Show and Tell

You are remember this day, right? When you get to bring your most prized possession to school and show your classmates what you think is special? Ruby’s day was Friday and she could not wait to bring in her baby sister.

“Are you sure?”, I questioned, because Jo had already visited the classroom on Halloween and the kids all met her then. “Yep”, she replies.

So we head into school and Jo was oh-so-happy to be walking on the sidewalk in freedom. We sign in and put the volunteer lanyard around her neck (she loves necklaces) and head up to the class.

**all iPhone images…

IMG_0658There’s something about being the baby of the family and loving attention from everyone in the room. This girl turned on her charm, smiled at the teacher, went around giving everyone “five” and had the class in fits of giggles the whole time.

IMG_0661Ruby got to explain that we adopted her from Oregon and how excited she was to meet her that first day we brought her home from the hospital…and that gave another girl in the class a chance to talk about being in Foster Care and how they are kind of alike. Kind of.

IMG_0662I’m so proud that big sister is so proud of little sister. That of all her treasured possessions, Jo is the most treasured of all.


Fantastic First Days

This is a sign that the first day was a success.

Ruby LOVES her super nurturing teacher, Mitch is happy to have a teacher with clearly laid out laws rules and boundaries. This is because I’m sure someday he’s going to be a lawyer. And Max, well he loves recess and football.

God is so good and has given them each a special friend in their class already, which is what I’ve been praying for (along with a LOT of other things).

And I guess I’m now committed to writing little notes of love and encouragement EVERY day…in fact, Ruby is telling me the night before how many x’s and o’s she wants to see, Max was checking his lunch box last night to sneak a peak and Mitch smiles sheepishly – cuz he can’t possibly tell his mom he looks forward to his notes.

Grateful for fantastic first days! God is good and merciful.

It’s a New {school} Year

School. Today is the first day of school and this year Max, Mitch and Ruby will be attending Yamhill/Carlton. It’s a pretty big transition since we’ve home schooled for the last 4 years and especially for Mitch and Ruby, being it’s their first year ever at a public school. But, we know that wherever they are, God is with them and they each have a little reminder of that in their lunch boxes.

Why are we transitioning? Yes, I know I don’t really “owe” anyone an explanation…but I have nothing to hide 🙂 There are a few reasons that this was our year of changing things up in the school arena.

1. Last year sucked. Sorry, I REALLY hate that word, but it’s about the only thing that does justice to what we went through as a family losing Gage. For any of you out there that have lost loved ones, you know the roller coaster of emotions that you go through in the first year, the bouts of mild depression and the way you must go on with life even when you just want to sit and zone out. Now, add schooling your grieving children to that list and that just about pushes you over the top.


2. We are adopting. I know, not new news. This will be a year of new beginnings with this little one. New beginnings with our kids and school and new beginnings for us as a family.

{ok, seriously…I really do take good pics, but we were in a little hurry obviously…notice huge amount of BLUR LOL!}

3. Sometimes moms need a break. Again, I know this can be “sacrilegious” to say in the homeschooling world…but after last year, I need a break, the kids need a break, we all need a change. And until you actually walk in someone’s shoes and live their lives, you really don’t and can’t understand…but thankfully we have grace! (this is NOT to say I’ve felt judged in ANY way! Just felt I needed to put that out there) 🙂

So! Here’s to change and new beginnings!! Happy first day of school!

{Poor Mitch was highly embarrassed by his MOM taking pictures…thus we have the “avert the eyes at all cost and act like you don’t know her picture”.}

Max’s pic…uh…we get to blame daddy for that one.

p.s. ~ Kayla will still be home schooling this year, but through the YC Alliance Academy 🙂

{It’s a rough way to school, but someone’s gotta take the job.}