Tuesday, September 14, 2010

First Day of Preschool

Last Thursday was Gracie's first day of preschool at her new school. Last year, she went to our church preschool. I decided to change schools because our church is about 20 minutes away by freeway and her new school is literally 5 minutes from us. I kept worrying that we were going to have the "big" one (earthquake) and I wouldn't be able to reach her quickly. It was a difficult decision but the right one as she really likes her new school and since it's a public one, I am hoping that she will go to kindergarten there next year and be with the same group of children. On her first day though, when I asked Gracie how her new school was, she said great but they didn't go to church!

Gracie's first day was very emotional for me. I kept thinking about how my baby is growing up and next year, she will be off to full-day kindergarten. I still have my little guy at home to which I am grateful for but then my mind started wandering (gee, is never does that) and I thought that pretty soon, he will be off to school too! I was also emotional because there was a little Vietnamese boy in Gracie's classroom that kept crying and crying. His parents where nowhere to be seen. The teacher then asked one of the other parents if they spoke Vietnamese because this little boy did not understand or speak any English. It was so very sad and I said a prayer for him. I could not imagine how scared he must have been.

Walking into Gracie's classroom every day has really made me miss teaching too. I miss seeing the excitement on the kid's faces when they learn a new song, the lightbulb that goes off when they are first learning to read or the big hugs they used to give me by wrapping their little arms around my legs. But you know what? I get to be a mom and watch my children grow everyday and when my kids wrap their little arms around my legs and Gracie tells me that she loves me, I know I am exactly where I am supposed to be, at home with Gracie and Kyle.

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Angela said...

Sweet pictures! Our girls are growing so fast! Hope Gracie has a wonderful year of preschool. :-)

Karen said...

Making me cry here - it is so awesome to see Gracie getting so big - and I love that she misses going to church at her new school

Kimberly and Ed said...

What a special and memorable day. Love the pictures of Gracie!

Mom of Three said...

She looks so happy! It is sad and goes too fast, but at least you have another year.