Today, my family stepped into another school year.
For Lori, that meant another class of wonderful young fives, who will challenge her, tax her, love her and whom she will love with all her heart.
For Chris, it means a VERY busy class-load as he tries to finish at Grace this year.
Bekah continues her time @ Disney, hoping to be hired on there after her College Program is done.
For Tim, it's another semester at KVCC as he tries to narrow his field of study to exactly what he was 'designed' to do.
For Abby, it's her Senior Year! A lot of 'last times' coming up in this wonderful experience.
Rachel is returning to High School as a sophomore--no longer the new girl/freshman who was intimidated and shy, I'm sure she's going to enjoy this year.
Emily is in her 8th grade year--her Last Year @ Paramount (and our last child there).
LOTS of challenges ahead...LOTS of good, exciting times.
For me, I love the Autumn season in Michigan, and I look forward to the schedule and the routine.
Yet...there's a bittersweet-ness to the beginning of another school year.
Why is that? Why would I sit here a little melancholy on a day that is this exciting?
I'm sure part of it is because the summer's over, and we didn't get away as much as we would have liked, but I think it's more. I think it's because this reminds me again how quickly life is moving on, and how much is changing.
Chris will graduate this year, and will be seeking employment. Only the Lord knows where that will lead him.
Bekah will stay in Florida, enroll in school, and quite probably will not be back.
Tim is planning on moving out with a friend within the month.
Abby will graduate this year and begin moving on with her life.
Rachel will be another year closer to doing the same, and
Emily will graduate from Paramount and be a High School student!
Even for our family, time is marching onward.
So what should we do--try to slow things down? Try to keep the kids @ home?
No! God has wired them to impact this world in their own way, and we are excited to see where the Lord leads!
Rather, we simply need to enjoy every minute... To LOVE each other in spoken and demonstrated ways every day... To savor the memories and experiences we have together... To thank the Lord and worship Him for who He is and all He's done.
These are the things that give LIFE to our days.
So, let's not simply let the time go by, rather let LOVE give Meaning to this Time!
I keep coming back to Psalm 90:12 "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom".
Teach us to recognize that our days are limited...we don't know how many we have. So, let's use the Lord's wisdom to live them out for His glory--prioritizing Him 1st, then family, then others.
I intend to squeeze every last drop out of the coming year, and to enjoy it all.
I hope You can do that too!
May God bless you and your family!