Living overseas and away from our college students means our visits are few and far between….including Thanksgiving. Our college students spent a few days with my Mom, and I’m thankful for that “home” for them during this time. As I keep in touch with friends (primarily through Facebook) as well as those in our community in this same season of life, the sentiments are the same: We are thankful for our families, and it is hard to be away from them. I’m reminded of the words to the hymn…Count your blessings, name them one by one…T.J….Marti…Drew….who are your young adult blessings?

Sometimes college kids can get in a car or on a plane and be at your Thanksgiving dinner table in time. Sometimes they don’t have that option. Sometimes they spend it with grandparents, other extended family, or friends that become like family.

The MOCA moms here have prayed for many things during this season of thanks, including safety while traveling, projects and papers, final exams, and a place to call “home” when they don’t get to join us around the table. Our secret Facebook group has been a great place to connect and share prayer requests for our loved ones, as well as our time together every other Monday morning.

How are you encouraging college students in your life?
Have you begun to meet regularly with other Mothers of College Age students in your area?

With the Thanksgiving dinner now over and the turkey sandwiches on the menu for the weekend, one thing is true: The countdown to Christmas visits is ON!
Melinda Hemphill
Wiesbaden, Germany