Skip to main content

Back To School Today :: For Them and For Me

Having spent 23 years of my nearly 40 years of life getting ready to go back to school as a student and then as a teacher, it still seems strange to be the one staying comfortably at home in my jammies as my boys ride off to school with my husband on his way to work.

There are so many things about a new school year I adore.

  • new pens
  • blank planners
  • fresh, clean notebooks
  • new backpacks 
  • brand new shoes, clothes and that specially chosen 1st day of school outfit
  • haircuts
  • lunch boxes
  • snack size treats to hide in their lunches
  • love notes for them to find
  • new teachers
  • new schedules
  • new friends
  • big ideas, goals and dreams
(I have to laugh at my tendency to buy myself new school supplies right alongside the items the boys' needed.) 

As I type this note they have just departed.  There are dishes on the counter, pjs left in random piles around my kitchen, empty shoeboxes on the table and an unfamiliar sound - total quiet.

I miss them already.  Thankfully, they were eager to go back to the school they have been in for three years now.  Even my littlest, KC, had no worries or tears, just a bit of shyness with his new teacher.  I feel blessed to be able to send them to their school just down the road.  And now I sit, still, and a bit lost without them, at my computer with the rainy morning stretching out before me.

Time to get busy.  There are dishes to do, pjs to pick up, laundry to fold, dinner to prepare,  and before I know it, it will be time to pick up KC and feed him his lunch and hear all about his first big boy day.  Then back to pick up the older boys, home to eat and then hurry them off to soccer practice.

I may be staying home but I am still going back to my own school of mothering busy boys and I hope to get an A+ this year.


  1. I love the back to school pictures... So cute!

    Stopping by from Thee Networking Blog hop. Love for you to stop by and return the follow when you can. Also hosting Mom's Monday Mingle now. Love for you to link up ;)

  2. Aww... so sweet! Love the big smiles for the first day of school. Adorable photo of the backpacks! :)


Post a Comment

~Grace and peace to you~

Popular posts from this blog

Locally Grown {stuffed green peppers recipe}

  Last weekend we took the whole family to a nearby produce stand.  We were craving something that tasted fresh from the garden and since I don't have my own garden, we found this place.     The fields were full of fall-colored flowered.  Can't wait for those cooler days to come.         But for now, we are reveling in the height of summer sunshine and produce.       It's easy to go overboard here and buy much more than you can use in the next few days.  I don't even like okra but they look so inviting in those cute blue crates.     These tomatoes inspired a caprese salad for lunch: tomato slices cut into quarters, hunks of fresh mozzarella, snipped basil leaves, salt, pepper and drizzles of olive oil and red wine vinegar.       These strawberries wound up being dunked in Silky Chocolate Fondue .       Every girl dreams of doing her shopping with one of these adorable woven baskets, doesn't she?       Even the boys had fun playing in the sand while I took m

How to Create Art in Five Minutes

As I have mentioned before, my word for this year is CREATE .  Painting with watercolors is one area in which I have been experimenting.  Michael's has a really inexpensive line of art supplies called Artist's Loft .  I bought the watercolor paints and a few brushes as a way to get started without much investment. (Everything is around $5-$10.)   Being a part of Alisa Burke's on-line class called Create Daily , has awakened my senses to the many opportunities to create quickly .  Sometimes we get caught up in the idea that we must have large blocks of time set aside to be artistic .  Surely, we think, it takes an afternoon to paint, collage, journal or compose a few lines of poetry.  Well, if you are seeking perfection, it does.  But if you are seeking to revel in your simplistic ability to create something imperfect instead of nothing at all ,  there are moments of creative inspiration everywhere you look! On this particular day, I opened my daily poetry em

Peaceful Snow Day

Yesterday we had the most lovely snow day. The woods were simply begging us to come and explore. We had new trails to find and secret passageways and hideouts. Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God. George Washington Carver There were tracks to follow. And tracks to make. Occasionally, the wind blew mini blizzards of snow around us. And then the sun returned and the sky gleamed blue. The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. Ralph Waldo Emerson There were hints of Spring. And reminders of winter. We made wonderful memories. And then, there were the snowy camellias. I got a little swept away by their color and beauty. I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. e.e. cummings