As we make preparations for Leah’s graduation next week and her move to College Station in a few months, I find myself staring at both my girls a lot, especially when they are not looking. (This will creep them out a little!)
It is far from unique for a mother to be proud of her children. But I feel like mine are EXTRA amazing. So, I want to say some things about both of them.
I’ve talked many times about how self-sufficient Leah is. That is my all-the-time gift from her. It amazes me how this 18-year-old kid keeps track of everything she needs to do and everywhere she needs to go, and does it all really, really well. She graduates next week as one of the valedictorians of her class. She has worked her tail off, especially this last year.
Leah is strong in body, mind, and spirit. She is incredibly articulate, and I love to listen to her talk. The way she expresses things is often hilarious.
As strong as she is, she is also very tender-hearted and affectionate. She has a mutual love affair with all animals. She loves to come snuggle up to me as close as she can get. We are both trying to get as many hugs in as possible before she moves out and away.
Leah is also absolutely moral. I have no worries about her being away from home, in terms of how she will live her life. She will continue to work hard and love deeply, and remain strong in her faith, always trying to live a Christ-like life.
Mary. Mary is my thoughtful girl. She notices things and thinks of things and ways to bless others. She will see something and think, “Hey, so-and-so would like that,” and will get it for them. She remembers birthdays and anniversaries and Mothers Days and Fathers Days. She goes out of her way to do something nice for someone, even if that someone is mostly on the periphery of her life. She notices when someone is sad, and is quick with a comforting hug. She anticipates what might be needed in a given situation.
She takes care of people. She can’t stand for anyone or anything to be hurt or sad.
Her faith is deep and absolute. She has endured much hardship in her life, and remained absolutely faithful.
Mary is quieter than Leah. Leah can walk into a room and be running it efficiently by the end of the hour. Mary will walk into the room and know everyone’s mood within seconds, and be thinking of how to help.
They both have such beautiful hearts, each of them strong in her own way.
“It goes by so fast” … it’s a cliche for a reason. I can’t stop time, so I’ve spent some of that time lately, just looking at them, memorizing the moments – their faces, their mannerisms, their words, their hearts. And it just smacks me in the face sometimes, how incredibly proud I am of them, and how blessed I am to have these beautiful, strong young women as my daughters.
I would love them whatever they were like. But to be able to be proud of them, that is one of my life’s greatest gifts.