But there are moments that you realize just how fast the years go by.
I confess for a few years, I have been waiting for TODAY. The day I drop my three children off at the same school. And they stay there all day. This is my one glorious year with all three at the same school. It will never happen again.
Lilybug was ever-so-ready for Kindergarten and very excited to be at the same school with her sisters. She was a baby when Miss Rose started there, so she is familiar and very comfortable at the school.
As we corralled the children outside for a picture before piling in the minivan, with the backdrop of our house, I was struck by so many emotions.
Grateful that God has blessed us with a wonderful home of our own, in a community we love and a school our children are thriving in.
Nostalgic because the same year we moved into this house, Miss Rose started Kindergarten, Gracie was a toddler and Lilybug was an infant. Every morning I had an internal debate as to whether I should a) pull out the double stroller, b) wear a baby and push a single stroller or c) attempt to have Gracie walk when we took Miss Rose in. I got a lot of sympathy smiles and "you sure have your hands full" comments. But I soaked it all in and truly loved it, even in the most frazzling of moments.
And now my first baby is in her last year of elementary school.
And when Gracie started Kindergarten two years ago, Lily was so lonely and beside herself because having her sister as a playmate was all she had known.
And now it's my last baby's first day of school. She seems more grown up today.
The last 5-and-a-half years have almost been a whirlwind. We bought a house, renovated it and added a granny flat for my parents to live in. We actually bought the house together just for that purpose. Lily was born 3 days after we moved in. Two years ago I resigned from the church and started nursing school.
And now here we are--Lily is in kindergarten and I am done with nursing school and hopefully not too far from passing my R.N. exam and getting an R.N. job.
Oh how the years go by.