Saturday, August 29, 2015

To those who have gone before...

I'm up early on this Saturday morning thinking about wisdom and encouragement.  I'm thinking about those people God places in your life to help you when you don't really even know that you need help. I'm thinking about those mamas who told me about how to get a baby to learn to sleep long before my baby was breathing the same air as me.  I'm thinking about the seasoned wife who taught me about grace towards my husband before I even knew the man I would marry.  I'm thinking about the elementary school parent who explained Reading Counts to me before my kid could even read. Those are the people I'm zoned in on this morning.  Mainly because I'm just all kinds of grateful for them.  

I feel like there has been a massive amount of people to heap gobs of grace, advice, love and influence into my life.  I can point back to my early days as a teenager and then as recent as a few weeks ago when a dear lady from my church sat across from me at DeLand Fish House and helped me learn a tangible way to remember to be grateful and to combat feeling of negativity.  

I think that is the beautiful thing about this life.  We have the opportunity to learn from others and then be the person that teaches another.  We have the opportunity to speak life and to encourage.  There was a specific instance this past week where some people spoke solid words of truth and encouragement into Dan's life.  I sat and watched as those words penetrated his heart.  I saw the change it made.  I saw the difference in his demeanor.  

We all need encouragement.  We all need someone who has gone before us to show us the ropes.  We all need someone to remind us that what we believe matters.  We all need those people.  But, we all need to be those people also.  We need to be the ones to share what we know to help out another family.  We need to be the momma who explains how big school works to another momma because the paperwork just doesn't give all the information.  We need to text a momma who is struggling with something we've made it through.  

Encouragement is free.  It only takes a little time.  But, you can't measure it's effectiveness.  

Friday, August 28, 2015

Dan's wedding rehearsal

Micah:  Where is Daddy?

Me: He's at a wedding rehearsal.

Jonah:  What?  He's where?

Me:  A wedding rehearsal.

Jonah:  He has to rehearse to do a wedding?  I though he would know how by now.  

Well, he has a point there.  Dan has done a lot of weddings.  :-)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2015 First Day of School- 4th Grade and VPK

I just sent my boys off for Day 3 of this school year so I felt it was time to probably post the photos from Day 1. That might lead you to believe that I am caught up on this blog but I still have posts from May in my draft folder that have photos but no words. I've been living life with my boys rather than writing about it. So, now that they are back in school, I'll have a couple of hours each day to get things done and hopefully this blog will be one of those things.
The couch looked just like this Sunday night when we all went to bed.  Everything was ready for the next day.  All we needed was a good night of sleep.  

We woke the boys up around 6 that day so we could have time for pictures and to get to school almost an hour early.  A dear friend gave me the fabulous hint before our K year to get there at 7:00-7:15 so you get a parking spot and not have to fight traffic.  Since then, we aim to leave home by 7 and then just hang out in the car for a few minutes or walk up and visit with friends.  This has worked great each year because we never fight traffic or for parking spots.  And, there isn't a rush or frantic pace for Jonah on the first day.  

They ate their yummy breakfast of pancakes, turkey bacon and grapes before going outside for First Day of School photos.  

I would delete the next photo but Micah's eyes kill me.  You should know that this is what he does in about 80% of all photos these days.  It doesn't make for good photos but it is funny!

Micah got to go with us to Jonah's school because his starts later.  He happily walked with his brother.  He was "really kind of excited to see all of Jonah's friends and Mrs. Leonard!"

We stood around and visited with a lot of Jonah's friends and their parents.  I couldn't help but note the apprehension on so many faces as they walked up on the first day at a new school.  I remember being that parent and so unsure.  If I had only known how well Jonah would do here and how much he would be loved and love in return.  It's been a great school and great experience for him.  

Jonah and Logan have been together since Day 1.  They have been in every class together.  They are best buddies.  

Our sweet little friend (and by sweet, I mean like dripping with sugar.  She is so precious to us!!) Meagan is a 5th grade safety patrol this year.  

We left Jonah's school and drove a few miles down the road to Micah' school.  He was so excited for a new year.  He doesn't always handle new experiences so well so I was a bit worried.  I shouldn't have been worried at all.  He was so happy and walked right in like he was a rock star.  He waved to his friends, gave his teachers their gifts and took his place in the circle.  Whew!

Overall, it was a perfect first day!  Both boys love their school.  Both boys love their teachers.  That makes this momma happy!


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