THE PAST, THE PRESENT, THE FUTURE (A Graduation Tribute to My Son)

Pre-K Graduation 2001

In so many ways, SENIOR YEAR for a Mama’s heart is a year of letting go.   Who knew it would be such a complicated mixture of pushing you forward and holding you back?

HERE  AND  NOW….We find ourselves standing at a bittersweet place. In a few short days (Wednesday, June 4th, 2014)  you will be part of a big, beautiful, meaningful ceremony that so poignantly signifies one chapter ending and a new one beginning

2014 Senior Year – Black Knights Baseball
LOOKING  BACK….  Underneath all of that fierce love for competition,  there is a tenderhearted and compassionate young man, whose once curly blond hair and blue eyes have given way to great strength and poise. 

Athletics, Fishing & Baseball, 
Bold Faith, A Desire For Truth, 
 Deep Roots and Wings That Soar,
I’ll miss not having anyone to alert me to “must see” You Tube videos and sports clips.
I’ll miss your subtle ways and “one-liners” that speak so loudly of God’s goodness and proper perspective.  You have such a gift that way.
2000  Matt making his own backstop (with chicken wire) 

I’ll especially miss not having my “new word” connoisseur around to keep the Steimling household vocabulary fresh, quirky and innovative.

Travel baseball 2008

There have been moments of wonder and surprise.  There have been moments of being side lined, and unexpected bends in the road.  Each chapter being scripted by God in all of his knowing—the painful ones draw us near to him, the joyful ones illuminate his glory—both are important.

LOOKING FORWARD ……….. The spaces in our house will surely feel empty, but so many spaces in this vast world await you and your purposes.  I pray every day, the gift of clear-sightedness upon you, to recognize the path that supports (and doesn’t compromise) your faith and values.  The sacred trust we have invested well into your life has surely been a two way street.  There is a saying that goes, “As much as a mother raises her son, so does a son raise his mother.” The return on the investment is truly immeasurable.  Thank You, for the genuine joy you bring to life……… and making  us so incredibly proud. 


(graduation day pics coming soon) 

Always and Forever


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