Hey friends!! I realize the last time I posted it was a Frazzled Friday post…two weeks ago, because well, tiling is hard. Haha!! But today we’re talking about a subject that I always have mixed emotions about – back to school. Are you ready??
On the one hand, I’m almost always ready for a more regular routine. But on the other hand, back to school always reminds me of the swift passage of time.
During the summer we definitely hit the pause button on busyness. Yes, the kids still have things going on. There are trips, lessons, fun things, celebrations, etc. But, as far as the day to day grind of getting up before the sun and staying up way past the sun, there is very little of that. If you’re a regular around here, you know that this summer was full of special goodness which made the summer pass even quicker. We looked up and it was July!! We have since sunk into our summer routine of sleeping in and going to bed late. And, as much as I love those days, I do appreciate the purpose a schedule brings to my days in the fall!
However, when schedule pick-up time rolls around, I am reminded that my kiddos are getting older and growing up. Because our youngest two (the only two still at home full time) are both in high school – a junior and a sophomore. We have passed through so many stages that we will no longer return to. It’s weird. I worked the band booster table during Freshman schedule pick-up this week and it was weird thinking, “that will never be me again”. I know as a mom, all too soon, school days will be done. There will be no more kids dreading to take first day of school pics. There will be no more buying school supplies. There will be no more schedule pick-ups. And, it’s just weird to think of that.
So, for now, I’m not going to think about it!! 😆 I can speak from experience that watching your kids grow, and mature, and come into their own, is truly one of the coolest things ever!! Watching them gain the confidence they need to spread their wings is the most fulfilling part of parenting. Our instinct so often is to hold on. To not want to let them go. And, believe me, you WILL feel that. But, you must resist that feeling and follow what you know to be true – letting go is part of the plan. It was always the plan. The bible says, “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.” (Psalms 127:4 NASB). Think about that for a minute. Does a warrior keep his arrows in his quiver forever, or does he shoot them out when he needs to?? So we are to do with our children.
But now I went off on a bit of a tangent there didn’t I? Ha! This is why I say I’m always on the fence. I’m ready for a little routine in my day, but it also a reflective time for me as well.
How about you?? Are you ready?? Any milestones this year?? Do you have a kiddo starting school for the first time?? Maybe a kiddo starting a new school? A new school year can bring a lot of emotions too for our kids. Will I know anyone in my class?? Will I make friends?? Who will I eat lunch with?? Will I like my teacher?? Will I get lost in the hallway?? I believe our job as mamas is to give them a safe and secure place to land at the end of the day. Somewhere they can unwind. Be their biggest cheerleader, the one who listens to all their woes from the day, and celebrates with them on the good days. If we can do this, than they can do anything!!
Praying many blessings on all of you and your families as you enter a new school year full of possibilities and new experiences!! May it be the best year yet!!
Here are a couple of posts from the past that might help you get organized and ready to put your best foot forward for the school year!