Slow Down

Slow down... The last several weeks and days have evaporated before my eyes. I don't think I've been in denial that our daughter was moving, but rather it hasn't been my focus. My focus has been taking every opportunity to catch hours and even minutes with Taylor, knowing that this day was coming.

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Tomorrow Andy and I will move our firstborn 6.5 hours away. Taylor, along with a group of friends, are moving to Spring Hill, Tennessee to help plant a church. Most of the group either went through Emerge Leadership Academy with her in 2015-2016 or completed the program in prior years. I can't think of a better group of people for her to be relocating with, or for a better reason. My excitement for her next chapter outweighs my sadness that she's leaving, but it's still going to be a major transition for our family. I think any parent knows that tears can be simultaneously joyful and sad.

The days are long, but the years are short.

Surely you've heard that phrase. As a mother to five kids, there were many years that I felt like I was drowning. It's exhausting having a house full of young children. It's hard to soak in the tender moments when you're on autopilot, just getting through each day with everyone fed and clean. Surviving, but not necessarily thriving.

And then suddenly it's over.

Events such as the first day of kindergarten feel so distant, yet are as vivid as something that happened yesterday. How can that chapter already be over, when it still feels so fresh? What I wouldn't give for one more day of "little girl" Taylor, to have that little hand wrapped in mine, to hear her little voice mispronounce words in the most adorable way.

We are so very proud of the young woman Taylor has become. We are proud of her decision to go through Emerge Leadership Academy, her desire to help plant a church, and her choice of who to date. I'm thrilled for Taylor and Landry as they step into this new season... but dang, if we won't miss them both living five minutes away.

 Taylor + her boyfriend Landry 

Taylor + her boyfriend Landry 

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The song Slow Down by Nichole Nordeman does a wonderful job of expressing my feelings today...

Slow down

Won't you stay here a minute more

I know you want to walk through the door

But it's all too fast

Let's make it last a little while

I pointed to the sky and now you wanna fly

I am your biggest fan

I hope you know I am

But do you think you can somehow

Slow down

Lori