I got to cook for them all day, and had plenty of helpers:
We got to sort and pack school supplies while Kyrie had her nap:
They are so excited! I can’t believe how fast they are growing. We have three third graders:
And two kindergarteners:
It is a relief to have all their school supplies, and have them all enrolled and ready to go.
Alex even got to see his PreK teacher!
We’ve had other surprises, like getting to use a gift card for pizza yesterday:
There’s a lot we don’t know, that would be easy to be anxious about.
We don’t know if the children will really all get to go to school together, because of special services programming.
We don’t know how we will come up with travel money for another surgery week all the way in Cincinnati, or pay bills for being off work again, or cover all the extra expenses while not being able to work.
We don’t know if I will get to keep my job for being off work again for Kyrie, and then also having to be in Utah to speak at the end of next month.
We don’t know where we will host the “bake sale” fundraiser a friend wants to throw us the evening of the 18th, or if anyone will come, or if anyone will participate.
We don’t know how Kyrie will do in surgery.
We don’t know what Kirk did with four pairs of new glasses.
We don’t know how to write eighty thousand books while running nonprofit group homes while having day jobs while caring for the children.
We do know, though, that we love each other. We know our family is a source of happiness, even on days full of chaos and excitement. We know we will miss the children when they go to school, but that it will be a glorious send off into the practice of mortality – even a necessary step of development.
We know who our Father is, and that He is our God, and that He will help us accomplish what He has asked us to do.
We know our power comes from the atonement, and from keeping temple covenants, and that our little efforts will be blessed beyond measure.
We know that this season of challenges has been used as seeds for a myriad of purposes, all of which are part of His design and so consecrated even though brought to pass through our small and simple efforts.
We know that the priesthood is real, and we know the words of our blessings are continuing to unfold, and we know we have been promised angels who will help and provide and protect and comfort us – and we know you are those angels.
I loved this day, and yesterday, my time with my family and time to rest and time to love.
I know every moment counts, and I am glad I haven’t missed a second of it.
Of that, I can be sure.
Today was delightful, and I was happy.