|Flowers at a rest stop in Virginia|
I’ll say right up front that I nearly took this week off of school. I knew we would be off Wednesday and Thursday dropping Makayla off at college 7 hours away. I knew the beginning of the week had all the last minute packing and preparations to do. I decided that the rest of the kids needed the comfort of routines, so school happened Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.
Sibling tears over Makayla leaving began Monday night. It was hard. These children have spent more waking hours together than the average family because of homeschooling. This is an enormous blessing! They have strong bonds, know each other deeply, and have many memories together. The children at home have been praying for Makayla by name ever since she left, in every prayer.
The trip to Virginia was uneventful. Moving our daughter into her dorm, one last trip to WalMart to grab a few items, meeting her roommate, and then goodbye. We all cried. It was hard, but I know she is ready to thrive as a young adult.
One thing we did in secret in the weeks before Makayla left for college was gather notes from people who know and love her. We made her a “Jar of Joy”. The idea was simple, there were five categories for notes, each printed on a different color paper. There are enough notes in the jar for Makayla to read one every day for the entire first year of college. The categories are:
- Memories – These all are memories of Makayla from across the years.
- Encouragement – These are favorite quotes, scriptures, and personal notes for Makayla.
- Fun Facts – The topics range all over the place.
- Humor – Jokes or funny stories landed here.
- Just Because – This category was the catch all for anything that didn’t fit the other categories, and some things that would have fit other categories but were placed here by the person who wrote them ‘just because’.
Saturday has started and we went to the post office, the library, returned the van we borrowed for the summer so we would have 3 vehicles, cleaned the church, and then grocery shopping. I’m going to go over next week’s homeschool lessons and then it will be time to cook dinner.
Happy End of the Week!