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Homecoming Dance

Homecoming Dance

The Oldest had her first high school dance recently. A lot of anticipation (both of us!) leading up to. Sassy took her shopping for a dress this summer– back when she started thinking about Homecoming attire (she may have actually begun thinking about it much, much earlier- as in Spring). Britton had a wonderful time and was home by 10:45- my kind of evening!

Homecoming Dance via grateful simplicity

Homecoming Dance via grateful simplicity

Homecoming Dance via grateful simplicity

And of course one of Britton and her other first boyfriend.

Homecoming Dance via grateful simplicity

 

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Graduation Nation

Graduation Nation at the Robinson household last week. I realized sometime back that a time would come when our children would enter all three divisions of their/my school on the same day. What I didn’t anticipate, was that first they would ‘graduate’ from each division. Triple whammy. Particularly as my last child leaves Preschool for the last time.  While I can’t wrap my head around my oldest entering high school, especially since it was only what seems like a few years ago that I was in the same high school, I know she is ready to fly.

Disclaimer- potential obnoxious parent bragging ahead: Both our girls have worked hard this year to earn high honor roll for the year. This means that their yearly academic average was an A- or higher in every subject area. This is no easy feat and not lost on their dad or me.

So all this to say, we officially have a high schooler, middle schooler, and kindergartner in the Robinson house….. now we’re going to enjoy us some summer.

Graduation Nation via grateful simplicity

Kenley’s 5th grade graduation

 

Graduation Nation via grateful simplicity

Graduation Nation via grateful simplicity

Graduation Nation via grateful simplicity

Graduation Nation via grateful simplicity

Britton’s 8th grade graduation

 

Graduation Nation via grateful simplicity

Graduation Nation via grateful simplicity

 

 

May Dance

Triple graduations happening around the Robinson next week– from preschool, lower school and middle school respectively. Sigh.

My first born, who I feel like was just wearing knee socks and a plaid jumper to school last month, will be graduating from middle school one week from today. She is more than ready to begin her high school journey. Class trips, dances, challenging academic courses, driving, homecoming, off campus lunches, senior shack, sports practice, football games…

Me? Not so ready. But I am learning to let go, slowly but surely. Praying that my faith outweighs my fear each day.

May Dance via grateful simplicity

 

May Dance via grateful simplicity

May Dance via grateful simplicity

 

May Dance via grateful simplicity

Two Choices

On more than one occasion lately, Kenley has heard me say:

“If you think down, you will go down. If you think up, you will go up.   You will always travel in the direction of your thinking.” -Bishop T.D. Jakes

And so it goes with one of her first ‘big’ life moments. Going after something she really wants, but struggling because she doesn’t think she’s good enough.  For many people this can be a life-long struggle- never feeling good enough. As Kenley continued to doubt herself, telling me all the reasons why she wouldn’t or couldn’t be good enough I had to remind her that life is about choices.

And the night before tryouts, she had two choices.

Dwell on all the reasons why not, have a pity party, don’t try, or better yet just quit while you’re ahead. Quitting would surely protect your heart.

Or…

Make up your mind that you want this. You really want this. Why do you want it? What’s the worse that could happen if it doesn’t happen? Then go after it and make it happen. Doesn’t matter the outcome, you give it your best and you win regardless.

In true Kenley fashion, it took some much (much) convincing but I saw it click.  That moment where she allowed herself to think maybe, just maybe, I can do this. I saw it register first in her brain, then in her heart, and she decided, by golly, I am going for it.  And so she did.  One of those first defining moments for this 11 year old– where you want something so badly it scares you. Welcome to the big league of life, kid.

And for the record, you are always a winner in my book.

direction of your thinking via grateful simplicity

Two Choices