We recently had the pleasure of watching a special friend of ours graduate from college. She was 12 yrs. old when we met and she was a member of the youth group that we led for 6 yrs.
And she is like family...
Well, the president of the college asked everyone related to the graduates to please stand.
Sisters, brothers, wives, husbands etc... were to stand and receive applause from the grads to thank them for their support.
And one of our kiddos stood.
I thought it was because she is like family to us and I said "Sit down, Honey. This is for their relatives."
And this cute kiddo said "Mom, she said that partners should stand up." ; )
Then I realized that it makes perfect sense.
They are partners, in the cause of Christ, of course. ; )