Today was the first day of school for the Little Nies.
Jane complained of a stomach ache and stayed home.
She lay in bed most of the day.
Poor poor little girl.
No one wants to be sick on the first day of school!
As a result, I decided to cancel the Back to School Feast.
or when she starts to feel better.
The boys were up, dressed and fed in impeccable time
also about 30 minutes early to school.
This is kind of a big deal in our family since we are
frequently late for almost everything.
As I drove Claire to school I began crying.
This is kind of a big deal for me--Claire in junior high!? It's hard to believe!
I was happy and sad and everything in between.
But I made sure she knew that this was a very very happy event for her.
As I drove her closer to the front door I gave her a little pep talk.
This chat was short, sweet, unexpected and unplanned.
But I deeply wanted Claire to know that
she needs to be a leader among her peers.
I want her to understand that there is always someone who is suffering,
someone who struggles, someone who needs a friend
and I want her to be that friend.
I want her to be aware of others needs, I want her to seek out and pray for those
who need help or support, or just a simple smile.
Claire is a genuine, happy, kind, sensitive, confident and warm girl.
She always has been and because of those wonderful traits,
she will succeed at all she does.
I took this last Monday.
The gang together before summer fades away. I have cute children.