Summer has drawn to an end. I know for a lot of my American readers, the kids are already back to school. Canadian readers are taking their kids to college or enjoying one last week before the younger ones go off to school.
This year, we have one child working, one at college, one finishing high school, one in high school, and one in middle school. The elementary years are done. While the younger years are sweet and I can see why they are so cherished, I’m always glad to see the children grow into the people they are meant to be. I loved this article by Christina Clancy in the Washington Post on the public pressure to weep when the kids grow up. This line really resonated with me: “This is a privileged form of parenting sadness, like complaining your lawn takes too long to mow because it’s so big.” As a former Bloorview mom – and someone who struggled with fertility – I know what a gift it is to have grown, independent children. It’s something I never take for granted.
As Jeremiah 29:11 states, God has plans for each and every one of us. We each have gifts we are meant to share with the world. And having more independent kids gives me that opportunity. Which feels exciting and scary all at once.
I’ve spent the summer reading and writing and taping and getting ready for the new year in September. I have some writing and editing gigs lined up. We’ve struggled with some health issues over the past year, so I have to balance work with what works with our family, but it’s exciting.
To prepare, I’ve been reading a bunch of novels. I’ve been doing a Proverbs 31 bible study, which is sooo good. And I’ve been doing all of the school forms, calendar updates, etc. that I can. I want to hit the ground running next week.
The Mr. and I are able to sneak away for one last pre-September getaway since we need some time together before all of the crazy starts. I’ve been having fun planning and packing for our little adventure. It’s a Fancy place, which you know I always like. Being a writer, it’s hard to justify the drycleaning bills when I’m simply sitting in front of my screen. I like a chance to get out and gussy up. Plus, there’s some fun history where we are going and you know I’m all over that! I’ll keep you caught up over on Instagram.
I hope you have a wonderful end to the summer.