Thursday, August 25, 2011

I love the smell of bus exhaust!

Luke and Ty started the school year today at our town's brand-spanking new school, Morgan Elementary. They sported all the new necessities: backpacks, pencil cases and lunch boxes. AND they rode a school bus for the very first time. (A very big deal.)

Luke is in Third Grade with the energetic and charismatic Mrs. Drummond.

And Ty is in Mrs. Coates's First Grade.

Two of many indicators that Ty is going to have a great year: Mrs. Coates's first name is "Bunny"......AND the principal's son is also on the roster.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I love the smell of freshly-waxed dorm floors!

After a long summer of eager anticipation and numerous trips to Bed, Bath & Beyond, Brant moved in for his freshman year at Wake Forest. After unloading his gear, making his bed and oh, about another ten minutes getting settled, he was obviously very much at home on campus. He hugged me and waved goodbye with nary a flinch nor a tear.
Just like I knew he would.
Confidence has never been an issue for Brant.

Me?? I'll save all that for another post, another time. Oh, I'm fine to be sure. I know that I don't have any right to whine given Brant is only twenty minutes up the road. It's all good. He's close by. I get that. But it's still hard to have your first-born move off to college.
I just keep repeating the parenting goal Drew and I set back in August of 1993 when Brant was born. Our goal and our constant prayer, really, was that God would have Brant grow to be brave and strong and independent enough to go to move away from home to study and learn and live on his own.

Well, goal met. And I am thankful to my faithful God.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I love the smell of new shoes....

Will and Jay both went back to school today. Jay was decked out in new stuff head-to-toe; Will's entire outfit came from Goodwill and cost $5.
(Teenagers, right?)

This year Will is a junior in high school studying cello at the School of the Arts. Incredibly hard for me to believe that we'll be touring colleges with him this fall. I think because of Brant's recent college search, Will is even more motivated to find just the right place.
I'm just trying not to think about it.

Jay is in 8th grade back at Calvary. He's fairly-well convinced that he's God's gift to the Calvary ladies. I continually remind him that he has other more worthwhile gifts to pursue.

Please pray with me that Will and Babe will study hard, choose good friends and be good friends....that they will steer clear of trouble and make the right choices....that they will glorify God in every thing that they do, whether it's in the classroom, on the concert stage
or from behind home plate.

Thursday, August 4, 2011