Today was a milestone for our beloved Zienne, the much anticipated Stepping Up Ceremony commemorating her PreK achievements. Scholastically, being a PreK graduate may seem trifle, but a school year of learning social behavior, practicing using your voice, building your courage, allowing mistakes (yours and others), experiencing conflicts, progressing in writing, speaking, and reading, refining fine motor skills, exploring your creativity, and getting accustomed to a schedule and rules are all very worthy of a congratulations for 4-5 year olds. So, Zienne Noelle, our beloved, a joyful congratulations is in order. Maybe it’s just us, maybe it’s how we translate your teacher’s stories about you, their praise of your knowledge and personality, but you’ve proved to be very special, easily adapting to what was put before you. You’re such a pleasure to us, my love. Continue on in your pursuits, Zi, and your dad and I will always uphold you in prayer. Jesus loves you. Today is your day, and you really held such pride, taking extra care in how you looked for such an occasion. Your smile during today’s events said it all.
On Monday, the kids had their rescheduled Valentine’s parties at school. Zi came home with a card she made for us, and in it was a letter her teacher enclosed for us telling the story of Zi bravely singing “Let It Go” in front of the whole class. Her teacher said it had brought her to tears. I love how at such a young age, Zi is a blessing to those around her. Every day, I tell my girls, specifically, to practice their voices. As girls, I know how hard it’s going to be to find their voices- to know who they are, be comfortable with themselves, AND be able to let themselves be heard. You don’t know how many times I’ve been to meetings, classes, in work, in school, in church, in the group of friends where the guys monopolize the conversation because they just feel comfortable and want to be heard. Even during Bible studies, more men lead the teaching and discussions. Even in the educational scope, statistically, men are in the science field, engineering and math. My point is that I’m raising three girls who I hope will one day be strong individuals. Not strong, as in […]
Emma and Zienne’s first day of school was so successful. No tears. No fuss. No fatigue. This was Zienne’s first day of PreK! She was already excited for it since Emma has been building it up for her, telling her how lucky she was that all they do is play, sans homework! So Zienne was ready to put on her big girl zebra leggings and pop off on PreK, that’s just fancy talk for she was good to go. They both prepared their new owl school bookbags, presents from their Tita Steph, and walked to the bus stop with the whole family. Zienne was so proud when she boarded her bus all by herself. Since the driver was still waiting for one more passenger, he allowed us to take pictures of Zi inside the bus. The night before, the girls were teasing me about crying about Zienne leaving me for school, but that morning, with Perze by my side, I didn’t cry. Maybe it was because I saw how big her smile was, emitting this excitement that surrounded her, conveying to me that she’d be ok and she wouldn’t need me to run to her aid. Perze […]