Everyone says it will.  It does.  In a flash, it is 8am and both of my children are in “big” school for six hours.  Selfishly, I used to long for these days.  What would it be like to have six hours uninterrupted to do what I wanted to do?
 
5 Years Ago 
 
Natalie Anne started Kindergarten today and Charles started 1st Grade.  As we were walking into the school, the bagpipe player outside was playing Amazing Grace.  How fitting.  I remember the bagpipes being played at almost every big school event growing up here. 
 
First Day of School
 
Charles walked into school this morning like he owned the joint, running down the halls, handing out high fives.  Natalie Anne, just 13 months younger than Charles, has always had her brother there to lead the way.  They hugged before Charles went on to his classroom.  She walked into her classroom and seemed so at home.  She has Charles’ teacher from last year – and that is a huge gift.  As she starts in the big, new school she needed something familiar and the amazing Mrs. Crump! 
 
After the bell rang, the kids did the Pledge of Allegiance.  I had held it together UNTIL then.  My eyes welled up with tears.  I caught this precious glimpse of Natalie Anne showing me that she was ready.  She caught my eyes and ran over to me to say Momma why are you crying?  She followed it with, don’t worry – I’ll be nice today and I’ll see you at 2:30.  Remember?  Yes.  I remember and I’ll be waiting!
 
First Day of School
 

To all of the mommas who dropped off a little piece of yourself today - You made it too! We’ve had big moments leading up to this – learning to walk, learning to talk and learning to navigate this big world we live in. Going off to Kindergarten is yet one more milestone in this walk of life. There is still so much ahead of these little souls. I am thankful we made it this far and excited for the beginning of so much more. We made it! And for that, I am thankful!

My heart is filled with thankfulness today. 
 
I am thankful for the gift of being a mom.
I am thankful for all of the little moments that have prepared my children as they enter to learn.
I am thankful for the gifts of God’s grace during the last six years as we have navigated the waters of parenthood. 
I am thankful for our families who have helped to shape our kids into the people they are becoming. 
I am thankful for my mom friends who laughed, cried, cheered, prayed and helped me piece together the working mom juggle.  It truly does take a village. 
 
I am forever thankful for Smocked Auctions.  It came at a time when I needed to work and I am thankful that it has allowed me to work around the schedule of my babies so I could be there for them.
 
XOXO,
Nicole
 
 
Have you ever heard the old adage "The cobblers children have no shoes"? Notice that Natalie Anne is wearing our Pink Dot Rosemary Dress instead of one of the many Back To School smocked dresses we offered. Turns out we sent her dress out to a customer in need and forgot to save one for her! Oopsie!