4 Hours a Day

So, I calculated today that I only get about 4 hours a day with Lucy now that she’s in school. We get an hour in the morning and about 3 hours between after school and bedtime. During those 3 hours I have to help with homework, run her sisters to and from different activities and cook and serve dinner. I have about 6 or 7 hours with Emma, Megan and Chloe. Lately, I’ve been able to spend at least an hour of alone time with each of them. Lucy and I only have our alone time in the morning getting ready for school. 

This morning was a chilly one! It was 39 degrees when we walked to the bus. Lucy refused to wear her winter hat because she was afraid it would mess up her hair. She was ready to put her gloves on by the time we reached the end of the driveway though. 

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While we walk she tells me all about her friends and teachers. She fills me in on what’s going on in the classroom. 

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We always hold hands, even though the long walk is just our driveway. She sings me songs that she’s learned in her class. Sometimes she recites the Pledge of Allegiance. 

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She talks a lot about God lately. She is so fascinated by her prayer book and now her children’s Bible she got from CCD. She was a little concerned about Noah’s Ark though. She pointed out this tree this morning and wanted me to take a picture of it. I love that she is starting to notice the beauty of fall mornings. 

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Sometimes her and Esme talk. Sometimes they ignore each other. 8:00 is early for 5 year olds. 

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But, she is always smiling. Always happy.  She gives me at least 20 kisses before the bus comes. As the bus pulled away, I saw her say to her friend “that’s my mom.”

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I just love this kid! 

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