Thursday, June 19, 2014

Last Day of Kindergarten

Today is Sarah's last day of Kindergarten. She doesn't seem to be fazed by it, but for me this is a huge milestone. As I write this I have a huge lump in my throat and feel tears coming on.

Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled and happy to see my daughter grow and thrive. It has been so much fun watching her learn to read and write sentences, and achieve in more ways than I could have ever imagined. But, knowing that I will not be going through this again makes it hard and I just want to hold on to this feeling just a little while longer.

I never really affected by school ending for Sarah in the past as her summer program was at her preschool and she was staying in the same place. For her it didn't seem different as the people were the same too.

This year is different. I feel it alright.

There have been so many new firsts for Sarah, and Daniel and I as her parents. Not only did she start a new school for Kindergarten, but now Sarah will be going to camp with her school friends for a true camp experience.

This is a BIG DEAL!!! This is all indeed A BIG DEAL!!!

I am just so glad that I followed an idea that a friend of my had with getting the Dr. Seuss Book, Oh the Places You'll Go and having Sarah's teachers signing it since preschool, with the plans for us to give it to her when she graduates High School...as a personal year book.

Oh the places that Sarah will go is skies the limit. I am just so proud of her and we have such a great canvas in her to work with. She is so loving and compassionate yet nutty and rambunctious. She keeps Daniel and I on our toes.

I look forward to all the future adventures we will have together with Sarah and the journeys she will experience on her own. Watching her grow up and being her mom has been my life's greatest pleasure. The reward for me is being her parent and having the opportunity to experience life through her eyes. Oh the joys, and sometimes sorrows, we experience together I wouldn't change for the world.

This next chapter in our lives, in Sarah's life, will be exciting and amazing and challenging. I look forward to each step we take together as a family and as we watch her flourish and develop into her own.

This year of school done
Kindergarten is no more
Ready for first grade

She is growing up
My baby is a big girl
Learning and soaring

So proud of Sarah
She's my life's greatest reward
Watching her grow up

Letting her go free
So very hard to let go
watching her flourish

School's out, summer's here
Together time will be fun
Rest before school year

My baby is growing up and my heart hurts, but in a good way. I love who she is and who she is becoming.  My life is complete because she's in it. Being her mom, and being a parent, have been so rewarding, challenging, educational and amazing all rolled into one.

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