M is five! It's hard to believe that my first baby is five and will be heading to kindergarten next August. M believes in the birthday week I have learned so every day is her birthday starting on Thursday evening (her birthday was Friday) and heading on into Sunday at least. We had a family dinner on Friday and will have a little get together with our extended family and a friend tomorrow.
Many changes coming to our house this next week. Daddy starts a new job on Monday and the kiddos head back to their preschool. M and E had been staying with my sister S for the last couple of months. S is now working outside the home so all the kiddos will be going to M and E's old preschool. We left the preschool because of the awesome opportunity to have them spend the days with their aunt and cousin so we are happy to return and so grateful that they have room for us. It is a great school and M had gone to it since she started their infant care at 11 months old. All of the kiddos have been staying home with daddy or mommy since I returned from China (isn't the picture of daddy and S so precious, he loves their snuggle time). This is going to be a huge change for our little S as she hasn't stayed away from us since we were united. Praying that she makes the transition well, she has come so far in nearly two months. She has turned into such a confident little girl.
Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer.He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer he called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?" The young man paused, looked up and replied,"Throwing starfish in the ocean." "I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?" "The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in they'll die." "But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can't possibly make a difference!" The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said-"It made a difference for that one."