August 19, 2009

This Day Deserves

The clouds were the sand- like that artist that moved it with her hands and the stars were the ocean. The sky was so beautiful that I had to peek outside one more time before I went in for the night.

The boys trotted up the stairs with their too long legs in their too short pajama pants. We prayed together. For the first day of school, for kindness and gentleness and to be loving, and to make the right decisions. Father God, help us to sit right like Miss Brenda tells us on the bus. We were thankful for new beginnings. I even put new sheets on the beds.

We all are ready for a new beginning.

I'll surprise them with their favorite breakfast and treats in their lunchboxes. In a week the novelty will wear off and we'll just make do with what we have on hand that morning.

But this day.

This day is a new beginning. This day deserves the fanfare and a photo and a little extra squeeze in my hug, Off you go.

First Day of School Fall 2009

Off you go now.


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33 comments:

  1. Okay, now I'm crying and my boys don't even start until next Monday. I also work at the school and will get to see my youngest everyday at lunch. I hadn't let it hit me until I saw the gorgeous photo and read your sweet perspective.
    Hang in there, Mom. We're all in the same boat to pass hugs around.

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  2. Great now I'm tearing up (again), that was beautiful. I am not ready for back to school, not ready for them to grow up so fast, but so proud of the wings they are developing. The picture was also very sweet your boys standing together.

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  3. There is this inside saying that a friend and I have when the other feels washed by blessing because of the other.

    It's a secret thing, but I'm thinking it about you right now.

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  4. Beautiful! Hope their school year is off to a great start!

    Blessings!

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  5. Hope they enjoy their first day :)

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  6. brilliant capture and lovely words.

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  7. I cannot fathom how you did it. Mine is only two, and already growing so much faster than I'm ready for. I hope you have a lovely day.

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  8. BOO HOO! This mimi is teary eyed. When did they get this big?

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  9. Oh this made me cry (glad to see i am not alone in that)!

    Phabian is in Pre-k and MJ will start Head Start in a few weeks and then I will spend my mornings alone til little Sione joins us in November.

    It just makes my heart ache to see them in a few years venture off on a bus for a full day of school.

    I hope they have a great first day!

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  10. what a sweet post and photo, steph! they look like best friends setting off on a great adventure :)

    kate

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  11. Wow. Best wishes to you and the boys on this new beginning!

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  12. Great shot, great natural lighting, love the colors. Yeah, I know this is an emotional and beautiful wordy post, but the picture stole my heart as much as the words.

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  13. So sweet!! I sent both of mine off today together. My 5 year old for his first full day of Kindy, so today is the first day they are both there all day together. It's very bitter sweet. Soon I will relinquish him to the bus but not just yet.

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  14. i hope for a wonderful day for them. and a wonderful day for you enjoying the new normal of you, gray and ivy for the school days!

    i really need to get out of my denial that i will be doing this in a couple weeks. i just can't believe it.

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  15. Love the picture, love the thoughts! You are an awesome Mama.

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  16. New beginnings make everything feel fresh.

    Sweet picture.

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  17. I have a few more years to go before we do the whole school thing, but my goodness that picture makes me all emotional!

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  18. Next year I'm sending my oldest off to kindergarten. I am already feeling very wistful. It feels so ... BIG.

    Good luck to your boys, and to you, on the new beginning.

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  19. Wow, your boys look so big! I am stating to "get it." Kids in school is pretty cool, especially for moms. I had no idea.

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  20. They look so big! When I start school in January, can you come give me an extra squeeze before I leave?

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  21. Hope they had a great day.

    I sent mine off on Monday. It's so very bittersweet.

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  22. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh.

    I still have three years before Evie is in school, but this tugs at my heart!

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  23. I hope they had a wonderful first day!! This time of year is officially not my favorite now that my little ones are school age... Boo hoo! :(

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  24. My boys are one and two and already they're getting so big. I know school is right around the corner and I'll have a similar photo of them then. Happy first day boys!

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  25. Off they go!

    That sand art was so beautiful. I had heard of it but not seen it as of yet - it hit the spot. Sniff!

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  26. oh - sniff, sniff....so well written. I have tears now. I hope your boys had a wonderful day!

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  27. Oh my. I've been a mess this week reading about everyone sending their babies off to school. I love your shot, Steph. It's so beautiful and perfect.

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  28. I love a fresh new school year! Always have...I think that's why I became a teacher.

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  29. My goodness there back packs are as big as there are.

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  30. I love this picture ~ the last shot before the children leave for school. Perfect way to document the "backpacks", as well.

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  31. They look so big with their GIANT backpacks! :)

    So, do you have two in school and two at home this year?

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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