More Reflection and Appreciation – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 85

Justus’s First Year of School


I am a proud Mom this week.  Today, Justus brought home his items from school  and his teacher also included a video diary of the year.  Teary-eyed doesn’t even begin to cover it.  Justus has always been the one I was concerned about when he started school because he’s very quiet and I was afraid others would mistake his quietness for weakness.  I didn’t want anyone to pick on him or make him feel uncomfortable.

I was so wrong in many ways.

He has grown and thrived in such a short period of time.  From his writing, which in the beginning was literally chicken scratch, to now almost at the same level as his older brother is mind-blowing.  He’s reading, he’s drawing, he made friends, he LOVES school.  He comes home and shares his day and is excited about something new each day.

After speaking with my hubby last night about Elijah’s progress, he told me to take my hand and pat myself on the back for a job well done.  It’s very humbling, for me, at least, to realize how much of an impact I have on my kids.  I am tough on them and I won’t apologize for it because even though they don’t like it at the time, in the long run, it’s worth it.  

I’m sure I shared most of these words yesterday, and that’s fine.  My kids are amazing and I’m touting their horn.  Justus has come into his own, no, he has grown and improved his skills by connecting with other kids his age and has fostered some great relationships.

Yes, another proud Mom moment, indeed.