Friday, August 19, 2016

Henry Thomas does Pre-K4

 "What's that say mommy?"  
 It says my baby boy is now a full fledged preschooler.  The real mccoy.
 We spent a lot of time praying about school this year.  I would love for my kiddos to grow up with the same group of school friends over the years.  For us that meant finding the right fit for our family and starting Henry out in preschool to see how we like it and hopefully continue through grade school.  Our town is filled with many wonderful choices but our final choice fell with Trinity Christian Academy.  A small school who's sweet family feel and impressive academics one us over.  They approach learning with a God centered classical Christian education.  Once we learned more about all that classical Christian approach we new that it was right for our family.  The icing on the cake has been the love for this school that can be found in every single parent we talk.  "You will fall in love!'  "We couldn't be happier!"  "They are like family!"   Statements like these are abundant and it is such a comforting feeling.
It has been so refreshing to have a principal pray before meeting to talk with us about Henry.  To know his teacher is praying for him and his classmates and that everything he learns will be tied back into the Bible.  
I think Henry could feel our peace and prayers with this decision because he took that first day of school like a champ.  Our little boy who is usually reserved and shy in new situations practically skipped into the new building as he exclaimed "I think preschool here is going to be awesome!"  What a wonderful God smile that was to hear for a mama's heart.
 We think Henry Thomas hung the moon and we hope he always continues to reach for it.  We hope this preschool year sets the stage for a wonderful foundation on his future learning at Trinity.
Drop off went amazing.  He put away his supplies in his cubby including his new Avengers lunch box that he was sooooo excited about.  After observing the room for a minute he went straight into building with blocks and it was all smiles from there.  

He gave us hugs and said "ohhh I love you, I'm gonna miss you today."  We slowly backed away, waved, and watched as he happily settled into his new classroom.  
I thought about him all day, wondered what he was doing, and prayed he was feeling happy and secure.  Mallie Lynn and I anxiously awaited picking him up in car line.  As cars began to move I announced to her we were about to see Henry to which she loudly exclaimed "oh wow!", and caused me to burst into laughter.  He was all smiles getting into the car, buckled himself up and off we went.
I continued my mama's first day of school tradition with warm chocolate chip cookies waiting for him when he walked in the door.   He ate them happily as he had a little time to decompress.  This boy was tired!
 In some ways it is hard to believe he's such a big boy, especially when I reminisce with pictures.  I miss my little baby boy, my toddly cuddly boy, but I also love my big boy.  I love having conversations with him, I love the way he makes me laugh.  I love his goofy personality and his bright and inquisitive mind.  I'm thankful he's been ours for 4.5 years and that I am getting to experience sending him to school.  What a blessing.
Speaking of goofy......
 How was your first day Henry?
 "Wait, wait, make sure you get my good side here!"  
Where does he come up with this stuff!?!?!
Of course, Mallie Lynn and I will argue till we are blue in the face over who missed him the most.    Throughout the day she would randomly look around and say "Whe Henny go?"  Seven years from now I will be glad I have a picture to prove that yes, Henry you missed your sister too.  
first day pre-K2
first day pre - K3

first day pre - K4
The top of that door just keeps getting closer.  Thankful for this time, even if it does fly.

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