Can I tell you how much I love these kiddos, how blessed I am to be their mother, to spend my days with them. I'm thrilled for them as they start this new school year. I cannot believe how time goes by and how they are growing, learning, changing, and developing. My Karter is starting 1st grade and that photo of him sitting in class just did me in. He is so grown up. He just walked into his class with so much confidence, sitting down at his desk and visiting with those around him. He is so ready for a full day of school, so excited for lunch at school. He came upstairs this morning, before I had a chance to wake him, dressed in his new school clothes and ready for the day. I will miss him at home with me during the day, oh, how I will miss my boy, but I'm so excited for all he will be experiencing while he is away.
Isabelle had all of her clothes laid out the night before and talked me through her plan for the next morning. She had a hard time falling asleep, thinking about the first day of school. Oh those night before nerves can keep you awake, but she got right out of bed and was ready to go, looking as cute as ever. I'm loving her style, which is all about comfort and looking good. She wanted us their with her as she walked into class (we ware always there on the first day, but she asked us numerous times, just to be sure) and was a bit shy, but she warmed right up as she got to work finding her desk, emptying her supplies, and tucking away her backpack and lunch.
My Jakob, 6th Grade, middle school. Parents went in one door, students in the other. Lockers, class schedules, band, choir, art, spanish, 300 in his 6th grade classs, combined tomorrow with 700 7th and 8th graders. Quite a different world and he couldn't be happier. He is growing up. He is doing it so gracefully. I watch him mature in his manners, in his social awareness, in his friendships, in his relationship with family, in such a lovely way. He is confident, humble, inquisitive, helpful, and smart. I appreciate his outlook on life and his ability to share and connect. As I listened to the principal and took a tour of his school, I was overcome with confidence in my son. Yes, it is scary, to send your baby off to middle school. But this morning, as I walked through his school, I could see this boy of mine succeeding, experiencing his life, learning and growing. Facing challenges and making good choices. Being an example for others, helping and serving, learning new things and striving to process and connect. I cannot wait to see all that these next few years have in store for him. He will shine, I can feel it.
What an adventure for my school age babes. I cannot wait to see what this coming year has in store.