My son was one of the few who chose to not participate. He stood next to his teacher, with his hands covering his eyes trying to hold on for a few more precious seconds. Gabriel was not ready for the last day of school. It's always bittersweet in our home. We all love summer vacation, but it means we must say goodbye to our wonderful teachers and friends we've made that year.
God has truly blessed our family. I am so thankful for our school. The teachers are phenomenal. The principal is a Christian. They give guidance that I can trust. When you are leaving your child with someone for seven hours out of a day that is a pretty tall order. This school has come through for my family in a big way.
I'm excited, and scared to see what God has in store for my daughter. Every day I know it brings her closer to independence which is the ultimate goal. To say that is one thing, to live it is another. Don't ever mistake me giving my child freedom with a smile on my face as being easy. It's been one of the hardest things to do. To let go and trust God to take care of them when I am not there. He is faithful though!
Ariel is a girl with such a strong character; she does not easily falter. She has strength of will and mind. She is not easily frightened. She has to be as my first child. I was contemplating this the other day. My Ariel has to put up with her parents learning to be parents. She is the true guinea pig. All of our firsts as parents have happened with her. God knows I have failed on so many occasions in my parenting and the learning process. As Ariel grows and learns, so do I and her father. We knew nothing before her. Her brothers have it much easier because we have been seasoned as parents. God gave her the personality she would need to make it, whereas her brothers would have had a much harder time being the first child. Isn't it amazing how much God cares for us, and knows us so intimately? He knows what personality to give before we're even born.
You should have seen her face while she waited to hear if she would receive it and the look when it was mentioned she got it. Priceless. The certificate was signed by the President and the Secretary of U.S. Education. For the rest of the night we heard Ariel say in awe, "I can't believe the President touched this. The President touched this piece of paper."
School's out for the summer! We may be a little bit sad, but we're really happy to have the next couple of months together. We're going to have lots of fun. Our first big summer event will be our annual graduation Luau! The kids love this party. It gets the summer started off with a bang!