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.
there was a bittersweet sense of release as i watched her line up and head toward the classroom.
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.
And just for fun, here is a quick look back at Audrey on the first day of preschool.