First and last days of a school year are always a hard reminder for me of just how fast it all goes, and how limited my time is with these great kids. Another milestone met. While I do love to see them grow and become who their Father in Heaven intended them to be, it is bittersweet because it all happens so quickly.
As we all lined the halls of the school today for the 5th grade clap-out, I happened to be standing in the kindergarten hall with Ava. Next to me was another 5th grade Mom, and beside her was a Kindergarten Mom. As soon as the 5th graders passed our end of the hall, the Kindergarten Mom commented to her son,
"You just barely started elementary school and they are already done. That will be you in a lot of years!"
The other Mom turned to her and said,
"It will happen so fast you won't even know it. It's here and over before you realize it got away from you, and you wonder where the time went."
Couldn't have said it any better myself. We were those Kindergarten Moms just a minute ago.
In a blink, Andrew will be graduating from High School-this I have been told by so many parents and I know, without a doubt, they are right. The good news is--I didn't cry today! (ok I did...several times. But at least not in front of him!)
And for good measure, the little ones wanted their picture taken too.
The Aspiring Grade Schoolers!
( I know, I know- that will happen in a half a blink.)
This is a picture of the last medical bill I paid. Yeah, I know. It's not very exciting. But for us it was-- because it marks the end of a very long and expensive train of medical bills. Certainly it will not be the last medical bill we owe--not by a long shot. It is however the first time in 6 years that I will not be making regular monthly payments toward Ava and Katlyn's medical accounts.
When I stop and think about it, we have been truly blessed to be able to pay those medical bills. We have met out of pocket maximums on our insurance every year for the last 6 years. We have written off medical expenses on our taxes all of those years as well. I would sit down and pull all our tax records and see exactly how much that is, but I think I would just die if I saw an actual precise dollar amount.
I now realize Colonel Mustard is right. We could trade those two in for a brand new Porsche!!! Haha! We could never put a price on their health or their life but I'm not gonna lie--them girls have been expensive!
Needless to say, I have never appreciated the word "PAID" as much as I did when I opened this bill. Here's praying we can keep our kids "paid off" for at least a little while!