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Oh, That First Day of Kindergarten
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My emotions must have been just under the surface waiting for the right time for the dam to burst.  This morning, we walked our 5-year-old Jesse into his Kindergarten class for the first time.  While talking with another mom, unexpectedly tears began to pour out of me.  Our little man Jesse, just a baby in my arms yesterday, was looking at me from his desk with big, excited, slightly scared, and intelligent brown eyes.

From the moment they are born, we are in the process of letting them go!  For some moms, like my friend Pam, she spent this week watching her son Jonah pack his things for college.  When she heard him say “It’s about time for me to go, Momma”, her heart was filled with so much it felt like it would burst.

Time is short!  We get only about 25% of our life to have them in our home to love, hug, snuggle, kiss, feed, dress, discipline, teach, coach, mentor … and then it’s suddenly time to help them transition into their season to find God’s calling for their lives.  Let’s pray for each other (leave your story in the comments below) so that we can fully feel the human emotion of these transitions without holding on too tightly to a child who really belongs to Him anyway.

Much love,


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  1. EllaG posted on 08/20/2013 12:17 PM
    Hi Lisa;
    Wanted to tell you how much I enjoy you on the radio. I am a Grandma now for over 20 years and well remember sending my own children to school and then to University. Many tears later I am so blessed with a family that loves the Lord. There is no price you could put on this blessing. Ella
  2. LindaB_3 posted on 08/20/2013 01:33 PM
    How I can remember my daughters first day of kindergarten! I was thinking, some time to myself, and she will be having fun at school. Things changed quickly after I dropped her off. With out warning this emotion came flooding out in the form of tears for longer than I care to admit. Now my daughter starts her sophomore year of high school in a week. Time does indeed fly!
  3. AmyC_2 posted on 08/20/2013 03:00 PM
    I never cried at the first day my kids were just to excited and wanted mom&dad to go!
    So after seeing the classroom, andc telling them goodbye we went to have a nice breakfast alone=)
  4. GabrieleB posted on 08/21/2013 12:19 PM
    Hi, Lisa. I don't often do this but I just wanted you to know that you have blessed me many times already by your presence on the air.I feel the spirit in your gift and just wanted to encourage you today to keep up the good work.
    I agree with you on the "We only have our kids for a short time thing. I have 4 kids from 31,29,26 and 10 .The last one seemed to go twice as fast as the other three.Enjoy your youth.That too passes quickly. Love in Christ Gabi
  5. John posted on 12/16/2013 10:32 AM
    Lisa you are such a joy to listen to. I love the funny stories about your "talkative" kids. Thank you brightening my day with your stories. Keep up the wonderful work with your family and with Praise FM Lisa!


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