The countdown is on. I officially have a little less than 12 months until I walk my first-born into kindergarten, wave goodbye, and go home without her.
In the last month I have watched a countless number of friends and acquaintances send their little ones off to school, accompanied by new backpacks and “first day of school” pictures on Facebook. I even took one myself for my girls’ first day of Mother’s Day Out. But deep down I was relieved that I was just sending my girls off for one day out of the week and not for the next 12 years, essentially.
But the fact remains that in one short year, I’ll send my oldest to kindergarten, where she’ll be exposed to people of different backgrounds, decide for herself if she wants to eat or trade her lunch, and be held by the hands of God, not her mama’s clinching grip.
It’s going to take a little more faith on my part to be able to let her go. Do I believe that God will listen to my desperate Mama Bear prayers? Do I trust Him to be where I can’t, in every decision and situation?
Thankfully I have a year to continue prepping my heart for that day. But this “back to school” season has reminded me that it will be here all too soon. And it’s up to me to decide how we’ll spend this next dozen months.
So I’m deciding now to spend them praying and preparing. Doing the Hokey Pokey in the kitchen and belting out Bible school songs in the car. Playing “Two Little Monkeys” after bath time and to never missing prayers before bed.
Because you only get to build a foundation once. And we have 12 months to build ours as strong as it can be.
You just finished reading the blog post The Countdown to Kindergarten by Kelcie Huffstickler. What’s next?
Do you remember sending your first child off to school? Or are you in a situation similar to Kelcie’s?
Tonight at bedtime give extra hugs, cuddles, and butterfly kisses. No matter how old your children are, think about how you can connect with them over the next week to strengthen their foundation.
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Kelcie Huffstickler has a B.S. in Journalism from Arkansas State University and has written for a number of family publications and websites. She and her high-school-sweetheart hubby have been married for seven years and parents for four. They have two daughters, Eden and Selah, and sometimes feel like they’re swimming upstream in the toddler years. Kelcie’s husband is a firefighter, and she works part-time as a high school abstinence education instructor. Despite feeling overwhelmed by this stage of life, Kelcie is committed to intentional parenting and passing a heritage of faith to her children. She enjoys living among family in the safety of a small town and writes about it on her blog This Beautiful Inheritance.
Kelcie Says: “Hi y’all, I’m Kelcie. I’m a small town, southern girl through and through! My hubby, two girls, and I live a simple life with more family in a two mile radius than you thought possible! On most days, you can find me playing Cinderella, making “cheese sandwiches,” and pretending not to see the worst hiders ever in a game of hide-and-seek. We also enjoy popping in on my parents who live three blocks away and rounding up cousins for a play-date. During those rare moments of Mommy Time, I enjoy cups of coffee, writing, and a little Dr. Phil. I’m a far-from-perfect Mama but thankful for God’s Grace that covers me anyway.”