God's got this!

pattisjarrett said...

Sending hugs! Our granddaughter is hoping to return to Guatemala this fall--but for six months this time. I feel your pain.

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