The Back to School Blues…and reds, and greens!

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Oh boy.  It’s time to start singing those “back to school blues”. And this momma is feeling it all the way down to her tootsie toes. Are you? If so, sit back with something soothing to drink, and read this – and know you’re not alone!

 

104 days of summer vaca

I love me some of that Phineas and Ferb theme song, don’t you?! 😉

But I’m not going to write all about the emotions of moms everywhere around the country right now regarding the age-old back to school sadness and drama.

It’s not that I don’t I struggle with it, too, because I do. I absolutely love having Ella home all summer! I love the relaxed routine it affords our family. I cherish every second that we’re not fighting over homework, searching high and low for a pair of matching socks THREE seconds before we need to be out the door, or trying to unearth gym uniforms that should’ve been washed last week.  And don’t even get me started on lunches…;)

I crave the hours and hours I get to spend with Elle in the summer, watching her in her “element” – which is truly just hanging out in our neighborhood with kids of all ages and from all different schools, and playing endless hours of games at dusty softball fields.

I love waking up not knowing what’s for breakfast that day, let alone dinner! I love having wine at night on the deck with Tim, popping open an iced cold Diet Coke from the cooler first thing in the morning, and sipping margaritas on the porch with neighbors (on a Tuesday, even!).

Margarita in a jar

So yes. I’ve got some brooding emotions sitting in the pit of my tummy as we face returning to school on tomorrow! But that’s not what I want to talk to you about today.

Instead, I want to focus on the endless possibilities and new beginnings this very thing brings!

I want to assure you that, just like every other back to school season you’ve experienced, this one will be full of chaos (just breathe…), surprises of all kinds, new friends, old reliable ones, and intriguing opportunities. It isn’t a negative, dear friends! Because no matter WHAT may feel like it’s “ending” in your life right now, I promise something else just as great (or even better) is about to begin. And I believe God wants you to embrace it!

Open up a brand-spankin’ new box of sharpened colored pencils and what do you see?! A carton bursting with colors just aching to be pulled out of the box and spilled out with delight onto a bright, white piece of paper! Each one joyfully begging, almost audibly, “Pick me! Pick me!” to the creator.

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What if we saw ourselves as those pencils?! What if, when that new box is opened, we were the first ones to raise our hands, jump onto the paper, and let Him write our new story with complete trust that our colors would show, or even shine?! What if, instead of hiding in the box, we let Him lift us out of our comfortable, supported position next to the ones we’ve been stored with for a long time and let Him make something beautiful with us? Because He can and He will if we let Him!

Sure, we may need a little sharpening. Maybe we’re not as tall or perfect on the outside as we used to be. Maybe we have a couple “bite marks” from past use by someone who didn’t know quite how to take care of us. That’s not what matters because our God-given colors are still as bright and unique and perfect as they always were – and He knows how to coax them out from the dust and even fix any misuse of us in the past.

Every color is beautiful to someone. Never ever forget that.

god colors

We urge our children to put themselves out there each school year. To raise their hands. To volunteer. To make new friends. To take chances. That no question is a dumb one. To notice those who may need help and step in. We tell them it’s okay to make mistakes; to give an incorrect answer; that falls happen and to get back up and try again.

As we begin this new school year season, whether you are sending your children to kindergarten (and, oh, may God bless you with plenty of Kleenex for that first day!), back to the same school or home school for a new year, off to a brand new school, or even off to college (and I pray for plenty of Kleenex for you, too!), listen to your own advice.

Be the color that someone else needs to see. Look for complementary colors to walk along side you. Raise your hand. Ask the Teacher to pick you – and then let Him create a beautiful picture for this new season. Don’t stay in the Crayola box, sweet friends. Jump out onto the paper and see what He does with you. Then send me a copy of it! I can’t wait to see it and relish in your beauty.

Peace, love, and JOY to all of you!

Wendie

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11 responses »

  1. So my dear Wendie, you know how I love it when God is funny? All day I have been muttering to myself about colored pencils. Con dumped his backpack on the counter last night emptying about 48 colored pencils, including a full box of them not even opened. All morning as I’ve been trying to organize my shambles of a kitchen, I’ve spotted them on the the counter, thinking how did we get so many colored pencils? Why do we have so many? I wonder how many are in tis house? Where could I donate them? Shall I throw them away? Went into laundry room same thing found out 757 more colored pencils. Even thought to myself “Lord what is up with all the colored pencils in my path today?” Sat down read your post, HOLY CRAP!

  2. Great blog, Wendie – it really hit the spot of my emotions… and was a good way to remind me that I need to get going onto something new too!

  3. Beautiful post! Thank you Wendie! makes me want to sing the old Sunday school song “hide it under a bush, oh no! I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine” Anyone else sing that one?!

  4. Trying so hard not mourn the loss of my beloved summer, and instead embrace the new school year (notice – I didn’t use the “f” word, Fall! Ha!) as a new beginning, a refresh and a reset. And this blog post fits perfect with my mindset. Thanks as always, Wendie!!

    • Awww, Jules! Summer will be back again next year! Let’s jump into Fall together! Lots to look forward to and plenty to celebrate as the kids grow and we get “wiser”…! 😉 Love you much!

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