Although I've known about it all summer, felt it's presence looming on the horizon for a long time, it still managed to sneak up on me anyway.
The day my precious child leaves home for a significant portion of the day, wearing a backpack and clutching a lunch.
For the past several days we've been getting ready with the physical stuff, the uniforms, the lunch box, the new shoes. Errands here and there taking up time, precious time. She's been asking lots of questions and we've been talking more about what to expect in Kindergarten. In her own way she is sharing her fears and uncertainties, seeking my reassurance. She was thrilled to receive a postcard from her teacher earlier this week, I was thrilled to read in the parent letter that her teacher is praying for Annelise and the entire class. My heart was comforted.
In an effort to create even more enthusiasm (if that's possible) Annelise and I made a paper chain to count down the days until Kindergarten blast-off. In an effort to increase our time in God's word I wrote a scripture on each strip of paper. Scriptures that I hope will ease any anxiety she (we) might be having and remind her (us) that God's word is most important.
Needless to say she LOVED gluing the strips together, taking time to choose the next color ever so carefully. Bless her little picky heart.
Bless her heart. Please, Lord.