Today is somewhat bittersweet. If I was in Texas, I would be surrounded by wonderful teachers and staff that I have missed all summer long. Today is the teacher's first day back for my old district.
But I'm not. I'm here in Ohio and there is no first day back for me today.
Don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly thankful for the blessing of staying home with my girls. It's what I've always dreamed about. It's what we have based our financial decisions on for years and it's finally here.
I'm thankful, so very thankful.
But I sure do miss those people. They used to share a large part of the day with me. They used to know the ins and outs of the crazy life that I live. They used to poke their head in my door to say hello and take a minute to chat.
We used to meet at parks and restaurants and swimming pools. We would celebrate our kids birthdays together and combine our junk for garage sales together and live life together.
I miss that. I really do.
It's a strange place to find myself today. Thankful for the amazing gift of staying home with my girls and sorry to miss the fun of preparing for a new school year surrounded by people that I've known and loved for years. It's a new season of life.
I miss it today. Because I miss them.
Welcome back to your new year, friends. I'm praying for you today. And missing you, too.