I am feeling emotional.
Today is my youngest son’s 6th grade graduation. As I look back at the pictures from the last seven years, I wonder where has the time gone.
He is excited about the transition to middle school. I am happy for him too but also very aware. Aware of how quickly time keeps moving and how bittersweet transitions can be.
June is a big month for transitions with graduations, retirements, and weddings. Single to married. Working to Retired. Living at home to living in a college dorm. House full of kids to empty nest.
All these big changes leave us full of emotions.
I want to encourage you this month to put words to what you are feeling. Some transitions can be smooth and easy, but some are more difficult and can leave you feeling sad. There is loss as you go from one season to the next, and it is important to acknowledge it so you can deal with it.
So, whether your baby is heading off to Kindergarten this coming fall or traveling hours away to attend the State University, remember that change can be hard.
Give yourself lots of grace as you adjust to your new season of life.
I think one of the biggest gifts that we can give our children is teaching them how to deal with transitions in life. Honestly, if we think about it, we are constantly going through transitions. From baby to preschool to elementary school, junior high to high school, college to working, single to married, no kids to having kids…. Then the process repeats.
If your child is entering a new chapter, help them identify their emotions. Ask them what they are excited about and what makes them nervous. I like to remind them that everything they are experiencing is normal as they transition from one school to the next.
Friends, if you find yourself entering a new season of life, pause and reflect on how you are feeling. Journal and write out your emotions and then share them with your friends.
Be honest and open so others can encourage you when you are having hard days.
This month, I am praying for all the graduates whether it is 6th grade like our house or high school or college- my hope is that you will embrace the new adventure God has for you. Praying for the parents of graduates, especially those with an empty nest coming this fall- my hope is that you will feel God’s love and comfort during the difficult times.
Whether you are facing a giant transition or a small one, remember you are not alone. Reach out to a trusted friend. Maybe they are feeling the exact same way and together, you can help each other through this transition.