Our youngest child started school this week.
It comes almost exactly 10 years after I finished my 3rd year Bible College exams 20 weeks pregnant with our first child. Therefore I have been home as a mum with young kids for a decade. That’s a long time. It’s also the end of an era.
No more babies or pre-schoolers.
No more naps or nappies.
No more kindy (pre-school) run.
No more little people to take grocery shopping.
No-one to chat to during the day.
No helper as I clean.
Just one pick-up and drop-off each day.
I have found it an absolute privilege and (mostly) a joy to be a stay-at-home mum over the last 10 years. I wouldn’t have done it any other way and I know I will look back over these years with thanks for the freedom and ability to be at home.
However, all good things come to an end, and as far as I am concerned, often move on to better things! My overwhelming thought on Monday (when she started school) was:
It’s the first day of the rest of my life!