Audrey has been excited for school since she was in my womb. So this fall, her dreams will come true, and Lord-willing, she'll be starting Kindergarten. I'm excited for her and excited for me to have some free time in the mornings, but boy will it be hard to know that she will be spending 3 hours a day away from me, when for the past 4.5 years, she has spent every waking moment by my side!
She used to be this little baby (well, big baby) and now she's a little lady (well, not so little) who I can have real conversations with. So much of my day used to be about correcting and training her and now, I find that I have to ask her for forgiveness for my own wrongdoings. I used to be the one comforting her, but now she's doing the same for me. For example, here is a typical conversation we have during our alone times while Marcus is at school:
Me: I love spending time with you, Auj.
Auj: Me too, I love spending time with you too, Mom. I miss Marcus though. And Daddy too. I miss the boys.
Me: Me too, I miss the boys too. And I'm going to miss you SO much when you start going to school, Audrey.
Auj: You'll be okay, Mommy. You'll be okay.
So I'm milking this time with her and intentionally staring at her and enjoying who she is. I can't believe that God has uniquely created her as my daughter. She's got some rough spots for sure, but boy is she a complete blessing to our family in so many ways!
Here are some moments I've captured during our Mommy-Daughter times. Pictures I'll be staring at while she's enjoying herself at school.