Thursday, June 29, 2006

Thursday Thirteen 3

Yesterday my baby girl, all of 11 years old, "graduated" from elementary school. It was bittersweet for me as she's my youngest and like a teacher at the school said, "It is the end of an era" for me. All three of my kids went thru this same elementary school. I'm excited for the new phase for both my girl and me. I'm no longer an elementary mom. I'm now strictly junior high and high school. Where did the time go? It seems just like yesterday....

1. That I was learning how to swaddle the blankets just right around you kids.
2. That I was changing those teeny tiny newborn diapers.
3. That we were singing "Yes Jesus Loves Me" before I tucked you in.
4. That I was breathing in the smell of you right after your bath.
5. That I could hold and rock you whenever I pleased.
6. That I could kiss the boo boo and make it all better.
7. That I'd put my arms out and you jumped from the edge of the pool completely trusting that I'd catch you.
8. That I left the school crying on your first day of kindergarten.
9. That I watched you guys in your first school & church plays and felt so proud my buttons were bursting.
10. That I'd listen to you yell "higher" as I pushed you on the swings and I was thinking "slower".
11. That I watched you score your first basket when you were on the school team.
12. That I sat in parent/teacher interviews and listened as all three of you did me proud as teachers would describe how polite you all were.
13. That I watched with joy as all three of you were baptized together and declared in front of family & friends that your lives belonged to Jesus.
Yesterdays: wonderful memories to hold and cherish. Tomorrows: exciting new paths to walk on & share together with love and laughter.


Beck said...

Aw. Sniff. That's so beautiful. I'm still right smack dab in the middle of that phase, and it's good to have gentle reminders to actually enjoy it while it passes so quickly!

shannon @ rocks in my dryer said...

Oh Susanne, you're breakin' my heart!

momrn2 said...

ARRGH... I am tearing up and still have elementary at home. Thought to self: "I wonder how I can keep them young a bit longer?" HHmmmmm

Congrats to your daughter on her "graduation"!

Shalee said...

Oh Susanne. It is bittersweet, isn't it?

I've been doing really well without the kids, but now you've made me want to run and get them...

Susanne said...

beck, shannon, momrn2, shalee: Ya it's a toughie. I'll be a wreck on the first day of junior high in the fall too!

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

oh gosh girl - are you trying to make us all cry or what?!? that was so beautiful!!

but - my parent/teacher interviews might be a little different from yours by the looks of things so far...not that he isn't polite - just a little active and spirited!!

Jennifer said...

I love your yesterday and tomorrow thing. That is true. I do look back and miss the old times, but I'm always looking ahead to the exciting future I am sharing with my kids, too. I'm not sure I'm ready for Jr. High though. Good thing I have a few years.

Chappyswife said...

Oh, these are so true. I just wrote about my son becoming a teenager being hard on me. I do have 2 little ones, but I can't stand to think about them growing up soooo fast. Great post!