the 1st day

Rachel did great. She was excited about going to school. She has been looking forward to it for a year. I’ve been dreading this day for four years. I know kids need to grow up, but as a daddy, there is a place deep in my heart that hurts a little today. It must be the same place that will hurts when your daughter goes out on her first date, goes to prom, leaves for college, and walks down the aisle.

Ugh! It is hard on dad’s heart letting your little one grow up. So, we must pray through it. Last night I prayed that Rachel would be like Jesus at school. She really reflects him better than I do. I prayed that she would be wise, loving and kind. This morning on the way back from the gym, I prayed that God would surround her with His protection, that all her classmates and all the students would have a safe, good school year. I prayed for all the teachers.

Pre-K is the beginning of a long journey, and as a parent the best we can do is prepare them the best we can, and love them unendingly and let them grow up.

Kenzie, our two year old, had a hard time with her sister leaving today. She has asked a bunch where Rachel is. It will take some time to get used to such a big change.

So, as a first timer, I hope to encourage other first timers as well. Hang in there, be strong. They will be fine. And so will you.

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About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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