It’s back to school! Praise the Lord, we were able to get everything in order with registration, tests, and school prep for their first day in a new school!! They’re positive, excited, and so ready to face the challenges- scholastic + social. Emma is officially in middle school. New school vibes, so there were a lot of changes Em had to already go through in this school system. But we’re confident she’ll adapt and sword-of-omens this year in the face. Zi is taking on the role of veteran and big sister to Elle as she’ll be explaining all the ropes, even if this school is also new to Zi. She’s Sandy Olssen on the outside, but Stephanie Zanoni on the inside… We can’t believe Elle is in KINDERGARTEN! Yay! She was so excited today because there so many FIRSTS in store. Pretty sure she’ll try to be the funny one in her class; she’s confident like Kelly Kapowski, a go getter like Jesse Spano, and sassy like Lisa Turtle. But deep down, she’s mischievous like Zach Morris. Get ’em, girls! Girl power!!
Leading the girls in family devotion the night before their first day of school. We knew the girls were all going to face new challenges, being in a new school and having left their old friends, the familiarity of their previous campus, schedules, and policies, and scholastic standing. And even Elle, who will be going into her first year of school. There will be a number of changes, but as parents, we know God loves them, and He will be with them with every second we cannot. We have faith they will not only find their way, but have that reminder of who they are in God’s family, to be the salt in their personal spheres. We’re praying for all the students out there. Continue to stand your ground, and be the change you want to see, to find your voice in this very confident and loud world. Strive for excellence and pursue the love for learning and knowledge.
Happy birthday to my not-so-little beloved Elleonai who turns 5 today. Last year, she learned how to skate, ride a bike with training wheels, swim under water without Floaties, indoor rock climb, read, write her full name, hula hoop, whistle, love the Beatles + Abba, make simple meals, ride really tall rides, was a flower girl for 3 weddings, and met Mickey Mouse + Jollibee. She is opinionated, super social, outgoing, vocal, and extremely brave to new activities. We are quite surprised with her ability to try new things even if she is this small little girl…her courage is immense. She is also very sassy, prone to make a myriad of facial gestures that can even be sarcastic and extra. But she is an amazing little girl, who already knows what it means to be a loyal friend, an understanding sister, a responsible worker, a mini leader, and can melt her way into the hearts of her parents. Not to mention, she has such a mature sense of humor for her age and weird interests…I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, and she said ,”Peppa pig and a model of gray matter.” What a pleasure to raise her. […]