Back-to-School Feels

Hello Beautiful Mama,

Ahh I can’t believe we’re talking about this (already!) But it’s back-to-school season. With only a couple more weekends left in August this is a bittersweet time. A season of change, anticipation and all the what-ifs.

But let’s not get overwhelmed in the flurry of school supply shopping or new curriculum.

Before you do anything further…

Stop…

 

Breathe.

 

and

 

pray.

 

God’s got this.

Remember that your child is fearfully and wonderfully made. There is no reason why God wouldn’t bring His work to completion. He is not limited by anything.

No matter what path you are choosing trust that your Heavenly Father will take care of it all. Leave your concerns. He will be sure to fill in any missing pieces.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
{Phillipians 4:6-7}

Make it a fun and positive experience for your kids.

When our firstborn started pre-school 4 years ago, we took him on a little hot chocolate outing to talk and pray about the upcoming change.

Since then, it has become an annual tradition along with a new hardcover book as a keepsake gift. My husband and I write a special message on the inside and date it.

If you like this idea, Costco has great prices on beautiful books around this time. This year, for our Kindergartner I got The Runaway Bunny. It’s meaningful and cute. For our third grader I got a chapter book from the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series. (Update: I ended up returning this book due to conflicting values ).

In the past I’ve bought them books such as “Oh, The Places You Will Go”, The Crown On Your Head“, “Just Because You’re Mine” and  “It Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change (Little Seed & Little Fox)”.

This tradition doesn’t take very much and leaves a lasting tangible memory.

And of course, the obligatory first-day picture. Here’s some from past years:

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He’s naturally drawn to science and math
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This past year, 2016 – 2017 2nd grade | Portland, OR (homeschool)
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Looks up to Big Brother so much.  2016 – 2017 Pre-school (homeschool)

 

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Major throwback 🙂

 

This year the boys got accepted into a charter school (by chance of lottery) a few minutes from our house. They’re a little nervous about it and excited as well. I can’t wait to see the friends they will make and I’ll be sharing their first-day pictures soon.

There are many ways to make this season special. It doesn’t have to be something fancy. Maybe a special prayer, a new backpack, a fresh notebook. However you do it, remember that God is holding your daughter / son in His mighty hand.

He’s got this.

 

Love & blessings…

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