…which was yesterday.
Because this girl was back:
And it is her senior year. And she was glowing, trailing clouds of glory from her trip and being back and being a senior and all that jazz.
And Claire had been holding her breath for that big sister to get back because she was so excited to be in high school with her:
(Let’s pretend that picture isn’t blurry because I still like it.)
Here’s a better one though:
We had put some first-day-stuff on hold to do when Grace got back…most importantly our “Father’s Blessings” that Dave gives the kids right before the first day.
We did them on Sunday and I won’t go into detail, but Dave gave me one along with my girls and that family room of ours was so filled with love and beauty (which was pretty impressive since we were fasting which normally results in a bunch of grumpiness:).
I was so grateful. For Dave, for my family, for that day.
We had our own little family testimony meeting too (which we do on Fast Sundays…talked about back HERE
), and there was just something about that Sunday that was pretty emotionally filling. Some of us were including Max and Elle in our fasts, so in a strange way it almost felt as if those two were part of this whole shin-dig too.
I love my family.
It is certainly not always lovey-dovey like it was that day, there are arguments and mean words hurled out. There are ups and downs. But that day, right there huddled in the safety of our home, our family was sacred and filled with tangible love.
Then it was on to the excitement of getting ready for that second “first day.”
…and a SENIOR:
(That’s a “12” she’s holding up…ha!)
I couldn’t help but smile to match those gigantic smiles setting off together for their adventure:
I was at the school all day long since Lucy’s Braille teacher and I were doing a little presentation on BBS for each of the 6th grade classes (more on that soon), but we got home in time enough to whip up some cookies for our second “cookie chat:”
By that time Grace had been home and off again to Savers and back because that’s the kind of thing you have to do on the first day I guess…
And we had to squish that in between a doctor appointment and a grocery stop and the regular things pulling us different ways.
I had grand plans to unveil our new 2018-2019 “school theme
” for FHE that night, but Dave and I decided to take a month to make sure we had a good handle on last year’s (back HERE
) before we do that. (Of course, “self-discipline” will never, ever be “handled” and perfected, because it’s always a work in progress, but we wanted to solidify that process before moving on.)
We did still have FHE though, and I’m including this kind of funny picture because it shows some things I want to remember: Our “super long” Twizzlers Lucy and I brought back from NYC for everyone and and had been waiting for the perfect moment. Lucy’s idea to have the card game “winner” get all those pieces in the middle for their prize (tasty all broken up like that don’t you think? 🙂 And Grace had horrible blisters from her new shoes Dave was helping her bandage up down there on the right…
…and right after that Claire, Grace and I whisked ourselves off to the mandatory student council meeting at the school since Claire is thinking she might run for something so she can have a class with Grace. And Grace had her arm around that sister of hers whispering all the awesome stuff about student council.
Just a regular run-of-the-mill night but I want to remember it. And hold all this close. Because I love it all. The good, the bad and the ugly. Fertile ground for learning right in the center of a family I love.