Summer, you’ve been so lovely. All sleeping in late & less strict bedtimes. Vacations & memories & play filled your days. How I love the baby-naptime swimming for the big brothers. The shade over our pool & the branches of the oak trees full of moss & squirrels & birds.
Summer, I have loved your food. We have become spoiled on the trips out to eat & pancakes for breakfast. I have relished in not making school lunches & enjoyed eating lunch with my boys far more.
Oh, and Summer? I’m so thankful for baby nap freedom. No pushing the baby’s nap for school pick up. No waking the baby from sleep to run to the car. It has been wonderful & restful & a relief.
Here’s to you, School Year; here’s to you Fall. We will be awaken by alarm clocks for the next 10 months & making school lunches 5 days a week. We will sort through copious paper work & submit countless forms with signature.
You bring some (albeit very little) relief from the heat of Summer, but it’s welcome none the less. You bring earlier sunsets & easier bedtime shifts. You bring holidays & traditions & new friends at school. Field trips & T ball games & nights under the big sycamore trees.
Summer, we will miss you. But the brother fighting & chaos from constant games will not be missed. I trade that chaos for the quiet of the sons away, but I miss them, noisy chaos & all
School Year, we steady ourselves for the season of hurry & hurt it can cause. I know I can control the rush, but only in part. Beyond my control is where my anxiety knocks loud at the door of my heart. So, we steady ourselves. I game plan & strategize, but I have to ‘just wait & see’ as well. The combination stretches me, uncomfortably.
Lord, thank you for this school year beginning. Thank you for the summer’s end. Both are a unique blessing; both bring unique challenges. Please help me to make wise decisions & not be wracked by guilt or frustration. Give my sons courage & kindness at school; protect them Lord & guide their steps. Lord, give my heart peace & courage. Help me be brave in letting my boys go everyday.
Thank you Lord for your gracious love & all the sweet moments you give everyday. Thank you for time to write it down, to see it clearly & to know Lord it is your presence in my life.
Please help us this School year. Lord, today’s the beginning. Amen.