first grade

Rylie Joy!

Today is the beginning of first grade. All day, every day. BIG TIME STUFF, KID. Big time.
Maine, 2013

This summer? This summer you went camping in Michigan, New Hampshire, and Maine. You visited Pittsburgh and Cleveland for 2 weeks, you went to the zoo with Mrs. B, and you got to ride a beautiful old train to Marne and Coopersville. This summer you had speech therapy 3 times a week, and it shows. Your language is coming. New words. New syllables. New attempts at new words and new syllables. Talk, talk, talk all the time. You lost your 8th tooth, you grew blackberries, you touched snakes and crabs and turtles, and you did the playground zip line BY YOUR SELF. We can’t keep up with you!


You are SO ready for first grade. Mrs. Jen will be waiting for you, like always, when you get off the bus to walk with you to your new classroom. Remember? We practiced this last week… and you insisted that I walk behind you. All 48 pounds of you is rather, ahem, sure of yourself and I say CARRY ON. Bring it.


I always worry, Ry. I always do. What if we forgot something? What if we chose the wrong thing? What if you cry before school? What if your teacher is having a bad day? What if, what if, what if? But here is the Truth: no teacher, no aide, no parent, no therapist, and no sunshiny day is going to change your life. Christ and Christ alone will do that, Sweet Girl… and He works through anyONE and anyTHING to make it happen. Watch out. No math or tangled hair or speech impediment or tired mom can stand in His way.


In the midst of the crazy that is your life and your family and your teachers and your friends- He will find you. And He will see you through.

You’re fabulous, Ry.

Have a great day.

Love, Mom

1st day


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TexasNorth is a little farm in Western Michigan. It's home to 5 chickens, 25 longhorn cattle, a coonhound (Banjo), 1 barn cat, a husband, and 3 ridiculously funny children. The mom of this zoo has been known to mow the lawn in a skirt and roast marshmallows after dark. View all posts by texasnorth

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