Monthly Archives: August 2014
Today she will “Meet the Teacher” and tomorrow she starts her long journey of organized learning. The past week has meant no holds bar fun. We have done more summer things these past days then we did all summer long.
In my swirl of emotions, I’ve been trying to figure out why this start is so different from all the others. She has been going to preschool since we lived on Lookout. Maybe it’s the extended hours or the fact that I can’t just randomly choose to keep her home. Maybe it’s the size of the school or the fact we have to actually be there on time. I keep going back to the fact that this is when the intense learning starts. The knowledge of all that is right and wrong with school. The beginning of dealing with tough life lessons and losing maybe a bit of innocence along the way. It’s also the start of lifelong friends and teachers that will make impressions that follow us as adults.
Yes, I know it will be great and I’ll reclaim just a bit of free time each week for myself. I’ll be praying for my girls and hoping that they will be strong and smart and kind.
Willow has been trying to wrap her head around the fact that she isn’t going to school with Lilly. They have gotten along so well this summer and have become best friends.
As we begin a journey that so many other families have taken before us, we can’t help but feel how special these next two days will be. These feelings will only happen once in this exact way. Maybe I’m building it up a bit but just like a birthday or a wedding, this needs to be celebrated because it will lose that magical feeling as Lilly grows and changes.
Thinking about all the moms out there who are dropping their babies off in front of doors to big for those little bodies, wearing backpacks that seem to swallow them whole. How lucky are we to have these opportunities and all this love to give.
Everyone that knows a kid knows what I mean when I say, “The light in a child’s eyes.” Kids have answers that adults don’t. That’s one of the reasons why it is so hard when we know that children are suffering. To know they are suffering and feeling completely unable to help. It leaves this empty feeling inside.
The past two weeks have brought me so much opportunity to be with Lilly and Willow and bask in their glow.
Asheville was a trip that was taken because Wil was going to be out of town. I made it all about kids and family and seeing things I love in and about Asheville. We missed Wil but knew he was having fun at OshKosh.
We left Asheville and headed to Nebo where my folks are enjoying the summer on the lake. It was so nice to spend time with my mom and dad and see some extended family that I rarely get to see.
Once back in Pawleys, we had a week of Vacation Bible School at HCFM. Such a great experience. I saw a lot of joy, very few tears, and people working together. Seeing Wil all morning and getting to work beside each other reminded me so much of why we fell in love at Camp Henry. It was a great week and I’m still sore from going down the water-slide multiple times. Willow wakes up hoping it is a VBS day. Not for another 363 days….