It’s been a hard morning. I’ve been crying on and off for most of it.
All the feels going on over here. Excitement. Nerves. Proud mom. Sadness. Gut wrenching aches. Heart palpitations. You name it – I think I’ve felt it today.
A teary-eyed friend, walking my same path, took the words right out of my mouth as we hugged our babies goodbye. “It’s like sending them off to Kindergarten all over again!” YES! That is IT! My feelings exactly girlfriend.
Remember the car commercial where the teenager is pulling out of the driveway and the dad can only envision his 6 year old little girl sitting in the drivers seat. *sigh*that was me. As my first born rolls away with the rest of the Youth team, all I see is my baby girl walking off alone. The same little girl that needed her momma at all times. Sadly, it’s not the case anymore. Somehow the rest of the world sees a beautiful, capable young lady, ready to make a difference and change some lives for the better. tear. sniff sniff.
Swaziland Africa is their final destination. This energetic team of high school students and a few brave young leaders will work with the River Valley Church Swaziland campus and the Children’s Cup organization. If you feel like you’ve heard of this place before, it’s because you have. Cate went to Swaziland a year and a half ago to work with the same two organizations. So much love and hard-earned sweat is poured out everyday to the children and community over in that third world country. Because of this, we are honored to be given the opportunity to work for their needs whenever and wherever we can.
This time it’s Adaline’s turn. And at the early age of 15, I am positive she will be moved and stretched in all sorts of ways over the next 9 days.
I PRAY: she sees beauty in giving her time and energy for the families in need. She learns to lean on the Lord for strength and support. Her mind expands to see out of her suburb-ian box – to see that this planet is much much bigger than the first-world problems she faces each and every day. She experiences movement in her soul. She understands the importance of when you see a need – fill it! Just GO and do! I pray for so many things. Believe me, I have a long list going. And by all means, if you feel lead to pray for this team. Please do!
Luckily I have this little thing called ‘the shop’! It’s helping keep my mind busy and my body out of the fetal position crying.
Fun new items are continually arriving each week. How about this classic chambray shirt dress?! Talk about a perfect transitional piece as we round the bend into August and look forward to the fall season. I will be pairing it with a cardi as soon as the weather drops. Make sure you stop by to check it out in the shop or shop online HERE.
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