Yesterday my oldest child celebrated his 18th birthday. It feels very surreal. How did 18 years go by so quickly? I mean, I remember being pregnant with this kid! Not to mention labor, and his first birthday, and how he learned to ride a bike, and - and - oh my. Just way too much, way too fast.
Thanks to the laws regarding the age at which a child can enter school in Indiana, Luke still has a year of high school to go. This means that for the next year (at least) he'll be a student, living under my roof, while at the same time being a legal adult. It's very weird. According to the government, Luke can now vote, enter into legally binding contracts, join the military, even get married (oh horrors) without our permission. I'm sure there are other things he could do as well, but for the moment I choose not to think about that!
Thankfully, Luke is a thoughtful, mature, responsible young man. He makes good decisions for himself, and has a gift for helping his friends make good decisions as well. He's funny as anything, and loves to make people laugh. Right now he's planning to go into youth ministry, and I think he is very well suited to that....he loves God, loves people, and really wants to help others. I can see him being an amazing husband and father some day, too - he takes after his dad that way! His patience with little ones is never-ending, and the woman he marries will be very lucky.
All in all, I'm very proud of my young man. Luke has been such a blessing to us from the very beginning, and we are really grateful that God let us be his parents. Happy Birthday, son!