as i sit here
today was the first day of school here in our little city in Fly Over Country USA!! wow, i can hardly believe it is time for school again, and all the things that come with a fresh new year: crisp new clothes and spotless shoes, empty backpacks and jiggly little brains ready to soak up some knowledge, along with a joke about burping or new slang (as soon as i get up to speed on what a new word means and learn to use it effectively, my big kids have a new one for me, geez!). the morning went beautifully, if i do say so myself and i will!! i got up at 5:20am, showered, was greeted in the shower by Big 'K' to come tell me good morning, got 'K' watching a "moobie" (that's how he says movie, isn't it too cute?!!), got my makeup and hair done as i heard 'P's alarm going off at 6:00am, and by the time i got my clothes on and knocked on his door he was dressed with shoes on and everything!! praise the Lord for a morning without having to
i have much anticipation for this next school year for my kiddos, it is an opportunity for them to not only grow in what they will learn from history books but grow as a person. as moms and dads we can forget the difficulty that comes with 6th grade (the struggles do assist in turning our babes into independent & brainy big kids though); struggles such as juggling school and sports, and then how to deal with the guys and girls out on the playground, exploring and asking questions the opposite gender, and so on. and the 2nd grade is no walk in the park: beginning to do more for yourself, for the girls the ever-present recess drama (oh man!!), asking the hard questions like: "why isn't so-n-so's daddy live with at there house anymore" or "why do some kids not have enough to eat". maybe your 7 year old doesn't ask these things but 'Lou-Who' is curious and concerned about all the injustices of the world. i pray that i will be able to guide and nurture my children through these seasons of their young lives in a Godly and loving manner that will lead them to a real-life faith & reliance in Jesus and to finding that their true joy comes from the Lord.