School is Starting

It is that time of year again. Pencils are being sharpened, shelves in stores have been ransacked, cute (and extremely overpriced) notebooks are popping up everywhere, backpacks are new, kids are restless, parents are anxious, teachers are excited, yellow buses crowd the streets as our kids prepare for another year of school.

Here at the Etter household, school is starting early. Not only are we starting earlier in the year than ever before, we are also starting earlier in the day. In the past, we always started the new school year after Labor Day and our class time started at 9 am. But something strange is happening this time around. Our senior girl has to leave the house at 6:30 am, our 7th grader has to leave by 7:45. So the remaining two are up and starting school by 8, sometimes earlier.

Traditionally our first day of school has been a light day. Picnic, reading, school pictures and very little else. With two having to be out of the house early, I decided to mix things up. We did school pictures before Rachel headed back to Liberty. Gasp! I know, I know… that’s a lot of change! But, guess what? I’m loving this little bit of craziness added to our lives. It keeps things interesting. The hardest part is being tied to someone else’s schedule. Homeschooling has always offered us an extra large serving of freedom and this year life will be different. But, different doesn’t equal bad.

The world keeps spinning, school year after school year passes, and I’m thankful for the amazing kids God has entrusted to me. I can’t wait to see what great opportunities He has prepared for them this year.

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Hanissa, a bundle of energy who can’t wait to learn to read. She makes me smile and encourages my heart everyday. I’m so thankful to be her mama.

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Alia, my violin playing, nose in a book, never know what she’s gonna do next kind of girl. Her spontaneity keeps me guessing and adds and extra dose of joy to whatever we do.

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Charis, my fact loving, piano/guitar playing, servant minded girl. Her recitations entertain us and her willingness to serve others continually challenges me.

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Torie, my gentle spirited, artsy, teacher at heart but willing to learn girl. She gives of herself, patiently waiting, gently correcting, lovingly listening to the needs of others. I can’t believe it is her last year of high school. What a year this will be!

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Rachel, my music exploding, horse riding, people loving girl. She has a heart that beats to help others and reminds me often to enjoy those God has brought into my life.

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This is going to be great!

~ Regina

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