(today was the 4th day of 4th grade Abigail told me this morning, so I'd better get this first day up)
The last of summer holding on
It's hard to find the words for the first day of school. Scott and I are super sappy about this day. And we take school, raising these two beautiful daughters of ours, and every little thing in between very seriously. But you already know that by now. I didn't cry this year. Really, I didn't. I was just happy for these girls. Overjoyed and happy for them.
Right out of the pan french toast and whipped butter with mangos on the side.
This is his 9th year writing a letter to his daughters on the first day. It was beautiful. And will be forever treasured by them, tucked away in their diaries.
She reads it slowly soaking in each word.
My eighth grader ready to go.
Almost every year now this has happened unplanned. I feel like my heart is about to walk through that gate and off to school. I know (including Kindergarten) it's her 9th first day but I still try to grasp as much of her as I can. And just when I can't bear it any more, I take off my bracelet and put it on her. I don't know, so I can be with her. She didn't mind.
Her sister who is supposed to be eating breakfast runs out for one last hug.
and the whole reason I begged Scott for this arbor back and white picked fence in 2001 when we moved in and were only 28 was for this!
I watched her walk all the way there
across the field
and even clicked on my telephoto lens and saw her walking in
Now is was time for this one
saw some friends walking in
and this photo? Well this is whole reason I smiled all day long on that first day.
This teacher, she could teach absolutely nothing all year and we'd all adore her. Someone pinch me. That we are blessed enough to have this lovely person in our lives for Abigail this year.
and that look in Abigail's eyes up there. It says it alllllll.
Exactly how I feel
A sweet flagpole, whole school ceremony and then she walked in with her class.
and then the gate clicked open, I looked up from the sink and the day was over. Amen.