“Trust the LORD
and live right!
The land will be yours,
and you will be safe.
Do what the LORD wants,
and He will give you
your heart’s desire.”
The aisles at Target are full of parents buying school supplies, whining kids, and excited college Freshmen. I’m thankful not to be among them. Aaron and Catherine moved back to school Friday, and we went in Saturday with some furniture that wouldn’t fit in their cars. I was excited about seeing the apartment, but after hearing the square footage and the rules against hanging anything on the walls I have to admit I expected a rather claustrophobic, dreary apartment. Nothing could have been further from the truth. In fact, John’s first words when we got in the car to leave were, “I’d like to live there!”
Their apartment is bright and cheerful, with deep windowsills, textured walls, and shelves with baskets and colorful canvas bins to maximize storage space. When we walked in there was soft music playing and wonderful smells wafting from the kitchen. It didn’t look or feel like a college apartment, it was obviously a home. Evidently Catherine had cleaned while Aaron cooked, so they’re already working out the big, nasty “division of labor” issue.
What more could a parent want for their child than that they are happy, that they grow to adulthood and make a home of their own with someone they love? And both Aaron and Catherine are passionate about their fields of study, so I know they will end up with satisfying careers as well. I’m looking forward to this year for them – those first years are hard, but they are precious to look back on.
Next up on the parenting agenda: getting John started off on the right foot in eighth grade. Prayers requested, please – my stubborn thirteen-year-old knows how to push all a teacher’s buttons without even trying.
*Remember, in celebration of Aaron’s first apartment my ebook, Tight Kitchen, Tiny Budget, and No Time: How to Eat Well in Your First Apartment, is free this week on Smashwords with the code JP84B. It’s available in all formats (Kindle, Nook, PDF, etc).
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