Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Life

August 25, 2013

WHOLE FAMILY: Letting go can be exciting and excruciating

(Continued)

GOSHEN — It was with great intention that I pushed my oldest to reach for his dreams; to have the courage to follow them wherever they may lead. His senior year was filled with so much hope and trepidation as we began the process of college applications and auditions. Everything from what our weekend activities were, to what was on the daily calendar, was intentionally organized with one goal in mind; securing a place in a great program at a great college. What an exciting day it was when we heard the news that he had been accepted into a program at one of the colleges of his choice.

Another day dawned with beautiful sunshine and it was a day that would be filled with excitement and change. As I gathered my children around me, I spoke with them about being intentional in their lives. Relationships don’t just happen. I told them to reach out to one another with great intention throughout their lives and to cherish one another and their future families. Deep words for a monumental day from a mothers’ heart. After that it was off to college where we moved my son in and I watched as his sister and brothers doted on him and helped him set up his dorm room. With an aching heart I watched them kiss and hug goodbye. With shouts of, “See you soon!” we headed back home.

No matter how ready you think you are, nothing can really prepare you for the feelings that you go through when your child leaves for college. Yes, they will come to visit, and maybe even some come back for a period of time. But it is different. Nothing will ever really be the same. I also realize that I was raising an independent soul to go forth into this world and live his life. But, I had loved being with my children. Starting and ending the day together, intimately sharing life.

The first week was pretty emotional. Sometimes I felt such happiness for my son that he was in the program of his dreams and loving every minute of it! Sometimes I felt jealous of all the new friends he was making; I wanted to be a part of it too. Other times I would burst into tears seemingly unprovoked. Lots of times I felt sad, like I was grieving. He came into my world, this child of mine, and took my heart by storm. He dwelt in the innermost reaches of my heart and embodied all of my dreams. How am I supposed to feel now that this child of mine is reaching beyond what I can give him and venturing out into the rest of his life? How do we make this transition?

Text Only
Life
  • Lifelong Learning fall courses announced GOSHEN — The Lifelong Learning Institute of Elkhart County is offering fall courses. These short courses are designed to provide stimulating and affordable classes in many fields for active seniors. There are no tests or grades, and no previous studies or degrees are required.

    August 22, 2014

  • 2014 Junior Lawn and Garden.jpg LaGrange County youth finish well at tractor contest LAGRANGE — With all of its four contestants delivering competitive performances, the LaGrange County 4-H Tractor program continued its tradition of achievement in the annual Purdue Area XI 4-H Tractor Contest July 26 at the LaGrange County 4-H Fairgrounds.

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • CORRECTION: Outdoor worship, barbecue at Goshen Christian Reformed Church not happening It was incorrectly reported in Wednesday's edition — the Briefly column on A3 — that Goshen Christian Reformed Church was to have an outdoor worship service and barbecue Thursday through Saturday. The event was submitted by a church with the same nam

    August 21, 2014

  • Local students graduate from Ball State University The following local students graduated from Ball State University this summer.

    August 21, 2014

  • NEWS BRIEFS: Aug. 21, 2014 GOSHENSurprise 90th birthday party set for SundayThere will be a surprise 90th birthday party for Gene Potter of Goshen, formerly of LaGrange, Sunday. Family, friends and former students are invited to attend the event which will take place from 2 to

    August 21, 2014

  • HEALTH BRIEFS SOUTH BENDMaking Strides Against Breast Cancer walk Oct. 25Everyone is invited to join the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walk Oct. 25, at Howard Park, located along East Jefferson Blvd., South Bend. Registra

    August 20, 2014

  • NEWS BRIEFS: Aug. 20, 2014 BRISTOL Learn about cast iron cooking at park program The Elkhart County Parks and Recreation Department invites all Dutch oven enthusiasts to attend the Elkhart County Parks’ fourth annual Dutch Oven Gathering. This event will take place at the Bria

    August 19, 2014

  • GROUNDS FOR INSANITY: Trust God to lead us where we never thought we'd be It came as a surprise. Both times, I’d not seen it, not in the beginning, at least. Both times, there’d been nothing to indicate it lay hidden somewhere in the depths. In fact, both times, what was visible to the human eye spoke something different,

    August 18, 2014

  • YWCA, prosecuting attorney join forces ELKHART — The Office of the Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney and the YWCA North Central indiana will partner to offer a support group for Hispanic victims of domestic violence in Elkhart County. This group will be facilitated by the Office of the

    August 15, 2014

  • GN140816 Nigerian girls missing Community asked to spend week in prayer, fasting for Nigerian girls Sunday through Aug. 24 will be marked with a time of prayer and fasting at local Churches of the Brethren. On April 14, nearly 300 schoolgirls were abducted in Nigeria by Boka Haran. The majority of these girls are from the Nigerian Church of the Bre

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Hamm Talks Emmy Chances Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Raw: Egypt Bus Crash Kills at Least 33 Two Bodies Found in Adjacent Yards Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Rescue Efforts Suspended at Japan Landslide Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Raw: Smaller Marches in Ferguson Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn Farm Resurgence Grows With Younger Crowd Microbrewery Chooses Special Can for Its Beer Ky. Firefighters Hurt in Ice Bucket Challenge Federal Investigation Will Look at Use of Force Community Deals With Michael Brown Aftermath US: We Do Not Pay Ransom to Terrorists
Poll

Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

I think it’s a good idea to feed all the students free of charge
I think those who can afford it should pay for their school meals
I think all students should be required to pay for their school meals
     View Results