Today was a new school year at the Campbell house, and of course we had a lot of "new" things. We all had new haircuts, new shoes, new clothes, new pencils...... at least the boys did. What was completely new was that we left from a new house to a new school. It felt so strange to travel a different way.
For the first time ever, the boys were not with Jamie at school. We made the decision to move them to Charles Russell this year. They had such a wonderful day....just as I knew they would. I don't think that Jamie loved it as much. Not that you see your kids a lot during the school day even if you are a tacher. However, it is such a comfort to know they aren't far away.
Thinking about all these new firsts and my kids growing up got me a little sappy. So, last night as I was getting ready for bed, I was getting ready to complain about summer being too short and not wanting to go back to school. I was thinking of all the things I hoped to accomplish and didn't. I was thinking about all the missed opportunities and felt a little pitiful. That lasted all of 2 minutes.
As I scrolled through facebook, I saw a post from a girl I went to high school with. Her daughter passed away last year. She made a comment that it felt so strange to only get one child ready to start school. It nearly broke my heart to think about all those missed milestones.
So, I decided to instead remember my blessings......
Yes, it nearly cost a fortune to buy school supplies, clothes, haircuts etc. for 3 growing boys, but I'm blessed with the money to do it.
Yes, I had to leave Hannah all day, but I'm blessed with 2 grandparents that love her and spoil her that keep her while I work.
Yes, my boys are in the 4th grade this year and time does seem to be speeding by, but I'm blessed to be able to take all 3 of my healthy boys to school this year.
Yes, I was disappointed that Jamie didn't get a job as a principal this summer, but he is blessed with a job where he is impacting the lives of kiddos each day.
Yes, I hate waking up early and would love to be in my pajamas at 10 AM, but I'm blessed that I have a job that I love and friends at work that I enjoy! I just wish it was around 11AM :)
Bittersweet blessings? Maybe just BLESSINGS!