My oldest leaves for France in just under 2 weeks!  She will be will be a student at the University in Montpelier for the semester.  She has been looking forward to this semester since she was in France 3 years ago.

She can’t wait.

She is excited. . . .

and nervous!

It will be hard.. . .

and it will be good.

It is a gift from the hand of God.

Saying Good bye is not easy for this child.  So to make it somewhat easier, we had a party.  Fifty + of her friends gathered for Fun, Fellowship and food and for four hours Courtney got to just hang with her friends.  She had just finished her first (and hardest) final and was ready for some down time.  The evening was filled with laughter and tears, singing and prayers for this Sweet young lady.

Here are some pictures of the night:

Coming into the party!

Worship lead by friends!

Courtney loves to Worship her Lord and Savior!

Prayer times by friends to send her off well!

She has surrounded herself with godly friends who love her!

A little juggling to end the evening!

Courtney, you have prepared for this semester and you are ready.  You will be protected by the one who loves and cares for you more than your father and I do.  He has planned this semester to be part of your life at this time since before time began.  You are in the palm of His mighty hand and He will be guiding you as you walk through this next semester. When you come  back at the end of the semester, you will be a different young woman than the one leaving on New Year’s day!  Go with God and bring Him glory and honor in all that you do.  Live life to the full as you immerse yourself in a new culture!

I love you and will miss you!

(Photo credits go to Elise and Garrett – Thank you for capturing the night well)