First Day Of School

August 25, 2014

The kids went back to school today.  Getting  into a normal routine will be good for all of us.  There was mercy in the timing of Simon’s illness: because there was no work or school the last three months, we got to spend maximum quality time together. Plus, all my plans to keep the kids working on scholastic and educational projects went out the window and were traded for fun outings and playtime. So I’m sure they would tell you that, other than losing their dad, summer was pretty awesome.  Because that’s how resilient and innocent kids can be.

We are extremely fortunate that the kids attend a small, private Christian school near our home.  Not only does my mom work as a church secretary on the same campus, but the whole school body knows what we have been through and has been incredibly supportive.  Donors helped with tuition costs, parents prayed with their children, and staff has been preparing to help our kids cope as needed.  The new principal grew up in the mortuary business and lost her father some years back. She is especially gifted in empathy.  I have to pat myself on the back because I was on the hiring committee, not knowing how invaluable she would be to our family!

So here we go.  Our son is in third grade. His teacher attends our church, is in our life group, and is a dear friend to our family – clearly God was holding us firmly in His hand. Our middle daughter is in kindergarten.  Her teacher is patient, soft spoken, and compassionate. Our youngest daughter is in part time preschool. They just moved teachers around and she will have a teacher that has already worked with our older son and daughter. I am beyond relieved that I don’t have to try and explain myself or give a big spiel about what we have been through. Blessings, blessings, blessings.


  1. Gretchen J. on August 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Oh I love seeing all three looking so “new school” dapper! What a blessing to have them at their great school with all those people who love them! =0)

  2. Jan Clayton on August 25, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Hope the kids had a great first day of school! You continue to be in my prayers.

  3. Angela Lancaster on August 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    It is most heartening to read your family’s progress. I thank you for your love and honor in your posts. Always best of everything to you. PS- you look GREAT in a swimsuit!

  4. Linda Cuccia on August 25, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    You truly remind us that if we look hard enough the Blessings of The Lord are there in the valleys we travel through when we are surrounded by God’s people . I love your smile and continue to ask The Lord to strengthen you.

  5. Amy McClendon on August 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Praise the Lord! His mercies are new every day.

  6. Sarah Gardiner on August 26, 2014 at 2:48 am

    I’m glad the kids had a good 1st day of school. I’ve been praying for your boy.

    I love the family picture of Son with arm around Middle Daughter. It’s like he’s saying, “Hey Sis, you’re new here. Don’t worry!!! I’ll protect you!!!”

    Son gets an A+ or a gold star for being a supportive Big Brother.

    • Sarah Gardiner on August 26, 2014 at 2:52 am

      And she wore his favorite color polo shirt.

  7. Kristin Romo on August 26, 2014 at 7:35 am

    What a great start. Love God’s provision WAY before you ever knew you would need it. He’s kind of like that, yes? And Kristy, can you make MY lunch tomorrow?




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