… or time will pass you by.
Last week, I had one of those moments when reality hit me right between the eyes. While Anna’s been talking for over a year about going to high school, nothing makes it all sink in like setting foot inside the doors of the building to register for classes.
My little girl is growing up. I’ve known it all along. After all, that’s why we’ve invested years in early intervention, speech therapy, and intensive treatment programs. All to help her develop to her full potential and live a quality life as an adult. In that far-off place called the future.
Now, at age fourteen and with the hormones to prove it, she’s about to launch the last stage of her educational journey.
Four more years of school.
Four more years of support.
Four more years within the safe routine.
Just four years left until she graduates.
Graduates. Can I help it if I still picture her like this?

I must have blinked. Because somehow we’re further along this journey than I had ever imagined possible.
And the future looks a bit scarier the closer it gets.
What about you? Have you ever blinked and found time had passed by? Have you found the future closer than you were comfortable with? How did you handle it?
Don’t Blink …
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3 thoughts on “Don’t Blink …

  • January 31, 2011 at 7:36 am

    >Candee, those precious years with my baby girl between childhood and her young adulthood seemed to blow by so fast that I never really got the chance mentally and emotionally to adjust to her very early wedding (at eighteen).You just thank God you've created wonderful memories and that you have an enduring relationship where you'll keep making more memories that furhter cement your relationship. Mostly, I'm so grateful to God that all three of my children love Jesus and that they're already starting to teach their babies (they each have one) about God and His love. Sounds like you're doing all the right things with your daughter. Enjoy every minute!

  • February 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    >I found some baby clothes in my attic recently, and thought about those early years. While I treasure those memories, I don't miss it. Time is going by quickly, but I hope to, actively, be in my kids' lives as long as I'm around. 🙂
    I feel that every stage of life has its beauty.
    Your daughter is close to the age of my three girls: 15, almost 13, and 10. When I look at Anna's picture, I see my own little hormonal princesses, too.
    How exciting it is that she's on her way to another phase of life!

  • March 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    >Candee, I hope and pray all is well with you and your family.

    I'm guessing you're as busy as I am. Spring and summer are coming!

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