Sunday, May 22, 2016

End of School Year Thoughts for Moms

Hey moms, we’re ALMOST done! School is almost over, and this is how I feel about it.

Just a handful of lunches still to make. (And a handful of times to unpack the returned lunchbox and see your child took one bite of the yogurt cup, two bites of the sandwich, ignored the carrots, yet devoured every last morsel of the cookie.) Just a few more days of “Mom, I need – insert some item you currently do not have – for school today.” (It’s 8:10; you leave at 8:20.) Almost done trying to fit things like a dentist appointment into an already full week. I can’t wait for the reduction in my “go to” phrases: “can I look at your school folder;” “did you do your homework;” and “we need to be out the door right now.” Don’t read me wrong, we’re all grateful for education. We love our schools and teachers, but holy hectic schedule – we all need a break.
Moms, that blessed gift is almost here.
Summer.
Sweet summer.
Reduced commitments and a slower pace, more time to pause and breathe in life and blessings and all the people we love so much. Unhurried moments to enjoy our children while they are still in our homes, these sacred years disappear so quickly. (My oldest is one school year away from middle school. How can that even be?) Space for our favorite things: swimming pools, good books, bike rides, gardens, evening bonfires, camping, road trips, leisurely morning snuggles, relaxed conversations, ice cream on the porch, and sunshine…so much sunshine.
And it’s just around the corner.
So we can do this, moms – finish strong.  Or just finish.  All roads lead to summer!

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