I don’t know about you, but as the summer draws to an end there are three words I hate to hear; “back to school!” Are you kidding me! Summer break is already over? It seems like just yesterday that I was driving to school for the last day and now we are busily preparing for our first day! We have been to the stores, bought all of the supplies, attended the orientation and met the teachers. All of that is fun for them, but not for me! This year is especially hard for this stay at home mama of 10 years because my baby is headed to Kg! I am excited and nervous for him all at the same time. You see he is one who never meets a stranger!!! But with this little outgoing personality also comes the curse of never shutting up! He LOVES to talk, get involved, and be the life of the party! There’s only one problem, school is usually not a party! School is hard work, learning the ropes, and learning how to be independent of the one person they have known all their lives as their example to life situations.

This kind of reminds me of how Jesus must have felt on the day he ascended into heaven. He had walked, taught, and been with the disciples for many years, but now it was time for them to “go it alone.” I can’t imagine Him not feeling some of the same emotions I too am going through…nervous, anxious, and excited all rolled up in one. As I sit here and think about all of these emotions, I am also comforted by the fact that Jesus didn’t leave His beloved behind without a friend and He’s not going to allow my baby to face Kg. alone either. He left us the Holy Spirit; a friend, a comforter, a teacher! Isn’t it comforting to know that the same one who leads, guides, and directs my steps will also be with my kiddos as they head back to school? I know for this mama, it is the only thing making “back to school” bearable!