Like mother…like daughter

When I was little I would get so excited for school to begin.  My very first day of afternoon Kindergarten I got all ready…cute little school girl outfit and bracelets on…pictures out front and the very first of many walks down the hill to Eastern Elementary just to find out that the PM class didn’t start until the next day.  WHAT!?  I’ll be honest…I cried buckets!  “But I want to go to school today!”  The very same excitement I had for school I see in my little girl.  Today, her first day of first grade, she was grinning ear to ear and biting at the bit to get out the door and get on the bus. 

Nathan quite often calls Emalynn my chip.  “She’s just like you!”  There are many similarities I suppose.  She loves to be pretty…she thrives on learning…she’s a creature of habit, preparedness and demands structure.  However there are so many qualities about her that I don’t possess that I so admire.  She can wake up from a dead sleep with the most genuine sweetness.  This morning when her daddy woke her up and she rolled over with a smile and almost sang “Good morning Daddy!  I love you!” and then started talking non-stop about school of course.  “How come you don’t do that?” my husband asked me.  Good question!  Still working that one I’m afraid!

What I am so thankful for is that Emalynn is a good mix of her father and I.  From being happy-go-lucky in the morning (clearly not from me) to being enthusiastic about school (certainly not from her father).  God sure knows what He’s doing and He never ceases to amaze us with the amazing creation in our children.  We really have so little to do with it!

It is so weird not having her here this morning.  I know that she is going to love 1st grade and the Lord has powerfully calmed my fears and anxieties through much prayer in recent days.  I hope that if I happen to pass along the gene of fear and worry to Emalynn that I will properly teach her how to deal with it…to always give it to the Lord.  This parenting thing can be so overwhelming sometimes…thankfully we’re not alone!  We have the Lord and His Word to guide us and give us wisdom each and everyday.  If Emalynn relies on the Lord instead of herself…I’ll be proud to call her my chip…I just pray she doesn’t learn the hard way like I did.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.  Proverbs 22:6

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