In seminary we were told that occasionally we would encounter a collision of church needs and family needs.
Well, there’s an understatement!
And after 20+ years in ministry, the conflicts do not end. Our Younger Daughter is in her 3rd year of college, studying Entrepreneurship. For the past 9 months, every ounce of her energy has been poured into launching a new business venture: Red-Headed Heroine, a company selling party kits that are historically-themed for the dramatically-inclined. They are a great idea and I hope she is successful!
Now that it’s almost year’s end at Emerson College, YD will be showcasing her concept/product at an Expo where interested venture capitalists will come to see the newest ideas and to plunk their money down. This is her big chance! She has created an idea, a name, a logo, marketing tools, an actual product. . . . . and now she can attempt to sell all this!
Oh my! Take a breath!
Now, can I fly up to be supportive for the Expo? She’s in Boston, I’m in Virginia. And just guess what day the Expo falls on.
Right, her Expo is on April 23, the day before Easter. Plop in the middle of the Holy Week stretch of four worship services. No way I can get up to Boston and back.
On the plus side, my husband will go. He can do helium balloon duty and be Support #1. We’ve always shared parenting fifty-fifty, and truthfully, my pastoral duties have made us stretch like this at times.
So, next week, Passion Week begins. One part of me will be walking with Jesus through his last week of life. Another part of me will be walking with my daughter through an important week of the beginning of her adult life!
Such is the reality of being minister/mom. Seminary couldn’t prepare me for this.
Honestly, I am just so happy for her. And grateful for my husband. Join me in sending up a prayer of support for YD, will you?