Farewell, Summer

We’ve had a really nice summer, and I’m just not ready for it to come to an end. For starters, my big girl is finally getting to go to Pre-K, a day that she has been anticipating for a very long time. I know that she is ready, and thought that I was ready, but now I’m not so sure. Life will be so different without her around – our youngest will no longer have her favorite playmate around during the day, and I won’t have my biggest helper. Mercifully, my son won’t be starting until after Labor Day, so at least I can spread out my boo-hooing a little bit 🙂

Since Annie Rose’s birth and death on June 12th, we’ve really stuck together as a family for the rest of the summer. We have done our best to be good to each other, giving each other space when needed and talking things over when questions arose. We were surrounded by family and friends on July 16th at Annie’s funeral, and we buried Annie and Lucy side by side at a cemetery near our home. We’ve taken some nice family vacations to visit both sets of grandparents, and we even got to meet our newest baby cousin and celebrate his Baptism. Most of our weeks have been filled with trips to our neighborhood pool, the library, and the gym, but this last week of summer, I made sure to squeeze in some last-minute trips to the zoo and the science museum.

I’ll always look back on this summer with fondness. It was the summer when we welcomed Annie Rose to the world, when our family learned (once again) true humility in the face of amazing generosity, when we learned to love each other in new ways. Things weren’t perfect by any means, but they aren’t supposed to be, are they? As my children go off to school, I know that I will appreciate the time to run errands without buckling and unbuckling car seats, but I know that I will also long to have them all under my roof again, safe at home and together. Thank the Lord for weekends 🙂

End of summer silliness at the zoo


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  • Juris Mater

    Kat, this is a beautiful post, and I feel it deeply myself. And you’ve had quite a summer as a family… it’s demanded one kind of strength from you and your family, and now sending the kids to school is demanding a different type. I’m praying for you all, as we bittersweetly prepare for back-to-school next week ourselves. School has blessed our family in ways that homeschooling couldn’t, but it’s still hard to see an emotional and family-strengthening summer come to an end.

    Anyway, I’m glad not to be shaping up into one of those moms who does a happy dance when the kids board the bus the first day of school… I think that means we have great kids : )

  • Kathy

    Lovely post to conclude summer. As today is my daughter’s birthday I remembered that you recently celebrated Lucy Rose’s 6th birthday. It certainly has been some challenging months for you. As today (8/27) is the feast of St. Monica, we can all call upon her intercession as we moms face new challenges as this school year begins. Thank you for sharing your post. You and your family continue to be in my prayers.

  • Steph

    Thanks again for reminders of how to cherish all life–those big moments that are so brief and the day to day (even while living in the shadow of the big moments). My daughter is Esther Rose. Often, when I say her name, I think of your daughters and am immediately encouraged. Your family is such a blessing to me even though I don’t know you in real life.

  • Bethany “B-mama”

    Kat, it is so encouraging to read how God has really met you all where you needed Him most this summer. He has fashioned your days beautifully to knit you together and bring you to such fulfillment after some very trying times. You all are a beacon! May He continue to teach you as the school year begins. More lessons to learn, always! 😉 Us too.

  • texasmommy

    This is such a grace-filled reflection, Kat! Thank you for sharing with us how you grew as a family this summer and how much you cherish your children and husband.