No really...it can't be that time already? I distinctly remember holding my newborn babies in my arms in the hospital and thinking I had FOREVER with them. School? That was light years away! (Cindy Pillow -- I know you remember this too!!!!) Now look where I am...a semi "empty nester"! All four are in school. Sarah started kindergarten and Ava is now in K-4. No more little voices at home asking for a snack or chocolate milk or for me to watch a movie with them. On the flip side that are no little voices at home protesting when I tell them to leave the dog alone or to brush their teeth or to brush their hair or please get in the car because we have to leave NOW! I can honestly say I am quite conflicted. I miss them....terribly! I think of all the things I "wish" I had done, and yet I think of all the things I will be ABLE to do with much more ease! One thing I do not regret is keeping Ava at home with me last year. In spite of all the power struggles, I really liked having her around and I know she liked her "mommy" time! I love my "Bitsy"! I love my "Sissy" too (as well as Zachary and Josh), but you get the idea. A momma bird knows when her babies are ready to leave the nest, and mine most definately are. It's time for them to spread their wings and see what they can do! I'm just praying that this year is blessed...that they have teachers who love them, nurture them, and challenge them... that they make new friends and are a blessing to others as well...that the older ones are aware of how their choices impact others...that they continue to seek the Lord's face in all they do...that they are not easily influenced but rather are an influence on those around them...
So far things are off to a great start...no one needs their wings clipped.....YET! :-)
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