Aug 25, 2010

Austin goes to Kindergarten

Today we all (yes, all 5 of us!) took Austin for his first day of kindergarten. The energy was high this morning at the Ballard house! I (Joy) have been a little emotional today, being on the verge of tears a few times, but haven't "lost" it so far (there's still time though). I've heard a phrase a few times that speaks to this phase of our lives so well..."the days are long, but the years are short". These days of caring for 3 children five years old and under are tiring, I can't lie. But at the same time, I think, "how in the world did we get to the point that I have a child in school?" People keep telling me to cherish every moment because it passes quickly. I'm beginning to believe them. I pray Rodney and I can always see the "jewels" we're cultivating even when the days are long and hard.

Austin was excited this morning and said, "I can't believe I'm going to school today!" And Maren really, really wanted to stay at school with him, sitting down at the table beside him ready to color. She was a little upset when she had to leave. She will miss her playmate very much.

We're all looking forward to hearing how the first day went!

Open House yesterday...Austin didn't want to attend...and didn't want to leave!

Being shy meeting his teacher for the first time

An excited boy on his first day

Letting Austin lead the way to see if he remembered how to get to his class

Looking for contraband in his backpack already :)

Finding his cubby hole

And this how we left him...oblivious to the fact we were leaving!

1 comment:

  1. I loved reading this Joy! And I can relate with how you are feeling so much... It's been very special to experience the same things at the same time as you, even though we are an ocean apart. Poor little Emma and Maren are in exactly the same boat - every morning Emma forlornly waves goodbye to Levi and waits anxiously for him to come home so they can be together again. Too bad we're not still neighbors living across the center from each other, huh? I'm so thankful that Austin has done so well adjusting and that he liked his first day. Will continue to pray for him (and you) as we pray for Levi (and me). And I will stop now before I write a whole book as a comment...maybe I will just switch over to our email program and continue. ;-) Love you guys!