Wednesday, August 21, 2013

First Day of School

I've cried some tears in the last few days as I've gotten stuff ready for my baby to go to school.  Not huge meltdowns, but just a general weepiness where tears have spilled over at the mere thought of backpacks, pencils, and new friends.  And poor Chad.  Ava made him a little card with Ava and Dad written on it and he fell to pieces. :)  It's no wonder I had several friends texting today asking how MY first day of school was going . . . everyone who knows Ava knows she'll do great . . . mommy and daddy are the basketcases!

Even with days of overwhelming emotions, we were surprisingly dry-eyed today.  It definitely helped that the only moment of hesitation from Ava was when I told her it was time to get out of bed {1.5 hours before her normal wake up time}!  I had made a "Ready for School?" chart of all Ava needed to do to get ready and she rocked it.  {Chad said that's because she is a little ME . . . I can't help it if we both love lists!}  I am going to have to wake her up a few minutes earlier tomorrow though . . . I didn't anticipate her desire to talk through every aspect of the chart before actually doing it!

One of the main reasons Ava was so excited to go was how God answered her prayer for her teacher.  She had an assessment last week where she met all four of the K teachers.  After it was over the only thing she would tell me was that she wanted to be in class with the lady with the dark, curly hair.  I had no idea which teacher this was so we've been praying for a week for a teacher with specific hair!  :)

We tried to use it as a teaching moment for Ava about prayer.  Letting her know that it is fine to hope and to ask God, but in the end we have to trust that God knows what is best for her.  If she didn't get that teacher, then it was because God had a purpose for her in another class.  {What I didn't expect was how much I needed that reminder about trusting the plans of my Father.  Thankful He used the prayers of my sweet girl to speak to my heart as well!}

I went to K orientation yesterday and found out quickly that Ava was in Mrs. Shapiro's class.  The only problem was that I still didn't know who Mrs. Shapiro was!  I waited anxiously for the introductions and then about ended up a puddle of tears when the lady with the dark, curly hair introduced herself as Mrs. Shapiro!  There has been some major praising going on for God answering that prayer!  I also had a moment to share with Mrs. Shapiro that Ava had been praying to be in her class.  She said that it made her day!

A little placemat to get a smile on her face so early in the morning!

Here's my girl ready for her first day!

Brand new backpack on!

Honoring her request for a silly picture. :)

Her cute little cubby!

Right after this picture, I told her that we were going to leave.  Okay, she said.  And that was that.

I don't remember my kindergarten class looking this cool.

Ava had a great first day!  When I asked about her favorite part, she said that she couldn't narrow it down.  I'd call that a success!

I interviewed Ava yesterday about starting school.  These are her exact answers.  I love my girl so much!

First Day of School Interview

Grade:  Kindergarten

School:  Lusher

Teacher:  Mrs. Shapiro & Mrs. Jeannette

Height/Weight:  3 ft. 4 in. / 28 lbs.

Most excited about:  making new friends, learning about math and science, God answering my prayers to be in Mrs. Shapiro's class

Most nervous about:  Nothing.  I was nervous about my teacher, but God answered my prayer.

Things I love:  to pretend, to imagine, riding bikes, daddy/daughter dates, candy

Favorite Food:  peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, red beans & rice

Favorite Show:  Curious George

Favorite Color:  Yellow

When I grow up I want to be:  a nurse and a doctor

Bible verse for the year:  Matthew 22:37-29

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

 I couldn't leave out the other half of the story.  Grayson is now going to have to get used to lots of Mommy time!  I'm looking forward to it, but I'm afraid he will be bored because clearly I'm not as fun as Ava!  I'm going to keep him doing some stuff with the homeschool group at NOBTS and have a day where he gets to hang out with his bestest friend, Luke.

So after we dropped Ava off, I took Grayson and Luke to see a fire truck and firemen that had come to do a presentation at NOBTS.  They were a little nervous, and then freaked out, and then I turned around to see this . . .


 I might definitely have my hands full with this cutie and his partner in crime!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Cole! Great pictures! My name is Heather and I was hoping you could answer a quick question I have about your blog! My email is Lifesabanquet1(at)