Booo. It had to happen. It always does. Summer has come to an end and school is back in session. I sure miss my little buddy Josh as he is in all day school this year. The transition has been hard on both of us. It’s a long day for him, and I feel so sad sending his tiny self into the sea of children every day. He’s so anxious about breaking a rule, or doing something wrong that he’s in tears daily. I know he’ll get the hang of it, but it’s breaking my heart. Luckily, I know he has protection and strength given to him from his Heavenly Father. Every year before school we do Father’s blessings for the kids. It gives me such comfort knowing they have that added layer of protection from the power of the Priesthood.
This year we created a family motto—one we want to be at the heart of everything we do. We took it from the YW values. Our motto is “INTEGRITY. I will have the moral courage to make my actions consistent with my knowledge of right and wrong.” I made the kids little key chains to hang on their backpacks to remind them of who they are and what they stand for. A crown to remember they are Children of a King. A lighthouse to remind them to let their lights shine. A tie to remember to be a missionary no matter your age. And then a few charms that are unique and describe each child and their talent.
Love these kids and hope they have a year full of growth, learning, and fun!
Mr. Blake started Begindergarten a few days later. He has been so excited to have a school of his own, and eagerly looked forward to the first day. His only disappointment was that he doesn’t get to take a lunch to school. We arrived at his classroom, he gave me a quick kiss and said, “I’ll be brave, Mom. BYE!” And that was that! Love that spunky boy.
At Preschool orientation the week before, they all read the story “The Kissing Hand” The kids each got a sticker for themselves and their mom. I have to admit to feeling a bit weepy when he put that sticker on my hand. My baby is growing up!