What We Do For Our Kids


“Tomorrow we’re driving 8 hours to move our daughter into her new dorm. So far it’s been a 2-day ordeal – and we haven’t even left yet. What we do for our kids!”

Surrendering precious vacation days – without thinking twice – my friend was right where she wanted to be. On her 5th trip to Target, she described how her daughter’s things sprawled into 3 rooms of the house, that the washing machine is still running, and she’s staying up way past her bed time because she knows she only has 2 more nights to hug her girl goodnight.

I laughed out loud.

At that very moment, Terrell and I were on our own 10-hour adventure sportin’ a loaded cargo van to deliver to our son the items he couldn’t transport when he moved. Seizing the opportunity to savor a glimpse of his new life, we actually volunteered.

Funny thing is, we know at least 3 other couples who loaded and drove U-Hauls a full-day’s journey for the same reason.

The things we do for our kids.

get-attachment-17.aspxAt the other end of the spectrum, another friend gives in to her young child’s yearning to go to camp. While other moms relax as they drive away, this mom feels burdened to pray even more as she entrust others with her child’s special health needs.

The things we do for our kids.

And there’s my sister-in-law spending days of hours by her child’s hospital bed, again. Knowing this probably won’t be the last time. Yet hoping. Trusting the One who loves her precious child most.

The things we do for our kids.

All for love. Moms. Dads. A love so deep… we struggle to express it.
So we live it. We live our love.
Loving till exhausted.
But by God’s grace, never exhausting our love.

To love deeply. What a privilege.

Heavenly Father,
Thank You for first loving us. For Your ongoing example of loving deeply. For the endless pour of Your love – with which TO LOVE. Amen.

8 thoughts on “What We Do For Our Kids

  1. Teresa, remember me from She Speaks? So glad I looked you up today! Just what I needed to read. A celebration of the life I’ve lived for the past 3 weeks, first moving my son to Seattle and then, just this past Monday (and Tuesday and tomorrow!) moving my daughter back to college. This is our life…and we love it…even thought it exhausts us!

    So good to see your smiling face today on the pages of your blog. Hope all is going well with you, your calling, and your journey! Blessings!


    • Hi Kay!
      It’s so good to hear from you! Of course, I remember. I’d love to catch up some time this fall to see how you are… We moved our daughter back to school earlier this week, too!
      Blessings to you.


  2. Just wait until you get grandchildren! It is wonderful. I love babysitting. I try to always be available because I know how fast they grow up! Love, Jann


  3. Thanks Teresa. I shed a couple of tears today as I anticipate dropping Hannah off for year 2. It is definitely easier but still not easy.



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