Monday, March 22, 2010

Someone's Going to Hollywood!

From a Mother's Heart...

I know all of you with adult children will get this. If you still have little ones at home, enjoy it... time really does fly!

I know the reason I was put on this earth.... I've never doubted it... it was to be a mom. A mom to these three kids...

I was pretty confident in my abilities to be a mom, even a good mom. I had a good example. But all that flew out the window as they became teenagers. All the control I had over their each and every move was over. I had to let them go... and I knew they were going into a really different world than I grew up in. It was hard. It still is hard...

As I sat in church yesterday, my eyes filled with tears. Reality hit. My son is moving... not like when he moved to college, that was easy... now he is really moving... far, far away, to a place that... well... has a reputation. Over and over in my head questions loomed...

Have I told him everything I need to?

Have I taught him everything I should have?

Have I been a good enough example?

I always knew this day was coming. He's had his eyes on Hollywood forever. In fact, he's often told me, "Mom, the day I saw Jurassic Park, was the day I KNEW I wanted to make movies." He was five years old at the time. He's never wavered one bit. I'm so glad he has a passion... not everyone is lucky enough to find their passion so early.

(On a movie set in Florida)

So Thursday afternoon, Wes and Scott will load up in his car, and begin the cross-country trek from Florida to California. I know as soon as they drive off, I will feel better. I've given him to the Lord (again ;).
It's time for him to go... he's SO ready to go... he needs to go.
Scott will help him unload at his apartment in North Hollywood, and catch a plane home... Wes will begin looking for a job, and that will be that.

Another milestone passed...

So, it's off to Los Angeles... the City of Angels... and I've prayed a whole pack of them to surround him!

Good Luck Wes... I know you're gonna love it, and I know you'll do great!!!


Cherry Blossoms said...

Wow! What an exciting time for your son. Hopefully, you and your family will be able to visit him frequently.

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Oh Teri....


I know the posts I've written about Olivia are often accompanied by tears flooding the keyboard -- I wonder if this one for you was somewhat the same... it's a mom thing. :)

Wes sounds amazing! I've never met him -- how did i miss this???

PLEASE keep us posted on the pursuit of his dream -- he should start a blog!!!! :)

You are an awesome mom -- you rock.



P.S. -- guess what my word verification was for this comment? "megan". :)

Jenny said...

Teri! OH, my. All wonderful, concerning and hopeful at the same time. I will be praying for your son and his divine opportunities. So good that Wes has Dad specific time as he sets out on his own. Blessings to you all!

Jenny said...

Teri! OH, my. All wonderful, concerning and hopeful at the same time. I will be praying for your son and his divine opportunities. So good that Wes has Dad specific time as he sets out on his own. Blessings to you all!

Anonymous said...

It's not easy letting our guys go even when they are big boys in men's bodies. You're doing just the right thing though--praying over him and then letting God direct his steps. May all his dreams come true.…


Vava (aka Virginia) said...

Girlfriend...we are on the same path, in the same season, etc. And guess WHAT? #1 Son (his name on my blog) also a WESLEY!! And, 26! Isn't YOUR Wes 26? Any-hoo, this is so exciting to see Wes' plan come to fruition. And, have confidence that he's prayed up and watched over. It's time. And it's the right time. Bless you big time!

Teri said...

Thanks everyone for your sweet comments!!
Viva... My Wes is actually 22, but we are still most definitely on the same page!!! Except my sweet caboose is 15...I have a few more kid years to go :) If I survive another teenager driving that is...just another reason to keep praying!!!!

Diane said...

The photo you have on your blog of the kids when they were young touched my heart right in my "soft" spot -- you know, the spot that has "TENDER" written all over it. Looking at that precious photo and remembering when they were that age and getting to share in some of those "growing up" years with you is a treasured memory for me.

Wes is covered indeed! Covered in prayer, in love, in protection. He's in the best hands ever, and I will be looking forward to seeing how God continues to work in his life. I send my love and prayers as he goes off to discover what's waiting for him.

Being the mom of a "son" is a very special thing!!!


Patricia said...

Teri - oooh, this was a hard post to read. I am not there yet, but I can start preparing! I am certain that the teenage years are God's way of making QUITE sure that the mamma lets go of her babies! :0) Good luck to your son.

myletterstoemily said...

oh teri,

isn't it so hard to trust the Lord
with them?

if it makes you feel any better,
there is a strong community of
believers in the los angels area,
and my daughter is at pepperdine
AND is enrolling in the los
angels school of music this fall.

she has lots of super fun
Christian friends.

he will do brilliantly!

and thank you for the offer to
help with paris ideas. if i
think of anything i will be sure
to ask.


Staci Danford said...

OMG.. what an incredible, wonderful, heart-felt post.. I sat here and read that twice knowing just how you feel. I have often prayed for God to watch over my "big kids" when I can't.. OF all the things in the world that scares a mom most of all.....LETTING GO.. Blessings to your WES along his journey.. What a fabulous thing to know God's gift for you at such an early age.

The Flying Bee said... I sat reading this I just thought of my boys growing up and leaving home one day. :( Tears were in my eyes, but I know it's part of life and that God will always be with them. I will be praying for Wes and this new journey he is on. Thanks for sharing.


Natasha said...

Teri, I will be thinking of you and your family at this special time and please tell Wes that his Aussie mates are sending him the best of luck too!

I guess we will be seeing some fun posts about you visiting California soon-can't wait!

Blessings and best wishes always,

Kelly said...

Teri --

You made me cry! I haven't kept up with blogging, the writing or the reading, in several weeks, and now I find THIS! *sniff* I am so with you, girl. My own heart cracked open a little bit reading this.

Rest assured, my dear, you have done your job well. But oh, how we ask that question anyway!

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