Today is the first day of school. The first day to start on a Tuesday EVER for our children, but it wouldn't matter what day they were starting - none of them were ready! Ha ha! Zachary is a SENIOR! Jacob is a Sophomore. Tyler begins Middle School (Jr. High) as a 6th grader. Unbelievable to not have anyone in elementary! But, I'm still doing Elementary PTO, so I get my "elementary" fix :).
Zachary is excited about their new FFA Broadcasting Studio at the school. Now, along with being able to stream football games and stock shows online, they will also be able to host interviews and various segments for a show! Pretty exciting for a small town!
Sixth grade is an odd year. It's in the middle school, but they play elementary sports/activities. It's kind of awkward, to me. I'm always excited when they get into the JH level of sports. It's just fun!
I'll post about our college girl next week, after she moves in.
And now for a traditional poem that I usually post the day before school starts, but waited until now. I wrote this in 2010, but it always helps me to read it each year as the kids start to school.
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE SCHOOL STARTED
'Twas the night before school started and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse (thankfully).
The backpacks were hung on the laundry room hooks,
They would soon be loaded down with papers and books.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of homework danced in their heads.
And Dad in the bedroom had just begun snoring,
And I was still cooking and might be 'til morning.
When out of a bedroom I heard such a clatter,
I sprang down the hallway to see what was the matter.
Away to the bedroom I made a mad dash,
And opened the door, my toe I did smash.
The night light plugged in shone brightly in the night,
One of the children had yelled out in a fright.
When what to my wondering ears did I hear,
But children exclaiming, “It's finally here!”
With a kiss and a hug I calmed down their spirits,
And told them I loved them – they needed to hear it.
More rapid than TIGERS, the prayers for them came,
And I spoke to God softly and called them by name.
Be with Lauren and Zachary, Jacob and Tyler,
And guide them all safely - my prayers lifted higher.
To the kitchen I then wandered all calm and sincere,
That God would be with them throughout the school year.
I rushed through the cooking and baking with ease,
And got to bed early – I was certainly pleased.
But before my tired eyelids ever closed for the night,
I prayed for my children one more time – it seemed right.
In the morning they'll awaken, mixed emotions galore,
I'll miss them and think of them and pray for them more.
But I won't need to worry for my Father knows best,
That He is still with them when they're out of the nest.
Written by Lori Waugh
August 18, 2010