Launching Another One: The Bittersweet Joy!!!!

Lisa Cherry —  August 4, 2013

Lucas packing car to go to Tulsa 2By Lisa Cherry

Tonight will be my son Lucas' last night to sleep in our home as a resident of our household. He graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in May. Now, it is time for him to launch.

Wow, where have the years gone?! It seems just yesterday I was rocking him in my arms and pulling him out of mud puddles.

The past few weeks, I have been wondering how I would feel this day as I see the trailer packed for his cross country move to Tulsa, Oklahoma. And now I know. I am sad, yet excited. Mourning, yet content.

How much more could I possibly ask for from my Heavenly Father? I have had the privilege of watching my son grow into a mighty man of God.

Lucas, since I know you will be reading this, I will personally address these comments to you......

Lucas and Lisa 1045117_10151694182534449_1474497637_nSon, thank you for 22 years of joy. I loved every moment of sharing life with you in our home. You were the first to provide me with baby curls. And you were the first to chase after a baby calf at a rodeo. You never let us have a dull moment as you filled our home with laughter and song. (Well, laughter anyway!  :) )

Thanks for walking in incredible honor and obedience toward your mom and dad. Thanks for raising the bar of integrity to your generation as you have stood out from the pack in testimony to your Lord and King.

I could not be prouder of you. You have exceeded my dreams for your launch.  Back all those years ago your dad and I agreed on our highest goal for this day: that you would know how to hear the voice of God and have the desire and power to obey Him. I believe you have that, son. And so I am ready.

Fly straight. Fly far. And know your mom will always be your greatest fan.

I love you.....and the porch light will always be on for you (even as your brothers have already claimed your bedroom.)

I love you more than you will ever know.



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  • GailBP

    This is such a sweet tribute to motherhood, growing up, and to your son. May God bless you during this bittersweet time.

  • Nan

    Oh, this is such a beautiful testimony to your precious son's heart and God's faithfulness! This is the hard part, isn't it?

    Our oldest lived away from home his last two years of college, then moved back home after he graduated (with honors!). He is getting married next month so we will be launching him as well.

    We are blessed in that he will be living in the area, though, as he has a good job here. So I know I will at least see him at church, lol!

    I KNOW you will miss your son. Hugs to you, my friend!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party!

  • Nannette Elkins

    Choking up!! My Three Sons bring me great joy as well and I have a 22 year old as well. What a beautiful send-off! Blessings to your Lucas and to you as well. You are blessed to have two more at home. ♥

  • hsmominmo

    Ah, yes, it is time of mixed emotions - a time of grieving and of joy. Crazy, but wonderful. What a sweet letter to your son - you are a blessed woman, and a blessing to your son. Thank you for sharing this with us.
    (stopping by from A Mama's Story)

  • Hazel Moon

    Our porch light is still on, and it has been a long time since one of our three have needed to come home. There were times when all three and yes, our Foster daugher and her husband all came home for a time to regroup. Fortunately we had the room or made room for them.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful tribute to your Godly son who will shine for Jesus where ever he goes. Tulsa Oklahoma is near Broken Arrow, where we attended Bible School. The Rhema church is large and has a powerful ministry.
    Thank you for your lovely story at "Tell Me a Story."

  • Bobbi Janay

    I love this post. My boys are still under five, I have a ways till the leave but I have been on the leaving side. It isn't easy for him either.