Caleb started Prep (kindergarten.) For the first time in 13 years, I am home alone. Six hours of peace and quiet. Please, do not ask me what I'm going to do with my time. In case you didn't notice, there are still 24 hours in the day, and I still have meals to cook and laundry to do. Sure, someday maybe I'll go back to teaching science, but for now, I'll just keep doing what I've been doing - without children. Maybe I'll actually get something done for once.
So, there's an echo in the house. I turned the TV on so that it wouldn't be so shockingly quiet here.
I love all of my children, but I'm particularly noticing Caleb's absence. I've found that the best gifts are the ones you never ask for. I think God knew we just needed him in our family. He made it whole. I already had 4 small children at home, my oldest being only 7 when Caleb was born. Personal space and sleep were both in short supply. So, when I heard a sister in Relief Society talking about how she missed waking up with her new born, and those quiet moments when it is just the two of you in a rocking chair, I thought she was crazy. I swore I would never feel that way. Caleb is the snuggliest child we've had yet. I earned him. He leans in. He has been holding hands from the moment he could hold hands. He practically pulled Shon's pinkie finger off from holding onto it constantly. He would (and still does) walk up and take my hand and just rub it on his cheek or put it on top of his head. Even now, when we tuck him in bed, he will call several times for us to come back and give him one more hug and kiss. How could I say no to that? So, I know what that lady in Relief Society was saying. Now he is gone during the day, off playing with his "mates" and I miss his little hand.
|Phone picture on the way into school. Who is holding onto whom?|
|Here's a blast from the past. The kids 4 years ago.|
Sorry, I didn't mean to get all drippy and sentimental on y'all.
Back to school shopping is very different here than what I grew up with. Really, I only have to buy a couple uniforms for each of the kids. The kids haven't even grown out of their uniforms yet, so I only had to get new shoes and some socks. Caleb needed a couple sets of his uniform, a hat, a backpack, a set of long socks, and some navy blue sandals. Thank you, Keen, for making comfortable, cute, durable sandals that happen to come in navy blue!
|Bryce goes to school a bit early, so he's on his own for his back to school photo.|