Tomorrow is Isaac's first day of first grade! Tomorrow Asher starts his first day of preschool! It's a big night in the Littleton household. I was going to write a sentimental blog, but it's 11:30pm and I have to wake up at 6am to get myself ready and lunch ready for my first grader who has to be out the door by 7:15am.
Instead of a sentimental blog, I'll just remind you of my feelings from this time last year. Believe it or not, kindergarten did rock my world a little bit. I have a feeling that two boys in school will do the same. I don't know why I'm nervous about Isaac being gone all day. I'm nervous about his new teacher and if she'll be a good one. She's pregnant, so Isaac will probably have a substitute for a semester or more. I'm nervous about Isaac eating lunch at school. Will he give away all of his healthy food and exchange it for sweets? Will he not eat anything and toss it all in the trash? Will he be jealous of those who get to buy their lunch?
Speaking of eating at school, Asher gets to eat a snack when he's at preschool, but he'll have to have his own because he is intolerant to dairy and soy (and those two ingredients are in everything!). Will he be jealous of the snack the other kids are getting? Will his teacher give me a fair warning anytime a special treat is being served so I can bring Asher a comparable treat?
I don't know why food is such a big issue with me. But I'm not the only one. Maybe it's just the one thing I have to worry about this year and I'm taking it and running with it… Either way, I'll calm my spirit and say one last prayer before I go to bed and the whirlwind of the school year starts.
God, may this year be a huge year for both of my boys. May Isaac love his teacher and may he learn as much as his bright mind can handle. Give her wisdom as she embarks on a new journey with new students. Give her patience as her hormones are changing with the growing baby inside of her. Give her health and peace as she prepares our students and herself for the next steps in these journeys. Protect Isaac from the things boys learn on the playground. May he grow in body and wisdom and maturity, but please protect his innocence. Give him the strength to stand up for what is right and to be a light to those around him. Calm his nerves and calm his body. My boy has SO much energy. May he learn: when to speak and when to be silent, when to move and when to be still, when to lead and when to follow. Bless him and help him to bless those around him.
May Asher have a great year in preschool. May he learn more about You and more about life. May it begin a lifelong love of learning. May he grow into a great friend to all his classmates. Please give Asher one sound and close friend that he can lean on. Give his teachers wisdom and patience, peace and strength as they go into another year with a bunch of squirrelly four-year-olds. Teach Asher how to do what is right when everyone else is doing what is wrong. May he be Your light to all he greets. Bless him and help him to bless those around him.
Thank you for blessing me with these sweet, smart, beautiful boys. Give me wisdom as Randall and I are their ultimate teachers. Give us patience and soft hearts that are slow to anger and quick to forgive. And give us peace as time continues to move and there's nothing we can do to make it stand still.