I haven't been hanging out with the Five Minute Friday crew much lately. I've had other things going on and I've let it slide. This morning I woke up with a need to go back and visit. A need for some reflection and introspection. And I go visit and find the word to be "free."
That strikes me a somewhat funny. Last night I helped Henry get some more packing done. Frances did hers on Tuesday. This weekend, we're doing a bunch of driving around and ultimately, Frances will be dropped off at my parents' house for a week and Henry will be dropped off at sleep-away camp. Next week Benjamin will be an only child and that feels very freeing for me.
I talked to Henry about being away from home and he's so excited about camp that he doesn't have one single worry about missing us. I could lie and tell you that hurt my feelings, but in reality, I'm glad he feels so comfortable to try new things. In fact I even asked him, "Won't you miss us at all? What if I forget to come back and pick you up??"
He gave me the biggest giggle and yelled, "You always come get me!!!" He sounds so confident in my love that I feel like I must have done something right! That's a freeing feeling too. All the little day to day worries about whether I'm raising them to follow Jesus. Whether they'll be a good friend, make good decisions, find success in life. I tend to worry about those things. What parent doesn't? But last night I was freed from those worries for a moment as my son yelled his conviction so loudly. He knows his mommy will always be there for him!