Last Wednesday was the first day of school for all my boys! I can’t even believe I’ve reached this stage of motherhood. The early morning silence is strange and wonderful at the same time. And a little sad. It means my babies are really not babies anymore. I’ve spent the last eight years being a mama to babies and toddlers…what will this new stage of boyhood bring?
I will admit I don’t feel too shocked at this change – Levi is only in preschool for 2.5 hours, so my couple hours alone actually feel as though they slip by all too quickly. Although I’m feeling a bit sad and nostalgic that these years have passed by so fast, just as everyone said they would, the mornings alone are actually feeling quite nice at this point. (Psst…mamas of little ones – I can pee without interruptions or having someone follow me in!!! Take heart, one day you will go to the bathroom alone again!) It’s next September you might be overwhelmed with melancholy blog posts from me. 😉 And knowing that this is probably what Levi needed, a time each day to be social and play with friends, makes it easier on the mama heart. I just looked over the post I wrote last fall about life with Levi after the boys went to school…oh that tiny boy! I could just squeeze him (gahh – the video Caitlin made with him!!). But I know he likes to be with others and I’m hoping this two hour break is just what he, what we both, need!
So here’s to another school year, embracing the new and the changes, and trusting Jesus to protect their little hearts and guide their footsteps, and continuing on this adventure of learning and boyhood!
Enjoy this weekend!
xo – Manda
…Those lovely canvas backpacks were all bought on Amazon and I’m so happy with them! I decided I would pick the backpack, they could pick the lunch boxes. (Sometimes I feel like a bad mama not letting them pick…but some of those backpacks out there just make me cringe and what they’re into changes so much from year to year!) I’m hoping the neutral, simple styles will mean they’re happy using them for a few years. (Lincoln was thrilled to have a “hiking” backpack, Malacai didn’t even care and Levi said he wouldn’t wear one at all…pretty much depicts them perfectly! 🙂 ) Find them here: Lincoln’s | Malacai’s | Levi’s
…another year of Lincoln wanting to be a farmer…this kid’s been saying that since he could talk! And another interesting occupation for Malacai (last year’s included a bad guy!). But Levi’s – oh.my!!! I just died laughing…Tori is my niece that watches the boys for us all the time – too great!