8/16/12

My Sunshine

My sisters will all attest to my ridiculously sentimental side...they have seen it take shape in many forms. So how appropriate would a "leaving for Kindergarten" post be? Very.

Oh, my love...these are some of my favorite pictures of you. When did you grow up? Sometimes I still think of you this way. I want to put 347 of your baby pictures up in that post, but I'll suffice with about 30.






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I've thought about it all year and cried about it often...As I look back, every ounce of me loved you in every way I could. I am so thankful that I could be with you at every moment, to wipe each tear, hear every giggle and listen to each story. I had the privilege of being by your side as you discovered the world. Most especially, I loved sharing stories about Jesus and Mary and their love for you and see you try to do acts of kindness here at home. So I send you off...your childhood has brought so much happiness to my life.



I have relished every little conversation between you and Christiana and listening to your hours of playtime as you make up games with donkeys, little pig, cars, and trains.  I've savored each morning and afternoon full of baseball, basketball, and soccer.







The friendship between you and Christiana has grown deep and is my favorite thing to witness each day. You often ask if you can talk at night after we put you to sleep and you will tell each other stories or make up jokes just to make each other laugh.





You wake each other up and will always wait on the other to go anywhere. Christiana has developed a love for cars, trains, and fishing while you discovered you can enjoy coloring and dancing, each because of the other. I will always find you side by side and rarely do you fight. God blessed you with the gift of each other's friendship, the hardest part about you leaving for Kindergarten, is that she is loosing her best friend.


 So our little family life together will change, as life often does.
The upside is that Avila and Christiana will begin a new chapter together (when Avila grows out of her yelling and "I hate the world" phase)

I will especially miss all your little thoughts and musings throughout the day. Some of them lately:

"I'll be as quiet as a stone in church mom."
and
"It smells like Gaber, like yarn and honey."
and
"Mom, I just love you as big as the earth, I love you just too much."

Special Breakfast..."Mom, you're going to miss all the fun at school"

My heart aches to say goodbye, but I am excited for you. Nicholas, you are such a joy to my day. Like your father, you are always happy and in a good mood, quick to help if I ask. You try so hard to please us and are so full of goodness. You are my sunshine.

I told him to smile for a picture and he told me to wait because he needed to put his hands in his pockets.

You were so incredibly excited to start school and made it easier to send you! "Mom, going to school is more fun than staying at home."  Whelp...that made things so clear. So much for my sentiments...good to know he will be thriving ;)

Andrew wanted to walk him to school and wants to do so every morning.

I starred on the porch..shaking my head...it almost didn't seem real.


Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch....
It was very quiet...I walked with a heavy heart, his little chatter was missing, but I was happy knowing he was having a ball.


Christiana received a "First Day without Nicholas Gift" ...


She painted ALL DAY and I don't think noticed too much he was gone, but did ask when he was coming back.


Somebody....else found a perfect little niche for her fat squatty body. She contentedly emptied out the contents of the diaper drawer and proceeded to empty out the wipes.

She also blew out of her diaper down the legs and all....twice. Nice teething phase.



What a day...side note: It was Andrew's 33rd birthday today! That's a whole other post. And so we start again tomorrow.

13 comments:

Lindsay said...

Well, Now, that was painful. His darling chubby toddler body was too much. Thinking and praying for you all week long.

Anonymous said...

Maria. O heartache. Thinking of you, especially this week. What a dear little boy he is.

Kri

AZ said...

oh my... suffering from a serious heartbreak over here. He's growing up too darn fast- mmm his chubby babyface! Good think Avs will keep your mind occupied ;)

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Jenny said...

That seriously made me cry ... and my eldest isn't even two yet! I want to run into his room and WAKE him from his nap. Softie. Hang in there mama, such a bittersweet day.

Laura and family said...

He is so handsome Maria! I know it must be so hard. Dreading the day.

On another note, I love that you call it Avila's "I hate the world" phase. I'm glad it wasn't just Claire but oh boy, I will be praying for your patience :) We are finallllly turning the corner.

Now if G and C would stop fighting every second of every day. They clearly do not have the blessed friendship your two have right now! ha!

katie said...

Oh goodness, this made me tear up and I haven't seen you guys since he was that chubby little baby :) Babies growing up is harder than I thought. Praying for you and the new transition!

Anna @ IHOD said...

Just wanted to tell you I enjoyed every bit of this, and shed some tears with you over losing him to Kindergarten. But then again, the world now gets to experience the greatness of Nicholas:)

janamarie said...

OHH maria this was the sweetest post I have ever read. I laughed OUTLOUD when reading his comments that you wrote down and seeing the "Pockets" picture. Oh my goodness, what a blessing he will be to his teacher! And no, didnt cry, I'm not a mother yet :) love you

Jane

janamarie said...

OHH maria this was the sweetest post I have ever read. I laughed OUTLOUD when reading his comments that you wrote down and seeing the "Pockets" picture. Oh my goodness, what a blessing he will be to his teacher! And no, didnt cry, I'm not a mother yet :) love you

Jane

Klare Family said...

I dread the day. Be as sentimental as you want. Jacque has been a hot mess with lulu heading off too. You ladies are tough.

Phillip and Tricia said...

Okay I've read and looked at the pics three times now. So happy I can come out this to squeeze him. The pic of him in the scarf is rediculously delectable!

Phillip and Tricia said...

Okay I've read and looked at the pics three times now. So happy I can come out this to squeeze him. The pic of him in the scarf is rediculously delectable!