Oh my goodness my little one.. how did we get here so fast? Nobody warned me that this day would be so hard for your mama!
You have absolutely thrived this year! I never imagined you would learn so much. You started this year barely knowing how to write your letters and numbers and have now learned to read books and add and subtract big numbers. Your teacher always brags on how smart and attentive you are. You just soak it all up and do not miss a thing.
You have accomplished so much this year. You have completed lots of book reports (80 to be exact), written lots of sentences, and recited umpteen million sight words. You have worked math workbooks, made posters, and collected lots of box tops. And I have loved every single minute of it. I have loved observing your creativity and exploring new things with you. I have loved watching your excitement when you share what all you've learned and special little milestones that you've reached. You are so smart and have truly excelled. I can only imagine how much you will learn in the years to come.
You have made the best new friends! You have new little buddies that you talk about all the time. You don't see color or status and I love you so much for that. I pray you always stay that way and always make friends with everyone in your class like you have this year. You have been so kind and caring and have been such a good leader to your peers. You have been extremely well behaved and came home with "green" every single day... you really are your mama's child ;-)
You have had the most wonderful teacher that I could have ever dreamed of. She has taught you to be responsible and independent and has nurtured you into a wonderful little person. You have loved her so and strive to please her every day. We have both shed lots of tears over the last few days when we think about these last few days in Mrs. Howell's class. I think she will always hold a special place in both of our hearts. I truly believe God has a special place in Heaven for Kindergarten teachers.
You have had so much fun this year that it's hard to pick a favorite…. the fun run, kite day, field day, your field trip, the limo ride and pizza party, holiday parties, cheering with your friends on the playground, growing strawberries, eating ice cream on Fridays. Or maybe your favorite thing was making new friends, playing with them at stations, checking out books from the library, eating in the lunchroom, playing in PE, dressing up on spirit days, making things in art, performing your Christmas play.... the list goes on and on and I just pray you have cherished it all as much as I have tried to.
So my baby, here we are… ten months past that day when Daddy and I walked our nervous little girl with her big backpack into her big new school. You've lost seven teeth, gotten glasses, shot up a good 3 inches, and grown into a smart and responsible little leader. And as I sit here reflecting on this year, I can't help but be filled with gratitude and thanks for such a wonderful first year. But now it is time to pack up our green binder, fold up your rest mat, and put away your lunch box one last time. We will go out and get ice cream to celebrate your perfect report card and all you have accomplished so far. But then, I will sit here, hold you close, wipe my eyes, and say a little prayer to God to please let it all slow down just a little because I know these precious years come and go way too fast!