And They’re Off!

First Day

It's the first day of school for my two big girls.  This is the first year that they have had their back to school outfits planned for over a week, including hairstyle, matching shoes and nail polish.

With the new focus on fashion, I have a whole new set of things to worry about.  Shopping with the girls used to be me picking out matching Granimals sweatshirts and stretcy pants with giraffe prints.  Those days are long gone.  No more Granimals at my house.

I admit that it is sort of fun to see the girls develop their own sense of fashion, it's a good thing, because I pretty much have none.

Both of my big girls are exactly the same height and weight and in the same grade.  Are they twins?  Nope.  They are 18 months apart.  Maddie is in high ability 5th grade, and Whitney is in high ability 4th grade.  Their school only goes up to 5th grade, so they lump the high ability 4th grade kids w/the 5th.  Thankfully, Maddie and Whit won't be in any classes together, but I am so worried about Whitney being with Maddie's friends who think she's pesty.  I will be biting my nails all day long waiting to see if it's a happy or sad face that comes off the bus today.

Maddie is glowing, floating actually, because she got her favorite teacher from last year as her main teacher this year.  I am thanking God about that about every other minute.

I'm worried about my kids getting older.  With each year they begin school, I lose a little more control of them.  I know it's for their best, and I know I'm not supposed to worry, because God has them in the palm of His hand, but I still sit here biting my nails and pining away the hours until they get home.

Say a prayer for me and my girls if you think about it today!

5 thoughts on “And They’re Off!

  1. Ginny Lawley says:

    Every step your girls take is a step you take also in being the Mom they need you to be. As they grow, you have got to grow with them so you can be the foundation they will need to approach each new step in their life with confidence. I knew my boys needed to learn self-reliance and independence, but knowing they had our support and the strong foundation of our family life gave them courage and strength to take each step. There is not rest for you Mom. Stay alert, be aware and don’t worry about worrying. More parents should. Call it a healthy concern for the task God has entrusted to you.

  2. Here Here! A healthy amount of worry is good. What would it be like if we didn’t worry at all?? I agree with Ginny that it is representative of the great responsibility we have as parents. I’m extremely delighted to have been through the first day. Today was much easier. Sending prayers up for you and your girls. How is Belle going to do today?

  3. Jen says:

    I love that your girls look all fresh and shiny and squeaky clean. I’m pretty sure I can even smell flowers or something else just as sweet when I look at that picture. My boys, not so much. Funny.

  4. Rindy Walton says:

    What a great picture!! And yes…it’s so hard but yet so awesome watching kids grow. They are great kids with great parents! Enjoy!

  5. Praying! And I don’t think you need to worry about the girls…they have great parents 🙂

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