Thursday, August 14, 2008

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!!

Today is the first day of Dakota's Sophomore year of High School. I thought that I was ready for this day; yeah until it arrived. I've been thinking in my head about all the things I can get done after he started back to school, and how the house could get back in order etc., and this morning all I can think is: he's going back to school and it's going to be so quiet around here and I just want him home (and I just dropped him off!!)

Yes it is very hard for me when he goes back to school. I've just never been one of those parents that said, "I can't wait until school starts back!!" Nope, not me. I'm always the one clinging to his pant leg begging him to come back home with his mother!! Not quite, but if I could oh yeah I'd be hanging on for dear life!!!!! I guess it's because he's the only child I was able to have. (Yeah I tell myself that to, but if I had 6 kids I'd probably be the same way ~~ just the way I am ~~ a whole lot of crazy :0 )

So let me just share a couple of 1st day back pics.
Here he is on our back porch ~~ not thrilled to have to be taking pics so early,
but humoring his mother none-the-less :0)
How darling is he? This is one of the finds on our back-to-school shopping day that was so fun.
I wanted to have him try them all on one evening and take pics and post them and tell you all our great and funny stories from that day, but alas, he is a boy, and taking clothes off and putting them on all so his mother can take pics to be posted on her blog is just going to far, to far I tell you people. Yep the humoring stops there :0) !!!!!
But anyway this is what he got at Hollister. This is the first time I've let him shop there, because let's face it, it is expensive and oh so annoying to go in that store. If you are middle-aged you can't see anything it is so dark in there, so you really don't know what your buying, and by the time you get out of there you're nearly deaf. As we were standing in line to buy his clothes I'm yelling at him, just in conversation and then all the sudden the music stops, yep and I keep on with the yelling conversation ~~ it was hilarious!!
Seriously Hollister turn on the lights and turn down the music, just saying :0)
Okay so here is the VERY CUTE outfit (do they still call them outfits anymore?) we purchased at Hollister!! Too cute son ~~ TOO CUTE!!!!


So I just dropped him off at school and it was sensory overload; sensory overload I tell ya!! The principal was standing at the road (a very busy highway) directing the students, some this way some that; I was so confused. Then I asked Dakota if he wanted me to go in with him, yes I know PATHETIC, and he looked at me like I just grew a third eye; yes I am pathetic and silly, but I was holding onto his pant leg in my head people ~~ come back Koda ~~ okay I'm done :0)

So since his first day of school his Kindergarten year we have read Psalm 139. It is a very wonderful thing to read and pray with your children; no matter the age. So this morning we sat down and read this chapter and prayed. Hearing my child pray is just the best thing to a mother's heart. He prayed for boldness in his walk with the Lord and that he'd be able to stand up to his friends when that time came. He prayed that even though this would be an anxious and hectic day and that things would be all bumbly jumbly (love that, that is just truth; sometimes things are just bumbly and jumbly), that he would have a good day and be able to find all his classes in the new building and that things would go well. My heart just about burst I tell ya!! He is the sweetest kid ever!! Okay I'm done (again)!! :0)

Let me just encourage you. If you have children that are in school or just starting school, pray with them and read the Scriptures with them. Dakota and I pray every morning together before school and we try to read as well. Some mornings that is harder than others, but we do try. It has been one of the biggest blessings of my life to do this with him, and I've found out many times where his heart is at on certain things because of these prayer and study times. It is a gift, truly a gift to take everything to God in prayer, and to do that with your child ~~ priceless!!

So here we go with another school year!! Dakota will be driving on his own in a few weeks now that he is 16. He has his sites set on a medal in CC and he starts Academic Team and Speech and Debate ~~ we've hit the ground running and it's only the first day of school!!! So GREAT!!

God you are good all the time!! Your mercies are new EVERY morning; Great is Your faithfulness!! Thank you that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. Search me, O God and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Know the anxious thoughts of our children that are starting another school year and lead them Lord, lead. You are good and You are God!! Praise Your Name!! Amen


  1. I think that it so wonderful that you pray and read with Dakota every morning. I should start that tradition with my son! That is just so neat and such a good way to get your kids into the Word. I love it.

  2. Just catching up on your blog and sitting here crying my eyes out! First of all- Dakota is the CUTEST! I mean it....he is precious! (Love the outfit, too!) and second of all, AMEN about Hollister. I haven't actually been in (You are cooler than me!) but I just hate the loud music and crazy lighting!
    I read from the Bible to Connor every morning and you are right- such a blessing. Dawn- You are a role model to me and I have just been BLESSED to read this!
    Thank you for helping me be closer to Jesus, and for helping me to be a mom who helps her son know Jesus more.
    I just love you!

  3. This is such a sweet post! Really, just made me smile =)

  4. I love your encouragement about praying with your kids before school every day. I'm tucking that little bit of advice away for "someday"...

    Hope Dakota's first day of school was a great one - he sounds like an awesome teen!

  5. I hope that Dakota had a great first day at school. I hope that he realizes how blessed he is to have you for his mother! You are an inspiration to me. Thanks for this sweet post!

  6. this was a wonderful post!!!!!! i love that you have been reading 139 together for years. What a wonderful mom you are!!!!!!! i am sooooooooooo sooooooo soooooo laughing that you asked if he wanted you to come in hahahahhah that is too cute!!!!!!! we start inservice tomorrow boooooooooo. hope you had a great weekend!!!!!

  7. Fabulous post! Hope Dakota enjoyed his first day back at school - can't go wrong starting it out with a prayer!!
    Have a fabulous week.

  8. What a sweet post! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me your very sweet comment. I look forward to reading more from you.