first day of kindergarten.

i was up earlier than i have willingly been in years. i had no idea i would be a nervous wreck trying to manage my emotions before waking audrey for her first day of kindergarten. i didn't realize how hard it would be for me to send her off to school. even though she attended preschool last year, this year seemed different. it's hard to explain, but i felt a shift. as though she was leaving my nest and beginning a journey into the school years, apart from me and our home.

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there was a bittersweet sense of release as i watched her line up and head toward the classroom.

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it's hard to tell from the pictures, but she is wildly happy to be in kindergarten, surrounded by familiar faces in a church community she has known now for years. i am so deeply proud of her courageous independence, inquisitive mind and soulful presence. it's an honor to be her mama. 

Fall 2012.

Fall 2012.

Fall 2013.

Fall 2013.

And just for fun, here is a quick look back at Audrey on the first day of preschool.