On August 17, we brought our daughter Marek to college. Well, we left on the 16th and spent the night in a hotel. You see, she’s attending the University of Findlay in Ohio, so it’s a four hour-plus drive. We wanted to get cracking early, see the campus again, put her horse tack in the barn, etc. Since I’m writing this two weeks later, it’s obvious that I survived this milestone. I dreaded that moment of leaving her for months. I keep having flashbacks to when she was little, then I wonder where the time went. It’s been a very long time since she’s pointed to a picture of Sleeping Beauty and said, “you look like her, Mama,” (what can I say, I raised a very smart, perceptive girl). It seems like just yesterday I brought her to her first day of kindergarten. Just as she was excited to start kindergarten, she’s ecstatic to begin college. The entire day of August 17th, she had a huge grin on her face. Like, it never left her face! While we found the western barn and put her horse tack in her locker, got her dorm key, moved her in and made her bed, she smiled. It was easier to leave her knowing she was excited, happy, and had a sweet roommate.
Marek has had her eye on the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio for a few years. It’s a smaller school with about 4,000 students (sounds pretty big to me). She is double majoring in Animal Science Industry and Western Equestrian Studies (I think that’s what it’s called anyway….). She’s hoping to be an equine dentist. Yuck! Have you seen horse teeth? They’re gross! Anyway, we visited there last August and took a tour. It may sound silly, but during that visit, I just knew that is where she would go and I felt at peace about it. Findlay is a nice small town with tons of restaurants (always a nice draw), a great movie theater, stores, and just generally has a homey feel. It’s the home of Marathon Oil–hence Findlay’s mascot, Derrick the Oiler. Dave Thomas, who started the fast food chain Wendy’s, had his first job in a small restaurant called Wilson’s. It’s still there and looks like it hasn’t changed a bit. More importantly, Findlay is where Marek Christine Brott is.
Change is hard for me. I’m used to seeing her everyday and I miss her. I know that her going to Findlay is God’s will and a tremendous blessing. This is still uncharted territory for me though, and sometimes I get sentimental and a little sad. Or I worry about her driving the four hours home, etc. But I know that God loves Marek even more than I could possibly love her. I need to trust God with her and her future. I love the saying “faith is of God and fear is of the devil.” If only this truth would sink in! My favorite Bible verses are from Philippians and I’m going to cling to these verses when fear or sadness grip me:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” -Philippians 4:6-9
So, God will get us through. Lots of phone calls don’t hurt, either. David is constantly saying, “have you talked to Marek today? I just hung up with her.” I think he talks to her more than I do. The other day we spoke to her together on speakerphone. We’re pathetic. We’re going to Findlay to watch a football game next weekend, so we’re excited (to see her mainly, but the football game was a good excuse). God is so good and we have much to be thankful for. The adventure of life continues!