Tomorrow is a big day for us -- our oldest daughter, Nichelle, leaves for her discipleship training in Youth With A Mission. She'll be training in Maui for the first 3 months, followed by another 3 months of service in SE Asia. We still don't know exactly where in Asia she will be going. She'll fly directly from Hawaii to Asia, so she won't be home until November.
This is a bittersweet thing for me as a mom. I think about the things she's going to miss like Father's Day, the 4th of July, her dad's and brother's birthday, her sister leaving for college, even sharing her own birthday with us. Then I think about all the experiences she's going to have on this adventure. She will definitely grow as a person. Her life will be changed and I'm sure she'll have an impact on other people's lives as well.
Most of us have heard those voices telling us to do something -- something that could change our life and the lives of others -- but few actually follow through with them. I am so proud of Nichelle for taking this path. It takes a special person to do something like this, especially in the world today. This is a huge deal for Nichelle and there's no way she won't come home a changed person -- and for the better, I'm sure.
Being a parent is weird. I still see Nichelle as this little curly headed girl, bouncing happily around the house, without a care in the world. Then I see this lovely, young woman, driving off in my car to go see a movie with friends. It's hard not to say, "Who are you and what have you done with my little girl?" No parenting book or magazine prepares you for that -- none.
We're going to miss Nichelle. We're going to worry about her. We're going to pray for her training, her experiences, and for her safe journey back home. She leaves tomorrow at 6am and probably won't have access to the Internet for awhile. If you have any comments for Nichelle, please leave them here and I'll make sure she sees them before she leaves. Also, if you could keep her in your thoughts and/or prayers as she embarks on this journey, I would appreciate it more than anything. Thank you.