Today it is rainy … it thundered and stormed throughout the night. My 5 year old crawled into my bed around 4:00 a.m., rambling about the loud booms and noises keep her awake. She wasn’t scared … she just wanted someone else to be awake. And so, we cuddled up and fell asleep again until our usual wake-up times.
It would have been nice to be home-schoolers today. I miss that – staying in jammies a while longer, not starting school until 9 a.m. if we didn’t want to, not rushing that first cup of coffee. And yet I think my family NEEDS the routine of getting up and getting moving or else we’d all be total home-body slugs! We aren’t the most ambitious of peoples by nature.
And so, I sent my kids off to the Christian school on Monday. This year they all 3 started school on the same day. It IS convenient that they are at least in the same facility – and their school days are now all 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Miriam started Kindergarten. In some ways, I am not as sad as I thought I would be. It is almost like I’ve accomplished growing my “babies” … although lately a few friends have had a new baby – and seeing those pictures of all the newborn-ness makes me nostalgic. HOWEVER, those brand new mommas have all the angst and responsibility and not-knowing-what-to-do times ahead of them – those times with babies and toddlers and preschooler I have now passed – x3. We’re moving on to NEW adventures.
TEENAGERS. Truthfully, overall, I love having teens in my home! While my daughter can be emotional (for no reason at all?!) and my son is trying hard to be independent, I love the conversations we have – watching them process and reason and attempt to make good decisions. Granted, I have my own degrees of angst about this stage – but I think overall, I truly do believe that God’s got this!
And that thought makes me feel better because my son is a SENIOR. This is IT! I am thankful for the friends I have who have already successfully forged this ground – who are proving to me there are good young adults out there, making good decisions and a difference.
At least my other daughter is “only” a Sophomore … but these next 3 years with her will no doubt go equally as fast.
This is our 3rd year to attend the same school here in Arkansas. Wow – times flies, doesn’t it?! When we came, Annie-Belle was going into 8th grade; Andrew, 10th; and Miriam was in the 3 morning-a-week K-3 program!
So, we’re 3 days into this school year … and frankly, we’re all exhausted already. I’m trying to get everyone to BED on time (including myself) – but we are just night owls who like to sleep in … Will this cycle ever be broken?! I’m not sure!
^^ This is Mimsy at 7 a.m. this morning. She was NOT wanting to wake up!! I can’t blame her. Neither was I.
I can’t even quite remember who gave us this blanket – but it has definitely been a favorite from the very start:
(^^ Mimsy and I coming home from the hospital, December 24, 2009)
Time flies, possessions fade … but memories linger.