“Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.” ~Author Unknown
I surreptitiously observe him as he so capably takes care of the matter at hand.
My eyes take in the sight of him, so tall, so strong, and so athletic.
My mind marvels at his accomplishments, his intelligence, his confidence, but most importantly, his devoted heart for Christ.
And lastly, my emotions overwhelm me because wasn’t it just yesterday that this grown, mature man was my baby son?
I blinked and the adorable little baby I cradled in my arms with kisses and snuggles became an adventurous, fun-loving little boy, who still loved cuddling and mama’s hugs.
I blinked yet again and that sweet little boy turned into a stubborn, strong-willed teenager who, even though often tempted not to, still managed to obey and respect his parents and endure his mama’s embraces.
Another blink, and that teenager changed into an independent young adult man, capable of taking care of himself and embarking on a career with great responsibility, but still asking advice from mama and papa here and there.
And now, the time has come. Last month, our son, this man, informed us during a serious discussion about life that he is in love with his girlfriend. Matter of fact, he is so much in love, he shared with us his plans to ask her parents for her hand in marriage.
During our conversation about this serious step, what constitutes true love and the commitment of marriage, he maturely answered our questions and assured us that he is more than ready to meet the responsibility of being a providing husband and someday a father.
My mama’s heart ached with this knowledge, not because I wasn’t elated for him or totally in agreement about how wonderful his devoted young lady is, but because my little boy has surely become an adult man. He is my youngest child, yet he most assuredly is not a child. And I can hardly believe that this time has arrived so soon.
Gracious girlfriend’s parents also posed questions for our son when he asked for their blessing to propose to their daughter. They willingly granted their permission while agreeing not to reveal their discussion to her since he desired to surprise his beloved with the proposal.
Our son immediately launched into designing her engagement ring (he is a mechanical engineer with a creative side and such things give him pleasure). He emailed us the computer model design of the ring to view and I could see his loving touches in it.
While Son and Girlfriend were here for Christmas Eve, he secretly showed the beautiful ring to us. He also disclosed his romantic proposal plan which would occur in her hometown in the state next door on the day after Christmas.
I’ve silently watched the two of them together when they’ve come to visit the empty nest. Even from first meeting, I could ascertain that this lovely young lady had captivated my son. But I also could see that this wasn’t merely infatuation or a superficial attraction, there was a deeper level of kinship between them.
She hadn’t just caught his eye, she captured his heart. But the bond that ties them together so perfectly is their love for their Savior, Jesus Christ; He is first in their relationship and that makes a huge difference.
The apple of my son’s eye and captor of his heart will be good for him; she is strong, mature, and independent and their personalities complement one another. She will help motivate him when he needs it and together they will be a good team.
Three nights ago, this excitedly ecstatic couple phoned to tell us she said yes! (“Why wouldn’t she?” this mother thought.)
And so another wedding will take place in our family, and we will gain a beautiful (inside and out) daughter-in-law. On this 29th page, Chapter 12, in my Opportunity book, I couldn’t be more happy, even though tears trickle from my eyes flooding my vision as I write this – no, not tears of sorrow, tears of joy.
I’m delightfully contented because Mama’s Empty Nest is filling up with more family members. As our circle enlarges, my heart swells with love.
“Love will make your eyes shine, your face beam, your heart sing, and your life full.” ~ Author Unknown