Friday, August 12, 2011

We have a Kindergartner...

That's right! Our first little girl started Kindergarten yesterday! I was a bitter sweet day - I was such a mix of emotions. I was so excited for our little girl but I was also sad. So sad that I would be missing out on 7 hours of her day. For the past five years, I have stayed home with Morgan and enjoyed teaching her and watching her learn and grow. I had the overwhelming feeling that my job of instilling morals and values was over. (I know it isn't, but seriously, the first five years are sooo important!) I thought, "Well, I hope everything I've poured into her over these past years has sunk in and made her into the Godly girl I've prayed for her to be in this moment. I felt like I just had to trust and let her go - sooo not easy for this mama! I wasn't going to be able to protect her physically and emotionally. After we dropped her off at school, I had a little meltdown. I just wept in my bed while my gracious hubby held me. Then God gave me exactly what I needed - my little daily devotional told me this -

"God asks that we believe Him regardless of the risks - in spite of the danger - ignoring the odds." - Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life, p. 370

"By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He...was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned." -Hebrews 11:17-18 NIV

And she was fine. She was more than fine. She had a blast! When we picked her up, she said, "When do I get to come back?" She was more than thrilled to hear that the answer was, "Tomorrow morning!" And let's face it, she did have stories of a little girl pulling her hair and pulling on her friend's backpack strong enough to choke her, but we had a good conversation about loving and praying for our friends who may not know Jesus. Morgan thought that was agreat idea. So, even though I wasn't able to be there to make sure she didn't get her hair pulled on her first day of school - which breaks my heart - I know that God is working in this little girl's heart and she is going to be a light for Him this year in her classroom! Praise God!

She's all ready to go! I can't believe this time has come. Hold on to every moment - I've heard it so many times - because time does go oh.so.quickly.

She was so excited! Just that morning she did confess, "Mom, I am just a little bit nervous too."
She wanted to talk to Grandma on the way to school!
Walking into her new school.
Welcome to Kindergarten :-)
Saying goodbye - This is also going to be a huge adjustment! Morgan and Jaron are so incredibly close. They love each other. Jaron was just lost yesterday without his sister. They play so well together and have really developed a special bond this summer especially. Morgan was getting ready in the bathroom and said, "Jaron, today is the day that I go to school!" Jaron replied, "I hate that."
I'm so blessed.


4 comments:

Kathryn said...

Renee, I can't believe we're old enough that you have a little one in kindergarten. I need to read the whole post, but I skimmed and read the photo comments. Precious :)

Team Tonagel said...

Really adorable! I absolutely love the one of her in front of the school wearing her backpack. I can't believe she started kindergarten!

Rachel said...

AWW! Your pictures tell such a cute story.... and your words inspire me to not think about my kids going to school yet. haha! Glad she loves it!

Lani said...

This post just made me cry! I am not looking forward to Leyton going to kindergarten next year. :( I'm sure he'll be more than ready though. The picture of Morgan and Jaron hugging just about broke my heart too! So sweet!