Dear Ryder,

Tomorrow you start Kindergarten.  WOW!  You start KINDERGARTEN!!!

Seems like just yesterday we were desperately praying for your safe arrival.  God answered our prayers, and our lives have never been the same since that night.

IMG_3345You have brought adventure, and laughter, and noise, and chaos.  And joy.  You are strong and spontaneous.  Sensitive and silly.  You are loving and louder than anyone I know.  You’re passionate and motivated.  And I am so proud of you!

I have no doubt that you will succeed – in Kindergarten, and for the rest of your school career.  I know for sure you’ll make new friends and build deeper relationships with those you already know.  I’m confident your teachers will love you, and that you’ll have fun throughout the day.  Those things would happen for you no matter which school you attend because you’re just that kind of kid.

But I am overwhelmed with gratitude to be able to send you to a place where you will not only learn to read and write and compute, but you will also learn about how much God loves you.  You’re being prayed for, even now, by a team of educators who know the peace and fullness a life with Christ can bring, and they want you to know it too.

Daddy and I are praying for you as well.  We’re praying that you will make good choices and always strive to do your best.  We’re praying that you will never be afraid to try something new, even if it seems difficult, because everything is possible when God’s in your corner.

Now we’ve gathered supplies, and laid out your clothes.  You have a snazzy new haircut, and you’re catching your zzzz’s as I type.  I’m a mix of nerves and excitement – and just a touch of sadness because it’s the beginning of a long season of letting go a little at a time.  And I keep asking myself questions – Have I done a good enough job?  Have I prepared you well enough?  Will you miss me?  Will you be scared?

All I can do is kiss your sweet face and send you off with a prayer (and probably a tear or two) – and wait.  I’ll miss you while you’re gone.  I can’t wait to hear about every detail of your first day of “real school.”  Here’s to the beginning of an incredible journey!

With more love than I could ever describe,



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  1. Keri
    Keri August 14, 2013 at 7:04 am | | Reply


  2. Charlene Alexander
    Charlene Alexander August 16, 2013 at 11:03 pm | | Reply

    Beautiful! What a treasure he is…and will always be. 🙂
    I remember writing something similar when I got home from walking Tim to kindergarten. It was my youngest child, and the last one to send off to school. I knew I’d never be the same, and that was kind of hard; yet God blessed me with so many wonderful days afterwards! “Growing” through some of those changes with the kids can be hard on the moms, but watching your little ones discover their own talents and skills is a NEW kind of blessing. The joy of seeing your child experience “success” is the best kind of joy of all. Yes…It is hard to “let go”, but the joy on their faces as you do it is worth it all. As I’ve reminded myself many times, they are only “on loan” to us…they really belong to God. You are doing your job…you are loving and guiding these precious children of God into a godly adulthood … and what a grand trip it is!! Weep a bit, for sure. But smile a lot more…it is a grand adventure!! 🙂

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