today is the first day of school. riley and niko were up early and dressed in their school uniforms. i loaded them into the van and dropped them off at the newly built junior high. they looked a little like fast food restaurant employees!
i was prepared for some tears, maybe she would be shy and try to hide behind myself or daddy. perhaps she wouldn't want harper to leave. but no, none of that, she was ready.
however there were a couple tears shed by her daddy and i. proud tears that sat lumped up in the back of our throats until we were out the door and in the car. those bittersweet "where has the time gone" tears.
and, because we know he wishes he were here...
Papa is in washington visiting my brother and his wife. we miss you Papa and can't wait for you to get home!