It's time to go.
Please go well. Go and find all that God has in store for you. Explore and discover all of the gifts and talents He has so freely given you. Seek joy and wisdom and gladness of heart. Find friends who edify you, support you, extol the virtues and want you to be the best you.
There will be days when you forget your value, when you make mistakes and wish that "thing" never happened. It's OKAY. Turn your face back to Him and remember that you are loved with an all consuming, take-your-breath-away love that covers over and smooths away all the mistakes.
We moms (and Aunties!) are feeling weepy, sad, excited and hopeful for you and all our girls who are leaving. It's a mixed up time of emotion and sometimes we can be weird. The night before Joanie left for college I was raw and tender. Every word felt prickly. There was no fighting, just an odd wackiness between us. I was so tangled up I didn't know what I was feeling. I went to my room got under the covers and cried. Uncle Steve came in and I told him I was NOT going to dinner with the family and I was NOT going to drive and drop her off in the morning. He very quietly and firmly looked at me and said, "Get out of bed. We will be waiting in the car." Needless to say I got out of bed and it all went fine. Until I cried the whole way home after dropping her off....
Tell all your friends to be super duper kind to their moms the next few weeks. For you all, it's the beginning of a brand new adventure, for us it's the end of a very long sweet chapter.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8