Dearest Father in Heaven,
Bless this child and bless this day
Of new beginnings.
Smile upon this child
And surround this child, Lord,
With the soft mantle of your love.
Teach this child to follow in your footsteps,
And to live life in the ways of
Love, faith, hope and charity.
We had a full and fun summer with just enough boredom, chaos, and lack of schedule to make the first day of school somewhat of a relief. Okay, maybe I’m speaking for myself. I was wondering why I wasn’t sad in the least to have children get on the bus a few hours ago and I think it is because there were no major changes this year….no one is going into their senior year, no one is entering High School for the first time, no one is going off to college for the first time. “Sigh” everything’s sort of the same as it was a year ago.
David saw me get the camera and said, “No”, but even as he said it he was getting up off the couch to go to the door…….he knew it had to be done and maybe I’m fooling myself but I think he was glad that I was still going to take photos just like all the years before. He is in 10th grade now and will turn 16 in a month. Caleb is 13 and in 8th grade. My heart swells with pride and love when I look at them. They’re just so great in typical teenager boy fashion.
Seth is in 4th grade this year and has the same teacher that his big brother Caleb did in 4th grade, and he’s excited that he has a man teacher for the first time. We visited his classroom yesterday and he was thrilled to discover that he had several of his good friends in his class. Seth took special care in putting together his first day of school outfit which I thought was adorable. He grew a lot this summer, into a big solid boy.
Sarah had an entire new outfit that I bought for her yesterday (she even picked it out herself with no help from me because I was busy chasing Seth around the store). But at the last minute, she went with an old- but stain-free-, comfortable- but pretty-, shorts and shirt. Then she grabbed the kitten and jumped.
Sarah is in 3rd grade and has the same teacher that both David and Caleb had in that grade! She also has a male teacher for the first time and he’s just the nicest man, we see him and his family around town often. It’s such fun to have repeat teachers, and really get to know them.
Jacob, Ethan, and Grace are all off to college and settled into their dorms. The boys share a room which has no air conditioning so they sweat and swelter, and Grace has her very own room which I am sure is a relief to her after having to share with Sarah all summer. I’ll do a better update about the college kids eventually.
After I waved the kids onto the bus, I got dressed, tidied up the house, gathered up laundry, and emptied the dishwasher. I also let out the chickens, and had to shampoo Seth’s rug. Now I’m done with chores I’m going to the garden center to spend my rewards cash before it expires in 2 days. I guess it’s time to get some fall mums.
Thanks for stopping by, friends, it’s a beautiful day.
You are loved.
PS, kids I’ll be home and waiting with cookies when you get off the bus.
Isn’t it funny how in the Spring you can’t wait for summer and a break from all of the “routines”…but after a few months of summer I always found that we were desperate for some of that routine back in our lives! I am sure you will be happy to see those smiling faces when they return at the end of the day. 🙂
everyone is getting so grown up. love back to school pictures. I think that the sun and outdoors of the summers makes all the children shoot up in height and age over the summer months