Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Preschool Orientation: It rocked.

Our calendar this week has been mostly clear. Intentionally, I've been wanting to spend these last days before preschool starts, living out the rest of our summer in the most laid back and spontaneous way possible. This morning, I asked Judah what he'd like to do today and he responded with "let's go to the playground!". So, after a few chores and packing a picnic, we headed out.

I cheered for them as they slid down the slides and ran around without a care in the world. As I sipped my decaf americano with a shot of pumpkin spice, I was fully aware that soon.....very soon, we won't be able to just do whatever we want on most mornings. 
After the kids ran all of their energy out, we found a nice spot to picnic together. Part of me felt like we should invite friends to join us but, honestly, I feel selfish with our time during these last few days before the new routine begins. 

When we got home, the kids both went down for naps and easily fell asleep. See, that's another perk of playing hard all morning! While they rested, I dove head first into the paperwork that I need to turn into his preschool. The immunization form was easy and so, was most of the "About your child" sheet. 

But then, there it was. At the end of the form, it said "If there is anything else that you'd like to tell us about your child, please write it on the back." This is where I got the lump in my throat. I wanted to write in big, capitol letters, that would fill up the entire page "He's Perfect!", "He's my first born and one of my biggest blessings, ever!"Nothing that I can write can describe him and if you're not a mom, I'm sorry but, you don't get it. 

One day, God decided to make me a Mom and He dreamed up Judah. He knew that this boy would challenge me in ways that I've never been challenged. He knew that this boy would grow me in ways that no one else could. He knew that I'd love him so much that my heart would ache. Simple things like his red curly hair and his freckles were custom designed by his creator and if I do say so myself, our creator did a mighty fine job. God knew that some days, I would feel like I was going to loose my mind and that the next day, I would be swept away with the unconditional love that a Mother has for her child.

If you're a mommy, you know what I mean. Those children of yours, they were made just for you. You didn't just get pregnant with some random baby that needed to come and be on this earth. No, you became pregnant with a child that specifically you were supposed to mother. 

The back of my "about your child" page is blank because even though he is pretty amazing, he is definitely not perfect. And you know what? I think it's really hard to fill out one of those forms where you're forced to describe your child in a couple of sentences.

So, tonight we went to his preschool orientation and it totally rocked. He walked up to his new teacher, said hello and shook her hand. He found his name on the table and colored a special picture. He explored the playground for the first time and had a blast.
Sigh. It went really well.
After the orientation, just Daddy, Judah and I went to dinner. When Daddy asked Judah what the best part of his dinner is, he said "spending time with YOU!". It was beyond precious.
My happy, silly boy. 
As I sat there, watching him eat his quesadilla, I wanted to capture the entire moment and lock it up in a jar. I guess that's why I write......Those of us that love to write are writing to taste life twice. 



  1. This whole post made me smile. Eric and I periodically do something together with just one of the kids at a time because it has such an impact on them to be the center of attention and not have to compete. It has always happened on orientation nights and it's so special. So glad you were able to make the time so awesome for the three of you!

    1. How fun that you guys also use the orientation night for a special date with your child. I just loved it! And can I say that going out to dinner with only one child is actually relaxing??? :)

  2. Loved reading this post! You are so right about our children being made just for us. Sometimes, I stare at Cade and my heart aches with love like you described about Judah. What a blessing we have to be mommies! So glad he loved his preschool orientation!


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