Monday, August 8, 2011

Teach Me to Number My Days...

So here we go... a new school year and a new season... Caroline is beginning her first year of high school, Zachary  is entering 5th grade and Annie-Lauren is bursting with enthusiasm to begin 3rd grade. I am praying to make the most of this season, because it will be gone before I turn around...

  So teach us to number our days, 
That we may gain a heart of wisdom

Psalm 90:12


School  Days 2011
Caroline's very first day of school seems like it was just yesterday... She was 4 years old and starting K-4.   That first day of school, Caroline, her Nana Cathy, and I jumped into the car, only after we took numerous pictures to document the day, to drop her off.

Caroline's very first day of school... K-4
                                                                                                          
I can still remember looking in the  rear view mirror that was focused on Caroline. She was buckled up and sitting in the middle of the backseat, looking cute as a button in her sweet little uniform and her big red bow. I can not remember a lot of what we talked about, but I do remember my sweet little girl reminding me of one of the rules... " Mama, remember you don't get out today, I go by myself."  She still has that quiet independent strength.

I did not shed a tear that day, while other moms may have been tearing up or sobbing, I was more concerned that Nana Cathy was getting a good picture of Caroline as we drove off. We must have been a sight that day.  Cathy hanging out of the window, trying to keep her balance and focus her camera to get the perfect shot... What I would not give to have a picture of that .

Caroline's first day... she was "going by herself"
Wish I had a picture of the photographer hanging out of the window...

Fast forward 11 years... My sweet Caroline is starting High School... I have to be honest.  The tears that I did not cry the day she started  K-4 I have more than made up for. I know she will do great, and I am excited for this new season in her life, but the reality of knowing  the next 4 years will fly by faster than the previous 11 is very bittersweet...


Caroline's first day of high  school....
Thank you Liney for being a good sport for your mom.. and letting me take this picture..
So... here we go. The lazy days of summer are gone and the busy days of  school, sports practices, piano and dance lessons, are upon us.  I am going to make the most of each moment and  try to cherish each and every ordinary, busy day... because I know before I turn around they will be gone. 



  So teach us to number our days, 
That we may gain a heart of wisdom

Psalm 90:12