Four. That’s the number of months left before we send our precious daughter to kindergarten. Now, its important that I be forthcoming with you. In years past I’ve seen all of the “first day of kindergarten” posts filled with sweet words and pictures. I enjoyed the pictures and then thought, “I just don’t see myself being that sentimental when my time comes to send my oldest off to school”. I lied. To myself. I am here to tell you that I am totally going to be that parent. Its inevitable.
Something has struck me recently and that is what I want to share with you today. I have been so incredibly blessed to be a stay-at-home mom for the last four years. What this means is that for the first time in her life, other people are going to be pouring into my daughter on a daily basis more frequently than I am. When I send her to school every day, she is going to be filled with the words that others tell her and, guys, our kids are so impressionable. Couple that with the fact that I’m also told that kids even this young can be mean and I have realized that I need to speak truths into my daughter’s life and fill her up now more than ever. As a result, I started a new routine in our house. At bedtime, just before the hugs and kisses, I look at my daughter and say, “You are kind. You are smart. You are beautiful. You are God’s little girl”.
I will repeat those words every day because in a world that seems to want to tear us down, I want to build her up. I will repeat those words every day because they are truths. She is kind. She is smart. She is beautiful. But most importantly, she is HIS.
And you know what? You’re all of those things, too.
(Oh. For the fans of our little guy–he hears those words every night, too, with a few modifications. We call him handsome…and he likes to add that he’s special. He’s right. He is.)