I missed your "birthday blog" this year (it was a busy Spring). You have been 5 for four months now, and I decided to just take care of it today, your first day of Kindergarten.
You continue to impress and amaze people you meet with your intelligence and sweet spirit. It has been great fun to see you challenge yourself in recent months, particularly in reading. We had to make a rule that bedtime stories had to be read TO you, not BY you, simply because you were determined to read the hardest and longest stuff you could find. The new rule is read to yourself all you want during the day, but bedtime belongs to Mom and Dad.
You have been so excited to start school. We told you quite a while ago that Kindergarten belongs to the 5 year olds, so come April 30, you expected to go to school the next week. So, we had to break the news that it wouldn't start until September. You were bummed, but always flexible, you went with it.
Today was the "big day" and it seems like you had a good time. As you and I were walking to school this morning, you heard a bell ring when we were still a block away and said, "We're going to be late!" We still had time though. You were your bold little quiet self as you walked into the classroom. I guess it helped that we visited last year's classes a couple of times, so you knew right where to sit on the rug. And those were some tired eyes when I got home and saw you on the chair, but, as usual, no nap for you. It will be interesting to see how day 2 goes in that department. Your mom and I could get used to this earlier bedtime, though.
I'm proud of you, my Sweetness. You're bright, funny, creative, and beautiful. I know Jesus has great plans for your life. I'm thankful that you are beginning to understand God's love at work in you, and believe soon you'll be ready to place your trust in Him.
We love watching you and Nathan play together. While you prefer life as a princess, it's fun to watch you play with the boy's stuff, too. It is wonderful to see your love for one another. I pray that remains a lifelong bond for you.
I pray God's continued protection and blessings for you, Katelyn. He has great plans for you. Seek Him, love Him, and He will give you all your heart's desires. We live in a hard, dark world, but I see the Lord's beauty in your innocence and sweet spirit. Allow Him to touch the world with His love through you.
"For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:11–13 NASB95