Wasn't it just June 4th a few weeks ago?
Technically, it was 11 weeks and few days ago.
Our summer was filled with church camps, Sea World Camp, sports camps and our last minute trip to Washington D.C. Believe it or not, we aren't what would be considered a busy family in the summer. Some folks have camps for their kids every week of the summer. Each kid did two camps this year.
James, sporting a shorter head of hair and an inch or so over last years height. He is now a 5th grader and got lucky--he has his 3 best buddies in his class. His teacher rocks the house, or so I've been told. The thing that thrills me about her, is that she teaches the kids to study. She runs a tight ship, but the kids love her.
I don't know how it's possible, but Pearl is a Freshman. She's confident in her ability to make it a great school year. She's really missed being with her extended list of friends every day. She's a treasure. Someone I'd definitely want to be friends with if I were in school.
This goofy kid is my Senior this year. I asked Tom, "Please, please give me a big 'I'm a Senior' smile" This is what I got. Goofy is my favorite emotion of his lately. He seems to be finding his place on this planet and I'm proud of him.
I felt a little Boo-Hoo this morning after he and Pearl drove away to school. I can not believe that this is his last year at home. Very soon we'll be sending in college applications. In the next few weeks we'll be visiting the two colleges in Texas that he is interested in. He's already been to one out of state college a couple times.
So, another school year has begun. I'll pray for patience and open ears for me and Lee; and drive and happiness for the kids.