Thursday, June 11, 2009

As Time Goes By

Two years ago, Boy left home. He was barely 17 at the time and my little Mommy's heart just fluttered at the thought of him going. I worried. I wondered. I prayed.

Boy had been invited to participate in an intern program with Bible Teaching Inc. It was an amazing opportunity for him to learn and grow. BTI is near and dear to our hearts and there were many a time that Beloved and Boy attended the Father-Son camps. Good times.

In the two years that he has been gone we've done lots of driving. Lots of driving. The camp where Boy lives is just a wee bit over an hour from our house, not too far, but just far enough. I honestly believe that our cars could drive there by themselves.

For his part, Boy has been busy learning, working, growing. It's been time well spent. It has been interesting to watch the boy within him fade and the man he has become emerge. His interests have broadened and he's had experiences that will stay with him for the rest of his life.

Last month, Boy and the other interns completed the program and will spend the summer counseling, teaching, and mentoring children, as they have for the last two years. In the fall, there are big changes coming. The Lord will scatter these young men hither and thither as they take the things they've learned and go out into the world. School, jobs, and other responsibilities will demand their attention. But I don't think they'll regret the time they've invested.

As hard as it was to let Boy go, I'm glad we did.

Learning to build

Learning to make music

Ironically, I don't have any pictures of them studying....

Ahhhh....A pumpkin with "mom" carved into it. He'd probably kill me if he knew I posted this!

Graduation - at least he didn't have any holes in his jeans and he wore actual shoes. They are a laid back group down there.

So, a big congrats to my Boy. I'm proud of you and can't wait to see where the Lord leads you next!


Sandcastle Momma said...

What a great son you've raised! At a time when most young people are out getting into trouble he's working to make a difference in the world. You did a good job Mom!

Patti said...

sweet post. and look! he be all growed up :)

Roo said...

You should be very proud!!!

I have to say though... gotta love the fashions in the last picture. The guy in the suit with flip-flops on is priceless!!!