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)



  1. carrie*postma says

    karla, Sweets. My Skittle has only one week left of kindergarten, so I completely get what you are feeling. We are truly blessed to have these precious children in our care.

  2. Good work, Abigael! The end of the school year is so bittersweet, isn’t it?

  3. Anonymous says

    Oh my goodness…how sweet! You are a good mommy to your baby girl! Thank you Jesus!

  4. Oh! I loved reading back through the links. The one when you all prayed for her and her classmates and the next day she said, “it worked!” brought tears to my eyes.

    My Bunny just finished her first year of preschool and I was a wreck! I can’t imagine how I’ll feel when it’s KG! Thank you for sharing.

  5. The Flip Flop Mamma! says

    Awww, it is sad that they have to grow up! How come the little years are so few and the big kid years are forever???? I think they should stay babies for at least 3 years!! haha.

  6. Big Mama says

    It’s so bittersweet to watch them grow, isn’t it? Great post.

  7. They grow up way too fast! I just potty trained my oldest (2.5 yrs)this week and I am actually a little sad. I feel like he aged another 2 years now that he is in big boy pants! God gives them to us as little people for such a short time, we have to enjoy every second or its gone!

  8. Anonymous says

    Miss No Nappin Porter,
    I can not believe that you are now a First Grader!!!!
    Miss Patti

  9. Congratulations to your sweet girl and a big hug for you. Sometimes these milestones are hard on us moms, but a new wonderful stage is coming for you to go through with her.

  10. My “little boy” graduated high school last night. I cannot, CANNOT believe how fast time flies as they grow. I remember his kindergarten like it was yesterday. You are doing well to document all the sweet growing “spots and stages” your girl goes through. Sweet post.

  11. Yep. First grade is almost as much of a show stopper as that first day of kindergarten was. Not quite, though. I remember going to work that day, sobbing, and unable to explain to anyone how difficult it was to leave my baby at that school.

    I hoped I’d never feel like that again but I already know I’m going to go through all the same emotions when Cameron starts kindergarten.

    Such a milestone for you and for her.

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