Friday, April 17, 2009

Goodbyes Are Never Easy


Today is the last day my kids will be going to their daycare center. Completely and totally. We've pulled out our son during the time our daughter was born but they went back after a couple of months. We've also taken them down to just a couple of days when Mommy's job allowed for more free time during certain points of the year.


Now, however, we are going to just stay home - and while that is a celebration for me and my family, it is a point of sadness for some of the staff and directors for the center. Every time the director talks about it, she tears up and can't talk. She's known our babies since they were only two months old. It's been a tough decision, but in the end, I get to spend even more time with the kiddos and we think that's best.

So, to say our thanks to all those wonderful staff members who have all gone above and beyond to care for our sweet children, I've made some simple clutches from this book by Amy Karol. Of course, this can't be sufficient payment for nurturing and caregiving, but we wanted to say thanks somehow.

Tucked inside each clutch is a little individual note to each teacher along with a picture of the kids. All clipped together with some "love" (heart-shaped paper clips).


So this past week I have been preparing the house to be more organized for the morning babysitter as well as getting myself ready for some crafting fun with my kids in the afternoons (think paper plates, coffee filters, glue, paint, string and glitter...). Yahoo!

I don't want these years to slip by ... but they already are! I am sure one day I'll be helping my son tie his shoes or my daughter to do her button and I'll be at some graduation party, watching my little birds leave the nest...

I intend to enjoy every moment. Make sure you enjoy yours!

Staying on the path...

5 comments:

Em said...

Wonderful, Jen! I know it will be hard during the transition period - you'll love it once you get into the new groove! The presents are very sweet!

Cheryl Arkison said...

We are facing the same thing. Except I am going back to work and we decided to hire a nanny. I wish I could do it the way you are doing it... And somehow I don't think I will be that coordinated at good-bye gifts!

whittakerwoman said...

Oh I hope u are able to make the most of every moment! H

CJ said...

Enjoy your time with the kids - it is fleeting. You will NOT regret having them home with you. I homeschooled my kids just so I could have them with me all day every day. NO REGRETS. (my daughter is off to college now and my son is a junior in high school - homeschooled still in a sense, he is enrolled in the community college for 3 classes).

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, you're so lucky that you'll have more time with your little angels. Be sure to enjoy it all now -- you're so right -- time will whiz by and one day you'll wake up and find yourself standing at their graduation.

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