Monday, August 17, 2015

"To" School Traditions

For the first time since I was a student, I am completely consumed with the "back to school" season. However, this time around... it's much different. Instead of getting my own books and supplies, I am helping Allie prepare for the biggest transition of her life. Since she's been homeschooled since 2nd grade, starting public high school is a brand new experience on every level. I totally believe that she can conquer it, but... I'd be lying if I didn't say we were a little terrified. Ha! Parenting teaches you so much about your lack of control and God's ultimate sovereignty.

Even though it is unchartered territory for all of us, I am really trying to savor this season. I know she will be graduating and off to college in the blink of an eye so with the few years we have left, I want us to make the most of it.

So our back "to school" traditions now include:

1) Hunting for the coolest school supplies. :) A big thank you to Target.com, Office Depot online, and Amazon Prime! After seeing the school supply aisle at Target completely ravaged by people, leaving the shelves looking like the aftermath of a doomsday prepper convention, I am SO glad I ordered online to make sure Al had everything she needed.

The backpack
 Binders, dividers, and writing utensils galore!
 Clearly from her selection, Allie loves gold just as much as I do. :)
 The lunch bag :)
2) Shopping with Allie for some new school clothes (and also getting some online because you can't beat the sales & promo codes)!

3) Getting gel manicures. Holla!
4) Lots and lots of family time having intentional conversations- giving her advice, running scenarios, praying for her, and speaking words of truth. A big shout out to the daddio who is just the best. Allie is blessed to have such a caring, understanding, wise, AND ridiculously crazy/ funny dad. He's got it all. :)

First day of high school! EEEK! :)


The final few minutes before dropping her off! (I think I was more nervous than she was!)
With the exception of a few minor hiccups, she found her way, successfully made it to all her classes on time, and had a great day! We celebrated this monumental event with filet mignon Monday night. Zach has officially mastered the Gordon Ramsay "How to cook a steak" instructional video and they were SO GOOD. :)
After school on Wednesday, we headed out to Madison, GA for Zach to lead worship at a student ministry kick off event. Our friends Justin and Jenny lead the youth group at Redeemer Church, a young church plant in rural Morgan County, GA. A few days prior to the event Zach decided to take Allie with him to sing and I could not miss their official debut as worship leaders together!
This was Allie's first time on stage with dad, first time playing with a band, first time using in-ear monitors (which is very different than anything she has ever done and takes some getting use to) and subsequent battery pack on your back with cables running to it. :) She also had very little time to prep, but as usual, we were pleasantly surprised to see her come alive on stage. And not only that, but in front of a room of peers! This girl is so confident and at ease with herself. She is definitely something special.
It was a very sweet moment, especially for Zach. He never dreamed he would get to do this with her and what a blessing it is! 

Before heading home, one final hug and pic with Jenny :) We love the Kennedys!
I spent the weekend getting the final round of school supplies, cleaning the whole house/ linen laundry in preparation for house guests this weekend, and grocery shopping for the week. This was a major accomplishment for me that resulted in a #treatyoself moment with this:
Although I am busier than ever, I will say that one of the many benefits to Allie living here is the fact I am forced to be organized. According to Zach and Allie I am an organizational freak all the time, but... when it's just the two of us, I easily let things slip. I don't plan dinner until I'm on my way home from work (which leads to an absurd amount of trips to the store during the week), I'll put off laundry or cleaning... I'll wake up at the last possible minute to be able to get to work on time, etc. But now... Allie has helped me reclaim some of my day (since she starts school so early) and also, giving me the motivation I need to stay organized and pro-active with my to-do list. All in all, it was a very successful first week of school and I look forward to this week which includes:

• dinner and laser tag with old friends from our previous church
• Allie going the Perimeter student ministry DHS breakfast club (which meets every Tuesday before school)
• and my first official date night with Z since Allie moved here full-time

It's gonna be a great week!

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