1. Oh, friend. The love in these words is so thick, so full. What a beautiful gift to give your son. We are only traversing the first year of college! When this time comes in my sons’ lives, I will remember this beautiful post. Thank you for sharing it with me. (((hugs)))

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Thanks Laura,
      Love thick and full. That certainly is true of a mother’s heart. It is abundant grace that it is one step at a time, right? And a blessing to know that the letting go times, the times of being Altar’d always bring more fruit, more of God, more life.

      Thank you for reading.

  2. Just finally catching up on some reading…and wiping away tears. My oldest got his driver’s license last week and since he doesn’t live with me, picking him up from school was my main connection to him. The new found independence has caught me by surprise and the process of the heart cords being severed is so painful. What grace your words are here…I have much to learn from you, my friend. xo

    • Kathy Schwanke

      It’s these things-that catch us by surprise in the deep of us-which also cause us to, I think, want to know it’s okay and it’s normal, and that we will endure it. I so look forward to time together as I know I will learn much from you too!
      Thanks Jacque. For visiting, I already know you are total sweetness. 🙂

  3. This is absolutely beautiful, Kathy! As a mama to an almost-five-year-old little man, I know that the cord between us will have to be cut soon enough, but for now, I’m savoring it! This post is such a testament to the relationship you have with your son, as well as to your hubby {happy anniversary, by the way}. Love IS an act of the will and we are able to love because He first loved us.

    P.S. stopping by via the introductory email for AJ’s Bible study group.

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Thank you Alana! I’m so glad you stopped by! I still have to find time to go visiting your blogs. Looking forward to our time together and getting to know you! 🙂

  4. Oh Kathy…still blinking away tears. With every word I read I pictured my Chris…knowing that someday, Lord willing, I will walk this same road. Your words speak the feeling and expression of my heart even now as I contemplate blessing Chris as we let him “fly” to all the Lord prepared in advance just for him. Our precious children are only under our immediate care for such a short time….oh to cherish and be thankful for each moment. Oh Lord, thank You for the gift of mothering Chris…each day is a treasure.

    Praying for you sweet friend. What a beautiful daughter that has joined your family. She too is blessed.

    May the Lord hold your hand as you walk the steps ahead…He has already gone ahead…He has so much good in store for you…go with excited anticipation.

    Love you,

    • Kathy Schwanke

      We are truly blessed to have Caitlin join our family! And the emotions of this ‘season’ have caused me to search my heart and seek God to understand it all. This is where He helped me land. Just walk holding His hand.

      Thank you always for your encouragement Joy. You are a dear friend. 🙂
      Love you!

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