A Letter to My Daughters: Kindergarten Week One 33


I have been thinking about this moment for a long time.  My little ones turned five.  Not only are they growing up, but they are moving on.  The first week of Kindergarten.  I know, a small step. A little growth.  It is a good beginning.   They are excited, and so am I, but I realized with this beginning, there is also an ending.

Have you noticed that beginnings and endings come together? It appears to be a bittersweet way that we get to grow.

 First week A and E

I still remember the day that my little ones were born.  I had no idea what I was in for.  I had no idea how fast they would grow.

It’s funny how when I saw them walk away for the first time, two pieces of my heart suddenly were walking outside of my body.  Those little pieces broke off of my heart, boarded the bus, and drove away with those two little girls.

First week shoes

I wouldn’t have my heart in any other place.

I usually am full of words, but as I think about my little ones, the words get stuck and the feelings just come.  Here are a few pictures that express some of the feelings of my heart:

I remember the first cry, in the hospital and the huge mass of dark hair and the little skiff of silver hair.  Two babies.  Perfect.  Beautiful.

First week A and E2 text

I remember the worry I had about breastfeeding.

I remember when my niece showed up and I worried that there was something wrong with her because she was so “huge” compared to my little ones.

First week A

I remember when my husband thought they started sleeping through the night really early, but it was 10 months! Guess who was sleeping through the night?

I remember they were always wanting to be by one another.

First week wrapped up First week chair First week baby together

I remember the sweet smell.

First week A and E1 text

And the tiny fingers.

I remember the first step.

First week surprise

The first words.

And I remember when they finally started to say “I love you, mama.”

 

And, I will always remember how they held hands as they walked down our street on the way to school.  They were so excited and had no idea how mom’s heart was stretching a little that day.

 First week walking away textFirst week walking away text

So, in honor of their first week of school, I have a few things I would like them to know. I hope they are things they never forget:

To my sweet daughters as your start kindergarten:

 

You are ready.  You’ve got this. 

You are strong, beautiful, special, kind, and smart.  

Be yourselves. That is the best you that you can be. Don’t change for your teacher, for your friends, for a boy, or for me.

You will scrape your knee, have bad days, miss class parties, and have your feelings hurt.

And, it will be o.k.

And you will learn and grow.

Beauty is not about what you wear, it is about who you are.

Play. Have fun.  Breathe deeply of the freedom of childhood.

Be nice.

Always remember that no matter where you go, you are loved. You are wanted. 

Reach out to someone who is alone.  They need a friend and you are a good one.

A hug usually makes you feel better, and mom gives great hugs.

 

And, remember, no matter where you go, mom loves you.

More than you know…

I love you forever

 I love you forever

 

Several of the above pictures were taken by my sweet sis-in-law. Thank you, Mar.

 How was your first week of school?  What do you remember most about your babies

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Elizabeth

Wife, mother of twins, speaker, and creator of Balm to My Soul.I love to write, speak, sleep, snuggle and, if I really get lucky, inspire and help others. I am clearly imperfect but determined to be a little better every day. Some days are better than others! Thanks for stopping by!
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33 thoughts on “A Letter to My Daughters: Kindergarten Week One

  • Reply
    Candace

    What a beautiful letter and tribute to your precious girls, Elizabeth! I love the adorable pictures. Watching our babies start Kindergarden is a huge milestone. It gets easier (in some ways :)). My daughter just graduated cosmetology school and went skydiving for her graduation gift. My heart has been “stretched” lately as well. Your girls will have a fantastic first year of school and many more with a loving, devoted mommy like you.

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Candace, you are always so nice! It is hard how we are always facing new ways for our hearts to grow. I guess it is a good thing. Luckily, my little ones love Kindergarten and are doing well. I wish the best of luck to your daughter. She is jumping to new heights! 🙂

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    Caroline

    Omg your pics are so incredibly beautiful!! And I love the Hello Kitty backpacks, too! You seem like you held it together extremely well… Better than I would! Thanks for sharing this sweet post <3

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Oh Caroline, thank you! They love Hello Kitty and are so excited about school. It makes my heart happy! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments!

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    Teresa

    Precious! Such beautiful photo’s of your adorable girls. Kindergarten was hard. But I found each new school transition to be just as tugging on your heart strings. You just wish the best for them always.

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Ah, Thanks Teresa. They grow up too fast, don’t they? I would like to see pictures of your Annika sometime when she was a baby. I cannot imagine how tiny she was!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thank you, Charlee. There is resemblance there. And, thank you for coming by and sharing! Have a great weekend!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks, Melanie. It was a good week. A little adjustment, but isn’t that what life is about? I just need to get used to all this change. I am terrible at adjusting and I think the Lord is trying to teach me flexibility!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks Michele. Isn’t it funny how you want them to be independent, but it is so hard? Thanks for stopping over, as always!! Love your support!

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    Alli

    What a beautiful letter to your beautiful daughters! I can just imagine them reading this when they are grown. I had tears in my eyes. It seems like yesterday when I was seeing my oldest daughter off to her first day of kindergarten and crying all the way home. They grow up so fast! All of my kids are grown and I have 4 grands and now the grands are growing up fast. It seems to have happened in the blink of an eye.

    Your girls are precious and the photos are so beautiful!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Alli, they grow so fast!! I’ll bet you love having grandkids! Sometimes I wish I could just slow time down a little!! Thanks for stopping by!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Trish, thank you! They are beautiful girls. And, thanks for your sweet comments and for dropping by!! Have a good day!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thank you Chelsea. It was an emotional week, but I am so proud at how well they are doing and how independent they are. My mommy heart is being stretched, but it is a good thing for me too! Snuggle your little ones for me!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      It was a growing week for me and for my girls!! They love school (thank goodness) and it is a good growing experience for mom as well! Thanks for stopping over!n

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    Joan Lloyd

    I am so grateful you are my daughter. You inspire so many people, including me. What can I say? God was so generously giving when he sent you to our family. You have grown so much through the years, from me serving you to you serving, giving, and helping others. Your words are inspiring and tears flood my eyes. You make me proud!