Monday, August 8, 2011

It's Okay To Cry...

I'm having a little moment over here today.

While preparing for the start of school, we determined the best thing to do for our high schooler is to give her a study space that is not in her room.

The reason? So each morning she can have a place "to go to school" while her room remains a place of rest.

We have this weird little room.  I think it was supposed to be an office.

It is long and narrow with no closet.


Back in the day, it made a sweet little nursery for Elijah.

He was even in it for years after the crib left.

There is vinyl lettering on the walls that I had custom made back when nobody put words on walls!

There were four panels.
#1- See, Elijah, grow.
Grow, Elijah, grow!
Grow in the Lord your God.

#2 Watch Elijah sleep.
Sleep Elijah, sleep.
He will give you rest.

#3 Hear Elijah sing.
Sing Elijah, sing!
Sing praises to your King.

and #4 See Elijah walk.
Walk Elijah, walk!
Walk the narrow path.

Today, we peeled the letters off.

I guess I was ready... y'know considering he is ten years old.


I was talking to our neighbor today and I shared with her that this year we have:

One high schooler
One middle schooler
and One grade schooler

But that this is our last year of grade school.

Say what??

Yes, next year we will have one high schooler and two middle schoolers.

Dude, where did that go???
And I was here for all of it.

I can't imagine how fast time would be zipping past if I had to work outside our home.

(Stares wistfully off in space... remembering baby chub, baby smells and slobbery kisses...)


This is what the room looked like today as we started to take it apart...

I was doing fine while I peeled the letters off.

And writing this post has helped me through my little bump of emotions.

Thank you for listening (ahem, reading) and being there.

I'll keep you posted on the progress of the room.  I think it is going to work out very well for both the girls.

Thankfully, I have two more years before Elijah starts to move into independent subjects.

I think a big part of my focus this year will be to simply enjoy my children...

"He will bless those who fear the LORD,Both small and great.
May the LORD give you increase more and more,
You and your children." Psalm 115:13 & 14


Kim said...

Oh Miss Lainie Pants, (hugs) to you sweetie pie! I teared up reading this. It will be a sweet, sweet year. I have been very nostalgic lately myself,looking at pictures of Paige as a baby, toddler and little girl. It has flown by and although I am super happy for her to enter this new phase, I am also sad to say goodbye to my first little girl.

Oh, now I'm all teary! Guess I will go giver her a hug:-) Love you!

The Director said...

Eh, *hughug* *kisskiss* *pat gently on shoulder*

Love you Momma.

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

just reading those words on your walls made me tear up. i couldn't imagine peeling them off. i'm glad you took pictures first! :)

*sigh* they grow up so fast.

Becca said...

Sniff, Sniff
Please pass the tissues!
I've been feeling a nit nostalgic this summer realizing our journey of raising kids is more than half over. How could that possibly be, because just a blink ago I had three kids three and under and couldn't figure out how to get dinner on the table (not counting boxed mac n cheese or chicken tenders).
May the Lord help us all to be fully present in these days, years, and moments that we have with our dear ones!!!

Jennifer said...

Seriously, that is the most amazing nursery I have ever seen!! We're done having babies, but if I was still having them, I think I'd have to copy that in a heartbeat!!

And yes, it does go by quickly. But what a gift to be aware of that so you CAN make a concentrated effort to enjoy it all. :)

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