When Chicks Leave the Nest (They Fly!)

I love Skype. This morning/early afternoon, I spent two hours chatting with my middle girl, my ballerina, the second of my three chicks to leave the nest. She’s 1,000 miles away, which is why I really, really love Skype. Investing in my girls is time well spent.

Often lately, I am asked how I am doing with two of my girls not only out of the house, but each in a separate state at least a day’s drive away.  I think I disappoint people when I tell them I am doing well.  Not miserable, not sitting around the house crying, not wishing they’d stayed home and worked or gone to school close by.  We tried to raise our girls to be strong women of God and to follow their God-given dreams, even if those dreams would one day take them away from home.  The older two have begun their journeys–one at a large Christian university where she studies worship music; the other with a small, Christ-centered ballet company to study and minister through dance.  We know that the same God we raised them with is with them and will take care of them.  Our eldest daughter’s freshman year, this knowledge was tested–another story–and God was, of course, faithful.

I firmly believe that were our girls still at home, neither one would be happy or fulfilled.  I’m not saying this is true for everyone by any means–many young people stay around home to pursue their next steps and are perfectly content.  But that’s not the case for my girls, and I don’t have to have them close by to be happy.  Their visits have been and will continue to be a highlight for me and the rest of our little family still at home, but knowing they are content and growing spiritually, emotionally, and socially where they are makes me happy they are there.  Just seeing my ballerina girl today on Skype, and hearing her stories from the past week (one of which is ALWAYS a klutzy or airheaded adventure–like mother, like daughter!) in her cheerful, bubbly voice, made me smile.  God has her where she is, He will keep her and protect her, and I can rejoice that she is in His care.

I love these verses from Jeremiah:   “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11; NIV)  Do not worry, mama of a chick soon to leave the nest.  He is good, He is faithful, and He has given your baby big dreams.  You can smile at her happiness and rejoice in His goodness.

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