On Tuesday I was driving our boys to their first football practice of the Fall season. If you're not familiar with Upward athletic programs, check them out here! On our way to practice we passed an elementary school. The school had a sign in front of the building announcing the Kindergarten orientation as well as the first day of school.
Every time I see an announcement for Kindergarten, I think back to our decision to homeschool. Our oldest, Big Mac, was 4 and although he was a late birthday and we would get an extra year with him, I was really struggling with giving away any time with him. And I was grieving the thought of sending him to school. I was so grateful when my husband said, "We're going to homeschool!"
Last weekend, we were having dessert with friends and my girlfriend told me that our local school district is begining a test program this year. They will be having a half-day kindergarten for 3 and 4 year olds. Yes, that is not a typo. Three-year-old babies will be going riding a bus with students of all ages (up to seniors in highschool!) and going to school for 3 hours a day 5 days a week. Does anyone else find this appalling?!? ...don't even get me started...
At this time of year, I feel grateful every time I pass a school with their signs stating the first day. I am grateful that God called me to spend every day with my boys. I am grateful for their smiles, and that at 11 and 10 they still call me "Mommy." I am grateful that their Daddy and I are their peer group and they still come to us with everything. We still have their hearts. I'm grateful for the gift of time that I have with my boys. I would not want to be anywhere else with anyone else in the whole wide world. I'm so grateful.
When I was a girl I loved back-to-school time. I couldn't wait to be back in the classroom. I remember being so excited when I was entering the 2nd grade because they got homework! Now, here I am again at back-to-school time just as excited as ever. Excited to see how my two guys will grow in knowledge and experience this year. Excited to see their relationship to Jesus grow. I'm excited about the books we will read together and the field trips we will take. I'm excited to be the person who spends the most time with my two growing boys. I am blessed. And, yes, I am grateful, so very grateful.