Strong Kids

Laura
Laura

How are you feeling about sending your first to kindergarten, Michelle? 😳

Laura
Michelle
Michelle

My first thought is – I have no idea!🙃 We have packed in a lot this summer and honestly, I think subconsciously I have done that because I’m afraid these moments are slipping away. I’m trying to soak them all up before she’s gone all day. This is going to be a whole new feeling in my motherhood!

Michelle
Anna
Anna

That’s exactly how I was feeling yesterday too — at the park — I was thinking that I want to soak in the moments with my youngest going to K. But later that day, they kids were fighting and wanting to be fed constantly and I thought, “OK, I’m ready for school to start!”😜 It’s like this teeter-totter that I’m on!!

Anna
Laura
Laura

That’s so true.  I remember 2 years ago when I sent my oldest to K, I was thinking I wasn’t ready.  But he drove me so crazy the week before school started, I was almost relieved to put him on that bus! 😂 But this year I’m sending two more on that bus!  How is it possible that my twins are going to kindergarten?! And what will happen this week to make me want to send them?! Always such a mess of emotions.

Laura
Michelle
Michelle

That makes me feel better! I remember when I had two little ones 2 and under with absolutely no free time, I dreamt of what it would be like when I had some pocket of time like this. But now I think I feel a mixture of sadness that this season of uninterrupted time is over and also relief that I may have time to actually work out and read some more! 😜

Michelle
Anna
Anna

Yeah, I’m not gonna lie — I’m excited about having the occasional day to catch up on things and actually hear my own thoughts!

Anna
Laura
Laura

You have your own thoughts?!

Laura
Anna
Anna

I think they’re in there…? 

Anna
Laura
Laura

I know what you mean.  It is a little exciting to regain a little space for yourself.  I am going to have 2 and a half hours a week this school year with no children in my house.  I can’t tell you the last time I was in my house alone. 🙌

Laura
Michelle
Michelle

Right?! Hold on, I’m trying to block out Doc McStuffins so I can focus! ha!

Michelle
Anna
Anna

😜 But even with this desire to be alone, my stomach turns over when I think about my youngest stepping on that bus. My youngest… And my oldest stepping foot into the junior high school. Double flip-flops!! 😱

Anna
Michelle
Michelle

I can’t imagine that yet! Sophie wants to ride the bus but I’m just not ready to open her up to that much of the real world yet. 😬

Michelle
Laura
Laura

Sending kids to school does feel like a lot of “real world” doesn’t it?  They are interacting with people I’ve never met. Spending 6 and a half hours a day with strangers– teachers, aides, bus drivers, other kids… lots of other kids. It can be a little nerve wracking, for sure!

Laura
Michelle
Michelle

Oh my goodness, when you say it like that, I am starting to freak out! 😱 Sophie has hardly been away from me even at playdates! Now she’s going to be all day with people I don’t know. I think this is going to require a lot of strength and faith–for both of us!

Michelle
Anna
Anna

I admit, with my first one, I almost followed the bus all the way to school on the first day. But I had a neighbor with me who was telling me it was going to be okay. That she was smart, and God was going to protect her. This is her, growing up. And I need to let that happen and trust. 🙏

Anna
Michelle
Michelle

I guess it’s another stage of surrendering our kids to a loving Father and trusting He loves them more than we do, huh?

Michelle
Anna
Anna

Absolutely. And for a while, it’s going to feel like you’re just putting one foot in front of the other. But it will get easier.

Anna
Laura
Laura

As moms, it’s so hard to trust others to care for our little ones.  But we have a God who will help us with our emotional struggle as we watch our children grow up.  Plus, God totally has our little ones’ best interests at heart. Even when they struggle (and they will) He totally has them.

Laura
Michelle
Michelle

But I don’t want her to struggle! I want to protect her from struggle. But I know in my head that if she never struggled, she would never grow a strong resolve and faith of her own…

Michelle
Anna
Anna

So true, even as hard as that can be to swallow at times. As we all struggle through it, both moms and as kids, God is building us up, making us stronger. Preparing us for what’s next.

Anna
Laura
Laura

You mean like jr.high?

Laura
Anna
Anna

Very funny.  

Anna

Soaking in the Truth

Scripture to encourage you:

  • “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NIV)
  • “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.  So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:27-28, NIV)
  • “And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with people.” (1 Samuel 2:26, NIV)
  • “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (Psalm 86:11, NIV)
  • “This is what the Lord says– your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.’” (Isaiah 48:17, NIV)

Music to inspire you:

  • “Deep Cries Out” by Bethel Music Kids
  • “Made for Me” by TobyMac  (I know, this is totally a song about love and marriage, but there is one line that I want to apply to my kids… “I said I’d hold on loosely, but I so want to squeeze.”  Hold loose, but want to squeeze… that says to me that I want them to know I love them, but trust them to God.)
  • “Do Everything” by Steven Curtis Chapman
  • “joy.” for King & Country
  • “You Say” By Lauren Daigle

Readings and Resources to come alongside of you:

Living Out the Truth

Ideas to try:

  • Choose a theme verse for the year to pray with your child each morning before they head off for school (or begin school in your home!).  Last year, I choose 3 different verses and let my oldest pick which one he wanted to use as his theme verse for the year. It was a great way to focus our prayers. (Laura)
  • The last two years, I let our oldest pick the dinner meal for the night before school (he always picks breakfast for dinner), but this year it’s not just him going to school, so the oldest ones will get to pick dinners for the whole week! (Laura)

Treasured Products we love:

{These suggestions are ideas from novice moms. Sometimes our life situations need more. In that case, seeking out professional help is the right call.}

About Michelle Warner

The truth about me is that I love spending time with people–whether it be with moms in MOPS, students in writing camps, friends in my supper club, or family on our patio. And if you combine people and words, I am definitely in my happy place. One of my most favorite moments is sitting around a table with the people I love sharing deep conversations about life. Inviting people into our home and pulling out my fancy dishes invigorates me, though tackling the hand-wash pile in my sink does quite the opposite. (Sorry, Hubby. I’ll get to those soon!) I’m learning to enjoy the people in my life without feeling the need to prove myself or always make them happy. God continues to teach me that when I find what I need in Him rather than the perfectly-cooked chicken or the perfectly-timed word, I have a security that can’t be shaken. And that’s a good thing since my hard-working husband and I have two very determined little girls who keep us on our toes!

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