Friday, May 21, 2010

School's Out for SUMMER

It's so hard to believe, but another school year has come and gone. I am in heaven, while it's a bittersweet time for my children. They've made some good friends this year, and had some amazing teachers. So for them it's a time to say goodbye.
Gabriel found these beautiful red flowers for his teacher Mrs. Mannell. She was a wonderful teacher, and inspired Gabriel to learn. When he started the year, he had no interest in his letters, or numbers. Now that he has a year of school behind him, he has entered the world of reading and writing. It's been a joy to watch his mind work, and see the new things he's discovered in kindergarten.

Ariel found some beautiful pink and green flowers for her teacher Mrs. Hackett. She was very thoughtful and made sure to ask ahead of time to see what her teacher's favorite colors are.

Saying Goodbye is never easy, but sometimes it's necessary to grow up. I always find the last day of school a little sad as we say goodbye to the teachers. For a year they're a part of our lives. They get to spend more time with my children then I do, and I have great respect for that position they hold. I have been so blessed each year as the school has chosen the greatest teachers for my kids. It's always nice to know that the teacher loves your child, and cares for them a lot. It makes it a little easier to send them off to school each day.

My kids both loved their teachers enough to ask them to be pen pals this summer. We were able to get their home address so they could keep in contact over the summer. We already sent out letters to both ladies, and are excitedly waiting for their responses!

Gabriel and Mrs. Mannell

Ariel and Mrs. Hackett
Ariel and Gabe both were very sad on the last day of school. They had a hard time remembering all the fun we had last summer, and focused a lot more on how much they were going to miss their friends and teachers. But I'm certain the summer is going to fly by, and they will soon be back with all their friends again!

God is good all the time! I don't know why, but I'm always amazed at the goodness of God. On the last day of school, I told the kids we were going out to eat at McDonalds to celebrate that summer was finally here. They were a little excited, but still very focused on the fact that they were not going to be seeing their friends for a long time. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot of McDonalds, life was good again. Apparently everyone at school had the same idea for a special lunch out. The place was PACKED with students. The kids were able to spend a few more hours with the friends they thought they were leaving behind. It put things into perspective for them. Just because we aren't at the school every day, doesn't mean we can't run into our friends or teachers out in public somewhere. It was so nice of God to give the kids that special little gift!

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