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Last Day of School 2018: What the First Year of Middle School has Taught US...

Well guys, we made it! After adjusting to buses that come a full forty minutes earlier than elementary buses, after navigating multiple classes throughout the day and week, after adjusting to the rigors of middle school, Bug has completed his first year of middle school. I’m so proud of him. It’s been a year and I’ve seen him grow and branch out in it. He’s wiser than before, a bit taller, a little more comfortable in his skin, but still learning about who he is and what his decisions mean for his future. The 2017-18 school year has taught us a lot about ourselves, but it’s the nuggets below that speak
the most. 

The Last School Concert of 2018

Well, we did it!  It's over!  Bug just completed his last concert of the 2017-18 school year.  He just completed his last concert of sixth grade.  The kids sang a few songs from Hamilton and Mary Poppins.  They did an amazing job and were perfect little songbirds.  It was wonderful! 

Giving the welcome "rules"
As I was watching them, I couldn't help but feel gratitude.  When I was growing up, there wasn't a car in the household.  All plays, concerts, and special events were performed without anyone from my family being there.  I loved to perform with the marching band in high school and didn't mind the absences too much, but I absolutely hated it when I was younger.  I watched as kids' parents bought flowers and hugs while I just waited for someone to provide a ride home.  It wasn't my great grandmother's fault.  Such a thing just wasn't available to us at the time.

I remember thinking if I were ever to have children of my own, I would come to every event as well as I could.  I've made it to most of them.  On occasion I have gotten to one or two late because of schedule conflicts, but I always made it and always made sure my son saw my face.  Tonight, he was taken to the concert early since they had to rehearse prior.  I watched him search the crowd for my face and then saw the smile that covered his face when he saw me.  That it always an amazing moment for me.

Now, I am reminded that if it is God's will, Bug will be a 7th grader next year!  What a beautiful and amazing joy that will be!

At the end of the night, the concert was a great event.  Even though he missed a baseball game and a choir rehearsal for it, I wouldn't have traded it for anything.  I'm so proud of him and can't wait to see what next year will have in store for him!

Have a great evening!


There's An App for That..

Wow, things have been pretty busy around here.  We’re adjusting to a new normal that includes scheduling, feedings, one-on-one time with the kiddos, and life.  There have been some successes and some misses as well (like my almost forgetting to purchase the chorus shirt for little S.’s chorus uniform and my forgetting to schedule my postpartum visit), but we keep pushing through and we make it work.  One of the things that has been a great help is the inclusion of apps in our lives.  Let me start with the ones for our middle schooler.

The Young Graduate

Hello everyone.  It's been a busy couple of days in our household, but I am so very pleased to share with you that our son is officially a 6th grader!  Last night, our family watched as he and his fellow fifth graders crossed the stage with certificates in hand.  They have completed their academic requirements.  They have succeeded.  I am so proud.

I started this journey with just my son and I.  It's amazing to see where God bought us from. Congratulations to my heart string.

Middle School ?!

Okay, everyone. Keep me calm! Calm. ME. DOWN!!! Today, my baby. My firstborn son. My heartstring. Ya’ll! My baby is going to middle school orientation! What?! Seriously! Where the HECK did that come from?! Who gave time permission to fly like that? I was JUST carrying him in my womb yesterday and today, he’s going to middle school orientation?! WHAT!!!! Oh, and let us be clear. It’s he who attends orientation first. Yes, all of his grade mates are bussing their happy selves along with their teachers to the middle school to tour the facility, see the different activities available to the, hear about the middle school experience, and get their sign up sheets so they can think about the classes they want to sign up for. S. and I have to wait until this evening when parents are allowed to experience the same thing. Oh my! My baby is growing up!!!!

Okay, okay. I know I can’t freak out too much. After all, I am the adult. But seriously, my son is growing up and I couldn’t be prouder. He’s such a loving child, so strong in his faith, so kind to others. I know some of those things will make him a target to others. I hope he can find some great friends and do well. I met one of my best friends in middle school. Twenty years later, we are still friends and I can call her just to say I am thinking of you. I pray he finds that kind of friendship and grows comfortable in his own skin.

I can’t escape the irony that as I prepare my household for one middle schooler, I am also preparing it for a new baby. I would have never called that. But I’m more thank thankful for it. That being said “WOW!!!! I have an almost middle schooler! Guys! My little is growing up!

Pray for me!