Legend has it that if a ladybug lands on you, good fortune will follow. Now that mine is getting ready to take flight, I can’t help but wonder: What happens to me now?

In a little more than two months, my oldest child will be leaving for college. I am simultaneously excited and anxious. And, even though she’ll always have a place in my home, I’m slowly but surely coming to terms with the fact that her days as a full-time inhabitant between these four walls are quickly coming to a close.

Her father and I have done our best to train her up in the way we want her to go. So, on an inate level, I know she’ll be fine. But during those quiet moments, when I think about a future that doesn’t include having her physically here with me every day, I wonder if I will be.

We’ve never spent more than a single week apart since the day she took her first breath over 18 years ago. When she leaves, it truly will be a different world for us. Will I cry? Will I miss her? Will I pray for her? The answer is a resounding yes, yes and absolutely yes!

More than anything though, I will support her in her future endeavors because I’m her mom and that’s what I do. And, I’ll hold close to my heart all the great memories we’ve made together, like this photo shoot with the fabulous Stacy Pierce of Stacy Pierce Photography.

I thank God for the privilege of helping my little ladybug spread her wings. I feel fortunate indeed.