School is starting back and for the first time, Leah and I are also preparing for our little girl to begin kindergarten. This is a time that is often filled with such strong emotions – sadness that our kid is old enough to begin school, excitement for all the things she will get to do, worry as to how she will adjust, happiness for all the friends she will make, and then you pair all of these emotions with the COVID regulations for schools, and there are even more heightened thoughts and feelings.
Each of our families is having to make decisions for what is best for our kids.
If you are going to school – great!
If you are staying home learning virtually – great!
If you are homeschooling – great!
My prayer is that this school year will be as normal as possible and wonderful for all of our kids.
No matter what decisions you are making for your children, I know there are going to be adjustments throughout the year. What I find most incredible is that, while Leah and I have had concerns about our little girl starting school, she is full of excitement and has little, to no, concern about wearing a mask or keeping distance from others. She is just ready to be a big kid.
Our little girl’s attitude is a reminder to me of how kids look to adults to set the expectations. It’s a reminder to stay present on what is happening here and now and not be too concerned with the future. It’s a reminder to be focused on the Father.
At a time where we could be filled with uncertainty and anxiety, I am choosing to focus on the Father. I’m choosing to have a child-like faith that trusts fully in God’s goodness and faithfulness. May this school year be a year of joy and growth for all of us.