The end of an era

Today is Abigael’s last day of kindergarten…

I’ve been dreading this day for the past week, and as she’s brought items home each afternoon – backpack stuffed with notebooks full of drawings, her nap mat, her photo taken the first day to hang on the wall for the year – I have felt this strong strong ache…

My girl is growing up.

This feels as hard as her first birthday and her first day of kindergarten. It’s a strong heavy reminder that time doesn’t stop. It marches on and on and on. And each moment that passes is gone.

My girl is growing up.

I brought her into my arms yesterday, after school, and told her I just couldn’t believe the year was over. It started out a bit rough for her. She had never been away from me daily. She was faced with mean kids and routines. She had several mornings where she cried because she didn’t want to go to school.

But she persevered. Held her head high and made friends and stayed true to herself and her heart.

My girl is growing up.

She has gotten through her year and won hearts along the way. She has been honored, but I think the real honor is mine – this gift the Lord gave me – I have the honor of watching her grow into a lovely young lady.

My girl is growing up.

And I am so very proud of her.

(If you get a moment, please read the posts that are linked here. I love reading about her growth through the past 9 months and I’d love to share these tidbits with you)