While this post is almost a year old in date, I believe it’s a good read and reminder as many of our children prepare begin a new school year, some for very first time. Make special memories and enjoy this season. Have a great school year, y’all! ~ Jess
Hey, y’all! Jess here with a new Page-Turning Monday post that’s sure to warm your heart!
It’s been a flurry of excitement at our house the past few weeks. We returned home from a much-needed, uplifting and wonderful family vacation and conference of the Lord’s church, college football season has begun (Roll Tide, y’all!!), we are 6 weeks away from the birth of our third son, and our oldest son reached a new milestone-starting Kindergarten. It is so hard to believe that my oldest baby is 5 and already in school! It’s like I just blinked my eyes and my firstborn was crawling, then walking, then talking, and now he’s a Kindergartener! It is bittersweet to think he’s already this big, but I am so thankful and blessed to be on this journey and adventure in Kindergarten with him as his teacher! We have prayerfully made the decision as a family to educate our boys at home, and it has been a tremendous joy and opportunity filled with blessings thus far. Like most mamas, I did get teary-eyed on my son’s first official day of school, and took many pictures of him. Here’s one of my handsome boy getting ready to head in to school:
I promise I’m getting to the book…just bear with me!
A few nights before my son’s first day of Kindergarten, I pulled out a book from our home library that I felt was fitting of the new beginning of starting school. It’s The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.
It’s a sweet story of little Chester Raccoon who is soon to be starting school, and is faced with some anxieties about being away from home for the first time. His mother, Mrs. Raccoon, has a special secret to share with him that makes his nights at school special, and forms a special bond between mother and son that not even being apart for a time can break. I thought this would be a special book to share with my boys, and even though my oldest did not leave home as he began Kindergarten, it’s still special to help them realize and remember that as they grow, change, and begin to spread their wings that Mommy will always love them. Both of my boys loved this book, and we have been reading it the past few nights, and, of course, there have been lots of kisses!
I have seen a lot of activities to go with this book just by searching Google and Pinterest, so I would go to either one or both of these resources if you would like to make a craft to accompany this book. There were so many cute ideas that I saw!
But above all, make sure that your child knows that you love him/her. Make sure you hug and kiss your child often, tell them you love them, show them that you love them, and just spend quality time with them as often as you can. It’s true that my oldest boy has grown so fast in 5 years, and it makes my mother’s heart a little sad to know that time will only pick up speed now that school has started for him and as he gets older. Cherish each day, for they will only be this little for this day only. Tomorrow, they will be older, learn something new, and will be one step closer to leaving the nest and flying out on their own. Instill within them God’s love first of all, and your love for them as well. Kiss those little hands, mamas and daddies! Make each day special, and each day count! Enjoy your children!!
Until next time!