First time since 2003...
So with the beginning of the school year my life for the first time in 10 years finds me without a child at home! Can anyone else relate?? Did you send your baby off to Kindergarten this year? I know I am not alone and yet I did have a moment of oh my goodness what am I going to do with all this peace and quiet and TIME!!? It is funny how when your house is full of children, laughter, their messes and then possibly whining and fighting you just cannot wait until school starts then when it does you immediately miss them and cannot wait to hug and squeeze them once their school day is over! So as many of you have gotten to know me you know I am learning to live in the moment. I am embracing this new stage of life! I am still beyond blessed even though I do not have a husband bringing in income to have the privilege to stay at home. I consider it one of the BIGGEST ways God has loved on me and blessed me as He has provided income so I do not have to go back to work, just yet! =) SO as I embrace this time to write, read, volunteer at the school, be more involved in church ministry and prepare for my future speaking! AND that is all before 2:45 because it is then that I pick up kids, then we go to dance or swim, work on homework, eat dinner and be together after our full days! I think I am really going to enjoy my new season. I was at the gym on Tuesday sitting in the cafe reading a great book and watched several groups of Moms with toddlers walk in a realized in the blink of an eye a decade had passed and Jackson is a 4th grader and Bethany is in Kinder. No more babies at home, WHOA!! Did I think I'd ever be in this place sitting leisurely without time constraints enjoying my book. When I was wiping hinnies, noses and making lunches and keeping nap schedules did I ever think I would not be doing that?? NOT really. Well Moms, the time has come and now my daytime is very quiet and I could get sad about it but I am choosing to live in the moment and make the most of those 8 hours! If you are a SAHM enjoy the time with your kids because it will not last forever and before you know it will be gone!!
I also wanted to share that as I prepared for the first day of school I was a little nervous as I knew I would be emotional about Bethany starting Kinder and without Todd's very encouraging spirit here to make me feel at ease I was honestly dreading it a bit. BUT God in his goodness gave both my kids amazing teachers. They were so excited for the first day and because our school had a new check in policy I wasn't able to take Bethany in and that actually worked to my advantage emotionally, Yay!!
As we are in our third week of school, my kids are still LOVING it although they both LOVE sleeping in and would be happy with a later start time, me too come to think of it!! BUT in spite of our early morning wake up call my kids still wake up joyful and ready for their days at school. My BIG prayer for them this year is that they would fall more in LOVE with God, His Word and that they would LOVE people and be a light in their school!
As my kids grow and my life enters a new stage, I am still Living For More!