The kids and I made a trip to Walmart today, just like we've done a thousand times before. But today, I realized that this would be our last one before Guy goes to school, so I snapped another picture as we left the store. (I can't get enough of those grocery cart photos! ;)
Who would have thought that I'd make such wonderful memories while grocery-shopping with my kids? Or that I'd enjoy that time with them so much that I'd forever hate going alone! These are my three amigos...my entourage. I rarely go anywhere without them.
Even my husband asked me last night what I was crying about. I told him that I am just mourning the end of an era. Some of these tears are sad, but mostly they are happy. They pay tribute to the 6 years that I have had alone with my babies...time that we have had to learn and grow and play together without very many interruptions from the world. That is a blessing that few women are able to experience. And I cry happy, thankful tears that I have.
I am not sad that Guy is going to school, although I will miss him! I do not fear what awaits him, although I know from experience that life in general can be treacherous. I do not fear because, Guy has been prepared to make good decisions and to explore and learn and care for others. I can send him off with confidence, because I have, long ago, received my own personal answers about these next steps in our life together. The answers were clear and undeniable and I recorded them clearly so that I could reference them as school approached.
I love that the Lord cares enough about his children to answer even our most menial questions...but something tells me that questions of a mother about her child actually take high priority with God. And I am thankful for that too.
It's back-to-school blessing time tonight at FHE...(Oh, and if you are wondering about the blog title on this post, we got caught in the rain last week, and I've had that song stuck in my head ever since. I am convinced that there needs to be a mommy-version of that song to describe our every day moments!)
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I had these wallet-sized copies of our most recent family snapshot printed up at Walmart today...It only cost 68 cents for two of them, and I added the word "Always" to the bottom using their printing kiosk. I plan to laminate them and attach them to the kids' backpacks where only they can see them...just as a little reminder that we love each other and that we are a forever family.