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the last first day

I have quite a few friends that are sending a child off to kindergarten.  for the first time. (Including my niece, sending off her triplet girls!)  I have such sweet memories of those days.  Four of them, to be exact. Kindergarten was such a big deal.   I have pictures of each and every first day – the very first kindergarten year, to senior year for each of my children.  One more picture is waiting to be taken.  One last first day of school.  for the last of my precious offspring. tomorrow.

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24.  This is the verse I have used to wake up my beloved daughter each day of school since she began preschool.  It is one of her favorites.  I will say it to her once again tomorrow.  For her last first day of school.  We are officially entering her last year of high school.  And I’m so very proud of her.  Of all my children, but tomorrow is hers.

I plan on not crying.  We’ll see how that goes. Right now I feel like I can accomplish that.  She would be so happy if that is the case!  Or maybe I could at least hold the tears till she drives off.  It certainly is a monumental moment – even though I’ve had three previous last first days with my sons, this is the very last one. the. very. last.

last child.  last first day.  I’ve been a mom for 27, almost 28 years, and I can’t imagine not having a child in school.  I will soak up each day this year.  Each memory.  And I suppose, I will ponder many moments in my heart, as well.

As before, she will not leave this house without prayer for her day.  Know that I am also praying for you – especially if this is your first day to send off your precious child.  It’s really a big deal.  But God is into big deals.  And honestly, He is totally capable of handling new starts.  Even the last ones.  To God be the glory, great things He has done…….

Sara – I love you so!  Have a great senior year!!!  love,

your mom

*update – guess what?  I didn’t cry! modern day miracle…..

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*We have been back from vacation for almost a week.  Left the beauty and coolness of the mountains to return to hot, sticky, oppressively muggy South Texas.  I’m good with it – for I’m refreshed and renewed from 5 days of not sweating.  Family time was great, and I’m blessed.  so blessed…..

*We’ve spent this week on school preparations, and today should be the last day we shop for a few new things.  About to head out to one of our favorite resale shops.  Do you resale?  oh, you really should!  I’ll talk more about that someday soon……

*Promotion Sunday at our church is this weekend, and I’ve also spent much time this week preparing for that.  A new group of senior girls, many I already know well, and already love.  Pray for them?  For me? I always approach teaching the Word with wanting so much to bring God the glory, and absolutely know I cannot possibly do it well without Him.  I need Him to show up each week!  I need Him to help me understand the lessons so I even have a chance at teaching them to 12th grade girls.  I have such a heart for each one of them to fall in love with Christ, and the Word.  For this to be the year that they absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt, know they need Jesus, and rely on Him. always.  That they receive the love He gives them, and shares that with others.  Pray that for me, will you please?   Included in this year’s class that I get to teach, is my very own daughter.  I am especially thrilled to get to study the Word with her!  It will be a fabulous year.

*I just ordered a new book, and it came yesterday – haven’t had time to look at it thoroughly, but it’s beautiful.  It’s called Interior Wisdom – Designing Your Home and Heart for the Lord. by Leah Richardson.  I think you’d be blessed by a visit to her website.  LeahRichardson.com.

*I’ve also gotten to hang this week with my Adam – and loved it.  He is approaching his very last semester at A&M, and will graduate in December with his masters.  I’m so thankful, and proud.  I will ponder with you later about all the benchmark events happening this year, but as I spend time with my people, I realize afresh how grateful and thankful I am for them.  I guess before I head out the door, I just wanted to remind you of that very same thing.  Cherish the time you have with your own people – love them lavishly, and be sure to tell God again thank you.

Have such a great weekend.

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100

Today my dear aunt Maudie would have been 100 years old.  wow.  She almost made it, just recently (July 2nd) leaving us to join Jesus.  I still can’t really believe she’s not here.  She’s always been here.  all my life.  Interestingly, when I was born she was just a tad younger than what I am now.  I missed the entire first half of her life.  But, she was so precious to me.  to us.  Happy birthday, dear Maudie – I hope you’re stunned by all that God has for you there……

Today, at the sweet place where she spent her last three years, they honored her by wearing purple (her favorite color), having ice cream cones (oh, yes, she loved those!) and releasing 100 purple helium balloons…..I just think that is so appropriate.  So fitting.  Such a sweet thought.

So, I just thought I’d share.  thanks for listening.  Enjoy your day. Make it count.  Maybe have an ice cream cone…….

“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  Psalm 90:12

“Time is given us to use in view of eternity.”  anonymous

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summertime.

The last few weeks have flown by!  Have you experienced it as well?  The best news is that the faster time flies, the faster autumn will be here!  🙂  We have had more HEAT here than any previous summer – for like a century or something.  so. hot.  but I digress….

In the last few days, we’ve had 7 additional house guests (two of them, our very own boys! mom’s so happy!)  so fun.  so very fun.  We’ve cooked LOTS and done LOTS of laundry.  This summer, work continues to be full, challenging, and most satisfying.  I’ve completed two tremendous Bible studies.  Church is wonderful.  And in spite of the heat, I run every day.  Bike ride too.  Walk the dogs several times a week.  Determined to try and stay fit, and NOT let the temperature dictate what I can or can’t do!  (also experienced a pretty bad fall last week while running – not sure I want to elaborate on that right now! so humbling…….)  I’ve also read a few novels, and right now am thumbing through some magazines as well.  Looking for new recipes.  (I LOVE cookbooks, and even got a new one I’m so happy about!)   As I type this, Sara is frosting sugar cookies, sports is on the tv, (Adam), laundry is going, the dishwasher is going, and Mark is on the phone, working.  I will make spaghetti soon.  My summer heart is so full and happy.  right this very moment, life is perfect.

*I’d better go, enjoy this perfect day.  As you and I both know, this will not last long!  I pray His perfect day in your world as well.

“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.” John 1:16

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