Even though I'm very much enjoying summer, Elijah is ready for it to be over. After much thought and prayer, we've decided to put Elijah in school next year. He is excited and wishes his first day was tomorrow. We've always said that concerning school we would evaluate each year, and each child, and try to make the best possible decision. We believe that Elijah will thrive in this new school setting. It's a private Classical Christian School very close to our house, but even though we're excited about many aspects of putting him in school, I still find myself nervous. I've worked hard to protect my children's childhood, letting them be young as long as possible, knowing it's gone in the blink of an eye. We've enjoyed more relaxed schedules and lots of trips to visit family. I know starting at school will change that. Elijah in school will also change the dynamic of the three kids together. They do everything together. I'm hesitant to change that, but I keep coming back to the many prayers and all had to align for this to be possible. It seems clear this is our path for the next year.
Vanessa is equally excited for school although, I'll be homeschooling her. Time with just the girls will be fun and I'm looking forward to watching Vanessa learn. I think there are times when she falls into the background and lets Elijah take center stage. Elijah loves school and likes to answer every question. Vanessa happily lets him answer. Her responses are slower and she never wants Elijah to see her fail. She looks up to him so much and strives to please him. They learn different from each other and I think she'll benefit from some undivided attention.
(days later I am back to writing. i'm determined to blog and keep our memories, but i'm learning that means days to finish one blog post and i'm fine with it. i would rather the children have something, than nothing.)
Caleb is back and all is right in the world again. His trip was wonderful, but nothing compares to seeing how excited the children where to see him. I thought Amelia might explode she was so happy. She is very expressive and we have a blast watching her excitement.
We got chickens and the children are in heaven with their very own pets. They're surprising me with how well they take care of them. I've wondered if chickens can die from too much love though. It reminds me of how I talked to them about giving love to babies..."gentle. remember, they're little, softer. gentle!" Elijah is living out his dream of living on a farm. I'm not sure how long four little chickens will satisfy him, but it is for now. They each named their chicken. Elijah named his, Blackie Pawkin, Vanessa's is Cinderella, affectionately called, Cinderellie, Amelia's is Belle, and they picked one out for me too, and it's name is Ruby.